Volleyball Wraps Up Pac-10 Home Season Against Cal, No. 1 Stanford
Nov. 11, 2002
COUGS WRAP UP HOME VOLLEYBALL THIS WEEKEND: The Washington State volleyball team (17-7, 7-7 and tied for fifth in Pac-10) is home for the final regular season matches of the season this weekend...California (16-9, 6-9 and eighth in Pac-10) plays at Bohler Gym Friday night, Nov. 15...No. 1 Stanford (24-3, 13-2 and second in Pac-10) comes to town Saturday night, Nov. 16...this marks the third time this year WSU has faced the nationally-ranked No. 1 team...Saturday night will also be the final home match (pending NCAA selection and possible hosting of first and second rounds) for the five Cougar seniors - Adrian Hankoff, LaToya Harris, Holly Harris, Kortney Jamtaas, and Chelsie Schafer.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (16-9, 6-9): California is coming off a win over Arizona State after dropping three straight matches...16 wins is the most since 1989...Croatian sophomore Mia Jerkov played against ASU after missing most of four matches with a sore left ankle...Jerkov leads Cal and the conference in kills with 5.80 kpg...she also is sixth in digs (3.27 dpg)...Camille Leffall adds 1.00 bpg while hitting .363 (3rd Pac-10)...coach Rich Feller (52-57, four years; career 351-224, 18 years)...WSU leads the series 22-18-1 overall, and 21-12 in Pac-10 contests...WSU leads the series with the Golden Bears at home 13-3, with Cal's last win in Pullman in 1989.
NO. 1 STANFORD CARDINAL (23-3, 13-2 Pac-10 pending 11/15 at UW): National champs in 2001...coming off 10 match win streak including at Hawai'i Sunday of this week...led by the 2001 Pac-10 and National Player of the Year, senior Logan Tom (5.01 kpg, 3rd Pac-10, and 3.04 dpg, 10th Pac-10)...sophomore Ogonna Nnamani (2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year) adds 3.87 kpg...Jennifer Harvey (1.51 bpg) and Sara McGee (1.39 bpg) are one-two in Pac-10 blocks...coach John Dunning (56-5, 2nd year; career 493-107, 23 years)...Stanford leads the series 31-2...WSU's last win was in Pullman (2000).
LAST TIME: At No. 6 Stanford, the Cougars lost 30-28, 30-22, 30-24, only the fourth loss of the season after 14 wins...Adrian Hankoff led WSU with 14 kills while Logan Tom was SU's leader with 17 kills...the Cardinal out-blocked WSU 18 to 7 led by Sara McGee's 8...the next night Cal overcame WSU's 2-1 game lead for a 3-2 match win...Mia Jerkov had 38 kills for the Bears...Hankoff and Holly Harris had 15 kills each for WSU.
COUGS IN THE NATIONAL POLLS: Washington State stayed at 17th in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for the third straight week...Stanford moved up to the top spot after defeating No. 1 Hawai'i in Honolulu in three games...other Pac-10 members in the poll include No. 2 USC, No. 16 Arizona, No. 19 UCLA, and No. 22 Washington...also receiving votes this week are Arizona State (26) and California (No. 28)...Volleyball Magazine was sold last month and is no longer producing a Top 20 collegiate women's poll.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is coaching her 14th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 262-171 (.605) while her overall collegiate record is 348-231 (.601) in 18 years...her Pac-10 record is 122-124 (.496) in 14 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (14th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (third year).
BEATIN' 'EM IN BOHLER GYM - ADVANTAGE COUGARS: During the last nine seasons (1991-1997, 2000-02) WSU has used Bohler Gym as its home court, the Cougars racked up a 185-77 record (.706), averaged 22 wins per season, and made nine post season appearances.
MISS 'T' IS ASSAULTING COUGAR VOLLEYBALL RECORDS: Senior LaToya Harris is just the third Cougar in school history to reach both 1,000 kills and digs in a career...Harris joined Keren Oigman (1,054 kills, 1,070 digs) and Shannon Wyckoff (1,051 kills, 1,254 digs), who both played for Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick from 1994-97...Harris, the four-year starter and two-time first team All-Pac-10) is currently fourth in WSU career kills (1342), tied for first in aces (133), and fourth in digs (1102)...Harris is among the top 40 players in Pac-10 career kills and all-time digs, and 43rd in the conference to reach 1,000 kills and digs.
ANOTHER HARRIS MEANS MORE MARKS: Holly Harris, senior middle blocker, added a season-high 10 blocks against USC Oct. 26...Harris continues moving up the Cougar all-time blocking records...she is seventh in solo blocks (51), closing in on assistant coach Jen Greeny's mark of 59 solos for sixth place all-time...Harris is eighth in block assists (309) and total blocks (360).
JAMTAAS REACHES 1,000 DIGS: Though this is the first season for the Libero position, WSU senior Kortney Jamtaas has spent a career diggin' with the best of them in the Cougars' back row...Jamtaas became the sixth player in WSU history to reach 1,000 digs in a career and is currently fifth in the all-time WSU career standings at 1087 digs...she is third in the Pac-10 in digs per game average at 4.05 dpg...her 30 digs against Washington missed the school match record by only two digs.
NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS: Washington State is tied for sixth in the latest NCAA Division I Volleyball Regional Rankings for the Pacific Region, released Nov. 6...the biweekly rankings include the top ten teams in each of the eight regions, achieved through a vote of coaches and administrators in each region using team records as of Nov. 3...the Pacific Region includes the Pacific-10, Big Sky and West Coast Conference member schools...the final rankings are used by the NCAA Championship Tournament selection committee to choose at-large berths to complete the field of 64 teams, comprised first of 31 conference champions who receive automatic bids...the next rankings will be released Nov. 20.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: WSU is 21st in the national attendance rankings with an average home attendance of 1,236 fans (10 home matches)...the WSU average for the Pac-10 matches is 1,536 fans...the 2,239 fans to watch the WSU-UW match 11/8, was the largest crowd in the remodeled Bohler Gym and the largest crowd since 1997...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,300 fans (20 home matches) including the 10.232 fans at Stanford 11/10 match...Arizona is the top Pac-10 school (2,380 in 10 matches including 9,141 fans at the Arizona - Stanford five-game match as part of the Midnight Madness basketball practice opening event).
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: FOX Sports Net broadcast two Cougar volleyball matches this season...the Sept. 27 match at USC was the screen debut for the Cougars and WSU's five-game win over UCLA Oct. 25...ALSO, viewers in the Northwest can catch the FOX Sports NW new weekly show, On Campus With the Cougs, every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. PT.
PAC-10 COACHES PRE-SEASON PREDICTIONS: Stanford (nine Pac-10 titles, five national crowns) was selected to successfully defend its league championship in 2002...the Cardinal edged USC by a mere four points but garnered seven of the coaches' first-place nods...Arizona, an NCAA national semi-finalist last year, was predicted to finish third followed by UCLA and Washington State...the bottom half of the predictions show Oregon State, Arizona State, California, Washington and Oregon...the Pac-10 coaches have correctly selected the conference champion in eight of the 13 previous polls...coaches do not vote for own team.