Cougar Volleyball 2002 Was a Season to Celebrate
Jan. 17, 2003
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL HAS SEASON TO CELEBRATE: Five senior starters, numerous school records, tied for third in the Pacific-10 Conference, an 11-1 record at Bohler Gym, a 12-1 record against non-conference teams and another trip to the national tournament were all memory-makers in 2002 for the Washington State University women's volleyball team...the Cougars advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament for just the second time in school history...and just how tough was the Pac-10 in 2002? Well, the national champion and runner-up were the only teams ahead of WSU in the conference standings...2002 also marked the fifth time in Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick's 14-year career at WSU the Cougars won 23 or more matches in a season.
2002 ALL-PAC-10 COUGAR SELECTIONS:LaToya Harris - First Team All-Pac-10 (third year*)Holly Harris - Honorable Mention All-Pac-10Adrian Hankoff - Honorable Mention All-Pac-10Kortney Jamtaas - Honorable Mention All-Pac-10Chelsie Schafer - Honorable Mention All-Pac-10Brenn Larson - Pac-10 All-Freshman First Team*Harris joins 19 other three-time all-conference selections, includingformer Cougar Sarah Silvernail.
2002 PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS:Adrian Hankoff - Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable MentionHolly Harris - Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable MentionKortney Jamtaas - Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable MentionChelsie Schafer - Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable MentionAll four players had been honored for their classroomprowess in the past: Hankoff (2001), Harris (2000 and 2001),Jamtaas (2000 and 2001), and Schafer (2000).
HEAD COACH CINDY FREDRICK AND THE COUGAR STAFF:Head coach Cindy Fredrick's 350th career win came against No. 1 Stanford, Nov. 16, in Pullman...Fredrick has accumulated a 269-172 (.610) record in her 14 seasons at Washington State...she has seven 20-win seasons and nine trips to the NCAA Championship Tournament with the Cougars...Fredrick is the most successful coach of a women's sport in WSU history...her overall collegiate record is 355-232 (.605) in 18 years as a collegiate head coach...her Pac-10 record is 126-126 (.500) in 14 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (14 years), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (three years).
COUGS IN THE NATIONAL POLL: Washington State was voted No. 7 in the final USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll, released Jan. 6...USC is No. 1 and Stanford is No. 2...other Pac-10 members in the poll include No. 10 Arizona, and No. 15 UCLA...also receiving votes were California (26th), Washington (27th), and Arizona State (36th)...WSU's highest ranking was No. 7 in the final poll for 1996.
BOHLER GYM ROCKS AND COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ROLLS ON HOME COURT: During the last ten seasons (1991-1997, 2000-02) WSU has used Bohler Gym as its home court, the Cougars racked up a 187-77 record (.708), averaged 22 wins per season, and made nine post season appearances...during the 2002 season, WSU had an 11-1 home record, 8-1 in Pac-10, losing only to No. 1 USC.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: WSU was 17th in the final national attendance rankings with an average home attendance of 1,357 fans (12 home matches)...WSU averaged 1,630 fans for Pac-10 matches...the 2,539 fans for the WSU-Stanford match 11/16, was the largest crowd in the remodeled Bohler Gym and the largest crowd since 1997...Hawai'i, again, lead the nation (7,309 fans, 22 matches)...Arizona is the top Pac-10 school at sixth nationally (2,178 fans average in 13 matches including 9,141 fans at the Arizona - Stanford match prior to Midnight Madness basketball)...Stanford is ninth (1,999 fans average in 18 matches).
STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - no WSU player (Mia Jerkov, Cal 5.90 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Sara McGee, Stanford .426)Assists - 3rd Brenn Larson 12.35 apg (Gretchen Maurer, Washington 13.19 apg)Service Aces - T4th A. Hankoff 0.42 sapg, 9th LaToya Harris 0.37 (Ashley Ivy, Stanford 0.52 sapg)Digs - 2nd Kortney Jamtaas 4.38 dpg (Chrissie Zartman, UCLA 4.53dpg)Blocks - 6th Victoria Prince 1.21 bpg (Jennifer Harvey, Stanford 1.43 bpg)Points - 10th Adrian Hankoff 4.30 ppg (Mia Jerkov, Cal 6.48 ppg)
Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 5th with 15.97 kpg (USC 17.61 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 5th at .236 (Stanford .311)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 3rd at .173 (USC .154)Assists - WSU is 6th at 14.08 apg (USC 16.29 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 4th at 1.56 sapg (Washington 1.71 sapg)Digs - WSU is 3rd at 16.69 dpg (UCLA 17.20 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 6th at 2.40 bpg (Stanford 3.59 bpg)
COUGAR ALL-TIME CAREER RECORDS:
Kills1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 18482. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 15483. LaToya Harris (1999-02) 14599. Holly Harris (1999-02) 996 Adrian Hankoff (1999-02) 973
Assists1. Keri Killebrew (1990-92) 45535. Kali Surplus (2000-01) 25406. Brenn Larson (2002) 1383
Solo Blocks1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 1966. Jennifer Stinson (1995-98) 597. Holly Harris (1999-02) 53
Block Assists1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 6174. Joanne Johnson (19991-93) 3435. Holly Harris (1999-02) 333
COUGAR ALL-TIME SINGLE SEASON RECORDS:
Digs1. Kortney Jamtaas, 2002 4692. Beth Welch, 1988 4193. Cindy Baker, 1988 413
Assists1. Keri Killebrew, 1992 17266. Kali Surplus, 2000 13577. Brenn Larson, 2002 1383
Block Assists1. Joanne Johnson, 1992 1676. Carrie Couturier, 1988 1227. Victoria Prince, 2002 120
HARRIS NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WSU right side/left side hitter LaToya Harris was named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 10-Nov. 16...Harris, a senior from Portland, Ore., had 40 kills (4.71 kills per game) on .367 hitting along with 27 digs (3.86 digs per game) as the Cougars swept the Bay Area schools in Pullman...against Cal, Harris posted 11 kills with nine digs and four blocks and sang the national anthem a capella prior to the match...in an upset win over Stanford, she hit .460 with a career-high 29 kills, while adding a season-high 18 digs and three aces...No.17 Washington State (19-7, 9-7 in Pac-10) defeated Cal (3-0) and upset No.1-ranked Stanford (3-1)...this was the second weekly honor for Harris (the first was in October of 2000), and Washington State's 18th Player of the Week honor all-time.
COUGAR SUCCESS IN EUROPE: The WSU volleyball squad took its preseason practices to Europe and returned home with an undefeated record (8-0), a first for any collegiate team according to Bring It promotions, the organization running the tour...the Cougars' conquering of Europe included 3-0 wins over Team Lohoff (Dachau, Germany), Augsburg (Germany), and Salzberg (Austria), 3-1 and 3-0 wins over Club Vasas (Budapet, Hungary), a 3-2 win at Brno (Czech Republic), and finally 3-1 and 3-2 wins over Olymp Praha.
HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#2 Stephanie Baker (6-0, Fr., RS/S, Pasco, Wash.) - Invited walk-on for the 2002 season.
#3 Melanie Greene (6-0, Fr., OH, Nampa, Idaho) - Red-shirting the 2002 season (practice with no play, no regular-season travel)...her father, former WSU and NFL player, Ken Greene, joined the Cougar football coaching staff in January 2003.
#4 Brenn Larson (5-11, Fr., S, Westlake, Calif.) - Selected to 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman first team...named to Cougar Challenge and Nanook Classic All-tournament teams...very poised true freshman...12.35 assists per game is third-best in Pac-10...1383 assists this year lists her sixth on WSU career list and seventh on single season assists list...her .253 hitting percentage was second on team.
#5 Ance Auzina (6-1, Fr., RS/LS, Riga, Lativa) - Pronounced ON-SAW ow-ZEEN-ah - second Latvian to join Cougar team...brings valuable international experience...packs a powerful left-handed hit...subbed in to play in 43 games to date...against No. 17 Arizona, came off the bench for All-Pac-10 player LaToya Harris to tag 16 kills and hit .652 in four games...did not return to WSU for spring 2003 semester.
#6 Kortney Jamtaas (5-7, Sr., L/DS, Orinda, Calif.) - Selected to 2002 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...also named to 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team...sixth player in WSU history to reach 1,000 digs in a career...second in the all-time WSU career standings at 1,232 digs and among top 35 in Pac-10 history...second in the Pac-10 and 25th nationally in digs per game average at 4.38 dpg...her 34 digs against Stanford broke Shannon Wyckoff's 1995 school record of 32 digs in a match...2002 season total of 469 digs is the best single season performance in school history...in between matches at USC and at UCLA in September, participated in a charity walk (4 Paws for a Cure, A Nationwide Dogwalk to Conquer Kid's Cancer) dedicated to her 14-year-old cousin, Kirsten Gould, who passed away last March of a rare cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma.
#7 Zanda Bautre (5-9, So., OH, Riga, Latvia) - Missed Cougars European tour as she was playing in European Beach Championships in Croatia...finished eighth because Bautre had to leave in the middle of play to return to Pullman...played in 36 games this season...had surgery Nov. 5, 2002, on her right knee...expected recovery time is four to seven months which precludes the rest of this season and some of spring 2003 practice sessions.
#9 Megan Camp (5-4, Fr., L/DS, Spokane, Wash.) - Invited walk-on.
#10 Adrian Hankoff (5-11, Sr., OH, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) - Selected to 2002 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...one of three Cougars selected to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team...also named to 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team...named to Cougar Challenge, Nanook Classic and Molten Golden Gate Classic All-tournament teams...had a career-high six aces in three-game Alaska Fairbanks match...had career-high 21 kills and 25 digs at UCLA...with LaToya Harris lead team with 3.50 kills per game and 45 aces (0.42 sapg, tied for 4th Pac-10)...2.98 dpg average is second only to libero on team...4.30 points per game lead Cougars and 10th in Pac-10...reached double-double kills/digs in 14 of the 30 matches this season and half of all Pac-10 matches...honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in 2001...this year's 45 aces is sixth and last season's 43 aces is seventh on WSU's single season all-time standings...98 career aces is sixth in WSU career standings.
#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, So., L/DS, Walla Walla, Wash.) - Played in 19 games this season as a defensive specialist and libero...has 17 digs this season...subbed in for big serve in win against UCLA 10/25.
#12 Holly Harris (6-2, Sr., MH, Sandy, Utah) - Selected to 2002 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...also named to 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team...0.99 bpg is second on team...conference only 1.07 bpg is 10th in Pac-10...fourth on squad with 2.30 kpg and 2.96 points per game...her .254 hitting percentage best on team...in wins over No. 17 Arizona and No. 24 Arizona State had 25 kills, hit .388, had five blocks and contributed 30.5 points...season-high 10 blocks against USC 10/26...on WSU's career blocking categories - seventh in solo blocks (53), fifth in block assists (333), and sixth in total blocks (386)...just missed the 1,000 career kills with a four-year total of 996...holds school match record with a .909 hitting percentage (10 kills, 0 errors, 11 attacks) in 2001 match vs. Oregon...playing first season on Cougar women's basketball team.
#13 Chelsie Schafer (5-10, Sr., RS/LS, Saskatoon, Sask., Canada) - Selected to 2002 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...also named to 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team...strong contributor to Cougar Challenge title with 3.33 kills per game...came on strong in the second half of the Pac-10 schedule...conference only stats are 3.16 kpg, .243 hitting percentage and 2.48 dpg...on ASU, UA trip, landed 36 kills with a .408 hpct and 27 digs...number three hitter on team with 3.16 kpg and third in points per game at 3.53 ppg...left UW match (11/8) in the middle of the third game with a sprained ankle but came back and played next week in Cal and Stanford wins...ten double/doubles this season.
#14 Jen Barcus (6-1, Fr., MB, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) - Back pain is being treated and evaluated after seeing action in four of the Cougars first 10 games and had four blocks...not expected to return this season...highly sought-after prep volleyball and basketball player.
#16 Victoria Prince (6-0, So., MH, Kennewick, Wash.) - One of three Cougars selected to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team...outstanding blocker...at Nanook Classic, had 12 blocks in nine games (1.33 bpg) including six blocks vs. UAF...had career-high 11 kills and 11 blocks in win over No. 13 UCLA...served five aces against Oregon State...at USF tourney, had 22 kills (.500), four aces and nine blocks...lead team with 1.21 blocks per game (6th Pac-10) and a 1.28 bpg average in conference only matches (8th best in Pac-10)...had six or more blocks in eight Pac-10 matches this season...120 block assists this year is seventh in WSU single season records...excellent jump server...0.34 average ace per game.
#17 LaQuï¿½ Branch (5-8, Fr., OH, Yakima, Wash.) - Had knee surgery Nov. 15 similar to Zanda Bautre...had seen action in six games before the stress fractures incapacitated her.
#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, Sr., OH, Portland, Ore.) - Earned her third All-Pac-10 First team selection this year...joined 19 other players who have been three-time all-conference selections, including former Cougar Sarah Silvernail...one of three Cougars selected to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team...named MVP of Cougar Challenge tournament for second time in three years...fourth consecutive year named to all-tournament team...also voted MVP of Nanook Classic and USF Molten Golden Gate Classic...tied for team lead with Adrian Hankoff at 3.50 kpg...4.17 points per game is second on squad...13 matches with double/doubles (kills/digs) this season and half of all Pac-10 matches...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...a four-year starter who finished third in WSU career kills (1,459), first in aces (143), and third in digs (1,178)...among the top 35 players in Pac-10 career kills and all-time digs, and 43rd in the conference to reach 1,000 kills and digs...also jumped into WSU's blocking records at 10th with 254 career total blocks...three-year team captain...earned Pac-10 Player of the Week for Nov. 10-16 after she pounded 40 kills, hit .367, and dug up 27 balls in the Cougars' 3-0 win over Cal and 3-1 upset over No. 1 Stanford.
#22 Kristen Carlson (6-2, Fr., OH, Purcellville, Va.) - Red-shirt...withdrew from school Oct. 22, for person reasons but returned to WSU for Spring 2003 semester.
GREATNESS IN THE FUTURE: Three outstanding players from the Northwest, a Canadian Junior National player, and the Nevada Player of the Year, have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and play volleyball for Washington State University next fall according to Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick...joining the Cougar volleyball program in the fall of 2003 are: McKenzie Burgess, a 5-11 outside hitter from Benton City, Wash., Jessie Camp, a 6-1 right side hitter from Gresham, Ore., Kelly Rosin, a 6-1 outside hitter from Springfield, Ore., Liz Spear, a 6-3 middle blocker from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, and Jennifer Todd, a 6-3 middle blocker from Henderson, Nev.