WSU Takes On No. 11 California In Volleyball Action Thursday

Sept. 23, 2003

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COUGS TAKE ON TWO RANKED FOES ON THE ROAD: The Washington State volleyball team improved its overall record to 5-6 last weekend and now share first place in the Pac-10 Conference with three other undefeated teams - Washington (11-0, 2-0), California (10-0, 2-0), and Stanford (8-2, 2-0)...WSU defeated No. 16 Arizona 3-1 and Arizona 3-0 at Bohler Gym...the Cougars have extended their win streak to four matches but will face two ranked teams on the road this week...WSU takes on No. 11 California Thursday night at Berkeley and will meet No. 4 Stanford Friday night at Stanford...both matches begin at 7 p.m.

FREDRICK MILESTONE: WSU Head Coach Cindy Fredrick will coach her 600th collegiate volleyball match this Friday as her Cougars team plays No. 4 Stanford...Fredrick has a 360-238 record in her 19 years as a collegiate coach which is a .602 winning percentage.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: WSU will have four matches televised this season, all on a next-day, tape-delayed basis...check your FOX Sports Net station for dates and times:
Friday, Sept. 26, Washington State at Stanford
Friday, Oct. 17, Washington at Washington State
Thursday, Oct. 2, UCLA at Washington State
Thursday, Nov. 6, Oregon State at Washington State

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: The local LIVE and Internet accessible radio broadcasts of the WSU volleyball road matches are back...Alex Webster returns for his eighth season as the voice of Cougar volleyball...in the Palouse, the radio broadcasts can be heard on KRPL-AM, 1400...for the internet connection, go to www.wsucougars.com for the audio link and be aware of the yahoo.com broadcasting fee this year...in addition to the Utah Hampton Inn Classic matches, all Pac-10 away matches and post-season matches will be broadcast.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her 15th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 274-181 (.602) while her overall collegiate record is 360-238 (.602) in 19 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (15th year), and former Cougar standout, Jen Greeny (fourth year)...three-time All-Pac-10 first team selection La Toya Harris is serving as an undergraduate assistant coach this season.

NATIONAL POLLS: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 22, shows USC, at 10-0, the national leader...Stanford is ranked 4th while California moved to No. 11...Washington State is among 14 schools receiving points in the poll...other Pac-10 schools ranked include No. 8 UCLA, No. 13 Washington, and No. 22 Arizona...the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll for Sept. 22, USC is first, Stanford fourth and California 11th.

NOTES: WSU has defeated seven of the last eight ranked opponents in Bohler Gym including every Pac-10 team last season except No. 1 USC...this season WSU has wins over two ranked teams - No. 22 LMU and No. 16 Arizona...after defeating WSU in five games at the Cougar Challenge Tournament, San Francisco has stayed undefeated in 15 matches...in one of the Pac-10 quirks of scheduling, Stanford will not play No. 13 Washington Thursday night, Sept. 26, but will meet the Huskies Saturday, Sept. 27...Cal plays the Thursday-Friday schedule because the Bears host a Pac-10 football game Saturday but the Cardinal pigskin team is not playing at home so hosts the traditional Friday-Saturday volleyball contests.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: WSU dropped out of the top 25 in the national attendance rankings...Cougars have an average home attendance of 725 fans (8 home matches)...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,165 fans (12 home matches)...UCLA is the top Pac-10 school with 2,003 fans in attendance when the Bruins took on top-ranked and cross-town rival USC last Friday on national TV...Stanford is 8th with 1,880 fans average for two home matches.

ABOUT THE COUGAR OPPONENTS: NO. 11 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (10-0, 2-0) - Cal is off to an undefeated start, and at 10-0, the best start in school history...but no wins over ranked teams...the Golden Bears swept both Oregon and Oregon State last weekend on the road...Cal's leader is Mia Jerkov, a 6-3 junior OH from Croatia...Jerkov's 6.16 kpg leads the Pac-10, hitting an outstanding .341, 3.12 dpg (10th Pac-10), and 6.84 ppg (2nd Pac-10)...5-10 junior OH Gabrielle Abernathy adds 3.70 kpg and has landed 30 aces this season (0.57 apg is 3rd Pac-10)...junior Camille Leffall contributed 1.62 bpg (2nd Pac-10)...freshman setter Samantha Carter has a 13.22 apg average (2nd Pac-10)...head coach Rich Feller (66-60, 5 years; career 365-227, 19 years)...Washington State leads the series 21-18-1...Cal won last year at Berkeley, 3-2 while WSU won at Pullman, 3-0...when playing at Berkeley, ten matches have gone to five games with WSU winning six contests and Cal taking four.

NO. 4 STANFORD CARDINAL (8-2, 2-0) - Stanford's losses have come against the only ranked teams played so far this season - No. 3 Florida (0-3), and No. 2 Hawai'i (2-3)...Cardinal defeated Oregon State 3-1 and Oregon 3-0 last weekend...kills leader is All-American Ogonna Nnamani (6-1, junior OH) with 5.41 kpg (3rd Pac-10) and 6.03 ppg (4th Pac-10)...Jennifer Harvey and Sara McGee are the blocks leaders withy Harvey's 1.83 bpg (1st Pac-10) and McGee's 1.06 bpg (8th Pac-10)...sophomore setter Katie Goldhahn (9.14 apg7th Pac-10) and senior Anna Robingson (5.48 apg) run the offense...no Cardinal in the Pac-10 top 10 for digs...head coach John Dunning (73-9, 3 years; career record 510-111, 20 years)...Stanford leads the series 31-3...WSU wins have all come at Pullman (1996, 2000, 2002).

PAC-10 COACHES PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: USC was selected to successfully defend its league championship in 2003...Stanford, the NCAA national runners-up, were predicted to finish second...the Pac-10 coaches have correctly selected the conference champion in eight of the 14 previous polls...coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team and points are tallied as 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2 with first place votes listed in parentheses: 1. USC (9) 90, 2. Stanford (1) 82, 3. Arizona and UCLA 68, 5. California 61, 6. Washington 49, 7. Arizona State 39, 8. Washington State 36, 9. Oregon State 28, 10. Oregon 19.

WSU'S RECRUITING CLASS RANKED EIGHTH NATIONALLY: Washington State University's volleyball newcomers are listed as the eighth-best recruiting class in the October 2003 issue of Volleyball Magazine...the monthly publication lists the top 20 recruiting classes playing at NCAA Division I schools this fall...six Pac-10 member schools were listed with Stanford first, UCLA fifth, Arizona 12th, USC 18th, and California 19th...WSU has nine freshmen and one junior college transfer...Cougars freshman Jennifer Todd, a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Recruit honoree from Las Vegas, Nev., is pictured in the article.

BEATIN' 'EM IN BOHLER GYM - ADVANTAGE COUGARS: During the last ten seasons (1991 through 2002 excluding the 1998 and '99 seasons when the team played in Beasley Coliseum), WSU has used Bohler Gym as its home court, the Cougars racked up a 222-86 record (.720), averaged 22 wins per season, and made ten post season appearances.

COUGARS CHARITY NO. 2, THE ABC CAMPAIGN: Cougar volleyball and the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies, have joined together for the Attacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pledge Drive for the second year...October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cougar players will be collecting monetary pledges for each attack which results in a kill (and a point) for WSU during the eight matches this month...last year the team raised $1,019...the players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

WSU QUICKSETS DINNER: Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Cindy Fredrick and the visiting Pac-10 coaches give the inside scoop on the strategies of that evening's match at the Cougar Volleyball Quicksets Dinners...the Quicksets dinners are held in Bohler Addition Rooms 184/186, on the Friday evenings of Pac-10 home matches...the cost is $10 per person and includes dinner from Pete's Bar & Grill...RSVP the Tuesday prior by calling toll free 877-462-2684 or locally at 509-335-0220...Quicksets are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. for Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, and Nov. 7.

STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Mia Jerkov, California 6.16 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Darla Myhre, Washington .444)
Assists - no WSU player* (Carolyn Thompson, Washington 13.22 apg)
Service Aces - no WSU player (April Ross, USC .074 sapg)
Digs - 6th Kristen Carlson 3.43 dpg, 9th Zanda Bautre 3.14 dpg (Candace Lee, Washington 4.22 dpg)
Blocks - 5th Jennifer Todd 1.36 bpg, 6th Jen Barcus 1.35 bpg (Jennifer Harvey, Stanford 1.83 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Sanja Tomasevic, Washington 7.04 ppg)
*Cougar setter Brenn Larson missed six matches so had no played in the required 2/3 of matches to be listed.

Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.67 kpg (USC 17.71 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .165 (Washington .351)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 3rd at .152 (USC .120)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 12.16 apg (USC 16.45 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 1.47 sapg (Washington 2.27 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 3rd at 15.87 dpg (California 17.09 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 3rd at 2.82 bpg (Stanford 3.61 bpg)

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, RS-FR, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) Missed freshman season due to recurring back pain...1.35 bpg is second on team, 6th in Pac-10...tallied 10 blocks against Wichita State...best match to date was 10 kills (.375) and 10 blocks in win over No. 22 Loyola Marymount...averaging 7.5 bpg in the last four matches.#77 Zanda Bautre (5-9, OH, SR, Riga, Latvia) Lone senior on the team...co-captain...missed half of last season after knee surgery...named to Utah Hampton Inn Classic and Cougar Mania All-Tournament teams...stepped into setter's role during Mania tourney...named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the Sept. 8-14, for her 41 kills/3.73 kpg (.309), 69 assists and 40 digs in the Cougar Mania Tournament...leads team with 3.45 kpg...also contributing 3.14 dpg, second on team and 9th in Pac-10...eight double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...leads team with 3.79 points per game.#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, JR, Walla Walla, Wash.) Shares libero duties with Sheila Gluzer...subs in to serve...averaging 2.05 dpg.#17 LaQu� Branch (5-8, OH, SO, Yakima, Wash.) Saw limited action in early season last year but stress fractures put her on the bench...surgery Nov. 15, 2002, then rehab...has subbed in to play in nine games this year.#2 Ashley Bristol (5-9, S, FR, Winnemucca, Nev.) Recruited walk-on...stepped in to share setting duties with Kali Richards at Utah Tournament...played 13 games (3 matches) with 4.08 assists per game average.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: The local LIVE and Internet accessible radio broadcasts of the WSU volleyball road matches are back...Alex Webster returns for his eighth season as the voice of Cougar volleyball...in the Palouse, the radio broadcasts can be heard on KRPL-AM, 1400...for the internet connection, go to www.wsucougars.com for the audio link and be aware of the yahoo.com broadcasting fee this year...all Pac-10 away matches and post-season matches will be broadcast.

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