Cougars Prepare For Three Northwest Foes

Oct. 6, 2003

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COUGARS TAKE ON GONZAGA AND OREGON SCHOOLS: For the first time in a month, the Washington State volleyball team will not play ranked opponent...the Cougars, now 5-10 overall, 2-4 in Pac-10 action, will play three matches with non-conference Gonzaga (3-13) coming to Pullman Tuesday, Oct. 7, and WSU traveling to Oregon for matches at OSU (11-6, 1-4) Friday, Oct. 10, and at Oregon (3-11, 0-5) Saturday, Oct. 11...WSU has a 3-6 record in non-conference action...the Cougars have defeated the Zags in 13 consecutive meetings - 1990 was the last GU win over WSU...after winning the first two Pac-10 matches, the Cougs have lost four straight contests, all to teams ranked 11th or higher in the national poll.

COUGARS CHARITY - 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 for the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse...the players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her 15th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 274-185 (.597) while her overall record is 360-242 (.598) in her 19 years as a collegiate head coach...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.

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.

NOTES: WSU has played and lost five five-game matches this season...only in the loss to No. 8 UCLA did WSU have a 2-0 lead after the first two games...the Cougars, playing without two starters, set a less-than-memorable school record in the 3-0 loss to No. 1 USC last Friday...WSU hit -.030 in the three-game loss to the top-ranked Women of Troy, surpassing the record low team hitting percentage of .011 set against Stanford in 1999...USC hit .512 in the match...Washington State is fourth in the Pac-10 in opponent hitting percentage, keeping the Cougar foes hitting an average of .177.

BIG BLOCKING COUGS: The big blocks have come on the WSU side of the net this season as freshman Jennifer Todd is averaging 1.36 bpg, fifth-best in Pac-10 standings, and redshirt freshman Jen Barcus is contributing 1.21 bpg, seventh-best in Pac-10 this season...Todd's average was 29th-best nationally last week (1.41 bpg) as WSU's team average of 2.81 was 30th-best nationally...this week the Cougar team is averaging 2.70 bpg which is behind only national leader Stanford (3.59 bpg) and sixth-nationally USC (3.26 bpg)...in Pac-10 only matches, Todd has a 1.57 bpg average while Barcus contributes 1.10 bpg and freshman Kelly Rosin at 1.00 bpg.

ABOUT THE COUGAR OPPONENTS:
GONZAGA BULLDOGS (3-13) - Neighbors to the North, Gonzaga is a member of the West Coast Conference where the Zags have an 0-2 record to date...the Bulldogs are coming off losses to No. 16 Santa Clara and No. 19 San Diego...GU opened the season with a 2-3 loss at Oregon State...B'dogs are led by the 3.12 kpg of 5-11 OH junior Christina Davis...6-2 senior MB Abby Cullen adds 3.07 kpg and 1.39 bpg...head coach Kip Yoshimura (7-37, 2 years)...WSU leads the series 26-9...Gonzaga's last win came in 1990...WSU has won 13 times since.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (11-6, 1-4) - Sole Pac-10 win came last week as Beavs swept Oregon at home...no wins against ranked teams...5-11 junior OH Allison Lawrence leads OSU with 3.81 kpg (7th Pac-10), 3.41dpg (5th Pac-10), 0.49 ace per game (4th Pac-10), and 4.42 ppg (9th Pac-10)...5-10 junior OH Anne Watts-Roberts adds 3.25 kpg...senior setter Laura Collins has a 10.20 apg average (5th Pac-10)...head coach Nancy Somera (60-72, 5 years)...Washington State leads the series 38-25...the Cougars have won the past three meetings (one in Corvallis, two in Pullman).

OREGON DUCKS (3-11, 0-5) - Wins have come against Temple, Wake Forest and Villanova...lost six consecutive matches...led by the 3.29 kpg of 6-1 sophomore MB Kelly Russell...5-10 junior libero Katie O'Neil averages 2.98 dpg...Kristen Bitter, 6-4 freshman MB, leads the Ducks with 0.98 bpg...setter Jodi Bell's 9.14 apg (8th Pac-10)...head coach Carl Fereira (33-72, 4 years at Oregon; 181-128, 10 years career)...Washington State leads the series 30-27-2...Cougars' win streak is at 24 matches...last Duck win was in 1990 at Eugene.

NATIONAL POLLS: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 6, shows USC, at 14-0, the national leader...Stanford is ranked 4th while California is No. 9...other Pac-10 schools ranked include No. 8 UCLA, and No. 13 Washington...the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll for Oct. 6, USC is first.

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.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: WSU is not in the top 25 in the national attendance rankings for the first time in years...Cougars have an average home attendance of 845 fans (10 home matches)...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,215 fans (14 home matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school with 1,679 (5 matches)..WSU's top home crowd came last Friday when No. 1 USC came to Bohler Gym and 1,739 fans attended.

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.

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.

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

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS? - #13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, RS-FR, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) Missed freshman season due to recurring back pain...1.21 bpg is second on team, 7th 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.

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