Cougars Prepare For Home Match Against Idaho

Oct. 27, 2003

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COUGARS HOST VANDALS, TREK TO LOS ANGELES: The Washington State volleyball team (7-14, 3-8) hosts Idaho (12-8) Tuesday night at Bohler Gym in the last non-conference match of the season for the Cougs...the matches at the end of the week pit WSU against another two top-ranked schools...WSU plays at No. 8 UCLA (16-4*, 8-3) Friday night at 7 No. 1 USC (20-0, 11-0) Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the Lyon Center, after the WSU football plays USC in a 4 p.m. game at the LA Coliseum...UCLA also plays a non-conference match Tuesday night at Northridge.

TUESDAY SPECIALS: There are several specials for the WSU-Idaho volleyball match...anyone who provides a stub from the WSU - Oregon State football game held Sat. at Martin Stadium can get in for just $1 each...all other admission is just $2 each...the first 250 fans through the doors will be the recipients of free tacos from Taco Time as part of the Taco Tuesday promotion.

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...WSU has produced 410 kills in the eight matches so far in October, with two matches left to play in the month...the players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...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 276-186 (.597) while her overall record is 362-246 (.595) in her 19 years as a collegiate head coach...under Fredrick's mentorship, the Cougars have a 129-134 (.490) record in Pac-10 Conference matches...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 the Palouse, the radio broadcasts can be heard on KRPL-AM, 1400...for the internet connection, go to for the audio link and be aware of the broadcasting fee this year...all Pac-10 away matches and post-season matches will be broadcast

LAST TIME: At Bohler Gym, No. 8 UCLA lost the first two games but strung together three game wins to defeat WSU 23-30, 27-30, 30-25, 30-27, 15-10...UCLA's Brynn Murphy led all players with 21 kills (.311) and had two aces, 11 digs and four blocks...Kristen Carlson led WSU with 19 kills (.068)...No. 1 USC defeated WSU 30-15, 30-16, 30-12...Cougars were without injured starters Zanda Bautre, Kelly Rosin and for one game, Carlson...USC hit .512 for the match while WSU hit a school-record low of -.030...Larson and Carlson had five kills each to lead the Cougs...April Ross had 12 kills for the Women of Troy while Bibiana Candelas and Katie Olsovsky had five blocks each.

ABOUT THE COUGAR OPPONENTS: IDAHO VANDALS (12-8) - Neighbor to the East, Idaho is a member of the Big West (Eastern Div.)...conference record is 4-6...Idaho has played and lost to four ranked teams this year - No. 11 UCLA (3-0), No. 18 Washington (3-0), No. 20 Pacific (3-2), and No.19 UC Santa Barbara (3-1)...Vandals are riding a four-game win streak...senior Anna-Maria Hammond (6-2, MB) leads the team with 4.65 kpg, a .317 hitting percentage and 1.20 bpg...Sarah Meek (6-1, Jr., MB) adds 3.18 kpg (.292) and 1.38 bpg...setter Mandy Becker (5-9, Jr.) has a 12.49 assists per game average...Jessica Yearout (5-7, So., DS) brings up 4.07 dpg...head coach Debbie Buchanan (50-57 record, four years)...WSU leads the series 37-13...Cougars have won the past eight contests with the Vandals...Idaho's last win in Pullman was Oct. 23, 1990.

NO. 8 UCLA BRUINS (16-4, 8-3 pending 10/28 Northridge match) - UCLA has two wins against ranked teams (No. 22 Louisville and No. 6 Minnesota) and two losses against ranked teams (No. 2 Hawai'i and No. 1 USC)...the Bruins' leader is Brynn Murphy (junior, 6-3, MB) with 3.90 kpg (6th Pac-10) and 1.00 bpg...Heather Cullen (junior, 6-1 RS/OH) adds 3.22 kpg...Cira Wright (senior, 6-0 MB) brings a 1.37 bpg average...setters Krystal McFarland (10.06 apg) and Haley Jorgensborg (6.73 apg)...All-Pac-10 libero Chrissie Zartman has a 4.05 dpg average (1st Pac-10)...head coach Andy Banachowski (949-237 record in 37 years)...UCLA leads the series 28-7...WSU won last year at Bohler Gym, a 3-2 contest.

NO. 1 USC WOMEN OF TROY (20-0, 11-0) - USC has wins over eight ranked teams (No. 3 Florida, No. 2 Hawai'i, No. 8 Northern Iowa, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 9 UCLA, No. 13 Washington, No. 7 Stanford, and No. 5 Cal)...Women of Troy have three hitters over 3.00 kpg - 6-6 junior MB Emily Adams 3.60 kpg (7th Pac-10), 6-1 senior OH April Ross 3.60 kpg, and 6-1 junior OH Keao Burdine 3.25 kpg (9th Pac-10)...Adams has an outstanding 1.46 bpg average (3rd Pac-10) while Bibiana Candelas (6-5, soph., MB) averages 1.18 bpg (6th Pac-10)...setter Toni Anderson's 10.37 apg (4th Pac-10)...Nicole Davis (senior 5-6 libero) digs up 3.79 per game (2nd Pac-10)...Ross leads the Pac-10 in aces with a 0.65 sapg...head coach Mick Haley (76-5, 3 years at USC; 849-193-1 overall record 27 years)...USC leads the series 26-10 with WSU's last win , a 3-1 match at Los Angeles in 1998.

NATIONAL POLLS: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 27, shows USC, at 20-0, the national leader...California dropped to No. 7 and Stanford moved ahead of the Bears for No. 6...three other Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top 10 this week, including No. 9 UCLA, and No. 10 Washington...the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll for Oct. 27, shows USC first, California seventh, Stanford eighth and Washington 12th.

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 still not ranked in the top 25 in the national attendance...WSU's 933 average for the 14 home matches is Cougar crowd was the 1,789 fans at the WSU vs. Washington match Oct. 17...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,246 fans (17 home matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school at seventh with 1,889 (8 matches).

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'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.

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
Thursday, Oct. 2, UCLA at Washington State
Friday, Oct. 17, Washington at Washington State
Thursday, Nov. 6, Oregon State at Washington State

Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Mia Jerkov, California 5.92 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Emily Adams, USC .474)
Assists - 3rd Brenn Larson 10.67 (Courtney Thompson, Washington 13.70 apg)
Service Aces - no WSU player (April Ross, USC .065 sapg)
Digs - 8th Zanda Bautre 3.16 dpg (Candace Lee, Washington 4.13 dpg)
Blocks - 4th Jennifer Todd 1.22 bpg, T5th Jen Barcus 1.20 bpg (Jennifer Harvey, Stanford 1.57 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Mia Jerkov, California 6.61 ppg)

Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 9th with 13.73 kpg (USC 17.62 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .168 (USC .356)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 3rd at .184 (USC .125)
Assists - WSU is 9th at 12.36 apg (USC 16.08 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 1.33 sapg (Arizona State 1.91 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 7th at 15.00 dpg (UCLA 16.30 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 4th at 2.57 bpg (Stanford 3.13 bpg)

NOTES: In conference only stats standings...Kristen Carlson is 6th in kills (3.60 kpg) and 9th in points (4.26 ppg)...Jen Barcus is 10th in service aces (0.32 sapg)...Zanda Baute is 10th in digs (3.16 dpg) blocks per game Jenn Todd and Jen Barcus are tied for 6th (1.15 bpg)...Brenn Larson is 4th in assists (10.70 apg).

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS? #13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, RS-FR, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) Missed freshman season due to recurring back pain...1.20 bpg (2nd team, T5th Pac-10)...tallied 10 blocks against Wichita State, Loyola Marymount and Oregon match to date was 10 kills (.375) and 10 blocks in win over No. 22 Loyola Marymount.

#77 Zanda Bautre (5-9, OH, SR, Riga, Latvia) Lone senior on the 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 3.27 kpg...also contributing 3.16 dpg (8th Pac-10)...tops on team at 3.76 ppg...13 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...missed USC match due to 'bad wheels'...had career-high four service aces in win at Oregon.

#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, JR, Walla Walla, Wash.) This season has shared libero duties with Sheila Gluzer and Megan Camp...subs in to serve and play defensive specialist.

#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...had surgery Nov. 15, 2002, then rehab...has played in 15 games (8 matches) this year...started and played the three games against No. 1 USC.

#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.

# 10 McKenzie Burgess (6-0, MB/OH , FR, Benton City, Wash.) Subbed into 10 games in six matches to date.

# 8 Jessie Camp (6-1, OH, FR, Gresham, Ore.) Missed most of preseason practice...started at Utah...had 11 kills (.304) and four blocks in upset win over No. 22 Loyola Marymount...started and played the three games against No. 1 USC...season-high 12 kills against Gonzaga (.308).

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, SO, Spokane, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...played in 36 games to date including starting as libero in match against No. 1 USC...had eight digs in that match...season-high 17 digs came at Oregon State.

#22 Kristen Carlson (6-2, OH, RS-FR, Purcellville, Va.) Named to Cougar Challenge and Cougar Mania All-Tournament teams...averaging 3.21 kpg (2nd team), 2.96 dpg (2nd team)...11 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...second on team with 3.75 wins over Arizona and ASU had 4.71 kpg, 3.00 dpg, 1.00 bpg and 5.21 ppg...hitting 3.60 kpg in Pac-10 only...struggles with sore back.

# 6 Melanie Greene (5-11, OH, RS-FR, Nampa, Idaho) Played in 15 games in eight matches this season...had four kills and four digs against Utah.

#1 Sheila Gluzer (5-5, L/DS, FR, Oak Park, Calif.) Recruited walk-on...playing libero in 13 games (six matches)...2.54 dpg.

# 7 Stacey Holbrook (5-5, L/DS, JR, Newhall, Calif.) Recruited walk-on...played in six games to date.

#4 Brenn Larson (5-11, S, SO, Westlake, Calif.) Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament co-captain...played in first three matches of season then missed six with high ankle sprain (right leg)...returned for start of Pac-10 season...averaging 10.67 assists per game (3rd Pac-10)...adds 2.37 dpg, third among starters...leads team with .240 hitting percentage.

#16 April Lott (6-0, MB, FR, Kennewick, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...subbed in to play in Gonzaga match.

#18 Kali Richards (5-7, S/L, FR, Spokane, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...stepped in to share setting duties with Ashley Bristol at Utah Tournament...shared duties at Cougar Mania Tournament with Zanda Bautre...played 26 games (eight matches) with 5.04 assists per game average...added 2.08 dpg.

#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, FR, Springfield, Ore.) Starter who has missed five matches due to sore back...contributed seven blocks in ASU win...0.75 bpg average(third on team) and 0.92 bpg in Pac-10 only kills output was 12 versus Wichita State.

# 12 Liz Spear (6-3, MB, FR, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Seen action in 19 games to date (nine matches)...had six kills against UVSC and four blocks against Missouri.

#3 Jennifer Todd (6-3, MB, FR, Henderson, Nev.) Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Recruit...starting middle blocker...named to Cougar Mania All-Tournament Team...averaging 2.31 kpg (3rd team)...blocks average of 1.22 blocks per game average is 4th best in Pac-10...10 blocks in win over ASU...knocking down 1.15 bpg in Pac-10 only matches...had 12 kills (.435) and hauled down nine blocks in upset of No. 22 Loyola Marymount...12 kills and hit .409 in Oregon win...hit .600 vs. Washington (9 kills, 0 errors, 15 attacks)...3.21 points per game is third on team.

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