This Week In Cougar Volleyball

Nov. 17, 2003

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COUGARS END SEASON WITH TRAVEL SOUTH: The Washington State volleyball team (8-19, 4-12) travels down to the Arizona schools this week to take on the only pair of conference teams the Cougars have beaten this year...WSU plays at Arizona State (9-16, 4-12) Friday night at 5 p.m. MT in a match prior to an ASU women's basketball game...Cougars travel to Tucson to meet No. 25 Arizona (14-13, 8-8) Saturday night at 7 p.m. MT.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS:
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (9-16, 4-12) - ASU broke a six-match losing streak last weekend with a 3-1 win at Oregon...other Pac-10 wins have come over Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona at Tempe...5-11 junior OH/OP Natalie Harris leads the team with 3.98 kpg (5th Pac-10)...5-11 senior OH Juliana Escobar was dismissed from the team last week (3.55 kpg, 3.12 dpg (10th Pac-10)...6-3 senior MB/OP Mandy Stephens is the top blocker at 0.69 bpg...running a 6-2 offense (two setters), Cheryl Anglin has a 7.40 apg...head coach Brad Saindon is in his first year at ASU and has a 253-156, 13-year career record...series is tied at 18 wins each, but WSU has won the last five contests.

NO. 25 ARIZONA WILDCATS (14-13, 8-8) - The Wildcats are on a wild ride, making a strong end of the season run for the NCAAs...started Pac-10 with five losses...won 8 of 12 since...first week in polls since first match with Cougars last September...Pac-10 2002 Freshman of the Year, 6-2 OH Kim Glass, leads the Wildcats with 5.56 kpg (2nd Pac-10)...sophomore 6-0 MB Bre Ladd adds 3.28 kpg and 1.03 bpg...Jolene Killough, 6-5, Jr., MB, stops 1.22 bpg (tied 4th Pac-10 with WSU's Todd)...setter Stephanie Butkus has a 11.23 assists average (3rd Pac-10)...libero Kelli Mulvany (5-9, Jr.) adds 3.01 dpg...head coach Dave Rubio (231-122, 12 years; career 351-187, 17 years...Arizona leads the series 25-11...Wildcats lead at Tucson, 14-3 with WSU's last win in 1995.

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 yearroadcast.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her 15th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 277-193 (.589) while her overall record is 363-250 (.592) in her 19 years as a collegiate head coach...under Fredrick's mentorship, the Cougars have a 130-137 (.487) 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.

EARLY RECRUITS INK WITH COUGS: Early signees with Cougar volleyball are Kristin Kelley, a 6-3 MB from Pasadena, Calif., and Nicole Martin, a 6-0 setter from Carmel, Ind...Kelley (Southern California Volleyball Club) attended Toshiyoshida Elite Volleyball Camp....four-year starter and leads La Salle College Prep team in kills and blocks...has .400 hpct as senior...3.8 GPA....Martin (Circle City Volleyball Club) is a three-year starter and set school record for assists in a season, 793, at Carmel High...earned all-state second team and All-Hamilton County honors this season...team won MIC conference title and sectional championship...as a junior, she was the Indiana All-Star South Team captain and selected to the Indianapolis Star Super Team, the All-Metro North and All-Hamilton County Teams...class recipient of the math and leadership program awards at her high school.

VERSUS THE OPPONENTS LAST TIME: WSU opened the conference season with a pair of wins at home...Cougars downed No. 16 Arizona 32-30, 30-27, 25-30, 36-34...first Pac-10 opener loss for Arizona since 1997...Zanda Bautre and Kristen Carlson combined for 42 kills and 25 digs...setter Brenn Larson returned to action after missing six matches with a high ankle sprain and had 42 assists...Jen Barcus added six blocks and four service aces...UA was led by the 23 kills and 13 digs of Kim Glass...Bre Ladd had 13 kills and seven blocks while Kelli Mulvany had a match-high 16 digs...Stephanie Butkus had 51 assists...Cougars were set to win the match in three games but watched an 11-1 third-game lead evaporate to an eventual 25-30 loss...the next night, 1,339 fans watched WSU defeat ASU 30-25, 33-31, 36-34...blocking was the key as Jennifer Todd had 10, Kelly Rosin had seven and Barcus had six and Carlson had four...Carlson was the WSU kills leader with 10...Larson had 27 assists and 11 digs, while Alison Billingsley had 14 digs...ASU had four players with double-figure kills led by Sarah Watkins' 15...Cheryl Anglin had 42 assists and 12 digs and Juliana Escobar added 14 kills and 17 digs...Sun Devils hit .203 and kept WSU to a .129 hitting percentage with 58 kills for ASU and 36 for WSU, and out-dug the Cougars 75 to 55...ASU committed 28 service errors...Cougars had the blocking advantage, 16 to 8.

NATIONAL POLLS: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Nov. 17, shows USC, at 26-0, the national leader...Stanford is No. 7, UCLA is No. 8, California is No. 9, Washington is No. 11, and Arizona returns to the national poll at No. 25...the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll for Nov. 17, shows USC first, Stanford seventh, UCLA ninth, California 13th and Washington 14th.

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's 910 fans average for the 17 home matches is 35th in national attendance standings...top Cougar crowd was the 1,789 fans at the WSU vs. Washington match Oct. 17...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,214 fans (18 home matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school at eighth with 1,866 (11 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.

VOLLEYBALL BANQUET SET: The year-end banquet for the Cougar Volleyball program will be Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. at the Pullman Quality Inn Conference Room...cost is $15 per person and anyone interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling Jonell Peterson at 509-335-0277, no later than Dec. 1.

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.

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 was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cougar players are collecting the money from pledges for each attack that resulted in a kill (and a point) for WSU during October...last year the team raised $1,019 for the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse...WSU produced 512 kills in the 10 matches in October this year...donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277 to pay their pledged money.

NOTABLE: In conference only stats standings: Kristen Carlson is 6th in kills (3.82 kpg) and 9th in points (4.20 ppg)...Zanda Bautre is 10th in kills with a 3.56 kpg...in blocks per game, Jenn Todd is 6th at 1.16 bpg and Jen Barcus is tied for 9th at 1.10 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...1.17 bpg (2nd team, 7th Pac-10)...tallied 10 blocks against Wichita State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon State and UCLA...best match to date was 10 kills (.375) and 10 blocks in win over No. 22 Loyola Marymount...third on team in aces with 25 and 0.25 sapg.

#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 3.44 kpg...also contributing 3.12 dpg (T9th Pac-10)...tops on team with .229 and 3.82 ppg...in Pac-10 only matches had 3.56 kpg and 3.13 dpg...had to step back into setter's role for November matches when Larson injured second ankle...16 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date and two double-doubles with kills and assists...three triple-doubles (kills, assists, digs) came against New Mexico, Loyola Marymount and at Oregon...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...currently subbing in to serve and play defensive specialist...set from back row in USC match for one game.

#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 18 games (10 matches) this year...started and played the three games against No. 1 USC at home.

#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 11 games in seven 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)...seen action in 56 games (19 matches).

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, SO, Spokane, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...played in 51 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 3.17 kpg (2nd team), 2.82 dpg (2nd team)...12 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...second on team with 3.67 ppg...in wins over Arizona and ASU had 4.71 kpg, 3.00 dpg, 1.00 bpg and 5.21 ppg...hitting 3.76 kpg in Pac-10 only (1st team)...struggles with sore back...did not play Oct.31/Nov. 1 against UCLA and USC because of knee injury from Idaho match...came back to play against OSU and Oregon...in Pac-10 only matches, leads team with 3.82 kpg and 4.20 ppg.

# 6 Melanie Greene (5-11, OH, RS-FR, Nampa, Idaho) Played in 25 games in 11 matches this season...had four kills and four digs against Utah...career-high 17 digs at UCLA.

#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 team...team 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 9.99 assists per game (6th Pac-10)...adds 2.32 dpg, third among starters...had triple-double in Idaho match with 10 kills, 32 assists and 16 digs...career assists total is 2,072 for sixth in WSU standings and 468 assists behind No. 5, Kali Surplus (2000-01)...sprained left ankle in Idaho match and re-tweaked it in USC match...will not play again this season.

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

#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 and again against OSU and Oregon at Pullman...played 39 games (13 matches) with 5.51 assists per game average...added 1.92 dpg.

#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, FR, Springfield, Ore.) Starter who missed five matches mid-season due to sore back...contributed seven blocks in ASU win...0.77 bpg average(third on team) and 0.90 bpg in Pac-10 only matches...top kills output was 13 versus Oregon State...had 12 kills and hit .647 against Oregon...at UW had 6 kills, hit .400, had 2 aces and 11 digs.

# 12 Liz Spear (6-3, MB, FR, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Seen action in 29 games to date (12 matches)...had eight kills against Oregon State and served five aces against Oregon...contributed five blocks at Washington.

#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 2.26 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 1.16 bpg in Pac-10 only matches...had 12 kills (.435) and hauled down nine blocks in upset of No. 22 Loyola Marymount...likes playing the Ducks - 12 kills, hit .409 in Oregon and 12 kills, hit .647 in win at Pullman...hit .600 vs. Washington (9 kills, 0 errors, 15 attacks)...3.20 points per game is third on team.

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