Cougar Volleyball Home For Stanford, Cal Matches

Oct. 18, 2004

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WSU VOLLEYBALL HOME SWEET HOME: After being on the road for six out of the past seven weekends, the Washington State volleyball team (3-17, 0-7) will stay home for a pair of Pac-10 matches in Bohler Gym...and while playing on the home court may seem like a treat, the Cougs will take on No. 11 Stanford (14-4, 6-1) Friday night, Oct. 22, and No. 13 California (10-6, 5-2) Saturday night, Oct. 23...both matches begin at 7 p.m...the Cardinal are currently in second in the Pac-10 standings with only one conference loss to USC...Cal is tied for third with USC, having lost to Stanford and UCLA in league action this year...Golden Bears have played surprisingly well without the services of senior OH Mia Jerkov, All-Pac-10 player and contender for Pac-10 and national player of the year before deciding to stay home in Croatia this year.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan became the 10th volleyball head coach in Washington State University history when he was appointed June 2004...Heffernan joined the Cougars after a successful four-year stint at the University of Minnesota as an associate head coach and assistant coach...the Golden Gophers were 2002 Big Ten Conference champions...four NCAA tournament appearances including 2003 national semi-final match...WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry and Kevin Wray, and volunteer Kevin Marts.

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 third consecutive 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 ten matches this month...the 2003 campaign raised $1,623.35 and the team raised $1,019 in 2002...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 Brian Heffernan 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 Athletic Complex 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 Oct. 1, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, and Nov. 26.

COUGAR OPPONENTS THIS WEEK: NO. 11 STANFORD CARDINAL (14-4, 6-1) - Stanford's losses have come against No. 2 USC (3-1), No. 7 Penn State (3-2) and unexpectedly twice against unranked Saint Mary's (3-2 and 3-1)...the Cardinal kills leader is All-American and US Olympic team player Ogonna Nnamani (6-1, Sr., OH) leads the Pac-10 in both kills (5.70 kpg) and points (6.39 ppg)...Kristin Richards (6-0, So., OH) adds 3.86 kpg (9th Pac-10) and is the digs leader with 3.80 dpg (7th Pac-10)...Lizzie Suiter (6-2, So., MB) is the top blocker with a 1.61 bpg average (2nd Pac-10) blocking average of 3.46 bpg (1st Pac-10) and is in the top 15 nationally...last week...Bryn Kehoe (5-11, Fr., S) sets an 11.61 assists per game average (6th Pac-10)...head coach John Dunning (104-18, 4 years; career record 541-120, 21 years)...Stanford leads the series 33-3...WSU wins have all come in Bohler Gym at Pullman (1996, 2000, 2002).

NO. 13 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (10-6, 5-2) - Cal comes to the Palouse with conference losses to Stanford (3-2) and UCLA (3-0) and non-conference losses to currently ranked teams UC Santa Barbara (3-0), Texas A&M (3-0) and Hawaii (3-0)...Cal's leader of the past two seasons, Mia Jerkov (6-3, Sr., OH) did not return to Berkeley this year...Angie Pressey (5-8, Fr., OH) leads the Bears with 3.93 kpg (6th pac-10)...Gabrielle Abernathy (5-11, Sr., OH) adds 3.76 kpg and 0.37 apg (T8th Pac-10)...Camille Leffall (6-1, Sr., MH) stops 1.19 bpg (6th Pac-10)...Jillian Davis (5-9, So., L) has a 5.52 dpg average (1st Pac-10)...Samantha Carter (6-0, So., S) has a 13.36 apg average (2nd Pac-10)...head coach Rich Feller (91-73, 6 years; career 390-240, 20 years)...Washington State leads the overall series 21-20-1, and 20-16 in Pac-10 matches...Cal won both matches last year...WSU's last win was in 2002 in Pullman (3-0), and leads the series 12-5 in Pullman.

LAST WEEK: The Cougars lost their final non-conference match of the season, played Tuesday at Idaho (22-30, 30-15, 31-29, 30-24)...WSU lost a pair on the road, Friday at No. 22 Arizona (30-18, 30-22, 30-19) and Saturday at Arizona State (30-19, 30-25, 21-30, 28-30, 15-9)...WSU sophomore Kelly Rosin had 54 kills (4.50 kpg) and sophomore Jenn Todd added 49 kills (4.08 kpg)...Todd's hitting percentage for the three matches was .316 including a season-high hitting percentage of .581 at ASU...senior libero Stacey Holbrook added 44 digs (3.67 dpg).

CURRENT USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES TOP 25 POLL: Washington (15-0) maintained its top spot in spite of losing its top player to injury (Sanja Tomasevic broke her hand in two places 10/14 and will be out 4-5 weeks)...USC and Minnesota swapped places again as Minnesota moved to No. 2 and USC took the No. 3 position...other Pac-10 schools ranked include Stanford (11th), UCLA (12th), California (13th), and Arizona (23rd)...after this weekend, WSU will have played eight team currently ranked in the Top 25, at least once and can look forward to meeting six of these teams one more time this season.

PAC-10 COACHES PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: WSU's women's volleyball team was predicted to finish tied for ninth in the 2004 conference standings by a preseason vote of the Pacific-10 Conference volleyball coaches...Southern California (89 points) was selected by the coaches to repeat as league champions while cross town rival UCLA (78) was selected to finish second league this season...the rest of the preseason Pac-10 Poll shows an order of third place Washington (71) followed by Stanford (69), California (58), Arizona (55), Arizona State (38), Oregon State (36) with Oregon tied with WSU for ninth (23)...the Pac-10 coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2), have correctly selected the conference champion in nine of the 15 previous polls.

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, Oct. 1, Oregon State at Pullman; Friday, Oct. 8, Washington State at Washington; Friday, Oct. 15, Washington State at Arizona; and Thursday, Nov. 11, Arizona State at Pullman.

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