Cougar Volleyball Hosts Hot Huskies

Nov. 1, 2004

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WSU VOLLEYBALL HOME FOR TOP-RANKED HUSKIES: The Washington State volleyball team (4-20, 1-10) are home this week for a single match, Friday, Nov. 5, against the top-ranked and undefeated Washington Huskies (19-0, 11-0) in a 7 p.m. match in Bohler is Faculty FREE Friday, with all WSU faculty members admitted free of charge...also, the first 250 fans at the match will receive Cougar Mardi Gras style beads...while the Cougars grabbed their first Pac-10 win of the season last Friday at Eugene, the Dawgs held on to defeat Oregon State 3-2 the same night...WSU will have two weekends at home for the only time this season to start the month of November.

LAST TIME: Washington defeated WSU 30-15, 30-17, 30-20, Oct. 8, before 3,673 fans at the Bank of America Arena in Seattle...UW senior Sanja Tomasevic led all players with 19 kills (.447) while freshman Christal Morrison added 11 kills (.241)...Darla Myhre had a match-high four blocks while setter Courtney Thompson had 41 assists...Candace Lee had 15 digs and Danica Danicic landed three aces...Huskies hit .358 for the match...WSU was led by Kelly Rosin (8 kills) and Jennifer Todd (7 kills)...Nicole Martin, WSU's freshman setter, returned to action after missing five games in two matches the previous weekend due to shoulder pain, had 27 assists...Jessie Camp added 11 digs...Todd, Rosin, Kristin Kelley and Jen Barcus each had a pair of blocks.

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.

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...Remaining Quicksets Dinners are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. for Nov. 5, Nov. 12, and Nov. 26.

ABOUT THE NO. 1 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (19-0, 11-0) - The undefeated Huskies have stayed at the top of the USA Today/CSTV Coaches Top 25 Poll for a month now, in spite of losing the services of 6-1 senior OH Sanja Tomasevic (4.68 kpg) who broke her hand in practice Oct. 14...having an impact is 6-2, freshman OH Christal Morrison's 4.32 kpg (2nd Pac-10) and 0.85 bpg and Brie Hagerty (6-1, Jr., OH) who stepped in for Tomasevic, adds 4.10 kpg (3rd Pac-10)...Darla Myhre (6-2, Jr., MB) adds 1.38 bpg (4th Pac-10)...Candace Lee (5-7, Jr., L) brings 5.60 dpg (1st Pac-10)...setter Courtney Thompson (5-8, So.) has a 14.86 apg average (1st Pac-10)...UW leads the conference in kills (17.51 kpg), hpct (.315), opponent hpct (.136), assists (16.21 apg), and digs (18.10 dpg) Jim McLaughlin (75-36, 4 years at UW; 299-154, 15 years career)...Washington leads the series with Washington State, 43-21 in all-time matches and 24-13 in Pac-10 contests...UW has won four of the past five meetings...when WSU-UW Pac-10 matches have been played in Pullman, the series is tied at nine wins each. -

LAST WEEK: WSU grabbed it first Pac-10 win with a 26-30, 30-28, 25-30, 30-25, 15-6 defeat of Oregon at Eugene Oct. 28...WSU's Kelly Rosin (16 kills, 4 blocks), Liz Spear (14 kills, 9 blocks), Jen Barcus (13 kills, 5 blocks), and Nicole Martin (59 assists, 5 blocks) led the Cougs...WSU out-blocked the Ducks 14 to 5...five WSU players had double-figure digs (Stacey Holbrook 27 digs), Alison Billingsley (20 digs)...UO's leaders included Kelly Russell (25 kills, 24 digs), Allyson Leavitt (24 kills, 26 digs), Katie O'Neil (43 digs), Stephanie Alleman (4 aces), and Heather Madison (59 assists)...both teams played without a starter as WSU sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Todd was in Las Vegas attending a family member's funeral and Oregon sophomore outside hitter Sarah Mason sat out with a sprained ankle...both teams had triple-digit digs (WSU 106, Oregon 123)...the next night at Corvallis, Oregon State swept WSU 30-21, 30-27, 30-18...OSU hadn't won a match since defeating WSU Oct. 1 in Pullman...Allison Lawrence (14 kills), Nina Baltimore (20 digs), Amanda Eggert (4 blocks) led the Beavs...Rosin (13 kills) led WSU...the Cougs out-blocked the Beavers 13 - 6 (Spear 6 blocks, Rosin 5 blocks, Kristin Kelley 5 blocks, Jen Barcus 4 blocks)...Martin had 28 assists.

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 who took pledges will now be collecting for the 452 kills (team total for October) for WSU during the ten matches of the month...the 2003 campaign raised $1,623.35 and the team raised $1,019 in 2002...interested donors may still contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

CURRENT USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES TOP 25 POLL: Washington (19-0) maintained its top spot in the poll for the fifth straight week...Hawai'i moved up to the No. 2 spot (20-0) while Nebraska (19-1) and USC (14-3) jumped over Minnesota (21-3) for the second and third spots...other Pac-10 schools ranked include California (11th), Stanford (12th), UCLA (16th), and Arizona (T22nd)...WSU faces the top-ranked Washington squad this Friday in Bohler Gym.

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.


#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, SO, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team...1.83 kpg, third on team...opened season with a career-high 15 kills (.323) and three blocks against UNLV...had 15 kills (.522) and 6 blocks in win over Gonzaga...averaging 0.88 bpg, second on team...had 6 blocks against No. 2 USC...against No. 22 Arizona, landed 7 kills with 1 error on 10 attacks for .600 hpct...five blocks and 13 kills in win at Oregon.

#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, SR, Walla Walla, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team...added setting duties 10/1 and 10/2 in place of injured Martin...29 assists vs. OSU and 25 assists vs. Oregon...two kills in Syracuse match...two aces against 20 digs in win at Oregon...recorded 12 digs in No.2 USC match...had 11 digs against Pac-10 only matches, 2.08 dpg average.

#10 McKenzie Burgess (5-11, OH, SO, Benton City, Wash.) Left the team the third week in October to try out as a thrower for the Cougar track and field team...a lightly used sub as a freshman...spent first half of this season rehabbing back due to pain...played one game in Radford win with 3 kills on 9 attacks (.333)...played all three games against No. 10 UCLA - had 7 kills (.273), 8 digs and one block...started against OSU, Oregon and Idaho...three block assists against Oregon State....subbed in at UW.

#8 Jessie Camp (6-0, OH, SO, Gresham, Ore.) Returned to action versus OSU/Oregon after recurring knee rehabilitation had kept her from playing...recorded 10 kills, career-high 14 digs and three blocks at Idaho...added some setting duties to her plate against OSU with nine assists...11 digs was team best at UW...equaled season-best with 10 kills at Oregon...averaging 2.03 dpg.

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, JR, Spokane, Wash.) Last season played in 51 games...played in 60 games this year to date...2.13 dpg is second best on team...averaging 2.14 dpg in Pac-10 matches...reached 13 digs twice (San Jose State, Cincinnati)...landed a kill in Radford win...season-high 16 digs came in win at Oregon.

#4 Gwen Davis (5-11, S/RS, JR, Walla Walla, Wash.) Joined the team in fall 2004...practicing daily with team but red-shirting this season.

#17 Carly Hayashikawa (5-4, L/DS, RS-FR, Waikoloa, Hawaii) Transferred from University of Hawai'i in January 2004...spent spring practice with Cougars...averaging 1.16 dpg....seen action in 32 games.

#7 Stacey Holbrook (5-5, L/DS, SR, Newhall, Calif.) Recruited walk-on...played in six games in 2003...starting libero for 2004 season...snagged 29 digs in five-game match against San Jose State, just five off school record...3.69 digs per game average leads Cougs and is 7th in Pac-10 standings...served 4 aces against Radford...dug up team-high 27 in win at Oregon...double-figure digs in 18 of 24 matches to date...four matches with 20+ digs.

#21 Kristin Kelley (6-2, LS/RS, FR, Pasadena, Calif.) Signed with Cougars last fall...worked into starting lineup Sept. 10...had 6 kills and 3 blocks in Miami win...scored on 12 kills (.391) and 2 blocks in Portland win...also landed career-high 5 blocks at Oregon of 6 digs in win at Oregon...8 kills and three blocks at ASU.

#16 April Lott (5-11, MB, SO, Kennewick, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...starter first weekend of season...had career-high 9 kills vs. San Jose State...had 6 digs in each of first two matches this year...played in 53 games this season...landed five kills and six digs vs. No. 13 Cal.

#5 Nicole Martin (5-11, S, FR, Carmel, Ind.) Signed with Cougars last fall...injured left shoulder caused her to play only first game of Oregon State match and miss entire Oregon match (Oct. 1-2)...came back to play next week at UW...averaging 10.84 assists per game 7th best in Pac-10...had 67 assists in San Jose State match...landed 4 aces in Gonzaga win...5 kills on 5 attacks vs. Radford...had 11 digs vs. Syracuse and at five blocks in win at Oregon...had 50+ assists in six matches this season.

#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, LS/RS, SO, Springfield, Ore.) Named to UNLV Classic and LMU Furama Hotel Invitational All-Tournament of four returning starters from 2003 team...averaging 3.83 kpg, first on team and 9th in Pac-10...0.69 bpg, third-best on team...her 4.43 ppg is second on team and 8th best in Pac-10...landed career-high 23 kills (.254) in San Jose State match...5 blocks in first UNLV match and again at Oregon State...3 aces vs. Colorado State and California...has had double-figure kills in 19 of 24 matches this 18 digs in win at Oregon...2.11 dpg average and 2.24 dpg in Pac-10 matches.

#12 Liz Spear (6-2, MB, SO, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Starter early in season after seeing action in 31 games in 2003...had 9 kills vs. Portland and career-best .412 hitting percentage...started 10/28 and 10/29 at MB in place of Jennifer Todd and had career-high 9 blocks and 14 kills in win at night had 6 blocks at OSU...served two aces in Radford match.

#3 Jennifer Todd (6-2, MB, SO, Henderson, Nev.) Named to UNLV Classic and LMU Furama Hotel Invitational All-Tournament teams...clocked career-high 25 kills (.267) and 5 blocks in San Jose State match...bettered that total with 26 kills (.360) and had 7 blocks in Miami win...hit .500 against No. 2 USC (10 kills, 2 errors, 16 attacks)...3.70 kpg second on team...1.09 bpg leads the Coug (7th Pac-10)...has had double-figure kills in 17 of 22 of WSU's matches this year...4.64 points per game average is 4th best in Pac-10...most efficient server on team with 0.33 service aces per game average (6th Pac-10)...hit a season-best .581 (20-2-31) in five-game match at ASU...MISSED the win over Oregon at Eugene 10/28 and OSU match 10/29, because she was in Las Vegas attending a family member's funeral...Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Recruit...named 2003 Pac-10 All-Freshmen first of four returning starters from 2003 team.