Cougar Volleyball Finds Some Bright Spots In 2004 Season

Nov. 30, 2004

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COUGS END SEASON ON HIGH NOTE: Senior night can be dangerous at Bohler Gym, as the No. 6 USC team found out Nov. the Cougars bid farewell to four-year letterwinner Alison Billingsley and two-year letterwinner Stacey Holbrook, WSU captured a 3-2 win over the Women of Troy (34-23, 30-25, 18-30, 22-30, 17-15)...Jenn Todd had 21 kills and 11 blocks with Kelly Rosin (18 kills, 12 digs), Kristin Kelley (17 kills) and Jen Barcus (14 kills, 6 blocks) contributing...Holbrook had 21 digs with Nicole Martin adding 65 assists and 6 blocks)...USC, who had upset No. 3 Washington 3-2 the previous night in Seattle, were led by Keao Burdine's 35 2002, WSU defeated No. 1 Stanford 3-1 as the five women from that Elite Eight team played their final match at Bohler Gym.

WSU'S TODD NAMED ALL-PAC-10 HONORABLE MENTION: Jennifer Todd, a sophomore middle blocker from Henderson, Nev., was named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...Todd led the Cougars this season with 3.66 kills per game, 1.17 blocks per game and 4.62 points per game averages.

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.

FALL SIGNEES: Three volleyball players have signed NLIs to play at WSU...6-1 middle blocker Natalia Owens from Lima, Peru, 5-9 middle blocker Brittany Johnson from Phoenix, Arizona, and 5-8 outside hitter Jalen Pendon from Spanaway, Wash...Owens was a member of the Peruvian National Team and is attending Shoreline Community College in Seattle where she will graduate this summer and join WSU in the fall...Johnson was MVP of the Skyline Region for both the 2004 and 2003 volleyball seasons...she is planning to graduate from Washington High in December and attend WSU in January 2005...Pendon is also planning to graduate (Spanaway Lake High) next month and attend WSU in January 2005...she was a two-time South Puget Sound League South Division volleyball MVP in addition to being named to the first team all-league three times...Pendon's team placed third at the 2003 state 4A volleyball tournament and fifth place this fall where she was named to the all-tournament team...'Collectively this class immediately increases our athleticism, our volleyball intelligence and our competitiveness,' first year Cougar head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'Each of these athletes has the ability to make an immediate impact for Cougar Volleyball.'

TWO COUGS MAKE PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Megan Camp and Alison Billingsley were named to the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Volleyball Team...Camp, a junior from Spokane, Wash., was one of seven women selected to the first team...Camp has a 3.95 GPA, majoring in zoology and planning to pursue a career in medicine...Billingsley is a senior from Walla Walla, Wash., and was named to the seven-member second team...she has a 3.61 GPA in her communication major.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ABC CAMPAIGN: Cougar volleyball and the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies, 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 took pledges and collected $1,645.80 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...Cougar Volleyball and the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse thank all the fans for their donations.

FOURTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: For the fourth consecutive year, the Cougar volleyball team sponsored a clothing drive for disadvantaged women in the area in brought their Gently Used Clothing and a Pair of New Hose for donation to the Pullman Community Action Center...the clothing was donated for use by area low-income women entering or re-entering the work force and needing professional clothing.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 7,135 in the 17 home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington, fifth with a nine-match average of 3,185 fans including the Oct. 23 match vs. Stanford with a school record 5,712 fans...WSU averaged 641 fans for 12 home matches, including a season-high 1,011 for UW match, and was not in the top 25 schools.

Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - 9th Jennifer Todd 3.66 kpg, 10th Kelly Rosin 3.60 kpg (Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford 5.88 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Emily Adams, USC .410)
Assists - 7th Nicole Martin 10.78 apg (Courtney Thompson, Washington 14.80 apg)
Service Aces - 7th Jennifer Todd 0.31 (Sarah Mason, Oregon 0.51 sapg)
Digs - 8th Stacey Holbrook 3.50 dpg (Candace Lee, Washington 5.74 dpg)
Blocks - 7th Jennifer Todd 1.17 bpg (Nana Meriwether, UCLA 1.56 bpg)
Points - 5th Jennifer Todd 4.62 ppg, 10th Kelly Rosin 4.20 ppg (Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford 6.55 ppg)

Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.15 kpg (Washington 17.37 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .164 (Washington .296)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .259 (Washington .151)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.93 apg (Washington 16.17 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 8th at 1.27 sapg (Oregon 1.70 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 10th at 13.85 dpg (Washington 18.20 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 8th at 2.35 bpg (Stanford 3.38 bpg)

NOTES ON 2004 SEASON: In Pac-10 only match statistics, WSU's 2.48 blocks per game average was seventh-best and service ace average of 1.22 sapg was fourth best...the Cougars played 12 matches against seven teams ranked in the end of regular season top 25 and 21 matches against 13 regionally ranked teams...WSU also played nine of the teams playing in the NCAA Championship Tournament this year...WSU's 5-26 overall record is the least number of wins since the 1983 season when Cougar Coach Jim Coleman's squad went 2-24...the Cougars' ninth place conference finish (2-16 Pac-10 record) is the lowest finish in the Pac-10 since 1989, Coach Cindy Fredrick's first year at WSU when the Cougar squad had an identical 2-16 league mark for tenth place...WSU's 2004 non-conference record of 3-10 marks the least number of non-conference wins since 1983 when the Cougars had a 2-7 non-conference record...the streak of 13 losses this year is the longest losing streak since 1983 when the Cougars lost 22 consecutive matches (Jim Coleman, 2-24).

TELEVISION APPEARANCES FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL: WSU had four matches televised this season, all on a next-day, tape-delayed basis by the Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Northwest cable stations.

#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, SO, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team...1.98 kpg, third on team - averaged 2.10 kpg in conference matches...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...second best blocker on team with 0.88 bpg average...had 6 blocks at No. 2 USC, 8 blocks vs. No. 1 Washington, and 6 blocks vs. No. 6 USC...against No. 22 Arizona, landed 7 kills with 1 error on 10 attacks for .600 hpct...season-best eight blocks and career-high 18.5 points in No. 1 UW match 11/5...her .219 hitting percentage is second on team.

#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, SR, Walla Walla, Wash.) Named to 2004 Pac-10 All-Academic second team...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 17 digs against No. 1 Washington...2.19 dpg average is second on Pac-10 only matches, 2.38 dpg average, second best on team.

#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 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 OSU....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 17 digs against UW in Pullman...equaled career-best with 12 kills against ASU...1.78 kpg average, fourth on team.#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, JR, Spokane, Wash.) One of seven in conference named to 2004 Pac-10 All-Academic first team...played in 66 games this year...2.09 dpg (fourth on team)...reached 13 digs twice (San Jose State, Cincinnati)...landed a kill in Radford win...season-high 16 digs came in win at Oregon...landed a pair of aces in upset win over No. 6 USC 11/27.

#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...averaged 1.00 dpg....saw action in 387 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...3.50 digs per game average leads Cougs and is 8th in Pac-10 standings...served 4 aces against Radford...dug up team-high 27 in win at Oregon...double-figure digs in 21 of 31 matches to date...five matches with 20+ digs...395 digs this year places her tied for 4th on WSU's all-time single season digs total of 399 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...moved from right side to left side in Nov. 27 win over No. 6 USC, tallied 17 kills and 3 blocks.

#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 56 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)...averaging 10.78 assists per game, 7th best in Pac-10...had career-high 67 assists in San Jose State match...1153 assists this season is 9th on WSU all-time career list...landed 4 aces in Gonzaga win...5 kills on 5 attacks vs. Radford...had 65 assists, 12 digs and six blocks in upset win over No. 6 USC...had 50+ assists in eight 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 3.60 kpg, second on team and 10th -best in Pac-10...0.70 bpg, fourth-best on team...her 4.19 ppg is second on team, 10th 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 22 of 31 matches this 18 digs in win at Oregon...2.17 dpg average and 2.29 dpg in Pac-10 matches, both third-best on team.

#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...averaging 1.00 bpg in Pac-10 only matches.

#3 Jennifer Todd (6-2, MB, SO, Henderson, Nev.) 2004 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention...named to UNLV Classic and LMU Furama Hotel Invitational All-Tournament teams...landed 26 kills (.360) and had 7 blocks in Miami win...hit .500 against No. 2 USC (10 kills, 2 errors, 16 attacks)...3.66 kpg leads team, 9th best in Pac-10...1.17 bpg leads the Cougs, 7th in Pac-10...had double-figure kills in 22 of 29 of WSU's matches this year...4.62 points per game average is 5th best in Pac-10...most efficient server on team with 0.31 service aces per game average (7th 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, attending a family member's upset win over No. 6 USC, landed 21 kills (.251) and career-high 11 blocks...her 216 block assists is 9th on school career list and her 259 total blocks is tied for 9th on WSU all-time career list...just five away from 10th place in the career block solo standings with 29.