WSU Volleyball Travels To No. 3 Washington For Friday Match

Nov. 21, 2005

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COUGAR VOLLEYBALL WRAPS UP HOME MATCHES THIS WEEK: The Washington State volleyball team, 9-21 overall, 2-15 in Pacific-10 Conference action, travels across the Cascade Mountains to take on No. 3 Washington (25-1, 16-1) this Friday in a 7:30 p.m. match at the Bank of America Arena...Washington has already won its second Pac-10 title and will return to the volleyball national championships...Dawgs have won 15 consecutive home matches...Huskies will honor six seniors Friday night in their final home match...WSU honored seniors Natalia Owens and Gwen Davis (who will graduate in May 2006) last Friday night at Bohler Gym.

COUGARS AT HUSKIES TO BE TELEVISED LIVE: Fox Sports Northwest will broadcast the Washington State at Washington match Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. from Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion...announcers for the match are Cara Capuano and Karch Kiraly.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan is in his second season at WSU (13-46 career record)...WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry (second year) and Ken Ko (first year).

ABOUT NO. 3 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (25-1, 16-1): The Huskies have only lost one match this season, a five-game match at No. 21 UCLA Nov. 12...defending Pac-10 Champions and a 2004 Final Four team, the Dawgs have three returning All-Americans in Sanja Tomasevic (4.46 kpg - 5th Pac-10, 1.20 bpg - 7th Pac-10), Courtney Thompson (14.89 apg - 1st Pac-10), and Christal Morrison (4.05 kpg - 10th Pac-10)...other notables are Alesha Deesing (1.37 bpg - 3rd Pac-10, .418 hpct - 1st Pac-10), Brie Hagerty (3.67 kpg), Candace Lee (4.95 dpg - 3rd Pac-10)...UW leads the conference in all categories but digs (USC) and blocks (WSU) Jim McLaughlin (107-40, 5 years at UW; 331-158, 16 years)...LAST TIME - No. 2 UW defeated WSU 30-12, 30-18, 30-18, before 1,478 fans at Bohler Gym to open the 2005 Pac-10 season Sept. 23, 2005...SERIES RECORD - Washington leads 45-21...Dawgs have won past five meetings.

DAVIS NAMED TO PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: WSU's Gwen Davis was one of seven student-athletes named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic first team for Women's Volleyball...Davis ahs a 3.83 GPA and will graduate from WSU in May 2006 with a BA in history.

BLOCKING, BLOCKING, BLOCKING: After 30 matches, the Cougars have a 3.55 bpg average which is the best of the Pac-10 schools...last week's 3.48 bpg was ranked eighth-best nationally with No. 1 Nebraska's 4.22 bpg leading the nation...Washington was ninth nationally...two players average more than one block per game: Jen Barcus (1.38 bpg) and Natalia Owens (1.34 bpg)...WSU's 2004 average was 2.35 bpg...2004 national champions Stanford had a 3.32 bpg average.

ABC CAMPAIGN RAISES $1,503.50: Cougar volleyball raised $1,503.50 for the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies, in the WSU volleyball program's fourth annual Attacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pledge Drive last month...October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cougar players collected pledges for each of the 365 attacks which results in a kill (and a point) for WSU during the 9 matches...a check was presented to the group's treasurer, Nancy Wexler, prior to the Nov. 17 date, the Cougar volleyball players have donated $5,791 to the Bosom Buddies.

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