Volleyball Program Shows Improvement in Rebuilding Year

Jan. 11, 2006

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COUGAR VOLLEYBALL 2005 SEASON REVIEW: The Washington State University women's volleyball team finished the 2005 season with a 9-22 overall record and a 2-16 Pac-10 record (9th place)...with only one senior lost to graduation at the end of the year, the young Cougars gained valuable playing experience for the future.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan complete his second season at WSU (14-48 career record)...WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry (second year) and Ken Ko (first year).

PENDON, JOHNSON NAMED ALL PAC-10 FRESHMAN HONORABLE MENTION: Cougars Jalen Pendon and Brittany Johnson were tabbed for 2005 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honorable mention honors...seven players were recognized with first team selection and another five earned honorable mention in the nation's premier volleyball conference.

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 has a 3.83 GPA and will graduate from WSU in May 2006 with a BA in history.

PENDON SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR MATCH DIGS: Jalen Pendon's 35 digs at Arizona State (Oct. 27) broke the school record for digs in a match...in the earlier match against ASU at Pullman, the freshman libero tied the record of 34 digs in a match held by Kortney Jamtaas (2002 vs. Stanford)...her 514 digs is the school record for most digs in a single season, surpassing Jamtaas' 469 (2002)...her 4.55 dpg was sixth in Pac-10 final standings.

BLOCKING, BLOCKING, BLOCKING: The Cougars finished the 2005 season with a team 3.50 blocks per game average, the best of the Pac-10 schools and ranked eighth-best nationally...Nebraska, national runners-up, led the nation with a 4.12 bpg...national title winners Washington, finished 16th with a 3.13 bpg average...two WSU players averaged more than one block per game: Jen Barcus (1.36 bpg) and Natalia Owens (1.30 bpg)...WSU's 2004 average was 2.35 bpg.

COUGAR RECRUITS ON BOARD: Tara West, a 6-0 middle blocker from Western Australia, Corina Beyer, a 5-9 setter/outside hitter from Hayden Lake, Idaho, and Kelly Hyder, a 5-9 libero from Huntington Beach, Calif. all signed National Letters of Intent in the fall 2005 to play for the Cougars volleyball program...West and Beyer enrolled at WSU for Spring 2006 semester and will be participating in the spring conditioning and matches...West transfers after one year at the Australian Institute of Sport where she played in international volleyball tournaments and has played on the Australian Youth and Junior teams...Beyers was named three times to the Idaho state 3A all-tournament team and her Timberlake High squad won the state 2005 championship...she also was named to the 2005 Junior Olympics National Division all-tournament team...Hyder was a three-time all-league honoree and named to prepvolleyballl.com website's Super Seniors 100 team, highlighting the top 100 prep players in the United States. 'As a group, Kelly, Corina and Tara will impact Cougar volleyball both on and off of the floor,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'Each of these athletes has competed successfully at the very highest level. The high standards they have for themselves, their confidence and their drive will be a great benefit to our program.'

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