Cougars Pack Their Drawls For Texas Tourney

Sept. 5, 2006

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COUGARS PACK THEIR DRAWLS FOR TEXAS TOURNEY: The Washington State volleyball team takes its 7-1 record to Texas this weekend for the University of Texas-Arlington tournament Sept. 8-9 (formal name, Hilton-Arlington/UTA Tournament)...Friday, the Cougs take on Duquesne (5-3) at 8 a.m. and Louisiana-Lafayette (1-3) at 3 p.m....Saturday, WSU meets Tulsa (6-2) at noon and host Texas-Arlington (5-2) at 5 p.m. (all times Pacific)...all matches will be played in Texas Hall (capacity 3,600) on the UT-Arlington campus...this tournament will serve as a homecoming for WSU redshirt junior Adetokunbo Faleti, who graduated from Arlington's James Bowie High School in 2003 before playing two seasons at Barton County CC.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2006 season with broadcaster Steve Grubbs, LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial), or Border 104 (KHTR, 104.3 on the FM dial) addition, the radio broadcasts of away matches are LIVE on the Internet...for the connection, go to, click on the Cougars All Access link (right side, main page) and sign-in...subscription is $6.95 per month...NOTE: this Friday's 8 a.m. game will be aired on Border 104 FM and all the other matches this weekend will air live on KQQQ-AM.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his third season at WSU (21-49)...assistant coaches are Jody Garry (third year) and Ken Ko (second year)...Kirby Garry is the coordinator of volleyball operations.

LAST WEEK WITH COUGAR VOLLEYBALL: The Cougars had a four-win week, losing only one of the 13 games played...WSU defeated the University of Portland 30-22, 30-17, 30-26 in Portland the Baden Cougar Challenge, WSU opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over UNLV (30-16, 30-24, 29-31, 30-25) and Saturday downed Boise State (30-28, 30-24, 30-24) and UC Davis (37-35, 30-23, 30-17) to take the title...WSU sophomore Brittany Johnson was named the Cougar Challenge MVP after tallying 54 kills (5.40 kpg) and five blocks...also named to the All-Tournament team were WSU junior Adetokunbo Faleti (26 kills, 4.33 kpg), and senior Kelly Rosin (36 kills, 3.60 kpg, 28 digs, 14 blocks) addition, freshmen Kelly Hyder and Cassie Robbins had good outings...Hyder had 29 digs against UNLV and Robbins tagged 10 blocks against the Rebels.

BADEN COUGAR CHALLENGE: WSU won the tournament with a 3-0 record...UNLV went 2-1 in the tourney (4-2 overall)...Boise State went 1-2 in the tourney (3-4 overall)...UC Davis went winless in the tournament and its record dropped to 1-5...all-tournament team: WSU - Brittany Johnson (MVP), Kelly Rosin, Adetokunbo Faleti; UNLV - Lauren Miramontes, Maria Aladjova; Boise St - Jackie Stroud.

ABOUT THE DUQUESNE DUKES (5-3 pending 9/5 match vs. Pitt): Located in Pittsburgh, Pa., Duquesne (pronounced do-cane) is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference...Dukes have won four of their past five matches...they come off a loss to Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne in a five-game leaders are 5-9 junior OH Amanda Haeg (4.10 kpg) and 6-1, sophomore MH Jenni Gross (3.23 kpg and 1.10 bpg)...libero Laura Karstein has 4.00 dpg average...using two setters - Kristin Garnett (8.88 apg) and Chelsea Tillotson (7.05 apg)...Head Coach Steve Opperman (115-129/9th year at DU; 234-245/16 years overall)...SERIES RECORD: First meeting.

ABOUT THE LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE RAGIN' CAJINS (1-3): Located in Lafayette, La., the Ragin' Cajins are a member of the Sun Belt Conference...opened season hosting Capital One Classic and won first match (3-0 vs. Southeastern Louisiana) but then lost a pair to Southern Mississippi (2-3) and Mississippi State (3-0)...lost to Northwestern State Aug. 29 (2-3)...did not play last weekend...led by 6-2, senior MB Kim Rodgers (2.88 kpg) and 5-11, sophomore MB Elizabeth Inman (2.69 kpg, 1.00 bpg)...6-2, senior RS Jessica Pattison adds 1.00 bpg and libero Erika Castro has a 5.25 dpg average...Head Coach Amy Kralijev (6-23/3rd year at ULL)...SERIES RECORD: First meeting.

ABOUT THE TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANES (6-2): Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Golden Hurricane is a member of Conference USA...come into the UTA tourney with a 3-1 record at the Centenary tournament last weekend...losses have been to Oral Roberts (3-1) and Central Arkansas (3-1)...led by a trio of Brazilians: 5-10, junior OH Kassiana Urnau (3.65 kpg, 3.85 dpg), 6-0, senior OH Germana Hilario (3.46 kpg), and setter Julia Silva (11.73 apg)...Head Coach Ed Allen is in his first season with Tulsa...LAST TIME: Aug. 30, 1996, at Cougar Challenge in Pullman, WSU won 3-0 (15-9, 15-6, 15-4)...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads 1-0.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ARLINGTON MAVERICKS (5-2): Located in Arlington, Texas, the Mavericks are members of the Southland Conference...coming off wins against University of Toledo (3-1) and Grambling State (3-0)...led by 6-0, freshman OH Teena Sobczak (3.67 kpg, 3.29 dpg) blockers are 6-0, junior MB Ellen Murray (1.46 bpg), 6-0, junior MB Gina Kalb (1.23 bpg), and 5-10 junior setter Emily Nedderman (1.15 bpg, and 11.00 apg)...5-7, senior libero Ashley Smith added 6.35 dpg...Head Coach Diane Seymour (35-30/3rd year at UTA)...LAST TIME: Aug. 29, 1997, at Cougar Challenge in Pullman, WSU won 3-0 (15-9, 15-4, 15-9)...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads 1-0.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: The CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll for Sept. 4, 2006, shows six of Washington State's 2006 opponents ranked in the top 21 and because they are all Pac-10 schools, the Cougs will play each school twice...the six Pac-10 Conference teams ranked in the first poll of the season, includes UCLA at No. 3, defending national champions Washington at No. 5, Stanford at No. 8, USC at No. 10, California at No. 13, and Arizona at No. 21...go to for poll.

Individual Overall Matches - rank, WSU player (Leader)
Kills - 2nd Adetokunbo Faleti 4.83 kpg, 7th Brittany Johnson 4.35 kpg (Angie Pressey, Cal 4.89 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Nana Meriwether, UCLA .527)
Assists - 4th Corina Beyer 13.19 apg (Nellie Spicer, UCLA 14.67 apg)
Service Aces - 2nd Corina Beyer 0.52 sapg, 9th Jalen Pendon 0.41 sapg (Mira Djuric, Oregon 0.84 sapg)
Digs - 3rd Kelly Hyder 5.37 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 7.43 dpg)
Blocks - 6th Cassie Robbins 1.30 bpg; 9th Tara West 1.19 bpg, (Nana Meriwether, UCLA 1.75 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Angie Pressey, Cal 5.78 ppg)

Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 3rd with 16.02 kpg (UCLA 18.00 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 6th at .248 (California .320)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 5th at .122 (USC .067)
Assists - WSU is 5th at 14.96 apg (UCLA 16.58 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 4th at 1.93 sapg (Oregon 2.16 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 2nd at 19.04 dpg (ASU 20.90 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 5th at 2.98 bpg (California 3.61 bpg)

ROSIN CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS: Cougar senior co-captain Kelly Rosin (Springfield, Ore.) is climbing into the Cougar all-time records in several addition to the blocking records listed in the pdf, Rosin has accumulated 863 kills (132 kills short of 10th) and 61 service aces (24 short of 10th).

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: The Pacific-10 Conference will have volleyball matches broadcast by the FOX Sports Network throughout the 2006 season, on a tape-delayed basis...WSU will have one match televised this season, the Oct. 20 match at Arizona State...check your local FOX Sports station for the dates and times of these delayed broadcasts.

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL WEBCASTS: All the Pac-10 matches played at Bohler Gym this season will be available for viewing at for live streaming webcasts beginning Sept. 21.

SIXTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: For the sixth consecutive year, the Cougar volleyball team is sponsoring a clothing drive for disadvantaged women in the are asked to bring their Gently Used Clothing and a Pair of New Hose for donation to the Pullman Community Action will be donated for use by area low-income women entering or re-entering the work force and needing professional clothing...larger sizes are especially needed...donors are asked to bring their clean, gently used clothing and new pantyhose to the WSU volleyball office in Bohler Addition, room 230, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 21 and Fri., Sept. 22...donors will receive free admission to the Cougar volleyball match versus California at Bohler Gym Friday, Sept. 22...for more information, call the WSU Volleyball Office at 509-335-0277.

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 fifth 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 seven matches this month...a total of $5,791.65 has been collected since the first campaign in 2002...players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

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