Cougar Volleyball Travels To Desert Schools This Week

Oct. 16, 2006

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COUGARS LOOKING TO BRING HEAT TO THE DESERT: The Washington State volleyball team, 13-8 on the season, 1-6 in Pacific-10 Conference competition, spends its second week on the road with matches at Arizona State (10-8, 2-5) Thursday, Oct. 19, and at Arizona (10-9, 1-6) Friday, Oct. 20...the WSU at WSU match will be broadcast by the Fox Sports Network on a tape-delayed basis...check your local Fox Sports station for the dates and times of this delayed broadcast and all the Pac-10 matches on Fox Sports Net this year.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his third season at WSU (27-56)...assistant coaches are Jody Garry (third year) and Ken Ko (second year)...Kirby Garry is the coordinator of volleyball operations.

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.

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 point) for WSU during the seven matches this month...$5,791.65 has been collected since WSU volleyball at 509-335-0277.

LAST WEEK: The Cougars took on the defending national champions, Washington, and lost after playing three tight games - 32-30, 30-28, 34-32, before a record crowd of 6,216 fans...Kelly Rosin and Adetokunbo Faleti each had 14 kills with Rosing hitting .355 and adding four blocks...Tara West was the match blocks leader with six...Corina Beyer added 44 assists and Kelly Hyder added a match-high 23 digs...Brittany Johnson had 13 kills and four blocks...WSU hit .240 for the match and UW hit .245...Husky All-Americans Christal Morrison 18 kills and Courtney Thompson had 55 assists.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (10-8, 2-5): Arizona State hosts the Cougars after splitting with the Oregon schools - losing at UO 3-1, and downing OSU 3-0...first conference win came at Arizona (3-1)...Sun Devils have played six ranked teams this year, four in Pac-10, all losses...ASU is led by 5-10 Sr., OH Nicole Morton (3.48 kpg) and 5-10, So. OH Margie Giordano (3.05 kpg)...6-1, Jr. MB Colette Meek is the top blocker (1.00 bpg)...5-11, RS-Fr., setter Marina Mercer (8.83 apg - 8th Pac-10)...5-7, Jr. libero Sydney Donahue leads the conference with 6.83 dpg...Arizona State (19.32 dpg) and WSU (17.82 dpg) are 1-2 in team digs in Pac-10...Head Coach Brad Saindon (37-63, 4 years at ASU; 281-203, 16 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 27, 2005, ASU defeated WSU 3-1 (32-30, 30-12, 25-30, 30-26) in Tempe...SERIES RECORD - Arizona State leads 21-20 (WSU streak -1) matches played in Tempe, ASU leads 11-9...this match is the Pac-10 Volleyball Match of the Week for tape-delayed broadcast on the Fox Sports Net...announcers are Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak.

ABOUT ARIZONA WILDCATS (10-9, 1-6): Arizona greets the Huskies Thursday night and the Cougars Friday, Oct. 20...Wildcats coming off a split at Oregon schools with win at OSU (3-0) and loss at UI (0-3)...Cat have a win over a ranked team, 3-1 over No. 12 Louisville in early Sept...UA is led by 6-2, So., OH Brooke Buringrud (3.78 kpg, 0.41 service ace per game - 3rd Pac-10) and 6-3, Fr. OH Whitney Dosty (3.21 kpg)...big blocks from 6-1, Jr. MB Dominique Lamb (1.56 bpg - 3rd Pac-10) and 6-4, Fr., MB Jacy Norton (1.48 bpg - 5th Pac-10)...5-11, Sr. setter Stephanie Butus (11.35 apg - 7th Pac-10)...5-5, So. libero Brittany Leonard (3.67 dpg - 9th Pac-10)...Head Coach Dave Rubio (288-153, 15 years at UA; 410-216, 20 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 28, 2005, UA defeated WSU 3-1 (30-18, 31-33, 30-19, 30-15) in Tucson...SERIES RECORD - Arizona leads 30-11 (WSU streak -5) Tucson, UA leads 17-3...last Cougar win in Tucson - Sept. 22, 1995...last WSU win over UA - Sept. 18, 2003, in Pullman.

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