Cougar Volleyball Home to Host No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 USC
Oct. 23, 2006
COUGARS BEGIN SECOND HALF OF PAC-10 SEASON: The Washington State volleyball team, 14-9 on the season, 2-7 in Pacific-10 Conference competition, returns home to Bohler Gym to start the second half of the conference season with a pair of ranked schools...No. 4 UCLA (22-1, 8-1) comes to town Thursday, Oct. 26, and No. 5 USC (18-2, 7-2) will be on the Palouse for a Friday, Oct. 27 contest.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his third season at WSU (28-57)...assistant coaches are Jody Garry (third year) and Ken Ko (second year)...Kirby Garry is the coordinator of volleyball operations.
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL WEBCASTS: All remaining matches played at Bohler Gym this season will be available for live streaming webcasts at www.wsucougars.com...a subscription to All-Access is required...webcasts will begin five minutes before first serve.
WATCH COACH HEFFERNAN: Every Tuesday afternoon during the volleyball season, beginning at 1:20 p.m. PT, WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan is part of the teleconference with a LIVE video broadcast on the WSU internet site of www.wsucougars.com.
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 2002...contact WSU volleyball at 509-335-0277.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars split at the Arizona schools, defeating Arizona 3-1 (26-30, 30-22, 30-26, 30-26) for the first time in 10 years, and then falling at Arizona State 35-33, 27-30, 19-30, 19-30)...Phoenix native Brittany Johnson had 28 kills and eight blocks during the two matches...Kelly Rosin chipped in 22 kills, 27 digs and nine blocks...freshman setter Corina Beyer had 75 assists...freshman libero Kelly Hyder had 46 digs including 26 in the loss at UA...Tara West contributed 10 blocks...ASU moved ahead of WSU in the conference standings at 3-6 while WSU and UA are tied with 2-7 records.
ABOUT THE NO. 4 UCLA BRUINS (22-1, 8-1) - UCLA's sole loss came Oct. 13, at home, against No. 6 Stanford, a five-game match...UCLA has wins over five ranked teams this season: No. 5 Florida, No. 7 Hawai'I, No. 4 Washington, No. 7 Cal and No. 5 USC, 3-1 last week at the Trojan's home court...the leading UCLA player and top candidate for conference player of the year is 6-1, Sr. MB Nana Meriwether (4.03 kpg - 6th in Pac-10, .486 htpct - 1st in Pac-10, 1st nationally; 1.76 bpg - 1st in Pac-10, 6th nationally)...also leading the Bruins are: 6-3, Sr. OH Katie Carter (3.46 kpg), 6-0, So. OH Ali Daley (3.14 kpg), 5-11, Jr. OH/MB Rachell Johnson (1.17 bpg), 6-0, So. OH Jordan Smith (3.87 dpg - 8th in Pac-10), and 5-10, So. S Nellie Spicer (13.72 apg - 2nd in Pac-10)...Head Coach Andy Banachowski (1025-267, 40 years)...LAST TIME - No. 3 UCLA defeated WSU 3-1 (30-17, 24-30, 30-21, 30-26) Sept. 29, 2006 at Westwood...SERIES RECORD - UCLA leads the series 34-7 (WSU streak -7)...in matches played in Pullman, UCLA leads 15-5 with WSU's last win Oct. 25, 2003 (3-2).
ABOUT THE NO. 5 USC WOMEN OF TROY (18-2, 7-2): The Southern California team's two losses have come in the past two weeks - to No. 6 Stanford (3-0) and to No. 4 UCLA (3-1)...the Women of Troy have already defeated No. 7 Cal, No. 4 Washington, and No. 24 Utah, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 20 Pepperdine, and No. 14 Purdue...leading USC are: 6-4, So. OH Asia Kaczor (4.66 kpg - 2nd in Pac-10, .301 - 10th in Pac-10), 6-2, Jr. MB/OPP Diane Copenhagen (3.90 kpg - 8th in Pac-10), 6-3, Jr. MB Bethany Johansen (1.23 bpg - 9th in Pac-10), 5-5, Sr. L Debora Seilhamer (6.03 dpg - 2nd in Pac-10), and 5-10, Fr. S Taylor Carico (12.44 apg - 5th in Pac-10)...Head Coach Mick Haley (149-24, 6 years at USC; 922-212-1 30 years career)...LAST TIME - No. 5 USC defeated WSU 3-1 (30-14, 24-30, 30-24, 30-27) Sept. 28 at Los Angeles...SERIES RECORD - USC leads the series 31-11 (WSU streak -3)...in matches played in Pullman, USC leads 11-9, with WSU's last win Nov. 27, 2004 (3-2).