Cougar Volleyball Wraps Up 2007 Season with Pac-10 Win

Feb. 20, 2008

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COUGARS ENDS 2007 SEASON WITH WIN AT BOHLER GYM: The Washington State volleyball team won a tough five-game match against Oregon State Nov. 23, to finish the 2007 season with a 10-22 overall record, 1-17 in Pacific-10 Conference action...after starting the season with six consecutive wins, the Cougars took on some tough, NCAA-bound non-conference teams prior to the always tough and highly-ranked Pac-10 opponents...going winless in the 20 matches, the Cougars sent off three seniors - setter Maureen Perez, MB Tara West, and OH Adetokunbo Faleti - with a 3-2 win over Oregon State.

WASHINGTON STATE COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan completed his fourth season at WSU (39-87 WSU and career record)...the rest of the Cougar coaching staff includes associate head coach Ken Ko (fourth year), assistant coach Gretchen Killebrew (first year), Mark Killebrew, coordinator of volleyball operations (first year), and Edgard da Gama e Silva Filho (Dega), a volunteer coach.

WEST AND JOHNSON ARE ALL-ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS: WSU's Tara West was named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America national third team of University Division Women's Volleyball as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)...West and Brittany Johnson were named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII teams for Women's Volleyball as selected by CoSIDA...West, a senior middle blocker from Perth, Australia, was selected to the seven-member Dist. VIII first team, has a 4.00 GPA, and is majoring in biological sciences...Johnson, a junior left-side hitter from Phoenix, Ariz., was named to the five-member Dist. VIII second team, has a 3.77 GPA, and is majoring in management information systems.

PAC-10 ACADEMIC HONORS: Brittany Johnson and Tara West also were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team...honorable mention honors went to five WSU players: Jackie Albright, Adetokunbo Faleti, Maureen Perez, Cassie Robbins and Stephanie Weishaar.

HYDER REACHES 1,000 DIGS: Sophomore Kelly Hyder is the seventh Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 digs in a career...her 1,089 digs in her two years at WSU (213 games for a 5.11 dpg average) moved into sixth place on the WSU all-time career digs list...she is already the school record-holder in single season digs with 565 set in 2006 and her 2007 total of 524 digs is second-best in single-season standings.


                	Conference	Overall	Streak	Stanford &	        16-2	32-3	Lost 1	Washington *	        15-3	27-4	Lost 1	USC %	                14-4	29-5	Lost 1	California %	        12-6	26-8	Lost 1	UCLA *	                9-9	23-11	Lost 1	Oregon *	        9-9	18-3	Lost 1	Arizona State	        7-11	15-16	Lost 4	Arizona	                4-14	14-17	Won 1	Oregon State	        3-15	10-20	Lost 7	Washington State	1-17	10-22	Won 1 

*=NCAA Tournament participant, %=NCAA semifinalist, &=NCAA finalist

PAC-10 COACHES PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: Stanford (89 points) was selected by the Pac-10 volleyball coaches to be the league champions in the 2007 preseason poll...poll order shows USC (77), UCLA (75), Washington (71), California (57), Arizona (46), Oregon (42), Arizona State (33), Oregon State (26) and WSU (24)...the Pac-10 coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own teams (point system is 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2), have successfully predicted the league champion 11 of the last 18 years.

FINAL NATIONAL RANKINGS: Penn State (34-2), the 2007 national champion was ranked number one in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Final Poll (Dec. 19, 2007)...Stanford, USC, and California earned second, third and fourth-place rankings, respectively...UCLA was ranked seventh, Oregon ninth, and Washington 10th, making a total of six Pac-10 teams in the top ten...other schools the Cougars have played this season include: Long Beach State, 23rd, and Ohio University, also receiving votes.

COURT AT BOHLER GYM NAMED FOR MARCIA SANEHOLTZ: The Cougars' home court is now called Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym in honor of the 28-year administrative veteran of Cougar Athletics who retired Oct. 1, 2007...Sr. Associate Athletics Director/SWA is a long-time proponent of gender equity and a champion for all 'Olympic' sports at WSU as well as in the Pac-10 and the nation...NACWAA president (1992-93), on the board of directors (1987-94), and named 1997 Administrator of the Year...also NAGWS Pathfinder Award in 2001 and WSU Woman of Distinction in 2003.


Career Block Solos1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 1965. Joanne Johnson (1991-93) 696. Jennifer Stinson (1995-98) 597. Brittany Johnson (2005-07) 54

Career Assists1. Keri Killebrew (1990-92) 45532. Beth Welch (1987-89) 42155. Kali Surplus (2000-01) 25406. Brenn Larson (2002-03) 20727. Maureen Perez (2005-07) 1980

Career Digs1. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 12543. LaToya Harris (1999-02) 11784. Cindy Baker (1985-88) 11575. Beth Welch (1987-89) 11147. Kelly Hyder (2006-07) 1089

Single Season Digs1. Kelly Hyder (2006) 5652. Kelly Hyder (2007) 524

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i led the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,452 in 19 home matches of 2007...the highest ranked Pac-10 school was Washington with an average of 2,511 fans in 14 home matches (8th)...WSU had an 13-match average of 695 fans which is not ranked in the top 40 nationally...BIG GAME EQUALED BIG CROWD: The largest volleyball crowd in Bohler Gym since Oct. 17, 2003, watched Washington State put up a good fight against No. 8 Washington Sept. 28, 2007....1,690 fans were at the 2007 Cougs vs. Dawgs contest, the first match played on Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym...the match in 2003 was also UW vs. WSU with a crowd count of 1,739.

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar volleyball fans were able to listen to all the road contests during the 2007 season with broadcaster Steve Grubbs, LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial), or on Border 104 (KHTR, 104.3 on the FM dial) addition, the radio broadcasts of away matches were LIVE on the Internet...go to, click on the Cougars All Access link (right side, main page) and sign-in for the paid monthly subscription.

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: The Pacific-10 Conference had volleyball matches broadcast throughout the nation by the FOX Sports Network during the 2007 season, on a tape-delayed basis...WSU had one match televised this season, the Sept. 21 match at Oregon State.

COUGARS COMMUNITY SERVICE: SEVENTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: For the seventh consecutive year, the Cougar volleyball team sponsored a clothing drive for disadvantaged women in the brought their Gently Used Clothing and a Pair of New Hose for donation to the Pullman Community Action Center, for area low-income women entering or re-entering the work force and needing professional clothing...donors received free admission to the Cougar volleyball match versus Washington at Bohler Gym Friday, Sept. 28...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 sixth consecutive year...October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cougar collected monetary pledges for the 294 kills (and points) for WSU during the seven matches during October...this year the team raised $1652.50, bringing the total collected since the first campaign in 2002 to $7,444.15.


Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)Kills - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.50 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .499)Assists - 8th Maureen Perez 11.10 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.40 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Heather Meyers, Oregon 0.41 apg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.90 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 6.27 dpg)Blocks - 8th Tara West 1.24 bpg (Ellen Orchard, Stanford 1.60 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 6.07 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.56 kpg (Stanford 17.46 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .153 (Stanford .316)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .215 (California .151)Assists - WSU is 10th at 12.50 apg (Stanford 16.21 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 1.18 sapg (California 1.75 sapg)Digs - WSU is 8th at 15.47 dpg (UCLA 19.46 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 9th at 2.67 bpg (California 3.69 bpg)

CONFERENCE ONLY MATCHES - INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 (TOP 10):Individual Conference Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)Kills - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.83 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .485)Assists - 8th Maureen Perez 10.66 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.27 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Asia Kazcor, USC 0.38 sapg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 5.03 dpg (Sydney Donahue, Arizona State 6.12 dpg)Blocks - 6th Tara West 1.31 bpg (Ellen Orchard, Stanford 1.64 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 6.45 ppg)

CONFERENCE ONLY MATCHES - TEAM STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 (TOP 10):Team Conference Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 12.57 kpg (Oregon 17.23 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .120 (Stanford .305)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .255 (California .179)Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.70 apg (Stanford 16.03 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.95 sapg (California 1.54 sapg)Digs - WSU is 8th at 15.18 dpg (UCLA 19.60 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 7th at 2.56 bpg (California 3.54 bpg)


#2 Jackie Albright (6-0, LS, So. Lake Forest, Calif.) Starter for 2007 squad...played four matches at right side hitter while Faleti nursing sore knee in September...double-figure kills in 16 of 32 double-doubles...2.86 kpg and 2.58 dpg are second on team...3.43 points per game average is third on 19 kills and 15 digs at Arizona State...16 kills vs. Hofstra with only 1 error on 32 attacks for .469 hpt...had 13 kills, 16 digs and 2 block solos in win over Oregon State...named to Pac-10 honorable mention All-Academic team.

#17 Adetokunbo Faleti (5-10, RS, Sr. Arlington, Texas) - pronounced ad deh tah KUN bo fah LAY tee - nick-name 'T' or Tokunbo...2007 co-captain...3.15 kpg average in 73 games (26 matches) led team...3.43 ppg third-best on team...bruised knee kept her out of action this season, missed five matches in September...double-figure kills in 10 of the 26 matches played this season...season-high 20 kills at Oregon State...hit .400 with 15 kills, 1 error and 35 attacks at No. 2 Stanford...named to Pac-10 honorable mention All-Academic team.

#1 Faith Hutcherson (5-3, S/DS, Fr. Redmond, Wash.) Played in 2 games vs. Hofstra...had two digs...also saw action in one game at No. 8 USC.

#8 Kelly Hyder (5-9, DS/L, So. Huntington Beach, Calif.) Second year as starting libero for Cougs...named to Nevada AT&T and Denver Pioneer Classic all-tournament teams...averaged 4.90 digs per game, fourth-best in Pac-10...tallied double-figure digs in 29 of 32 matches this year...season-high 32 digs at Oregon is 34 digs, against Arizona State 2006, just one off the school match record...owns school single-season record with 565 digs...524 digs this season, second-best on WSU single season digs 1,089 digs for sixth on Cougars career all-time list after just her sophomore year.

#19 Brittany Johnson (5-9, LS, Jr. Phoenix, Ariz.) Selected ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII second team...Pac-10 All-Academic first team...named to Baden Cougar Challenge, Montana State Holiday Inn Classic and Nevada AT&T Invite all-tournament teams...2.84 kpg is fourth on team...six double-doubles this year...second in points with 3.49 ppg...0.78 bpg (82 total blocks) third-highest on team...54 career solo blocks is seventh in WSU all-time records...has amassed 892 career kills for a 2.92 kpg career average...had 18 kills vs. Nevada and 4 aces in win over So. Dakota State...hit .350 with 9 kills, 2 errors on 20 attacks at No. 10 Cal...18 kills, 3 blocks in win over OSU 11/23.

#16 Rachel Holbrook (5-7, DS, Jr. Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) Left the team in late September...played in 5 games...10 digs vs. Northern Colorado...younger sister of former Cougar DS Stacey Holbrook.

#22 Maureen Perez (5-9, S, Sr. Vancouver, Wash.) Starting at setter for WSU...named to Baden Cougar Challenge and Montana State Holiday Inn Classic all-tournament teams...averaged 11.10 assists per game which is eighth-best in 66 assists at Oregon total of 1980 assists seventh-best in Cougars all-time top 10 career assists server on team with 23 aces (0.21 sapg)...2.15 dpg average, third-highest on team...named to Pac-10 honorable mention All-Academic team.

#12 Cassie Robbins (6-3, MB, So. Yakima, Wash.) One of strengths of front line...averaged 0.80 blocks per game, second-best on team...tallied six blocks in both Gonzaga and UNLV matches...10 kills vs. Montana State...nine matches with four or more blocks...named to Pac-10 honorable mention All-Academic team.

#10 Kimika Rozier (5-10, MB/RS, Fr. Murrieta, Calif.) Redshirt season.

#4 Amy Small (5-6, S/DS, Jr. Pullman Wash.) Played in 49 games...saw action as starter in six matches...otherwise, entered to serve and play back row...served up three aces in match at Oregon State...45 digs this season including 10 during the trip to No. 2 Stanford and No. 10 Cal...10 aces.

#21 Brittany Tillman (6-1, MB, Fr. Tacoma, Wash.) Saw action in 77 games (27 matches, 24 starts), including stepping in for injured Faleti vs. Washington (9/28) where she had four kills and three blocks...14 kills in win over Oregon State 11/23 with .565 hitting percentage and 3 blocks...10 kills vs. Arizona, and 8 blocks in the Montana State win....averaged 0.73 bpg, fourth-best overall on team.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (5-3, DS/L, Jr. Camas, Wash.) - pronounced wise-HAR - After walking-on in 2005, now valuable asset to team's back row play...season-best is 17 digs against South Dakota State...averaged 2.06 dpg, fourth-best on squad...had 12 digs at No. 2 Stanford...had 18 aces on the season...named to Pac-10 honorable mention All-Academic team.

#3 Tara West (6-1, MB, Sr. Perth, Australia) - pronounced tarr-ah - Selected ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America national third team...ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII second team...Pac-10 All-Academic first team...named MVP of the Baden Cougar Challenge Tournament...double-figure kills 15 of 32 matches this season...led team with 1.24 bpg, eighth-best in Pac-10...tagged career-high 10 blocks at No. 4 Washington...had five or more blocks in 12 matches this season...season-high 20 kills vs. Hofstra and hit .600...nabbed 15 kills, hit .500 and had 6 blocks against No. 4 3.71 hitting percentage at .241.

LOOKOUT FOR THE NEW COUGS: The WSU volleyball signees for fall 2008 include: Meagan Ganzer, a 6-3 outside hitter from Tahoma High, Kent, Wash.; Alyssa Hilby, a 6-3 middle blocker from Life Christian High, Tacoma, Wash.; Tangerine Wiggs, a 6-2 outside hitter from Holy Names Academy, Seattle, Wash.; and Breann Nesselhuf, a 5-9 setter from Swink High, Swink, Colo...'This class adds needed physical size, power and skill to our program,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'We have very high expectations of this class and know these athletes are going to raise the standards and level of competition for playing time at every position in our program.'

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