Volleyball Travels to No. 11 USC, No. 8 UCLA

Oct. 6, 2008

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WASHINGTON STATE VOLLEYBALL ON THE ROAD TO LA: The Washington State volleyball team, 7-8 overall, 0-4 Pac-10, is on the road this weekend to take on No. 11 USC (8-4, 1-2) Friday, Oct. 10 at the Galen Center and No. 8 UCLA (11-3, 1-2) Saturday, Oct. 11 in Pauley Pavilion...both begin at 7 p.m. and both will be on radio in Pullman (and on internet) - the USC match on KHTR-FM (104.5) and the UCLA match on KQQQ-AM (1150).

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (7-8 at WSU, 245-149 career/12 yrs) is in his first season at WSU after a highly successful tenure at South Dakota State...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kristina Martin is the coordinator of operations.

HYDER CLAIMS SCHOOL DIGS RECORD: Kelly Hyder (junior, Huntington Beach, Calif.) owns the WSU record with 1,294 digs over her three-year career at WSU (78 matches, 263 sets, 4.92 digs per set average).

JOHNSON JOINS 1,000 KILLS CLUB: Senior Brittany Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.) reached 1,000 kills during the match at Arizona State Sept. 27 and became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach this milestone...with 1,012 kills she is currently in 9th on the all-time list and needs 21 more kills for 8th place.

ABC CAMPAIGN & BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MATCH: The Stanford at WSU Oct. 3 match was the first of the Pac-10 Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness Month...WSU team, staff, spirit groups and Butch, the mascot, wore Pink...additionally, 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 seventh consecutive year...the Cougars will collect monetary pledges for all WSU points scored by kills during the eight matches during October...last year the team raised $1652.50, bringing the total collected since the first campaign in 2002 to $7,444.15...to donate to the 2008 ABC Campaign, contact WSU Volleyball Coordinator of Operations, Kristina Martin at Kristina_Martin@wsu.edu, or call 509-335-7169.

ABOUT THE NO. 11 USC WOMEN OF TROY (8-4, 1-2): The Women of Troy are coming off losses to Oregon State (3-2) and No. 11 Oregon (0-3)...USC is led by 6-3 Fr. OH Alex Jupiter (3.69 kpg - 5th Pac-10, 4.38 pps - 4th Pac-10) and 6-1 Jr. OH Jessica Gysin (3.08 kps)...6-2 So. Oh Kimmie Roleder (0.33 ace per set - 4th Pac-10...5-11, Jr. setter Taylor Carico (10.07 aps - 7th Pac-10)...5-8 Jr. L Alli Hillgren (3.95 dps - 6th Pac-10)...Head Coach Mick Haley (195-36, 8 years at USC; 960-223-1, 32 years career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 17, 2007, USC defeated WSU 30-19, 30-19, 30-22 in L.A...SERIES RECORD - USC leads 34-11 (WSU streak -6)...USC leads 20-2 in Los Angeles...WSU's last USC win in LA was Oct. 16, 1998 (3-1).

ABOUT THE NO. 8 UCLA BRUINS (11-3, 1-2 pending 10/10 match vs. No. 9 Washington): UCLA's conference losses have come at USC (3-2) and at Oregon (3-1)...needed five sets to defeat Oregon State...Bruins are led by 5-11 So. OH Dicey McGraw (2.98 kps)...6-6 Fr. MB Amanda Gil leads Pac-10 with 1.45 blocks per set (8th in NCAA rankings)...6-5 Fr. MB Katie Camp adds 1.17 bps (6th Pac-10)...5-10 Sr. setter Nellie Spicer (10.21 aps - 6th Pac-10)...5-6 Sr. libero Jessica Fine (3.76 dps - 9th Pac-10)...Head Coach Andy Banachowski (1071-284, 42 years UCLA/career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 16, 2007, UCLA defeated WSU 31-29, 30-21, 30-17, in L.A...SERIES RECORD - UCLA leads 37-7 (WSU streak -10)...in matches played in Los Angeles, UCLA leads 20-2...WSU's last win over UCLA in LA was Oct. 24, 1997 (3-1).

CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The CBS Sports Network/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 6, shows eight WSU opponents ranked...six of the top 11 teams are Pac-10 schools so the Cougs will play each twice...the ranked opponents are: No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 California, No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 UCLA, No. 10 Washington, No. 11 USC, No. 14 Wichita State, and No. 24 Oregon State...also receiving votes this week was Arizona (No. 26)...go to www.avca.org for the weekly coaches top 25 poll.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 6,174 fans (11 matches) to date...Stanford is the sole Pac-10 school currently ranked in the top 20 at 11th (2,164 - 5 matches)...WSU is averaging 740 fans in seven home matches with a top crowd of 1,231 fans Friday, Oct. 3 (Stanford match).

PAC-10 2008 STANDINGS (as of 10/6/08)

	Conference	Overall	StreakCalifornia	4-0	14-1	Won 9Stanford	4-0	13-2	Won 9Arizona	        2-1	12-3	Lost 1Oregon	        2-2	13-3	Won 2Washington	2-2	11-3	Lost 2UCLA	        1-2	11-3	Won 1USC	        1-2	8-4	Lost 2Arizona State	1-2	10-6	Lost 1Oregon State	1-3	12-5	Lost 1Washington St.	0-4	7-8	Lost 4

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)Kills - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 4.45 kps)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .452)Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.24 aps (Carli Lloyd, California 12.04 aps)Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.57 saps)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.10 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 5.04 dps)Blocks - no WSU player (Amanda Gil, UCLA 1.45 bps)Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 5.13 pps)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.85 kps (California 15.02 kps)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .167 (Stanford .332)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 9th at .193 (Arizona .126)Assists - WSU is 9th at 11.17 aps (California 13.96 aps)Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.74 saps (Washington 1.67 saps)Digs - WSU is 2nd at 14.92 dps (Arizona State 15.11 dps)Blocks - WSU is 10th at 2.23 bps (Arizona 2.89 bps)

COUGS IN NATIONAL STANDINGS: In the 10/6 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball rankings of the 250 teams, Washington State is ranked 85th in digs with 14.92 dps (national leader IUPU 19.11 dps)...Kelly Hyder is ranked 101st in digs in NCAA individual rankings with 4.10 dps (national leader is Brittany Stowers, Northern Arizona 6.34 dps)...in the NCAA Women's DI Volleyball RPI (matches through 9/28/08), WSU was ranked 137th of 315 teams.

COUGAR BLOGS: You can read the Cougar Volleyblog with a new posting weekly on the official website for all WSU athletics news, www.wsucougars.com...lots of insight into Wazzu volleyball and the people who love it.

COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS: Two WSU volleyball players are advancing in the school's all-time career records...junior Kelly became the school's record holder in career digs with 1,294 through 10/6...senior Brittany Johnson became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 kills in a career...her current total of 1,012 kills is 21 kills behind the No. 8 spot...Johnson's career solo blocks totally now 66, still at sixth place and needing only three more to advance to fifth...Jackie Albright (junior, Lake Forest, Calif.) has accumulated 523 kills and 532 digs to date.

Career Digs1.  Kelly Hyder (2006-08)	12942.  Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97)	1254

Career Block Solos1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 1964. Kelly Hankins (1990-91) 885. Joanne Johnson (1991-93) 696. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 66

Career Kills1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 18487. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 10518. Laurie VanDiest (1984-87) 10339. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 1012


#6 Annie Adams (OH, 6-3, SO-RS, Crosby, Minn.) - redshirt this season after transferring from South Dakota State.

#2 Jackie Albright (OH, 6-0, JR, Lake Forest, Calif.) - one of three co-captains...leads team with 2.52 kills per set and third in points per set with 2.82...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...double-figure kills in seven matches this season.

#16 Renee Bordelon (S, 5-10, JR, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) - transfer from North Idaho College...named to Cougar Challenge all-tournament team...has been setter in 41 of WSU's 53 sets...averages 9.24 aps, 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 14 kills, 74 digs, 6 aces and 11 blocks.

#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 50 of the Cougars' 53 sets...115 digs (2.30 dps) is third-best on team.

#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 27 sets with 36 kills, 2 aces, 9 digs and 10 blocks...hit .556 against No. 6 Stanford 10/3.

#5 Faith Hutcherson (DS, 5-3, SO, Redmond, Wash.) - seen back row action in 8 sets and has 7 digs with career-high 3 digs vs. Eastern Washington.

#8 Kelly Hyder (DS/L, 5-9, JR, Huntington Beach, Calif.) - third year starter...named to Boise State Bronco Invite and Cougar Challenge all-tournament teams...tallied 205 digs for a 4.10 dps average - 4th best in Pac-10 this week and 57th nationally...moved into first on the WSU career digs list with 1,294 digs...seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 digs (2007)...season high for digs is 27 versus Gonzaga.

#19 Brittany Johnson (OH, 5-9, SR, Phoenix, Ariz.) - one of three co-captains...120 kills, 79 digs, 29 blocks...reached 1000 career kills this season (9/27) and her 1,012 kills is 9th on school list...needs 21 kills to move into 8th place...currently in 6th on WSU career solo blocks list with 66 total...2.87 pps is second-best on team.

#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in 37 of 53 sets to date...30 kills, 167 assists (4.51 aps), 49 digs, 17 blocks...has moved between setter and outside hitter positions in matches.

#12 Cassie Robbins (MB, 6-3, JR, Yakima, Wash.) - seen action in 42 sets and landed 93 kills with .319 hitting percentage which is best on team...also added 22 blocks.

#3 Emily Rooney (MB, 6-1, SR, Red Wing, Minn.) - transferred from South Dakota State...one of three co-captains...named MVP of Boise State Bronco Invite...named to Idaho Classic all-tournament team...tops on team with 123 kills and second on team with .266 hpct...adds 0.84 blocks per set, second on team...has 12 service aces...leads team with 3.13 points per set.

#10 Kimika Rozier (OH, 5-10, RS-FR, Murrieta, Calif.) - recovering from a minor surgical knee procedure in mid-August...back to full speed at practice.

#7 Catie Schuetzle (OH, 5-8, JR, Spokane, Wash.) - moved to volleyball team after three seasons as a triple jumper on the Cougar track and field team...came off the bench to land the set and match-winning kill in Utah Valley contest 9/19...left team last week of September.

#4 Amy Small (DS/S, 5-6, SR, Pullman, Wash.) - played in 21 sets with 30 digs...career high of 9 digs vs. EWU.

#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - starter at middle...played in 50 of team's 53 sets to date...84 kills and 48 blocks with 0.96 bps which leads the team.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (DS/L, 5-3, SR, Camas, Wash.) - played in 37 of the Cougars' 53 sets...57 digs.

#14 Tangerine Wiggs (OH, 6-2, FR, Seattle, Wash.) - redshirt this season.

MARCIA SANEHOLTZ COURT AT BOHLER GYM COUGARS HOME: The Cougars' home court is 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, a long-time proponent of gender equity and a champion for all 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.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2008 season LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial)...matches played Oct. 10, 24 and 31 will be on Border 104 (KHTR, 104.3 FM)...veteran area broadcaster Steve Grubbs is the voice of Cougar volleyball for the fourth season.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: The Pacific-10 Conference will have LIVE volleyball matches broadcast by the FOX Sports Network throughout the 2008 season...WSU will have one match televised this season, the Sept. 27 match at Arizona State...check your local FOX Sports station for the dates and times of these broadcasts...the Oct. 31 match at California will be broadcast by Comcast SportsNet West, which covers most of Northern California from Fresno to the Oregon border...those with a satellite sports package can see the match on DirecTV channel 696 and Dist TV channel 409.

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