Volleyball Hosts No. 25 Oregon State and No. 6 Oregon

Oct. 13, 2008

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WSU VOLLEYBALL HOME FOR BEAVS AND DUCKS: The Washington State volleyball team, 7-10 overall, 0-6 Pac-10, hosts No. 25 Oregon State (12-6, 1-4) Friday, Oct. 17, in a 7 p.m. match, and No. 6 Oregon (14-3, 3-2) Sunday, Oct. 19, with a 1 p.m. start time...last season, the Cougs ended the year with a 3-2 win over Oregon State in Pullman...it was the lone Pac-10 win of the season.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (7-10 at WSU, 246-151 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 1,324 digs over her three-year career at WSU (80 matches, 269 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 1,022 kills she is currently in 9th on the all-time list and needs 11 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. 25 OREGON STATE BEAVERS (12-6, 1-4): The Beavers are coming off a two-match loss streak...conference win came against USC (3-2) but next night lost to UCLA in five sets...leading the way for Oregon State is 6-5, Jr. OH Australian Rachel Rourke (3.78 kps)...6-0, Sr. MB Lauren Rinderknecht (1.04 bps) and 6-3, Jr. MB Lexie Rathgeber (0.98 bps) are the blocking leaders...setter Camilla Ah-Hoy (9.46 aps - 9th Pac-10) and libero Ashley Evans (3.13 dps - 7th Pac-10)...Head Coach Taras Liskevych (36-63 in 4 years at OSU; 303-147-1 in 13 years career)...LAST TIME: Nov. 23, 2007, WSU won 22-30, 30-28, 28-30, 30-25, 15-8, in Pullman...SERIES RECORD: Washington State leads the series 41-32 (WSU streak +1).

ABOUT THE NO. 6 OREGON DUCKS (14-3, 3-2 pending 10/17 at No. 7 Washington): The Ducks are on a three-match win streak with wins over UCLA, USC and Oregon State...leader is 6-3 Sr. OH from Serbia, Gorana Maricic (4.04 kps, 3rd Pac-10, and 4.69 pps, 2nd in Pac-10)...6-1 Jr. MB Neticia Enesi (1.27 bps, 3rd Pac-10) and 6-2, Sr. MB Kristen Forristall (1.21 bps, 4th Pac-10)...setter Nevena Djordjevic (10.71 aps, 3rd Pac-10)...libero Katie Swoboda leads Pac-10 with 5.13 dps...solid servers in Amanda Westrick (0.34 aps, 4th Pac-10) and Heather Meyers (0.31 aps, 6th Pac-10)...Head Coach Jim Moore (65-44, 4 years at UO; 417-200, 20 years career)...LAST TIME: Nov. 21, 2007, in Pullman, Oregon defeated WSU 30-24, 32-30, 30-22...SERIES RECORD: Washington State leads 34-33-2 (WSU streak -4)...Cougars last win over Ducks was Nov. 17, 2005 (3-2) in Pullman.

CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The CBS Sports Network/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 13, 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. 6 Oregon, No. 7 Washington, No. 10 UCLA, No. 11 USC, No. 14 Wichita State, and No. 25 Oregon State...also receiving votes this week was Arizona (No. 31)...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...Pac-10 schools include Stanford at 11th (2,164 - 5 matches), USC at 12th (2,043 - 5 matches) and Washington (1,465 - 7 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 10/13/08)

(Nat. Ranking)	        Conference	Overall	StreakCalifornia (5)	        6-0	16-1	Won 11Stanford (4)	        6-0	15-2	Won 11Washington (7)	        4-2	13-3	Won 2Oregon (6)	        3-2	14-3	Won 3UCLA (10)	        2-3	12-4	Won 1Arizona	                2-3	12-5	Lost 3USC (11)	        2-3	9-5	Lost 1Oregon State (25)	1-4	12-6	Lost 2Arizona State	        1-4	10-8	Lost 3Washington State	0-6	7-10	Lost 6

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 9.234 aps (Carli Lloyd, California 11.94 aps)Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.50 saps)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.20 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 5.13 dps)Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.47 bps)Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 5.17 pps)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.83 kps (California 15.04 kps)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .163 (Stanford .331)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 9th at .206 (Stanford .141)Assists - WSU is 9th at 11.10 aps (California 13.91 aps)Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.78 saps (Arizona 1.55 saps)Digs - WSU is 1st at 15.03 dpsBlocks - WSU is 10th at 2.19 bps (Arizona 2.81 bps)

COUGS IN NATIONAL STANDINGS: In the 10/13 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball rankings of the 250 teams, Washington State is ranked 86th in digs with 15.03 dps (national leader IUPU 18.89 dps)...Kelly Hyder is ranked 90th in digs in NCAA individual rankings with 4.20 dps (national leader is Brittany Stowers, Northern Arizona 6.45 dps)...in the NCAA Women's DI Volleyball RPI (matches through 10/12/08), WSU was ranked 146th 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 1,324 through 10/11...Hyder became 25th Pac-10 player to reach 1300 digs...senior Brittany Johnson became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 kills in a career...her current total of 1,022 kills is 11 kills behind the No. 8 spot...Johnson's career solo blocks totally now 67, still at sixth place and needing only two more to advance to fifth...Jackie Albright (junior, Lake Forest, Calif.) has accumulated 541 kills and 556 digs to date.

Career Digs1.  Kelly Hyder (2006-08)	13242.  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) 67

Career Kills1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 18487. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 10518. Laurie VanDiest (1984-87) 10339. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 1022

#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 2.57 kills per set and second in points per set with 2.91...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...double-figure kills in seven matches this season...career totals are 541 kills, 36 aces, 57 blocks, 623.5 points.

#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 47 of WSU's 59 sets...averages 9.23 aps, 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 17 kills, 82 digs, 6 aces and 16 blocks...season-high four blocks at USC.

#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 56 of the Cougars' 59 sets...127 digs (2.27 dps) is third-best on team.

#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 31 sets with 36 kills, 2 aces, 9 digs and 11 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 235 digs for a 4.20 dps average - 4th best in Pac-10 this week and 57th nationally...moved into first on the WSU career digs list with 1,324 digs...seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 digs (2007)...25th player in Pac-10 history to reach 1300 digs in a career...season high for digs is 27 versus Gonzaga.

#19 Brittany Johnson (OH, 5-9, SR, Phoenix, Ariz.) - one of three co-captains...130 kills, 80 digs, 31 blocks...reached 1000 career kills this season (9/27) and her 1,022 kills is 9th on school list...needs 11 kills to move into 8th place...currently in 6th on WSU career solo blocks list with 67 total...2.77 pps is third-best on team.

#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in 37 of 59 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 47 sets and landed 105 kills with .315 hitting percentage which is best on team...also added 23 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...second on team with 136 kills and second on team with .266 hpct...adds 0.81 blocks per set, second on team...leads team with 12 service aces...leads team with 3.05 points per set.

#10 Kimika Rozier (OH, 5-10, RS-FR, Murrieta, Calif.) - recovered from a minor surgical knee procedure in mid-August...saw first action of season in third set at USC 10/10.

#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...tallied 98 kills...55 blocks with 0.98 bps leads the team.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (DS/L, 5-3, SR, Camas, Wash.) - played in 43 of the Cougars' 59 sets...71 digs this season...played in 107 matches...757 career digs and 63 career service aces.

#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 Dish TV channel 409.

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