Cougars and No. 6 Huskies Clash on Volleyball Court in Seattle

Oct. 20, 2008

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COUGS ACROSS THE CASCADES: The Washington State volleyball team, 7-12 overall, 0-8 Pac-10, travels across the Cascade Mountains to meet in-state rival and conference travel partners, No. 6 Washington (15-3, 6-2) this Friday in a 7 p.m. match at Bank of America Arena in Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (7-12 at WSU, 246-153 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 career digs record with 1,344 digs over her three-year career at WSU (82 matches, 274 sets, 4.91 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 1,029 kills she is currently in 9th on the all-time list and needs 4 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, donate to the 2008 ABC Campaign, contact WSU Volleyball Coordinator of Operations, Kristina Martin at, or call 509-335-7169.

ABOUT THE NO. 6 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (15-3, 6-2): The Dawgs' two Pac-10 losses have come on their home court...undefeated California swept the Huskies Oct. 3 and second-place Stanford also defeated UW 3-0 Oct. leaders include 5-9 So. setter Jenna Hagglund (11.92 assists per set - 2nd Pac-10) who was AVCA National Player of the Week last week...6-1 So. MB/OH Kindra Carlson (3.31 kps - 8th Pac-10, 3.95 pps - 7th Pac-10)...6-2, So. OH Becky Perry adds 3.76 kps and has seen action in 42 of the 66 sets played this season...6-1 Sr. MB Jessica Swarbrick (1.20 bps - 4th Pac-10)...5-10 Jr. OH Jill Collymore leads Pac-10 with 28 service aces (0.46 aps)...5-7 Jr. libero Tamari Miyashiro (4.88 dps - 2nd Pac-10)...Head Coach Jim McLaughlin (185-52 in 8 years at UW; 409-171 in 18 years career)...LAST TIME: Oct. 26, 2007, UW won 30-25, 30-21, 30-24, in Seattle...SERIES RECORD: Washington leads the series 50-21 (WSU streak -10)...last WSU win in Seattle came Nov. 16, 2001 (3-0).

CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The CBS Sports Network/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 20, shows eight WSU opponents ranked...six of the top 14 teams are Pac-10 schools so the Cougs will play each twice...the ranked opponents are: No. 4 California, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 Oregon, No. 10 UCLA, No. 12 Wichita State, No. 14 USC, and No. 24 Oregon State...also receiving votes this week was Arizona (No. 26)...go to for the weekly coaches top 25 poll.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 6,232 fans (13 matches) to date...Pac-10 schools include Stanford at 11th (2,302, 8 matches), USC at 13th (1,935, 5 matches) and 19th Washington (1,608, 9 matches)...WSU is averaging 755 fans in seven home matches with a top crowd of 1,231 fans Friday, Oct. 3 (Stanford match).

PAC-10 2008 STANDINGS (as of 10/20/08)

(Nat. Ranking)	Conference	Overall	StreakCalifornia (4)	        7-0	17-1	Won 12Stanford (5)	        6-1	15-3	Lost 1Washington (6)	        6-2	15-3	Won 4Oregon (7)	        4-3	15-4	Lost 1UCLA (10)	        4-3	14-4	Won 3Arizona	                3-4     13-6	Won 1USC (14)	        3-4	10-6	Lost 1Oregon State (24)	2-5	13-7	Lost 1Arizona State	        1-6	10-10	Lost 5Washington State	0-8	7-12	Lost 8

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 4.54 kps)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .447)Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.41 aps (Carli Lloyd, California 12.07 aps)Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.46 saps)Digs - 5th Kelly Hyder 4.18 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 5.18 dps)Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.49 bps)Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 5.23 pps)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.74 kps (California 15.10 kps)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .162 (Stanford .322)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .215 (Stanford .149)Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.08 aps (California 14.03 aps)Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.74 saps (Oregon 1.45 saps)Digs - WSU is 2nd at 14.94 dps (UCLA 15.12 dps)Blocks - WSU is 10th at 2.16 bps (Arizona 2.70 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) the NCAA Women's DI Volleyball RPI (matches through 10/12/08), WSU was ranked 146th of 315 teams...national standings will not be released again until 10/21/08.

COUGAR BLOGS: You can read the Cougar Volleyblog with a new posting weekly on the official website for all WSU athletics news, 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 1,344 through 10/19...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 1,029 kills is 4 kills behind the No. 8 spot...Johnson's career solo blocks totally now 68, still at sixth place and needing only one more to advance to fifth...Jackie Albright (junior, Lake Forest, Calif.) has accumulated 554 kills and 566 digs to date.

Career Digs1.  Kelly Hyder (2006-08)	13442.  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) 68

Career Kills1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 18487. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 10518. Laurie VanDiest (1984-87) 10339. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 1029

MEET THE COUGARS:#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 2.58 kills per set and second in points per set with 2.91...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...double-figure kills in eight matches this totals are 554 kills, 36 aces, 566 digs, 59 blocks, 638 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 54 of WSU's 66 sets...averages 9.41 aps, 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 18 kills, 96 digs, 7 aces and 20 blocks...season-high four blocks at USC.

#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 62 of the Cougars' 66 sets...137 digs (2.21 dps) is third-best on team.

#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 37 sets with 46 kills, 2 aces, 14 digs and 13 blocks...hit .556 against No. 6 Stanford 10/3.#5 Faith Hutcherson (DS, 5-3, SO, Redmond, Wash.) - seen back row action in 9 sets and has 8 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 255 digs for a 4.18 dps average - 5th best in Pac-10 this week and in top 60 nationally...moved into first on the WSU career digs list with 1,344 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...137 kills, 87 digs, 33 blocks...reached 1000 career kills this season (9/27) and her 1,029 kills is 9th on school list...needs 4 kills to move into 8th place...currently in 6th on WSU career solo blocks list with 68 total...2.68 pps is third-best on team.

#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in 42 of 66 sets to date...31 kills, 167 assists (3.98 aps), 55 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 51 sets and landed 115 kills with .322 hitting percentage which is best on team...against No. 6 Oregon had 8 kills, 0 errors, 18 attacks for .444 hpct...also added 25 blocks this season.

#3 Emily Rooney (MB, 6-1, SR, Red Wing, Minn.) - transferred from South Dakota of three co-captains...named MVP of Boise State Bronco Invite...named to Idaho Classic all-tournament team...second on team with 152 kills and second on team with .264 hpct...adds 0.77 blocks per set, second on team...leads team with 12 service aces...leads team with 3.00 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...landed 1 kill and 1 dig against No. 6 Oregon.

#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 24 sets with 35 high of 9 digs vs. EWU.

#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - starter at middle...tallied 116 kills...60 blocks with 0.95 bps leads the team...had season-high 12 kills, hit .391, and had 4 blocks against No. 24 Oregon State.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (DS/L, 5-3, SR, Camas, Wash.) - played in 50 of the Cougars' 66 sets...86 digs this season...played in 109 matches in career, second only to Brittany Johnson on team (110)...772 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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