Volleyball Hosts No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 USC

Nov. 3, 2008

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COUGS HOST RANKED L.A. SCHOOLS: The Washington State volleyball team, 7-15 overall, 0-11 Pac-10, takes on No. 9 UCLA (15-7, 5-6) Friday night of Dads' Weekend at WSU in a 7 p.m. match...Cougars welcome No. 10 USC (13-7, 6-5) Sunday for a 1 p.m. match...both matches take place on Marcia Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (7-15 at WSU, 246-156 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 ADDS ON TO SCHOOL DIGS RECORD: Kelly Hyder (junior, Huntington Beach, Calif.) owns the WSU career digs record with 1,381 digs over her three-year career at WSU (85 matches, 284 sets, 4.86 digs per set average)...also owns WSU single-season record with 565 (2006).

JOHNSON CLIMBING UP CAREER KILLS STANDINGS: Senior Brittany Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.) reached 1,000 kills during the match at Arizona State 9/27, and became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach this milestone...with 1,052 kills she is currently in seventh on the all-time list and needs two more kills for sixth place.

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.

ABOUT THE NO. 9 UCLA BRUINS (15-7, 5-6): UCLA is coming off a loss to No. 7 Oregon (3-2)...all losses have come to ranked team...Bruins are led by 5-11 So. OH Dicey McGraw (3.05 kps)...6-6 Fr. MB Amanda Gil adds 1.41 blocks per set (2nd Pac-10) and hits .330 (8th Pac-10)...6-5 Fr. MB Katie Camp has 1.05 bps (10th Pac-10) and hits .360 (6th Pac-10)...5-10 Sr. setter Nellie Spicer (10.98 aps - 4th Pac-10)...5-6 Sr. libero Jessica Fine (4.59 dps - 3rd Pac-10)...Head Coach Andy Banachowski (1075-288, 42 years UCLA/career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 11, 2008, UCLA defeated WSU 25-22, 25-18, 25-14 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - UCLA leads 38-7 (WSU streak -11)...in Pullman, UCLA leads 17-5...WSU's last win over UCLA was in Pullman Oct. 25, 2003 (3-2).

ABOUT THE NO. 10 USC WOMEN OF TROY (13-7, 6-5 pending 11/7 match at No. 6 Washington): The Women of Troy found revenge from earlier losses to OSU and UO by defeating both last weekend 3-2...USC is led by 6-3 Fr. OH Alex Jupiter (3.32 kpg - 9th Pac-10, 3.92 pps - 7th Pac-10) and 6-1 Jr. OH Jessica Gysin (3.12 kps)...5-11, Jr. setter Taylor Carico (10.35 aps - 6th Pac-10)...5-8 Jr. L Alli Hillgren (4.17 dps - 6th Pac-10)...Head Coach Mick Haley (200-39, 8 years at USC; 965-226-1, 32 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 10, 2008, USC defeated WSU 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 in L.A...SERIES RECORD - USC leads 35-11 (WSU streak -7)...USC leads 13-9 in Pullman...WSU's last win over USC was Nov. 27, 2004 (3-2) in Pullman.

CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The Bison/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Nov. 10, shows seven WSU opponents ranked...six of the top 10 teams are Pac-10 schools (see below) and an early season opponent, No. 11 Wichita State...go to www.avca.org for the weekly poll.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 6,138 fans (17 matches) to date...Pac-10 schools include Stanford at 12th (2,243, 10 matches), USC at 14th (1,721, 11 matches) and 15th Washington (1,703, 10 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 11/3/08)

(Nat. Ranking)	Conference	Overall	StreakStanford (2)	        10-1	19-3	Won 4California (6)	        9-2	19-3	Lost 1Washington (5)	        8-3	17-4	Won 1Oregon (8)	        7-4	19-5	Won 1USC (10)	        6-5	13-7	Won 3UCLA (9)	        5-6	15-7	Lost 1Arizona	                3-7	13-9	Lost 3Arizona State	        3-7	12-11	Won 2Oregon State	        3-8	14-10	Lost 3Washington State	0-11	7-15	Lost 11

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)Kills - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State 4.42 kps)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .451)Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.31 aps (Carli Lloyd, Cal, and Jenna Hagglund, UW 12.09 aps)Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.48 saps)Digs - 7th Kelly Hyder 4.11 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 5.02 dps)Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.47 bps)Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 4.98 pps)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.74 kps (California 15.05 kps)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .162 (Stanford .319)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .233 (Stanford .158)Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.08 aps (California 14.04 aps)Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.75 saps (Oregon 1.48 saps)Digs - WSU is 5th at 14.53 dps (UCLA 15.19 dps)Blocks - WSU is 10th at 2.10 bps (Arizona 2.67 bps)

IND. STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 CONF. ONLY MATCHES (TOP 10):Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)Kills - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State 5.05 kps)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .458)Assists - 8th Renee Bordelon 9.12 aps (Carli Lloyd, California 12.56 aps)Service Aces - no WSU player (Kristen Kathan, California 0.41 saps)Digs - 10th Kelly Hyder 3.67 dps (Tamari Miyashiro, Washington 5.86 dps)Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.58 bps)Points - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State 5.35 pps)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 CONF. ONLY MATCHES (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.03 kps (California 15.41 kps)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .133 (Stanford .320)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .320 (Stanford .169)Assists - WSU is 9th at 10.26 aps (California 14.49 aps)Service Aces - WSU is 7th at 0.69 saps (Oregon 1.15 saps)Digs - WSU is 10th at 13.14 dps (UCLA 16.20 dps)Blocks - WSU is 10th at 1.73 bps (Stanford 2.60 bps)

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...this week, senior Amy Small writes about the Cougars' day at Alcatraz.

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 1,381 through 11/2...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 1,052 kills is 2 kills behind the No. 6 spot...Johnson's career solo blocks totally now 71, fifth place after landing three solos last weekend...Jackie Albright (junior, Lake Forest, Calif.) has accumulated 576 kills and 586 digs to date.

Career Digs1.  Kelly Hyder (2006-08)	13812.  Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97)	1254

Career Block Solos1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 1963. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 984. Kelly Hankins (1990-91) 885. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 71

Career Kills1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 18485. Kelly Rosin (2003-06) 11136. Keren Oigman (1994-97) 10547. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 1052

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 had one match televised this season, the Sept. 27 match at Arizona State...the Oct. 31 match at California was broadcast by Comcast SportsNet West, which covers most of Northern California from Fresno to the Oregon border.


#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 second in points per set with 2.82...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...2.69 dps is third-best on team...double-figure kills in eight matches this season...career totals are 576 kills, 36 aces, 586 digs, 79 blocks, 661 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 58 of WSU's 76 sets...averages 9.31 aps, 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 19 kills, 98 digs, 7 aces and 22 blocks...season-high 47 assists against Gonzaga and four blocks at USC.

#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 72 of the WSU's 76 sets...148 digs (2.06 dps) is third-best on team....outstanding 5 service aces at No. 4 California...season-best 15 digs against Eastern Washington.

#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 47 sets with 65 kills, 2 aces, 17 digs and 14 blocks...hit career-high 9 kills at No. 4 California...hit .556 against No. 6 Stanford 10/3, and hit .462 against No. 6 Washington 10/24 with seven kills.

#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...has tallied 292 digs for a 4.11 dps average - 7th best in Pac-10 this week...15 matches with double-figure digs this season...leader of the WSU career digs list with 1,381 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...142 kills, 88 digs, 33 blocks...reached 1000 career kills this season (9/27) and her 1,052 kills is 7th on school list...needs 2 kills to move into 6th place...5th on WSU career solo blocks list with 71 total...2.73 pps is third-best on team...had 15 kills, 8 digs and career-high 9 blocks, including 3 solos, at Cal 10/31.

#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in 49 of 76 sets to date...33 kills, 235 assists (4.80 aps), 70 digs, 18 blocks...has moved between setter and outside hitter positions in matches...season-high 43 assists at No. 4 Cal with 9 digs.

#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...suffered stress fracture in right foot and has missed three matches...will be reevaluated weekly but expected to miss several weeks...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 State...one of three co-captains...named MVP of Boise State Bronco Invite...named to Idaho Classic all-tournament team...second on team with 170 kills and second on team with .267 hpct...adds 0.72 blocks per set, second on team...leads team with 14 service aces...leads team with 2.89 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 26 sets with 35 digs...career high of 9 digs vs. EWU.

#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - starter at middle...tallied 146 kills...69 blocks with 0.95 bps leads the team...had season-high 13 kills, hit .364, had 5 blocks and 2 digs at No. 4 California...also had 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 60 of the Cougars' 76 sets...98 digs this season...had career-high 2 kills at No. 5 Stanford...played in 112 matches in career, second only to Brittany Johnson on team (113)...784 career digs and 63 career service aces.

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

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