Volleyball Home to Take on No. 5 Washington

Nov. 17, 2008

SENIOR NIGHT FOR COUGARS NOV. 21: The Washington State volleyball team, 8-18 overall, 1-14 Pac-10, takes on No. 5 Washington (21-4 overall, 12-3 Pacific-10 Conference) Friday night at 8 p.m. on Marcia Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym...Huskies won the earlier contest this season in Seattle 3-0...four Cougar seniors - Brittany Johnson, Emily Rooney, Amy Small and Stephanie Weishaar - will be honored before the WSU-UW volleyball match.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (8-18 at WSU, 247-159 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.

JOHNSON RECIEVES ACADEMIC HONOR: Brittany Johnson, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz., was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Dist. VIII All-Academic second team for the second year...has a 3.80 grade point average and is majoring in both management information systems and organizational management with a minor in finance, and will graduate in December 2008...she was a third team selection in 2006...Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection in 2007, and a second-team selection in 2006.

HYDER ADDS ON TO SCHOOL DIGS RECORD: Kelly Hyder (junior, Huntington Beach, Calif.) owns the WSU career digs record with 1,414 digs over her three-year career at WSU (87 matches, 290 sets, 4.88 digs per set average)...also owns WSU single-season record with 565 (2006).

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. 5 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (21-4, 12-3): The Dawgs' have three Pac-10 losses - twice to first-place Stanford and once against third-place California...team leaders include 5-9 So. setter Jenna Hagglund (12.24 assists per set - 1st Pac-10, 2nd NCAA) who was AVCA National Player of the Week mid-October...6-2, So. OH Becky Perry is the leading hitter with 3.73 kps (5th Pac-10) and 4.15 pps (5th Pac-10)...6-1 So. MB/OH Kindra Carlson adds 3.34 kps (9th Pac-10) and 3.96 pps (8th Pac-10)...top blocker is 6-1 Sr. MB Jessica Swarbrick (1.11 bps - 4th Pac-10) and she is the Huskies' best percentage hitter at .427 (2nd Pac-10)...5-10 Jr. OH Jill Collymore leads Pac-10 with 35 service aces (0.44 aps)...5-7 Jr. libero Tamari Miyashiro (5.03 dps - 2nd Pac-10)...Head Coach Jim McLaughlin (191-53 in 8 years at UW; 415-172 in 18 years career)...Huskies are 6th in NCAA in hitting pct...LAST TIME: Oct. 24, 2008, UW won 25-17, 25-13, 25-17, in Seattle...SERIES RECORD: Washington leads the series 51-21 (WSU streak -11)...last WSU win came Nov. 18, 2002, in Pullman (3-0).

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DONATIONS: The Washington State volleyball team's Attacking Breast Cancer 2008 campaign has raised $1,614.40 to date...this brings the total collected since the first campaign in 2002 to $9,058.55...all donations go to the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse for their use including their education programs...Cougar volleyball thanks everyone who donated to this worthy cause.

CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The Bison/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Nov. 17, 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), 14th Washington (1,899, 12 matches), and USC at 18th (1,632, 13 matches) ...WSU is averaging 796 fans in 9 home matches with a top crowd of 1,407 fans Friday, Nov. 7.

PAC-10 2008 STANDINGS (as of 11/17/08)

(Nat. Ranking)	Conference	Overall	StreakStanford (2)	        13-1	22-3	Won 7Washington (5)	        12-3	21-4	Won 5California (7)	        10-4	20-5	Lost 1Oregon (8)	        9-5	21-6	Lost 1USC (10)	        9-6	16-8	Won 3UCLA (9)	        8-7	18-8	Won 2Arizona	                4-10	14-12	Lost 3Oregon State	        3-11	14-13	Lost 6Arizona State	        3-11	12-15	Lost 4Washington State	1-14	8-18	Won 1

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 4.54 kps)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .474)Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.22 aps (Jenna Hagglund, Washington 12.24 aps)Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.44 saps)Digs - 7th Kelly Hyder 4.04 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 5.05 dps)Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.48 bps)Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 5.05 pps)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10)Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.59 kps (California 15.10 kps)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .160 (Stanford .319)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .237 (Stanford .161)Assists - WSU is 10th at 10.89 aps (California 14.06 aps)Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.74 saps (Oregon 1.46 saps)Digs - WSU is 5th at 14.57 dps (UCLA 15.62 dps)Blocks - WSU is 10th at 2.10 bps (UCLA 2.64 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 5.14 kps)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .496)Assists - 10th Renee Bordelon 9.03 aps (Carli Lloyd, California 12.51 aps)Service Aces - 7th Bree Flach 0.23 (Amanda Westrick, Oregon 0.36 saps)Digs - 10th Kelly Hyder 3.64 dps (Tamari Miyashiro, Washington 5.84 dps)Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.58 bps)Points - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State 5.47 pps)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 CONF. ONLY MATCHES (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 10.96 kps (California 15.41 kps)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .138 (Stanford .319)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .302 (Stanford .173)Assists - WSU is 10th at 10.14 aps (California 14.41 aps)Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 0.69 saps (Oregon 1.18 saps)Digs - WSU is 10th at 13.61 dps (UCLA 16.66 dps)Blocks - WSU is 9th at 1.84 bps (Stanford 2.77 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, look for senior Brittany Johnson's take on the win at Oregon State.

COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS: Two WSU volleyball players are advancing in the school's all-time career records...junior Kelly Hyder became the school's record holder in career digs with 1,424 through 11/16...Hyder became 18th Pac-10 player to reach 1400 digs...senior Brittany Johnson became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 kills in a career...her current total of 1,082 kills is 31 kills behind the No. 5 spot...Johnson's career solo blocks totally now 72, fifth place...Jackie Albright (junior, Lake Forest, Calif.) has accumulated 608 kills and 625 digs to date.

Career Digs1.  Kelly Hyder (2006-08)	14242.  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) 72

Career Kills1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 18484. Kristen Hovde (1989-92) 13955. Kelly Rosin (2003-06) 11136. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 1082

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 2.48 kills per set and second in points per set with 2.77...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...2.67 dps is second-best on team...double-figure kills in 10 matches this season...career totals are 608 kills, 37 aces, 625 digs, 82 blocks, 696.0 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 72 of WSU's 90 sets...averages 9.22 aps, 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 24 kills, 119 digs, 10 aces and 29 blocks...season-high 47 assists against Gonzaga and four blocks at USC...had 4 blocks at No. 11 USC and in the win at Oregon State 11/16.

#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 86 of the WSU's 90 sets...197 digs (2.29 dps) is third-best on team....outstanding 5 service aces at No. 4 California...career-best 29 digs in win at Oregon State 11/16.

#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 61 sets with 88 kills, 2 aces, 21 digs and 24 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...had 7 kills and 3 blocks in win at Oregon State 11/16.

#5 Faith Hutcherson (DS, 5-3, SO, Redmond, Wash.) - seen back row action in 10 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 335 digs for a 4.04 dps average - 7th best in Pac-10 this week...17 matches with double-figure digs this season...leader of the WSU career digs list with 1,414 digs...seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 digs (2007)...18th player in Pac-10 history to reach 1400 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...190 kills, 122 digs, 52 blocks...reached 1000 career kills this season (9/27) and her 1,082 kills is 6th on school list...needs 31 kills to move into 5th place...5th on WSU career solo blocks list with 72 total...2.69 pps is third-best on team...had 15 kills, 8 digs and career-high 9 blocks, including 3 solos, at Cal 10/31...tallied 12 kills, 15 digs, 1 ace and 2 blocks in win at Oregon State 11/16...named to ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Dist. VIII All-Academic second team.

#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in 49 of 82 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...injured ankle Nov. 5 and did not see action for the last 4 WSU 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...suffered stress fracture in right foot and has missed five 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 193 kills and second on team with .252 hpct...adds 0.73 blocks per set, second on team...leads team with 17 service aces...leads team with 2.79 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...had block assist in win at Oregon State 11/16.

#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 33 sets with 48 digs (1.45 dps)...landed one ace and career-high 9 digs at Oregon State in 3-2 win...also had career high of 9 digs vs. Eastern Washington.

#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - starter at middle...tallied 184 kills this season - 122 of those in Pac-10 matches...82 blocks with 0.94 bps leads the team...had career-high 15 kills, hit .458, and 3 blocks versus No. 10 USC...other notable matches - at No. 4 Cal, had 13 kills, .364, 5 blocks; had 12 kills, hit .391, and had 4 blocks against No. 24 Oregon State...tallied 10 kills and tied career-high 8 blocks in win at Oregon State 11/16.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (DS/L, 5-3, SR, Camas, Wash.) - played in 68 of the Cougars' 90 sets...107 digs this season...had career-high 2 kills at No. 5 Stanford...played in 115 matches in career, second only to Brittany Johnson on team (117)...793 career digs and 63 career service aces.

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

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