Desert Schools Visit Washington State Volleyball to End Season

Nov. 24, 2008

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COUGARS HOST ASU, ARIZONA THIS WEEKEND: The Washington State volleyball team, 8-19 overall, 1-15 Pac-10, closes the 2008 season by hosting Arizona State (13-16, 4-12 Pac-10) Friday, Nov. 28, and Arizona (16-12, 6-10 Pac-10) Saturday, Nov. 29...both matches will be played at Marcia Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym with 7 p.m. starts.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (8-19 at WSU, 247-160 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 1,415 digs over her three-year career at WSU (88 matches, 292 sets, 4.85 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 ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (13-16, 4-12): ASU broke a four-match losing streak last weekend with a 3-0 win over Oregon State, but lost to No. 8 Oregon 3-0 the next night...led by 5-11 soph. OH Sarah Reaves (4.23 kps, 3rd Pac-10 & 4.67 pps, 4th Pac-10) and 5-10 senior OH Margie Giordano (3.26 kps, 10th Pac-10) blockers are 6-1 fresh. MB Sonja Markanovich (1.07 bps, 6th Pac-10) and 6-4 soph. MB Sara Todorovich from Walla Walla (1.02 bps, 9th Pac-10)...5-5 soph. libero Sarah Johnson (4.05 dps, 7th Pac-10)...setter Marina Mercer has 10.28 aps (7th Pac-10)...Head Coach Jason Watson (13-16, first year) career record 87-34 (4 years)...LAST TIME: Sept. 27, 2008, ASU won 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-18) in Tempe...SERIES RECORD: ASU leads 26-20 (WSU streak -6)...last win over ASU was Oct. 1, 2005 in Pullman (3-1).

ABOUT THE ARIZONA WILDCATS (16-12, 6-10 pending 11/28 match at No. 5 Washington): Coming off wins over No. 8 Oregon 3-1, and Oregon State, 3-0...UA now 34th on 25 poll...led by current Pac-10 Player of Week, 5-11 OH soph. Tiffany Owens (3.13 kps) and 6-3 OH redshirt soph. Whitney Dosty (2.81 kps) blockers are 6-4 soph. MB Stephanie Snow (1.08 bps, 5th Pac-10, and .314 hpct, 7th Pac-10) and 6-4 junior MB Jacy Norton (1.01 bps, 10th Pac-10)...6-1 junior libero Alanna Resch has 4.03 dps (8th Pac-10) and 5-11 soph. setter Paige Weber had 10.39 aps (6th in Pac-10)...Head Coach Dave Rubio has a 321-187 record in 17 years at Arizona and a 443-253 career (22 years)...LAST TIME: Sept. 26, 2008, UA won 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-19) in Tucson...SERIES RECORD: Arizona leads 34-12 (WSU streak -4)...WSU's last win over UA was Oct. 19, 2006 (3-1) in Tucson.

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 11 teams are Pac-10 schools (see below) with Arizona also receiving votes (34th)...also, an early season opponent, No. 9 Wichita State...go to for the weekly poll.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 5,924 fans (21 matches) to date...Pac-10 schools include Stanford at 9th (2,508, 12 matches), 14th Washington (1,899, 12 matches), and USC at 18th (1,632, 13 matches) ...WSU is averaging 865 fans in 12 home matches (44th nationally) with a top crowd of 1,623 fans for UW match, Nov. 21.

PAC-10 2008 STANDINGS (as of 11/24/08)

(Nat. Ranking)	Conference	Overall	StreakStanford (2)	        15-1	24-3	Won 9Washington (5)  	13-3	22-4	Won 6California (7)      	12-4	22-5	Won 2Oregon (8)	        10-6	22-7	Won 1USC (10)	        9-8	16-10	Lost 2UCLA (11)	        8-9	18-10	Lost 2Arizona         	6-10	16-12	Won 2Arizona State	        4-12	13-16	Lost 1Oregon State	        3-13	14-15	Lost 8Washington State	1-15	8-19	Lost 1

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 .456)Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.41 aps (Jenna Hagglund, Washington 12.38 aps)Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.43 saps)Digs - 9th Kelly Hyder 3.95 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 5.06 dps)Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.48 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 11.65 kps (California 15.05 kps)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .167 (Stanford .315)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .246 (Stanford .161)Assists - WSU is 10th at 10.97 aps (California 14.01 aps)Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.76 saps (Oregon 1.37 saps)Digs - WSU is 5th at 14.35 dps (UCLA 15.78 dps)Blocks - WSU is 10th at 2.06 bps (UCLA 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 4.84 kps)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .463)Assists - 10th Renee Bordelon 9.38 aps (Jenna hagglund, Washington 12.56 aps)Service Aces - t8th Bree Flach 0.21 (Amanda Westrick, Oregon 0.32 saps)Digs - 10th Kelly Hyder 3.51 dps (Tamari Miyashiro, Washington 5.77 dps)Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.57 bps)Points - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State 5.21 pps)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 CONF. ONLY MATCHES (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.11 kps (California 15.28 kps)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .152 (Stanford .313)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .312 (Stanford .170)Assists - WSU is 10th at 10.34 aps (California 14.28 aps)Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 0.72 saps (Oregon 1.05 saps)Digs - WSU is 10th at 13.30 dps (UCLA 16.75 dps)Blocks - WSU is 10th at 1.79 bps (Stanford 2.78 bps)

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...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 1,425 through 11/21...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 1,091 kills is 22 kills behind the No. 5 spot...Johnson's career solo blocks totally now 72, fifth place...Jackie Albright (junior, Lake Forest, Calif.) has accumulated 618 kills and 637 digs to date.

Career Digs1.  Kelly Hyder (2006-08)	14252.  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) 1091

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO: Cougar volleyball fans listened 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 was the voice of Cougar volleyball for the fourth season and now covers women's basketball and will cover baseball in the spring.

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.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DONATIONS: The Washington State volleyball team's Attacking Breast Cancer 2008 campaign has raised $1,675 to date...this brings the total collected since the first campaign in 2002 to $9,119.15...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.

#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 2.76...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...2.69 dps is second-best on team...double-figure kills in 11 matches this totals are 618 kills, 37 aces, 637 digs, 83 blocks, 706.5 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 76 of WSU's 94 sets...averages 9.41 aps, 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 24 kills, 119 digs, 10 aces and 29 blocks...season-high 51 assists against No. 5 Washington 11/21...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 90 of the WSU's 94 sets...207 digs this season (2.30 dps) is third-best on team....outstanding 5 service aces at No. 4 29 digs in win at Oregon State 11/16.

#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 65 sets with 99 kills, 2 aces, 21 digs and 26 blocks...hit career-high 11 kills at .471 against No. 5 Washington 11/21...had 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 3365 digs for a 3.95 dps average - 9th best in Pac-10 this week...17 matches with double-figure digs this season...leader of the WSU career digs list with 1,415 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...199 kills, 130 digs, 52 blocks...reached 1000 career kills this season (9/27) and her 1,061 kills is 6th on school list...needs 22 kills to move into 5th place...5th on WSU career solo blocks list with 72 total...2.69 pps is fourth-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 94 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 in four WSU matches...resumed practicing with team Nov. 19.

#12 Cassie Robbins (MB, 6-3, JR, Yakima, Wash.) - suffered stress fracture in right foot and missed six matches...will not return to action this year...played 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 201 kills and second on team with .262 hpct...adds 0.71 blocks per set, second on team...leads team with 18 service aces...leads team with 2.77 points per set...had 8 kills with 1 error in 9 attacks against No. 5 UW 11/21 for .778 hitting percentage.

#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 37 sets with 53 digs (1.43 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...two aces and five digs against No. 5 Washington 11/21.

#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - starter at middle...tallied 198 kills this season - 136 of those in Pac-10 matches...86 blocks with 0.95 bps leads the team...had career-high 15 kills, hit .458, and 3 blocks versus No. 10 USC...other notable matches - 14 kills, .435 hpct and 4 blocks versus No. 5 UW 11/21, 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 71 of the Cougars' 94 sets...109 digs this season...had career-high 2 kills at No. 5 Stanford...played in 116 matches in career, second only to Brittany Johnson on team (118)...795 career digs and 63 career service aces.

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

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