Washington State Volleyball Begins Andrew Palileo Era

Feb. 24, 2009

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COUGARS WIN THREE OF FOUR TO END SEASON STRONG: The Washington State volleyball team completed the first season of Head Coach Andrew Palileo by winning three of the last four matches to finish with a 10-19 overall record and a 3-15 record in Pacific-10 Conference action...wins over Arizona State and Arizona in Pullman to end the season showed the progress the Cougs made under the new coaching staff.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (10-19 at WSU, 249-160 career/12 yrs) completed 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...a December 2008 graduate, Johnson had a 3.80 grade point average and majored in both management information systems and organizational management with a minor in finance...a Dist. VIII second team selection in both 2007 and 2008, was a third team selection in 2006...Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection in 2008, 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 1,439 digs over her three-year career at WSU (92 matches, 307 sets, 4.69 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.

FINAL NATIONAL POLL: The Final 2008 Bison/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll, shows seven WSU 2008 opponents ranked...six of the top 13 teams are Pac-10: No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 Washington, No. 6 California, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Oregon, No. 13 Southern California...also, an early season opponent, No. 18 Wichita State...go to www.avca.org for the weekly poll.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i led the nation with an average of 5,944 fans (23 matches)...Pac-10 schools include Stanford at 7th (2,420, 14 matches), 10th Washington (2,277, 18 matches), and USC at 20th (1,544, 15 matches) ...WSU averaged 802 fans in 14 home matches (53rd nationally) with a top crowd of 1,623 fans for UW match, Nov. 21.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DONATIONS: The Washington State volleyball team's Attacking Breast Cancer 2008 campaign held during the month of October raised $1,675...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.

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 4.44 kps)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .457)Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.76 aps (Jenna Hagglund, Washington 12.17 aps)Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.46 saps)Digs - 9th Kelly Hyder 3.72 dps (Tamari Miyashiro, Washington 5.14 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 (Stanford 15.31 kps)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 8th at .179 (Stanford .315)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .305 (Stanford .176)Assists - WSU is 9th at 10.94 aps (Stanford 14.34 aps)Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 0.71 saps (Oregon 1.06 saps)Digs - WSU is 10th at 13.55 dps (UCLA 16.32 dps)Blocks - WSU is 10th at 1.81 bps (Stanford 2.85 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 4.44 kps)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .457)Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.76 aps (Jenna hagglund, Washington 12.17 aps)Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.46 saps)Digs - 9th Kelly Hyder 3.72 dps (Tamari Miyashiro, Washington 5.14 dps)Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.47 bps)Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, Oregon State 4.98 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 VOLLEYBLOGS: The Cougar Volleyblog debuted during the 2008 season...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...a combination of the team tri-captains, Brittany Johnson, Emily Rooney and Jackie Albright, along with guest contributors added information throughout the season.

COUGS CLIMBED INTO SCHOOL RECORDS: Two WSU volleyball players advanced in the school's all-time career records...junior Kelly Hyder became the school's record holder in career digs with 1,439 with one season left in her collegiate career...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 total of 1,118 kills is fifth on the WSU all-time career list...Johnson's career solo blocks totaled 73, also fifth place...Jackie Albright (junior, Lake Forest, Calif.) has accumulated 649 kills and 661 digs through three seasons.

Career Digs
1. Kelly Hyder (2006-08) 1439
2. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 1254

Career Block Solos
1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 196
3. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 98
4. Kelly Hankins (1990-91) 88
5. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 73

Career Kills
1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 1848
4. Kristen Hovde (1989-92) 1395
5. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 1118

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 or on KHTR, 104.3 FM)...veteran area broadcaster Steve Grubbs was the voice of Cougar volleyball for the fourth season.

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: The Pacific-10 Conference had 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...led team with 2.57 kills per set and 2.84 points per set...season-high 18 kills in win over Arizona...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...2.69 dps is second-best on team...double-figure kills in 13 matches this season...career totals are 649 kills, 38 aces, 661 digs, 84 blocks, 725.5 points.

#16 Renee Bordelon (S, 5-10, JR, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) - transfer from North Idaho College...named to Cougar Challenge all-tournament team...was setter in 84 of WSU's 103 sets...averaged 9.76 assists per set, 9th best in Pac-10 this season...also tallied 26 kills, 137 digs, 10 aces and 32 blocks...season-high 64 assists in the win against Arizona...had 4 blocks at No. 11 USC and in the win at Oregon State 11/16...earned a scholarship at the end of the season.

#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 99 of the WSU's 103 sets...240 digs this season (2.42 dps) is third-best on team....career-best 29 digs in win at Oregon State 11/16...in final four matches of season averaged 4.00 digs per set...outstanding 5 service aces at No. 4 California.

#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 74 sets with 126 kills, 2 aces, 25 digs and 31 blocks...hit career-high 14 kills at .296 in win over Arizona...had 11 kills and hit .471 against No. 5 Washington...hit .556 against No. 6 Stanford 10/3, and.462 against No. 6 Washington 10/24 with seven kills.#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 350 digs for a 3.72 dps average - 9th best in Pac-10 this week...17 matches with double-figure digs this season...WSU career digs record-holder with 1,439 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...226 kills, 145 digs, 55 blocks this season...reached 1000 career kills this season (9/27) and her 1,118 kills is 5th on school all-time record list...also 5th on WSU career solo blocks list with 73 total...had 15 kills, 8 digs and career-high 9 blocks, including 3 solos, at Cal 10/31...tallied 17 kills and hit .311 in final win of collegiate career against Arizona...named to ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Dist. VIII All-Academic second team.

#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - played in 52 of 103 sets during the season...33 kills, 249 assists (4.79 aps), 73 digs, 19 blocks...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...played in final two matches of season...transferred to Boise State in January 2009.

#12 Cassie Robbins (MB, 6-3, JR, Yakima, Wash.) - suffered stress fracture in right foot and did not play after Oct. 19...saw 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 State...one of three co-captains...named MVP of Boise State Bronco Invite...named to Idaho Classic all-tournament team...second on team with 226 kills and second on team with .289 hpct...added 0.69 blocks per set, second on team...led team with 19 service aces...third on team with 2.81 points per set...had 13 kills, hit .600 with 3 blocks in win over Arizona State...ended collegiate career with 12 kills, hit .600, 4 digs and 2 blocks in win over Arizona.

#10 Kimika Rozier (OH, 5-10, RS-FR, Murrieta, Calif.) - had minor surgical knee surgery in mid-August and spent time rehabbing...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...played in 6 sets.

#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 the last week of September.

#4 Amy Small (DS/S, 5-6, SR, Pullman, Wash.) - played in 45 sets with 71 digs (1.58 dps)...landed one ace and career-high 9 digs at Oregon State in 3-2 win...also had career high of 11 digs in win over Arizona State...two aces and five digs against No. 5 Washington 11/21.

#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - started at middle...tallied 225 kills this season ...team leader in kills in Pac-10 matches with 163 (.264)...totaled 96 blocks with 0.96 bps to lead team...had career-high 15 kills, hit .458, with 3 blocks versus No. 10 USC...other notable matches - 14 kills, .435 hpct and 4 blocks versus No. 5 UW 11/21, had 13 kills, .364, 5 blocks at No. 4 Cal, 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...in final two wins of season, had 27 kills, hit .356 and had 10 blocks.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (DS/L, 5-3, SR, Camas, Wash.) - played in 74 of the Cougars' 103 sets...109 digs this season...had career-high 2 kills at No. 5 Stanford...played in 118 matches in career, second only to Brittany Johnson on team (120)...795 career digs and 63 career service aces.

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

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