Volleyball Hosts Nike Cougar Challenge

Sept. 8, 2009

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COUGAR VOLLEYBALL HOSTS NIKE COUGAR CHALLENGE: The Washington State volleyball team (7-0) hosts the Nike Cougar Challenge Tournament this weekend in Bohler Gym...Friday, Sept. 11, WSU plays Cal State Northridge (2-4) at 1 p.m. and Idaho (4-2) at 7:30 p.m...Saturday, Sept. 12 Idaho takes on Cal State Northridge at 1 p.m. and WSU plays CS Northridge again at 7 p.m...ADMISSION TO THE TOURNAMENT IS FREE.

BORDELON NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cougar senior Renee Bordelon (Coeur d'Alene) was named the Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Aug. 31-Sept. 7, after earning MVP honors at Utah Valley Invite...led WSU to three sweeps, including an upset victory over Missouri, No. 17 Utah, and Utah Valley...WSU also defeated Weber State, 3-0 Monday evening...led the WSU offense to a combined .311 hitting percentage in the four victories, including a School Record .478 attack percentage in the win over Utah...for the week, Bordelon tallied 153 assists (12.75 assists per set), 11 kills and four service aces...in upset win over No. 17 Utah, registered 36 assists and five kills...this is the first weekly honor of Bordelon, WSU's 20th Pac-10 Player of the Week and the first time a Cougar has been honored since Sept. 15, 2003, when Zanda Bautre was selected.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo is in his second season at WSU after a highly successful tenure at South Dakota State...Palileo has a 17-19 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 247-160...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kara Kiefer is the coordinator of operations for 2009.

COUGS WIN UTAH VALLEY La QUINTA INN & SUITES INVITE: Washington State won the Utah Valley La Quinta Inn & Suites Invite last weekend, defeating Missouri (3-0), No. 17 Utah (3-0) and Utah Valley (3-0) in Orem...WSU senior setter Renee Bordelon was named MVP of the tournament and freshman Oceana Bush was named the top libero...junior MB Brittany Tillman and freshman RS Rachel Todorovich were also named to the all-tourney team, joining UVU's Camie Manwill and Allyce Jones, Utah's Chelsey Sandberg, and Missouri's Julianna Klein...WSU opened the season by winning the Nike Cougar Invitational in Pullman.

NATIONAL RANKINGS MEAN TOUGH SCHEDULE FOR COUGS: The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 7, has seven WSU's opponents ranked in the top 17...all are Pac-10 schools so the Cougs will play each twice...the conference teams include Washington No. 3, UCLA No. 8, Stanford No. 10, Oregon No. 12, California No. 13, and USC No. 15, Arizona No. 25...Utah was ranked No. 17 when Washington State swept the Utes Sept. 5...also receiving votes in this week's poll is Washington State (No. 43)...last WSU Top 25 poll listing was 2003 preseason (ranked 19th)...for the weekly poll, go to www.avca.org.

NOTEWORTHY FACTS ABOUT THE 2009 WASHINGTON STATE VOLLEYBALL TEAM:National Rankings - the 2003 preseason Coaches Top 25 poll was the last time Washington State volleyball was ranked or received votes in the poll...Cougs were 19th in that poll.
Hitting Percentage - after 7 matches in 2009, WSU has a .297 team hpct.; WSU's 2008 team hpct. was .181
Win Streak at 9 - Cougars won the final 2 matches of the 2008 season and have won 7 this season
VolleyBlog - updated on the official Washington State website, www.wsucougars.com, every week

WSU HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SEPT. 18: All-American Keri Killebrew is one of seven to be inducted into the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 18 in Pullman...led coach Cindy Fredrick's 1990-91-92 volleyball teams, including a first-ever NCAA tournament bid in 1991...became the Cougar's first volleyball All-American in 1992 after leading her team to the NIVC title and winning tournament MVP honors...after coaching for several years, now makes her home in Milwaukee, Wis., selling real estate...Killebrew will not be able to attend the induction due to family obligations that weekend.

WSU ALUMNI MATCH SET FOR SEPTEMBER 19: The Washington State volleyball alumni will play a match in Bohler Gym Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. in Bohler Gym...admission is free of charge.

MEET THIS WEEK'S WSU OPPONENTS:ABOUT THE CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE MATADORS (2-4): Located in Northridge, Calif., the Matadors are members of the Big West Conference...at USF Asics Coca-Cola Invitational last weekend, lost all three...wins this season came over Northern Arizona and Boise State...CSUN leaders include 6-1 Sr. OH Angela Hupp (3.41 kps, 1.09 bps), 5-11 Fr. OH Britney Graff (3.09 kps), 5-9 So. S Sam Orlandini (9.86 assists per set), 5-7 Rs-Fr. L Monica McFarland (4.09 dps), 6-0 Sr. MB Tela Burnett (1.16 bps)...WSU went to Northridge for a spring tournament in 2009...Head Coach Jeff Stork has a record of 88-118/8 years at CSUN, 110-98/9 years career...LAST TIME: Aug. 29, 2008, WSU defeated CS Northridge 3-2 in Boise...SERIES RECORD: Tied at one win each (WSU streak +1).

ABOUT THE IDAHO VANDALS (4-2): Located only 8 miles away in Moscow, Idaho, the Vandals are members of the Western Athletic Conference...last weekend at the UNLV Alexis Park Invitational, Vandals defeated Loyola Marymount (3-2) and UNLV (3-1) but lost to No. 9 UCLA (3-0)...team stats leaders are 5-11 Sr. OH Sarah Conwell (3.65 kps), 6-2 Sr. MB Anna McKinney (1.61 bps), 6-3 Jr. OH Kelsey Taylor (1.09 bps), 6-3 Sr. OH Debbie Pederson (1.00 bps), 5-10 Jr. S Katie Tribley (7.65 assists per set), and 5-8 Sr. L Meredith Rice (3.65 dps)...Head Coach Debbie Buchanan has a record of 138-134/10 years at Idaho and career...CONNECTIONS TO WSU: Other than the obvious, playing each other yearly since 1976 (and probably earlier), the teams also go up against each other during spring practice season...Cassie Hamilton and Cougar Kimika Rozier played at Vista Murrieta High in California...Mariah Westlake and Cougar Oceana Bush played together at Lewis & Clark High in Spokane...LAST TIME: Sept. 5, 2008, UI defeated WSU 3-0 in Moscow...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads 38-19-2 (WSU streak -1).

PAC-10 2009 STANDINGS (as of 9/8/09)

(Nat. Ranking)	    Conference	Overall	StreakWashington State	0-0	7-0	Won 9Arizona (25)	        0-0	6-0	Won 6Washington (3)	        0-0	6-0	Won 6Oregon (12)	        0-0	5-0	Won 5Arizona State	        0-0	5-1	Won 5UCLA (8)	        0-0	5-1	Won 3USC (15)	        0-0	5-1	Won 5Oregon State	        0-0	5-2	Won 1Stanford (10)	        0-0	3-2	Won 1California (13)	        0-0	3-3	Won 1

PAC-10 COACHES 2009 PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: Washington (90 points) was selected by the Pac-10 volleyball coaches to be the league champions in the 2009 preseason poll...poll order shows California (80), Stanford (74), UCLA (62), USC (60), Oregon (48), Arizona (42), Arizona State (34), Oregon State (31) and WSU (19)...the Pac-10 coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own teams (point system is 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2), have successfully predicted the league champion 13 of the last 20 years.

WSU VOLLEYBALL YOUTH CLINICS: Head Coach Andrew Palileo and the WSU volleyball team will conduct youth volleyball clinics Oct. 3 and Oct. 17, from 9-10 a.m. in Bohler Gym for boys and girls, ages 5 to 11...clinics are free with the donation of a can of food...all participants receive a ticket for the Cougar volleyball matches later those same days...parents of participants can purchase tickets to these matches for $1 with a donation of an additional can of food...all food will be donated to the Pullman Community Action Center...email WSU Cougar assistant coach TeAna Tramel at ttramel@wsu.edu to register...questions?, please call 509-335-0275.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 6,530 fans (6 matches) to date...Pac-10 schools include Washington, 24th (1,035/2 matches) and Oregon, 26th (805/3 matches)...WSU is averaging 663 fans in 3 home matches.

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