Volleyball Takes on Gonzaga in Spokane

Sept. 14, 2009

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COUGAR VOLLEYBALL PLAYS AT GONZAGA; IDLE TIL SEPT. 25: The Washington State volleyball team (10-0) travels 80 miles north to take on Gonzaga (3-6) Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Martin Center on the GU campus...WSU at GU can be heard on KHTR 104.3 FM...Cougs are then off the competition court until Friday, Sept. 25, when they begin Pacific-10 Conference action at Oregon State.

ALUMNI MATCH POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2010: The WSU volleyball alumni match scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, has been postponed until Spring 2010...Cougar volleyball alumni are invited back to the Washington State campus to participate in a spring tournament in Bohler Gym, as well as attend the Cougars awards banquet celebrating the 2009 season...alumni wishing more information should contact WSU volleyball assistant coach TeAna Tramel at 509-335-0275 or via email at ttramel@wsu.edu.

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 20-19 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 250-160...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kara Kiefer is the coordinator of operations.

COUGS WIN NIKE COUGAR CHALLENGE: Washington State won the Nike Cougar Challenge tournament with a 3-0 records...WSU defeated Cal State Northridge Sept. 11 (3-1) and that night defeated Idaho (3-2)...Sept. 12 the Cougars again defeated Cal State Northridge (3-0)...sophomore Meagan Ganzer led the Cougs with 38 kills in 12 sets...seniors Jackie Albright and Cassie Robbins were right behind with 33 kills each...Robbins hit .347 and contributed 20 blocks...senior setter Renee Bordelon had 140 assists (11.67 aps) and freshman Oceana Bush had 63 digs (5.25 dps).

NATIONAL RANKINGS MEAN TOUGH SCHEDULE FOR COUGS: The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 14, has many WSU's opponents ranked...the Pac-10 schools include No. 3 Washington, No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon, No. 13 California, No. 15 USC, No. 21 Arizona...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. 35), and Oregon State (No. 38)...last week the Cougs were listed at No. 43...defending national champion Penn State is ranked No. 1...for the weekly poll, go to www.avca.org.


NCAA Statistics (for matches played through 8/13) - Renee Bordelon' 11.83 assists per set is 5th-best nationally; Cassie Robbins tied for 49th with 1.26 blocks per set; WSU team 6th in kills per set (14.60), 8th in assists per set (13.46), 22nd in hitting percentage (.276), and 45th in digs per set (15.71)

Season record - WSU has won 10 matches in 2009 which equals the total number of matches won in 2008

Career High - Cassie Robbins had 11 blocks in the win over Idaho...Robbins had 5 solo blocks and 15 block assists in the Nike Cougar Challenge tournament (1.67 blocks per set)

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.

Five-set Matches - WSU is 1-0 in five-set matches this year after downing Idaho Sept. 11...in 2008 the Cougs were 5-0 in five-set matchesHitting Percentage - after 10 matches in 2009, WSU has a .239 team hpct.; WSU's 2008 team hpct. was .181

School Record - WSU hit .478 in the win over No. 17 UtahWin Streak at 12 - Cougars won the final 2 matches of the 2008 season and have won 10 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.

MEET THIS WEEK'S WSU OPPONENT:ABOUT THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS (3-6): Located in Spokane, Wash., the Bulldogs are members of the Wesst Coast Conference...wins this season have come over Utah State (3-2), Boise State (3-0) and Tulsa (3-2)...already played No. 3 Washington and lost 3-0)...Zags leaders include 6-0 Sr. RS Layne Brosky (3.26 kps, .320), 6-0 Sr. OH Michelle Boevers (2.44 kps), 6-0 Jr. MB Caitlin Cozad (1.16 bps), 5-10 So. S Denise Van de Mortel (8.19 aps), and 5-6 Jr. DS/L Allyson Powell (3.73 dpgs)...Head Coach Dave Gantt is in his first year at Gonzaga, had a 219-166 record in 15 years career record...LAST TIME: Sept. 10, 2008, WSU defeated Gonzaga 3-2 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads 32-10 (WSU streak +3).

PAC-10 2009 STANDINGS (as of 9/14/09)

(Nat. Ranking)	Conference	Overall	StreakWashington State	0-0	10-0	Won 12Arizona (21)	        0-0	8-0	Won 8Washington (3)	        0-0	8-0	Won 8Oregon (12)	        0-0	6-0	Won 6USC (15)	        0-0	9-1	Won 9UCLA (7)	        0-0	8-1	Won 6Arizona State	        0-0	7-2	Won 1Oregon State	        0-0	7-2	Won 3California (13)	        0-0	5-3	Won 3Stanford (11)	        0-0	5-3	Lost 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.

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