Volleyball Opens Pac-10 Play at Oregon State, Oregon

Sept. 21, 2009

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COUGAR VOLLEYBALL OPENS PAC-10 SEASON IN OREGON: The Washington State volleyball team (11-0) travels to Oregon to take on Oregon State (9-3) and No. 7 Oregon (10-0) this weekend...WSU plays OSU in Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., and meets Oregon Sunday, Sept. 27, in Eugene for a 1 p.m. contest on McArthur Court...the WSU-OSU match can be heard in Pullman on KQQQ 1150 AM, and the WSU-UO contest will be heard on KHTR 104.3 FM Sunday.

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 21-19 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 251-160...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kara Kiefer is the coordinator of operations.

NATIONAL RANKINGS MEAN TOUGH SCHEDULE FOR COUGS: The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 21, has many WSU's opponents ranked...the Pac-10 schools include No. 3 Washington, No. 7 Oregon, No. 10 Stanford, No. 12 California, No. 13 USC, No. 14 UCLA, No. 19 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. 37), and Oregon State (No. 29)...last week the Cougs were listed at No. 35...defending national champion Penn State is ranked No. 1...for the weekly poll, go to www.avca.org.

PAC-10 2009 STANDINGS (as of 9/21/09)

(Nat. Ranking)	    Conference	Overall	StreakWashington State	0-0	11-0	Won 13Arizona (19)	        0-0	11-0	Won 11Washington (3)	        0-0	10-0	Won 10Oregon (7)	        0-0	10-0	Won 6USC (13)	        0-0	11-1	Won 11Arizona State	        0-0	10-2	Won 4UCLA (14)	        0-0	10-3	Lost 1Oregon State	        0-0	9-3	Won 2California (12)	        0-0	7-3	Won 5Stanford (10)	        0-0	7-3	Won 2

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 or concerns, please call 509-335-0275.

NCAA Statistics (for matches played through 9/20) - Renee Bordelon's 11.84 assists per set leads the Pac-10 and is 5th-best nationally; Cassie Robbins is 27th with 1.32 blocks per set; Brittany Tillman is 28th in hitting percentage (.391) and Cassie Robbins is 42nd (.379); WSU team is 6th in kills per set (14.63), 8th in assists per set (13.47), 14th in hitting percentage (.283), 46th in digs per set (15.79), and 67th in blocks per set (2.29)
Season record - WSU's 11 match wins in 2009 betters the 10 total 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 average for tournament)
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 matches
Hitting Percentage - after 10 matches in 2009, WSU has a .283 team hpct.; WSU's 2008 team hpct. was .181
School Record - WSU hit .478 in the win over No. 17 Utah
Win Streak at 13 - Cougars won the final 2 matches of the 2008 season and have won 11 this season
Team Breakdown by State - 9 from Washington, 5 from California, 1 from Idaho, 1 from Minnesota
VolleyBlog - updated on the official Washington State website, www.wsucougars.com, every week

MEET THIS WEEK'S WSU VOLLEYBALL OPPONENTS:ABOUT THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS (9-3): The Beavers are coming off a close loss to Dayton, 3-2, and 3-0 wins Marquette and at No. 6 Michigan at the Michigan adidas Invite last weekend...Beavs snapped Michigan's 52-match non-conference win streak and dropped them in the poll...earlier in season defeated No. 24 Colorado State 3-0...leading the way for Oregon State is Australian 6-5, Sr. All-American OH Rachel Rourke (4.33 kps - 2nd Pac-10, 14th nationally. 5.03 pps - 3rd Pac-10)...she is also the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Sept. 15-21...other OSU leaders are 6-0 Jr. OH Jill Sawatzky (3.49 kps - 7th Pac-10), 6-0, Jr. MB Kiersten Sambrailo (1.33 bps - t2nd Pac-10), 5-10 Sr. setter Camilla Ah-Hoy (10.26 aps - 6th Pac-10), 5-7 So. libero Betsy Davitch (3.74 dps - 5th Pac-10)...Head Coach Taras Liskevych (47-77 in 5 years at OSU; 314-161-3 in 14 years career)...LAST TIME: Nov. 16, 2008, WSU won 3-2 in Corvallis...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads 42-33 (WSU streak +1)...in Corvallis, WSU leads 15-8.

ABOUT THE NO. 7 OREGON DUCKS (10-0* pending 9/25 match vs. No. 3 Washington): The Ducks only defeat of a ranked team to date is the 3-2 win over No. 9 Minnesota at the Denver Pioneer Invite last Friday...UO advanced to the NCAA Regional round in 2008...Oregon court leaders are 6-1 Sr. OH Sonja Newcombe (3.64 kps - 6th Pac-10), 6-1 Sr. MB Neticia Enesi (3.12 kps, 1.12 bps - 9th Pac-10, and .512 hpct - 2nd Pac-10), 5-10 Sr. setter Nevena Djordjevic (11.35 aps - 3rd Pac-10), 5-2, Fr. libero Haley Jacob (2.90 dps), and 5-11 Jr. OH Heather Meyers (0.96 service aces per set - 1st Pac-10. 1st NCAA)...Head Coach Jim Moore (86-50, 5 years at UO; 438-206, 21 years career)...LAST TIME: Nov. 14, 2008, in Eugene, No. 8 Oregon won 3-0...SERIES RECORD: Washington State leads series 35-34-2 (WSU streak -6)...WSU last win was Nov. 17, 2005 (3-2) in Pullman...last WSU win in Eugene was Oct. 28, 2004, 3-2...in Eugene, WSU leads 15-8.


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