No. 21 WSU Volleyball Starts Pac-10 Second Half at Desert Schools

Oct. 26, 2009

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HERE WE GO AGAIN: COUGS BEGIN PAC-10 SECOND HALF: The No. 21 Washington State volleyball team (15-4, 4-4) coming off a 3-1 win over No. 4 Washington in Pullman Oct. 23, travels to Arizona this weekend to meet Arizona State (11-10, 1-8) Friday, Oct. 30, in Tempe, and No. 18 Arizona (15-5, 4-5) Saturday, Oct. 31 in Tucson...Cougars won both matches earlier this season so the Sun Devils and Wildcats will be out for revenge...both matches begin a 7 p.m. and can be followed on the Cougar volleyball radio station (KQQQ 1150 AM in Pullman), or online via Cougar All-Access and via GameTracker online.

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 26-23 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 256-164...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kara Kiefer is the coordinator of operations.

AVCA TOP 25 POLL: Washington State moved up to 21st in the Oct. 26 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll...Pac-10 schools ranked this week include No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Washington, No. 11 UCLA, No. 14 California, No. 15 Oregon, No. 16 USC, and No. 18 Arizona...Utah was ranked No. 17 when Washington State swept the Utes Sept. 5...also receiving votes in this week's poll is Oregon State (t-34th)...defending national champion Penn State is ranked No. 1...for the weekly poll, go to

PAC-10 2009 STANDINGS (as of 10/26/09)(Nat. Ranking)	Conference	Overall	StreakWashington (5)	        7-2	17-2	Lost 1Stanford (4)	        7-2	14-5	Won 2UCLA (11)	        6-3	16-6	Won 3Washington State (21)	5-4	16-4	Won 1California (14)	        5-4	12-7	Won 3Arizona (18)	        4-5	15-5	Lost 2Oregon (15)	        4-5	14-5	Lost 2USC (16)	        4-5	15-6	Won 2Oregon State	        2-7	11-10	Lost 4Arizona State	        1-8	11-10	Lost 8

ABC PINK CAMPAIGN & BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MATCH: For the eighth consecutive year, the Washington State University women's volleyball team is conducting the Attacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pink Campaign Pledge Drive to raise fund for the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies...players are gathering pledges for WSU team kills landed during the home matches in the month of October...donors may pledge an amount per kill or a flat amount...the WSU volleyball team has raised $9,119.15 in the first seven years of the ABC Campaign with all the money going to the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse and its educational home matches this month, WSU has tallied 239 kills with sophomore Meagan Ganzer the team leader with 70 kills...donations can still be made to the 2009 ABC Pink Campaign by contacting WSU Volleyball Assistant Coach TeAna Tramel at, or call 509-335-0275.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2009 season LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial)...veteran area broadcaster Steve Grubbs is the voice of Cougar volleyball for the fifth season...these road matches are also available for listening on the internet by purchasing a subscription through the Cougars All-Access button on the website.

MEET THIS WEEK'S WSU VOLLEYBALL OPPONENTS:ABOUT THE ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (11-10, 1-8): After starting the Pac-10 season with an upset win over No. 14 UCLA, ASU has lost eight consecutive matches...Sun Devils leaders include 5-11 Jr. OH Sarah Reaves (4.52 kps, 3rd Pac-10 11th NCAA, 5.27 pps, 3rd Pac-10 6th NCAA), 6-3, Sr. OH Paige Mittelstaedt (1.21 bps, 4th Pac-10, and .371, 5th Pac-10), 5-5 So. libero Sarah Johnson (3.58 dps, 7th Pac-10, 0.31 aces per set, 5th Pac-10), 5-10, So. Setter Cat Highmark (9.66 aps, 10th Pac-10), and 6-1 So. MB Sonja Markanovich (1.28 bps)...Head Coach Jason Watson (24-28, 2 years at ASU) career record 98-46 (5 years)...LAST TIME: Oct. 3, 2009, WSU won 3-2 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD: ASU leads 26-22 (WSU streak +2) matches played in Tempe, ASU leads 14-9...last WSU win in Tempe was Nov. 21, 2003 (3-2).

ABOUT THE NO. 18 ARIZONA WILDCATS (15-5, 4-5 *pending 10/30 vs. No. 4 Washington): Arizona won the Oregon series and defeated ASU and No. 13 USC in conference play...coming off losses at No. 15 Cal (3-1) and No. 6 Stanford (3-0)...Wildcats leaders include 5-11 Jr. OH Tiffany Owens (3.59 kps, 7th Pac-10), 6-3, RsJr. MB Whitney Dosty (2.78 kps), 6-4 Sr. MB Jacy Norton (0.97 bps), and 5-11 Jr. setter Paige Weber (10.58 aps, 6th in Pac-10 and 0.30 aces per set, 8th Pac-10)...Head Coach Dave Rubio has a 336-194 record in 18 years at Arizona and a 458-260 career (23 years)...LAST TIME: Oct. 2, 2009, WSU won 3-0 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD: Arizona leads 34-14 (WSU streak +2) matches played in Tucson, Arizona leads 19-4...last WSU win in Tucson was Oct. 19, 2006 (3-1).

COUGARS 30TH IN LATEST NCAA VOLLEYBALL RPI: In the NCAA Ratings Performance Index (RPI) for matches through Oct. 25, Washington State is ranked 30th...among Pac-10 schools listed in the top 40 are: Washington 7th, Stanford 8th, California 9th, UCLA 13th, Arizona 17th, Oregon 20th, and USC 24th...Texas has the No. 1 ranking...RPI comes from a combination of a team's winning percentage, its opponents' winning percentages, and it's opponents' opponents' winning percentages, with home and road contests figured into the formula.

MORE VOLLEYBALL POLLS: In the Oct 26 Rich Kern ( poll, Washington State is the Pablo Rankings, the Cougars are 14th...the Volleyball Magazine rankings were not available at press time.

 NCAA Statistics (for matches played through 10/11) - Renee Bordelon's 11.51 assists per set is 11th-best nationally; Cassie Robbins is 29th with 1.33 blocks per set; WSU team is 21st in kills per set (14.09), 24th in assists per set (13.00)
 Diggin' it UP! - WSU has three players in the Pac-10 top 10 for digs per set - Oceana Bush is 3rd (4.86 dps), Kelly Hyder is 9th (3.25 dps), and Jackie Albright is 10th (3.06 kps) a team, WSU is 2nd (16.01 dps)
 Five Conference Wins - first time since 2003
 Looooooong time since - first time WSU has had more wins than losses to start the 2nd half of Pac-10 since 1998 season
 National news - The 2009 success of WSU volleyball was featured in a story on's College Sports page Oct. 14-15 (two titles - Team Unexpected or Senior Helpers)
 More National love for Cougs - Nice blurb about the Cougars at this website -
 Pac-10 wins - WSU's 4 Pac-10 wins in 2009 surpasses the Cougs' total conference wins in 2008 of 3
 Gains by Ganzer - WSU's sophomore MB Meagan Ganzer leads the team in Pac-10 matches with 3.59 kps and .283 hpct...she is also the team overall leader with 3.16 kps
 Eight straight set points - In the 3-0 win over No. 18 Arizona, WSU came from a 24-19 deficit in the third set to win 26-24
 That's service - Senior Jackie Albright served the set/match-winning ace against both Arizona and Arizona State Oct. 2&3
 Five years between wins over ranked Pac-10 teams - Before the Oct. 2 sweep of No. 18 Arizona, the last time WSU defeated a ranked Pac-10 team was in November 2004 (3-2 win over No. 6 USC in Pullman)
 Memorable Pac-10 Start - WSU 3-0 win over Oregon State was first time Cougs opened Pac-10 play with a win since 2003 when WSU defeated No. 16 Arizona, 3-1 in Pullman....last time WSU opened Pac-10 play with a road win was in 1997, a 3-2 win over Oregon State in Corvallis
 Season record - WSU's 2009 start of 12-0 equaled the best start since 1997 (16-0, adv. to NCAA Sweet 16)
 National Poll 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. 2008 the Cougs were 5-0 in five-set matches
 Hitting Percentage - WSU has a .252 team hpct. in 2009; WSU's 2008 team hpct. was .181
 Another School Record - WSU hit .478 in the win over No. 17 Utah
 Win Streak stopped at 14: Cougars won the final 2 matches of the 2008 season and won first 12 this season
 Team Breakdown by State - 9 players from Washington, 5 from California, 1 from Idaho, 1 from Minnesota


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