No. 24 WSU Volleyball Hosts No. 13 California and No. 5 Stanford

Nov. 2, 2009

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COUGAR VOLLEYBALL PLANNING A WHITE-OUT: The No. 24 Washington State volleyball team (16-6, 5-6), coming off a pair of conference losses in the desert looks to jump back into the win column with home matches against No. 13 California (13-8, 6-5) Friday, Nov. 6, and No. 5 Stanford (15-6, 8-3) Saturday, Nov. 7...both matches begin at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym...both matches will be webcast online live on Cougar All-Access.

FREE T-SHIRTS FOR WHITEOUT BOHLER THIS WEEKEND: All fans are encouraged to wear white shirts to both matches in Bohler this weekend...the first 250 fans reporting to the contest area inside Bohler Gym each night will receive a white Cougar Volleyball t-shirt...the first 1000 fans to the contest area wearing a white shirt will receive a Cougar rally towel.

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 26-25 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 265-166...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 dropped to 24th in the Nov. 2 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll...Pac-10 schools ranked this week include No. 4 Washington, t-No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 UCLA, No. 13 California, No. 14 Oregon, No. 17 USC, and No. 18 Arizona...also receiving votes in this week's poll is Oregon State (33rd)...defending national champion Penn State is ranked No. 1...for the weekly poll, go to

PAC-10 2009 STANDINGS (as of 11/2/09)(Nat. Ranking)	Conference	Overall	StreakWashington (4)	        9-2	19-2	Won 2UCLA (7)	        8-3	18-6	Won 5Stanford (t-5)	        8-3	15-6	Lost 1California (13)	        6-5	13-8	Won 4Oregon (14)	        5-5	15-5	Won 1Washington State (24)	5-6	16-6	Lost 2Arizona (18)	        5-6	16-5	Won 1USC (17)	        4-7	15-8	Lost 2Oregon State	        2-8	11-11	Lost 5Arizona State	        2-9	12-11	Lost 1

WSU VOLLEYBALL WEBCASTS: WSU Sports Video Deptartment is live-streaming seven home matches this season as webcasts through the subscription service Cougar All-Access on the official WSU website, also feature exclusive audio play-by-play and color commentary from students at the renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication...Cougar All-Access subscribers will also be able to hear the radio broadcasts of all Cougar road matches online.

MEET THIS WEEK'S WSU VOLLEYBALL OPPONENTS:ABOUT THE NO. 13 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (13-8, 6-5): The Bears split over the weekend, losing at home to No. 11 UCLA 3-1, and defeating No. 16 USC 3-1...all eight Cal losses this season have been to teams ranked in the current poll except the opening loss to UC Irvine...California is led by 6-4 Sr. OH Hana Cutura (5.03 kps, 1st Pac-10 & 3rd NCAA; .312 hpct., 9th Pac-10, 5.52 pps, 1st Pac-10 & 4th NCAA), 6-3 Sr. MH Mindi Wiley (2.54 kps, .379 hpct., 4th Pac-10, and 1.10 bps, 8th Pac-10), 5-11 Jr. setter Cari Lloyd (11.23 aps, 4th Pac-10), and 5-6 Sr. DS/L Kristen Kathan (3.72 dps, 6th Pac-10)...Head Coach Rich Feller (204-123, 11 years at Cal; 503-290, 25 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 10, 2009, Cal won 3-0 in Berkeley...SERIES RECORD - California leads 31-21-1 (WSU streak -13) matches played in Pullman, WSU leads 13-9...last WSU defeat of Cal was Nov. 15, 2002 (3-0).

ABOUT THE NO. 5 STANFORD CARDINAL (15-6, 8-3* pending 11/6 match vs. No. 4 Washington): Coming off a split weekend with a win over No. 16 USC (3-1) and a loss to No. 11 UCLA (3-2)...the Cardinal are six-time national champions and 2007 and 2008 NCAA runners-up...SU is led by 6-4, Jr. OH Alix Klineman (3.96 kps, 6th Pac-10, 4.59 pps, 6th Pac-10), 6-1 Jr. OH/S Cassidy Lichtman (3.30 kps), 6-3 Sr. MB Janet Okogbaa (1.33 bps, 2nd Pac-10, and .379 hpct., 3rd Pac-10), and 5-7 Jr. libero Gabi Ailes (5.12 dps, 2nd Pac-10)...Head Coach John Dunning (254-43, 9 years at SU; 691-145, 25 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 9, 2009, Stanford defeated WSU 3-1 at Stanford...SERIES RECORD - Stanford leads 44-3 (WSU streak -13)...Stanford leads 20-3 in Pullman...last WSU win was Nov. 16, 2002 in Pullman (3-1).

COUGARS 38TH IN LATEST NCAA VOLLEYBALL RPI: In the NCAA Ratings Performance Index (RPI) for matches through Nov. 1, Washington State is ranked 38th...among Pac-10 schools listed in the top 40 are: Washington 5th, UCLA 7th, Stanford 9th, California 11th, Arizona 13th, Oregon 15th, and USC 33rd...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 Nov. 2 Rich Kern ( poll, Washington State is the Pablo Rankings, the Cougars are 28th...the Volleyball Magazine rankings from Oct. 27 had WSU at 20th.

 NCAA Statistics (for matches played through 10/11) - Renee Bordelon's 11.40 assists per set is 11th-best nationally; Cassie Robbins is 29th with 1.26 blocks per set; WSU team is 21st in kills per set (13.82), 24th in assists per set (12.74)
 Diggin' it UP! - WSU has two players in the Pac-10 top 10 for digs per set - Oceana Bush is 3rd (4.74 dps), and Kelly Hyder is 9th (3.13 dps) a team, WSU is 4th (16.25 dps)
 Five Conference Wins - first time since 2003
 Looooong time since - first time WSU has had more wins than losses at end of 1st half of Pac-10 since 1998
 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 -
 Gains by Ganzer - WSU's sophomore MB Meagan Ganzer leads the team in Pac-10 matches with 3.38 kps...she is also the team overall leader with 3.08 kps
 Racking up the 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
 Triples and Doubles - WSU is 5-2 in matches where three players are in double-figure kills and 2-1 in matches where four hitters have double-digit kills
 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 in Corvallis 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 2-0 in five-set matches in 2008 the Cougs were 5-0 in five-set matches
 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
 VolleyBlog - updated on the official Washington State website,, every week


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