Sept. 29, 2008
WASHINGTON STATE VOLLEYBALL HOST PAC PAIR: The Washington State volleyball team, 7-6, returns to Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym for Pacific-10 Conference matches against No. 6 Stanford (11-2, 2-0) Fri., Oct. 3, and No. 8 California (12-1, 2-0) Sat., Oct. 4...both matches begin at 7 p.m.
ABC CAMPAIGN & BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MATCH: The Stanford at WSU match Fri., Oct. 3 is the first of the Pac-10 Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness Month...WSU team, staff, spirit groups and Butch, the mascot, will wear Pink...special Pink t-shirts and Pink ribbon tattoos will be given away at the match...information from the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be available at Bohler Gym...additionally, Cougar volleyball and the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies, have joined together for the Attacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pledge Drive for the seventh consecutive year...the Cougars will collect monetary pledges for all WSU points scored by kills during the eight matches during October...last year the team raised $1652.50, bringing the total collected since the first campaign in 2002 to $7,444.15...to donate to the 2008 ABC Campaign, contact WSU Volleyball Coordinator of Operations, Kristina Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 509-335-7169.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (7-6 at WSU, 245-147 career/12 yrs) is in his first season at WSU after a highly successful tenure at South Dakota State...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kristina Martin is the coordinator of operations.
HYDER CLAIMS SCHOOL DIGS RECORD: Kelly Hyder (junior, Huntington Beach, Calif.) owns the WSU record with 1,283 digs over her three-year career at WSU (76 matches, 257 sets, 5.02 digs per set average)...she reached the record during the Utah Valley Univ. match with former record holder Shannon Wyckoff Hunt in attendance...Hyder also has top two spots on the WSU single season digs list with 565 digs in 2006 and 524 digs in 2007.
JOHNSON JOINS 1,000 KILLS CLUB: Senior Brittany Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.) reached 1,000 kills during the match at Arizona State Sept. 27 and became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach this milestone...she needs only five more kills to reach the 9th spot on the all-time list.
ABOUT THE NO. 6 STANFORD CARDINAL (11-2, 2-0): The Cardinal, six-time national champions and 2007 NCAA runners-up, have lost twice this season, versus Nebraska and at St. Louis...SU is led by 6-4, So. OH Alix Klineman (3.33 kps - 8th Pac-10) and 6-0 Sr. OH Cynthia Barboza (3.28 kps - 10th Pac-10)...6-3 Sr. MB Foluke Akinradewo is 2nd in conference at .435 hitting percentage (7th nationally) and adds 1.30 bps (3rd Pac-10)...5-7 So. libero Gabi Ailes (4.00 dps - t5th Pac-10)...Head Coach John Dunning (219-35, 8 years at SU; 656-137, 24 years career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 9, 2007, Stanford defeated WSU 30-22, 30-21, 30-22 at Pullman...SERIES RECORD - Stanford leads 41-3 (WSU streak -10)...in Pullman, Stanford leads 19-3.
ABOUT THE NO. 8 CALIFORNIA GOLD BEARS (12-1, 2-0 pending 10/3 match at No. 5 Washington): California rides a seven-match win streak into the weekend...Golden Bears are led by 6-4 Jr. OH Hana Cutura (4.32 kps - 2nd Pac-10, 0.46 aces per set - 2nd Pac-10, .375 hpct - 3rd Pac-10)...5-6 Jr. DS/L Kristen Kathan contributes 4.00 dps - t5th Pac-10...5-11 So. setter Cari Lloyd has an 11.62 aps avg - 2nd in Pac-10...big blocks on the net from 6-3 Jr. MH Mindi Wiley (1.23 bps - 4th Pac-10)...Head Coach Rich Feller (177-109, 10 years at Cal; 476-276, 25 years career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 8, 2007, Cal defeated WSU 30-16, 30-18, 30-28, in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - California leads 28-21-1 (WSU streak -10)...in matches played in Pullman, WSU leads 12-9.
CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The CBS Sports Network/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 29, shows eight WSU opponents ranked...six of the top 11 teams are Pac-10 schools so the Cougs will play each twice...the ranked opponents are: No. 4 USC, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 California, No. 9 Washington, No. 11 Oregon, No. 14 Wichita State, and No. 25 Arizona...also receiving votes this week was Oregon State (No. 29)...go to www.avca.org for the weekly coaches top 25 poll.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 6,174 fans (11 matches) to date...Stanford is the sole Pac-10 school currently ranked in the top 20 at 10th (2,164 - 5 matches)...WSU is averaging 667 fans in five home matches with a top crowd of 1,059 fans Friday, Sept. 19 (Utah Valley match).
PAC-10 2008 STANDINGS (as of 9/29/08)
Conference Overall Streak California 2-0 12-1 Won 7 Washington 2-0 11-1 Won 4 Stanford 2-0 11-2 Won 7 USC 1-0 8-2 Won 8 Arizona 1-1 11-2 Lost 1 Arizona State 1-1 10-5 Won 1 UCLA 0-1 10-2 Lost 1 Oregon 0-2 11-3 Lost 2 Oregon State 0-2 11-4 Lost 2 Washington St. 0-2 7-6 Lost 2
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader) Kills - no WSU player (Sarah Reaves, ASU 4.41 kps) Hitting Percentage - 6th Cassie Robbins .345 (Jessica Swarbrick, Washington .475) Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.44 aps (Jenna Hagglund, Washington 12.10 aps) Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.63 saps) Digs - 2nd Kelly Hyder 4.41 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 4.80 dps) Blocks - no WSU player (Amanda Gil, UCLA 1.45 bps) Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 5.06 pps)
TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10): Team Overall Matches (Leader) Kills - WSU is 10th with 12.11 kps (California 14.76 kps) Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .176 (Stanford & California .327) Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .175 (Arizona .122) Assists - WSU is 9th at 11.55 aps (California 13.64 aps) Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.72 saps (Washington 1.81 saps) Digs - WSU is 1st at 15.49 dps Blocks - WSU is 10th at 2.32 bps (Arizona 2.83 bps)
COUGS IN NATIONAL STANDINGS: In the 9/28 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball rankings of the 250 teams, Washington State is ranked 48th in digs with 15.49 dps (national leader IUPU 18.95 dps)...Kelly Hyder is ranked 57th in digs in NCAA individual rankings with 4.41 dps (national leader is Brittany Stowers, Northern Arizona 6.29 dps)...Cassie Robbins is 82nd in hitting percentage with .345 (national leader Christa Harmotto, Penn St .557).
COUGAR BLOGS: You can read the Cougar Volleyblog with a new posting weekly on the official website for all WSU athletics news, www.wsucougars.com...lots of insight into Wazzu volleyball and the people who love it.
COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS: Two WSU volleyball players are advancing in the school's all-time career records...junior Kelly became the school's record holder in career digs with 1,283 through the 9/27 match...senior Brittany Johnson became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 kills in a career...her current total of 1,001 kills is only 5 kills behind the No. 9 spot...Johnson added one more to her career solo blocks totally now 65, still at sixth place and needing only four more to advance to fifth...Jackie Albright (junior, Lake Forest, Calif.) has accumulated 508 kills and 516 digs to date.
Career Digs 1. Kelly Hyder (2006-08) 1283 2. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 1254
Career Block Solos 1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 196 4. Kelly Hankins (1990-91) 88 5. Joanne Johnson (1991-93) 69 6. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 65
Career Kills 1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 1848 8. Laurie VanDiest (1984-87) 1033 9. Jennifer Stinson (1995-98) 1006 10. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 1001
MEET THE COUGARS: #6 Annie Adams (OH, 6-3, SO-RS, Crosby, Minn.) - redshirt this season after transferring from South Dakota State.
#2 Jackie Albright (OH, 6-0, JR, Lake Forest, Calif.) - one of three co-captains...leads team with 2.52 kills per set and third in points per set with 2.85...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...double-figure kills in 6 matches.
#16 Renee Bordelon (S, 5-10, JR, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) - transfer from North Idaho College...named to Cougar Challenge all-tournament team...has been main setter...368 assists (9.44 aps is 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 14 kills, 70 digs and 11 blocks.
#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 44 of the Cougars' 47 sets...107 digs (2.43 dps) is third-best on team.
#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 23 sets with 27 kills, 2 aces, 8 digs and 8 blocks.
#5 Faith Hutcherson (DS, 5-3, SO, Redmond, Wash.) - seen back row action in 7 sets and has 7 digs with career-high 3 digs vs. Eastern Washington.
#8 Kelly Hyder (DS/L, 5-9, JR, Huntington Beach, Calif.) - third year starter...named to Boise State Bronco Invite and Cougar Challenge all-tournament teams...tallied 194 digs for a 4.41 dps average - 2nd best in Pac-10 this week and 57th nationally...moved into first on the WSU career digs list with 1,283 digs...seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 digs (2007)...season high for digs is 27 versus Gonzaga.
#19 Brittany Johnson (OH, 5-9, SR, Phoenix, Ariz.) - one of three co-captains...109 kills, 72 digs, 28 blocks...reached 1000 career kills this season (9/27) and her 1,001 kills is 10th on school list...needs 5 kills to move into 9th place...currently in 6th on WSU career solo blocks list with 65 total...2.99 pps is second-best on team.
#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in all 32 of 47 sets to date...29 kills, 136 assists, 38 digs, 16 blocks...has moved between setter and outside hitter positions in matches.
#12 Cassie Robbins (MB, 6-3, JR, Yakima, Wash.) - seen action in 38 sets and landed 87 kills with .345 hitting percentage which is best on team, 6th best in Pac-10 and 82nd nationally...also adding 21 blocks.
#3 Emily Rooney (MB, 6-1, SR, Red Wing, Minn.) - transferred from South Dakota State...one of three co-captains...named MVP of Boise State Bronco Invite...named to Idaho Classic all-tournament team...tops on team with 118 kills and second on team with .295 hpct...adds 0.89 blocks per set, second on team...leads team in aces with 10 off of a jump-serve.
#10 Kimika Rozier (OH, 5-10, RS-FR, Murrieta, Calif.) - recovering from a minor surgical knee procedure in mid-August...back to full speed at practice.
#7 Catie Schuetzle (OH, 5-8, JR, Spokane, Wash.) - moved to volleyball team after three seasons as a triple jumper on the Cougar track and field team...came off the bench to land the set and match-winning kill in Utah Valley contest 9/19. #4 Amy Small (DS/S, 5-6, SR, Pullman, Wash.) - played in 19 sets with 29 digs...career high of 9 digs vs. EWU.
#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - played in 44 of team's 47 sets to date...72 kills and 43 blocks with 0.98 bps which leads the team.
#11 Stephanie Weishaar (DS/L, 5-3, SR, Camas, Wash.) - played in 31 of the Cougars' 47 sets...53 digs.
#14 Tangerine Wiggs (OH, 6-2, FR, Seattle, Wash.) - has not seen action to date.
MARCIA SANEHOLTZ COURT AT BOHLER GYM COUGARS HOME: The Cougars' home court is called Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym in honor of the 28-year administrative veteran of Cougar Athletics who retired Oct. 1, 2007...Sr. Associate Athletics Director/SWA, a long-time proponent of gender equity and a champion for all sports at WSU as well as in the Pac-10 and the nation...NACWAA president (1992-93), on the board of directors (1987-94), and named 1997 Administrator of the Year...also NAGWS Pathfinder Award in 2001 and WSU Woman of Distinction in 2003.
ALUMNAE RETURNED TO BOHLER: There was a wonderful group of Cougar volleyball alumnae who came for the Alumnae Match Sept. 20 at Bohler Gym...All-American setter Stephanie Papke joined Elis Arias, Shannon Wyckoff (Hunt) and Kim Kleven from the 1996 Elite 8 team...several members of the 2002 Elite 8 team included Holly Harris (Rohrbacher), Adrian Hankoff, Jen Barcus and Zanda Bautre...other Cougs who competed on NCAA teams include Trina Kightlinger (Anderson) and Kali Surplus (Gesser)...players from the late 1970s included Deb McGill (Krebs), Kathy Plotnikoff Shafer and Heidi Urquhart...recent players who returned included McKenzie Burgess (Garberg), Stacey Holbrook, Maureen Perez and April Lott...fans, friends and families were treated to some great memories as many of the alumnae took the court to play each other and then take on some of the current Cougs.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2008 season LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial)...matches played Oct. 10, 24 and 31 will be on Border 104 (KHTR, 104.3 FM)...veteran area broadcaster Steve Grubbs is the voice of Cougar volleyball for the fourth season.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: The Pacific-10 Conference will have LIVE volleyball matches broadcast by the FOX Sports Network throughout the 2008 season...WSU will have one match televised this season, the Sept. 27 match at Arizona State...check your local FOX Sports station for the dates and times of these broadcasts.