Sept. 11, 2006
COUGARS TAKE ON IDAHO VANDALS AT HOME AND ON ROAD: The Washington State volleyball team, 11-1 on the season, brings its eight-match win streak home to Bohler Gym this week for a Wednesday night, Sept. 13, contest with the University of Idaho (0-8), and then travels eight miles across the state line to meet the Vandals again, Friday, Sept. 15, at Memorial Gym in Moscow...this is the 56th meeting between the Palouse-anchored Cougars and Vandals volleyball squads...WSU will be looking to rectify a three years of losses to Idaho...the Vandal matches will be the final non-conference tune-ups before the Cougs start Pacific-10 Conference play the following week...the Friday night match will be broadcast on radio station KHTR-FM, Border 104, in the Palouse region and on the internet.
COUGS WIN UTA TOURNAMENT: Washington State won the Hilton-Arlington/UTA Volleyball Tournament last weekend with 3-0 sweeps of all four opponents during the two-day event...Cougars Kelly Rosin (48 kills, .427, 27 digs, 13 blocks) and Brittany Johnson (49 kills, .298, 7 digs, 8 blocks) were named to the all-tournament team...game scores were: WSU def. Duquesne 30-24, 30-22, 30-27; WSU def. Louisiana-Lafayette 30-20, 30-28, 30-22; WSU def. Tulsa 30-22, 30-28, 30-13; and WSU def. UTA 30-22, 30-24, 30-26...Cougs hit an outstanding .449 against Tulsa...WSU moves to an 11-1 record and extended its win-streak to eight, the longest number of consecutive wins for the Cougars since the 2002 season when WSU advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2006 season with broadcaster Steve Grubbs, LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial), or Border 104 (KHTR, 104.3 on the FM dial)...in addition, the radio broadcasts of away matches are LIVE on the Internet...for the connection, go to www.wsucougars.com, click on the Cougars All Access link (right side, main page) and sign-in...subscription is $6.95 per month...NOTE: this Friday's 8 a.m. game will be aired on Border 104 FM and all the other matches this weekend will air live on KQQQ-AM.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his third season at WSU (25-49)...assistant coaches are Jody Garry (third year) and Ken Ko (second year)...Kirby Garry is the coordinator of volleyball operations.
ABOUT THE IDAHO VANDALS (0-8): Located eight miles east of Pullman in Moscow, Idaho, the Vandals are second-year members of the Western Athletic Conference...Vandals are winless so far this season with losses to top 25 teams Missouri, Notre Dame and Long Beach State as the 2006 pre-conference schedule is the toughest in recent history...5-11 sophomore OH Haley Larsen leads the team with 3.25 kpg...senior libero Stacy Sode has a 4.54 dpg average...setter Kelsey James (5-10, sophomore) has a 9.32 assists per game average...leading blocker is 6-2 senior MB Erin Curtis sat 0.86 bpg...Idaho's team hitting percentage is .134, compared to WSU's .281...UI Head Coach Debbie Buchanan (90-95/7 years)...LAST TIME - Sept. 10, 2005 Idaho defeated WSU 3-0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-21) at Pullman...SERIES RECORD - WSU leads 36-17-2 (WSU streak -3)...first time teams met was in Cheney, at EWSC, on Oct. 2, 1976 - a 2-0 win for WSU.
ROSIN CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS: Cougar senior co-captain Kelly Rosin (Springfield, Ore.) is climbing into the Cougar all-time records in several categories...in addition to the blocking records listed in the pdf, Rosin is just 26 kills short of 10th in career kills, and with 64 service aces, is just 21 short of 10th in that category.
PAC-10 STANDINGS, as of Sept. 11, 2006:
(National ranking) Conference Overall Streak
California (10) 0-0 9-0 Won 9
UCLA (3) 0-0 9-0 Won 9
USC (9) 0-0 9-0 Won 9
Oregon 0-0 7-0 Won 7
Washington State 0-0 11-1 Won 8
Washington (4) 0-0 8-1 Won 7
Stanford (7) 0-0 6-1 Won 6
Arizona (T24) 0-0 7-2 Lost 1
Arizona State 0-0 6-2 Lost 1
Oregon State 0-0 3-6 Won 2
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)
Kills - 7th Brittany Johnson 4.38 kpg (Asia Kaczor, USC 4.69 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Nana Meriwether, UCLA .562)
Assists - 3rd Corina Beyer 13.70 apg (Nellie Spicer, UCLA 14.31 apg)
Service Aces - 7th Corina Beyer 0.43 sapg (Mira Djuric, Oregon 0.93 sapg)
Digs - 3rd Kelly Hyder 5.59 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 7.11 dpg)
Blocks - 6th Tara West 1.33 bpg; T7th Cassie Robbins 1.21 bpg, (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.17 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Asia Kaczor, USC 5.38 ppg)
TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 2nd with 17.46 kpg (UCLA 17.93 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 4th at .281 (Washington .338)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 7th at .134 (California .087)
Assists - WSU is 3rd at 15.62 apg (UCLA 16.57 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 6th at 1.72 sapg (Oregon 2.26 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 2nd at 19.18 dpg (ASU 20.33 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 6th at 2.90 bpg (Stanford 3.59 bpg)
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i continues it domination of the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 7,749 in five home matches of 2006...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington with 1,298 fans in three home matches (19th)...Washington State has a 3-match average of 693 fans.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: The Pacific-10 Conference will have volleyball matches broadcast by the FOX Sports Network throughout the 2006 season, on a tape-delayed basis...WSU will have one match televised this season, the Oct. 20 match at Arizona State...check your local FOX Sports station for the dates and times of these delayed broadcasts.
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL WEBCASTS: All the Pac-10 matches played at Bohler Gym this season will be available for viewing at www.wsucougars.com...look for live streaming webcasts beginning Sept. 21.
SIXTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: For the sixth consecutive year, the Cougar volleyball team is sponsoring a clothing drive for disadvantaged women in the area...fans are asked to bring their Gently Used Clothing and a Pair of New Hose for donation to the Pullman Community Action Center...clothing will be donated for use by area low-income women entering or re-entering the work force and needing professional clothing...larger sizes are especially needed...donors are asked to bring their clean, gently used clothing and new pantyhose to the WSU volleyball office in Bohler Addition, room 230, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 21 and Fri., Sept. 22...donors will receive free admission to the Cougar volleyball match versus California at Bohler Gym Friday, Sept. 22...for more information, call the WSU Volleyball Office at 509-335-0277.
THE ABC CAMPAIGN: 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 fifth consecutive year...October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cougar players will be collecting monetary pledges for each attack which results in a kill (and a point) for WSU during the seven matches this month...a total of $5,791.65 has been collected since the first campaign in 2002...players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.
HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#2 Jackie Albright (6-0, OH, Fr, Lake Forest, Calif.) Played in 21 of WSU's 39 games...3.00 kpg average is fourth on team...career-high 17 kills and hit .469 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette...had tagged 16 kills and hit .469 earlier same day in win over Duquesne.
#21 Corina Beyer (5-9, S, Fr, Bayview, Idaho) Starting setter for Cougars...named to South Dakota State Jackrabbit Kickoff all-tournament team...had 60 assists against South Dakota State and UNLV...also had 18 digs against both UNLV and Tulsa...five blocks versus UNLV...averaging 13.70 apg, 3rd in Pac-10...top server on team with 0.46 sapg average, 7th in Pac-10.
#17 Adetokunbo Faleti (5-10, OH, RS-Jr, Arlington, Texas) - pronounced ad day tah KUN bo FA lay tee - Nick-named "T"...spent 2005 season as redshirt, working on footwork to correct (goofy-foot hitting) after transferring from Barton County College...leading Cougar hitter with 4.92 kills per game...not ranked in Pac-10 due to not playing in 2/3 of all WSU games...named to South Dakota State Jackrabbit Kickoff all-tournament team and Baden Cougar Challenge all-tournament team...WSU career-high 25 kills versus Gonzaga where she hit .408...tender knee keeps her out of some matches...double-figure kills in six of the eight matches played this season.
#5 Carly Hayashikawa (5-5, DS/L, Jr, Waikoloa, Hawai'i) Played at defensive specialist in seven games this season...had a service ace in opening contest versus Gonzaga...three digs versus Weber State top mark this year...coming off ACL surgery in mid-season 2005.
#8 Kelly Hyder (5-9, DS/L, Fr, Huntington Beach, Calif.) Starting libero for Cougs...averaging 5.59 kills per game, 3rd best in Pac-10 standings...tallied double-figure digs in all 12 matches this year...career-high is 29 digs, against UNLV.
#19 Brittany Johnson (5-9, OH, So, Phoenix, Ariz.) Named MVP of Baden Cougar Challenge...also selected to Texas-Arlington all-tournament team...averaging 4.38 kills per game, 7th-best in Pac-10...season-high 21 kills versus UC Davis...career-best .448 hitting percentage versus Tulsa...tagged five blocks in loss at South Dakota State...named to Pac-10 2005 All-Freshman team honorable mention.
#10 April Lott (5-11, MB, Sr, Kennewick, Wash.) Team co-captain...seen action in six of WSU's 12 matches to date...opened season with five kills versus Gonzaga...pair of blocks against Boise State.
#4 Jalen Pendon (5-8, DS/L, SoFr, Spanaway, Wash.) Defensive specialist this season after starting as libero as freshman...3.38 dpg is second-best on team and 9th best in Pac-10...best contest in 2006 is 17 digs versus UNLV...tallied double-figure digs in nine of 12 matches this year...named to Pac-10 2005 All-Freshman team honorable mention...in 2005 set school record with 35 digs in the ASU match 10/27/05...2005 total of 514 digs is best in WSU single-season records.
#22 Maureen Perez (5-9, S, Jr, Vancouver, Wash.) Played in eight of WSU's 12 matches to date...aveaging 9.62 assists per game...top output was 46 assists versus Boise State...also had seven digs vs. BSU.
#12 Cassie Robbins (6-3, MB, Fr, Yakima, Wash.) Was considered "X" factor by WSU Coach Heffernan preseason but has become important cog in Cougar net game...averaging 1.21 blocks per game, second on team and 8th-best in Pac-10...tallied 10 blocks and 15 kills and hit .406 in win over UNLV.
#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, Sr, Springfield, Ore.) - pronounced Rose-in - Four-year starter and team co-captain...named to Baden Cougar Challenge all-tournament team and Texas-Arlington all-tournament team...this season hitting 3.86 kpg, and 1.11 blocks per game, both third-best on squad...has hit .400 or above in six of WSU's 12 matches this season...leads team with .331 hpct...season-best 13 kills, 14 digs and 8 blocks against UNLV...ranked 10th in WSU career block assists (238) and career blocks (263).
#11 Stephanie Weishaar (5-3, DS/L, So, Camas, Wash.) - pronounced wise-HAR - After walking-on in 2005, now valuable asset to team's back row play...season-best is 18 digs against South Dakota State...tallied double-figure digs in half of all matches to date...averaging 3.08 dpg, third-best on squad...nailed four service aces against UC Davis.
#3 Tara West (6-0, MB, Jr, Rossmoyne, Australia) - pronounced tarr-ah - Transferred to WSU in January 2006...top blocks of season were seven against Texas-Arlington...leads team with 1.33 bpg, 7th-best in Pac-10...2.39 kpg average. www.wsucougars.com