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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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November 24, 1998

 11-13 Overall, 8-10 Pac-10
9/4	W	Utah 3-2
9/5	W	Gonzaga 3-1
9/5	L	Louisville 0-3
9/10	L	#6 BYU 0-3
9/12	L	#2 Long Beach State 0-3
9/18	L	#21 *Arizona 0-3
9/20	W	*Arizona State 3-1
9/22	W	Idaho 3-0
9/25	L	*Washington 2-3
10/2	L	*Stanford 0-3
10/4	W	*California 3-2
10/9	W	*Oregon State 3-0
10/11	W	*Oregon 3-0
10/16	W	#8 *USC 3-1
10/18	L	*UCLA 0-3
10/23	L	*Washington 2-3
10/30	W	*California 3-0
11/1	L	#5 *Stanford 0-3
11/6	W	*Oregon 3-1
11/8	W	*Oregon State 3-1
11/13	L	#16 *UCLA 1-3
11/15	L	#11 *USC 0-3
11/20	L	*Arizona State 1-3
11/22	L	#19 *Arizona 2-3

Future Schedule 11/27 ! South Carolina Noon EST 11/28 ! Florida 2 pm EST

Home matches are Bold Les Schwab Cougar Challenge * Pac-10 Conferences matches ! Disney World SEC-Pac-10 Conf. Challenge Tournament

THIS WEEK'S COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ACTION:

SEC- Pac-10 Conference Challenge Tournament, Disney World Friday, Nov. 27 vs. South Carolina, 9 a.m. PDT Saturday, Nov. 28 vs. #4 Florida, 11 a.m. PDT

Both matches can be heard LIVE on KRPL Radio 1400 AM Pre-game show begins 15 minutes before first serve.

COUGS WRAP UP 1998 SEASON: The Washington State volleyball team completes its 1998 season this weekend in Orlando, Florida at the SEC-Pac-10 Conference Challenge Tournament...Washington State and Washington represent the Pac-10 while South Carolina and Florida are the SEC entrants...there will only be inter-conference play...WSU, with losses at Arizona State and Arizona last weekend, will not be eligible for NCAA Tournament selection this season...the 64-team tournament will be announced Nov. 29, and teams must have overall records above .500 to be considered...this ends WSU's run of seven consecutive years post-season participation, including five straight NCAA tournament bids.

FINAL PAC-10 STANDINGS (current national rankings):
Conference Overall
Stanford (5) 17-1 24-3
USC (9) 16-2 21-4
UCLA (15) 13-5 14-11
Arizona (19) 12-6 21-6
Washington State 8-10 11-13
Arizona State 8-10 11-14
Washington 7-11 8-14
Oregon State 3-15 13-16
Oregon 3-15 8-21
California 3-15 7-22

ABOUT THIS WEEK'S COUGAR OPPONENTS:

SOUTH CAROLINA (21-8 overall, 8-6 SEC): The Gamecocks of South Carolina come from the SEC tournament after losing to #13 Arkansas in the semi-finals 0-3...senior Crystal Moore is out of action since tearing her ACL Nov.1...Moore led USC with 3.30 kills per game and 3.21 digs per game...freshman Cally Plummer earned All-SEC honors and brings 3.27 kpg to game...senior setter Ashley Edlund also All-SEC is USC's all-time assists leader and averages 11.36 apg...USC leads the nation in service aces with a 2.59 ace per game average...coach Kim Hudson-Christopher has a 124-65 record in six years at South Carolina...the Cougs and Gamecocks have only met once, with USC winning 3-2 in 1988.

#4 FLORIDA (29-2 overall, 14-0 SEC): The Gators repeated for the eighth time its SEC championship...Heather Wright, a sophomore MB, earned national player of the week honors for her SEC Tournament play...Wright averages 3.09 kpg and 1.23 blocks per game...junior Jenny Manz, All-SEC, leads UF with 4.58 kpg...Jenni Jones adds 1.19 blocks per game while setter Jennifer Sanchez tallies 13.62 assists per game...Mary Wise is the head coach of the Gators and has a 265-27 record in eight seasons in Gainesville...Florida leads the series 1-0 after defeating the Cougs 3-0 in the NCAA Championships Central Region semi-finals last December in Wisconsin.

LAST WEEK: WSU fell to Arizona State 15-6, 12-15, 12-15, 11-15 in Tempe...Joy Sperry had a career-high 23 kills, hit .463 and had 12 digs...Wendy Rouse had 19 kills and 10 digs...Amanda Burbridge led ASU with 23 kills...the Cougs lost a heartbreaker at Arizona - 16-18, 15-6, 15-11, 13-15, 12-15...Rouse had 20 kills and a career-high 10 blocks...Sperry had 19 kills and 22 digs...Alicia Erickson contributed nine blocks...UA had five players with double-figure kills with Marisa DaLee leading with 21...WSU out-blocker the Wildcats 21 to 12.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Cindy Fredrick has a 195-126 record in her 10th season at WSU (.607)Fredrick's overall collegiate record in her 14th season is 281-186 (.602)...assisting Fredrick is her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (tenth year), and Shannon Hoyt (first year).

ABOUT THE COUGARS:

Jennifer Stinson (6-1, senior, MB, Davenport, Wash.) dislocated her left ankle in practice 10/22 - had soft cast, then walking boot...served once in the USC game 11/15...leads WSU with 4.15 kills per game and 1.45 blocks per gamehas a .318 hitting percentage...seventh Cougar in school history to nail 1000 kills in a career - career total 1,006 kills...MVP of the Cougar Challenge Tournament...will move to the WSU basketball team for two years when volleyball season over.

Wendy Rouse (6-3, senior, LS, Reno, Nev.) named honorable mention All-Pac-10...fifth-year seniormoved into Stinson's MB spot since Washington match...scored career-high 25 kills (.429) at Oregon...season-best ten blocks at Arizona...second on team with 3.62 kills per game and third with 2.19 digs per gamealso recorded 21 kills in USC upset win...hit .480 vs. Long Beach State and .370 in five-game win at Cal...needs only one block to move onto WSU all-time total blocks list...will also climb into career block solos with two and block assists with a single...named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team.

Colleen Smith (6-6, sophomore, RS, Albuquerque, NM) currently coming off the bench to replace Lucie Vratnickova in the Cougar lineupslammed career-high 16 kills at Oregon, hitting .500...Smith averages 2.23 kills per game and 0.76 blocks per game...scooped up season-high 7 digs at Oregon.

Samantha Spink (5-9, senior, Setter, Coeur d'Alene, Id.) 2.75 digs per game leads team (9th in Pac-10)...also 0.76 blocks per game...tallies 12.18 assists per game (8th in Pac-10).her 22 digs against Gonzaga is a career-best...she had six blocks against Utah, Arizona State and #8 USC...very tough kid who plays through numerous injuries.

Kim Kleven (senior, DS, Spokane, Wash.) had a career-high 13 digs at Cal and 11 digs against #2 Long Beach State...became part of the Cougar starting six when Pac-10 competition started...drilled three services aces at Cal and next match versus Oregon.

Alicia Erickson (6-4, freshman, middle/outside hitter, Henderson, Nev.) averaging 1.21 blocks per game - 9th in Pac-10...had nine blocks at Idaho and again at Arizona...tallied an impressive five blocks against #2 Long Beach State...in five games at UW, had 6 kills in 11 attacks with no errors for .545 Hpct...also hit .500 at Cal...career-high 15 kills came against Cal where she hit .481...only plays front row as she subs in for DS starter, Kleven.

Joy Sperry (6-1, junior LS, Wallace, Id.) coming off outstanding weekend in desert...tallied career-high 23 kills, .463, with 12 digs...next match had 19 kills, hit .310 and tied career-high 22 digs...at USC had 16 kills, 15 digs...also had 14 kills, .414 hpct, 13 digs and five blocks vs. Oregon...hitting arm elbow taped for sensitive Ulnar nerve.

Lucie Vratnickova (6-1, senior, OH, Czech Republic) started majority of last season in front row in place of Colleen Smith...had career-highs of three service aces and 10 digs against Oregon...career-high seven kills at Stanford.

Missy Blackshire (5-10, freshman OH, Spokane, Wash.) plays left side for Joy Sperry...tallied career-high 20 kills at Oregon State...had 13 kills and hit .407 at Oregon...lethal jump serve, second-best on team behind Rouse.

Kristen Johnson (5-11, freshman, OH, Olympia, Wash.) subbed in at right side in Washington match when Rouse moved into Stinson's MB spot...tallied 17 kills and 11 digs against Washington...had three blocks vs. USC in Pullman.

Cougar All-Time Career Records

SOLO BLOCKS 1. Carrie Couturier ('88-91) 196 5. Joanne Johnson ('91-93) 69 6. Jen Stinson ('95-98) 59

BLOCK ASSISTS 1. Carrie Couturier ('88-91) 421 2. Sarah Silvernail ('93-96) 394 3. Jen Stinson ('95-98) 360

TOTAL BLOCKS 1. Carrie Couturier ('88-91) 617 3. Laurie VanDiest ('84-87) 440 4. Jen Stinson ('95-98) 419

KILLS 1. Sarah Silvernail ('93-96) 1848 6. Laurie VanDiest ('84-87) 1033 7. Jen Stinson ('95-98) 1006

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Washington State University has had 15,461 fans attend 12 home matches this season for an average of 1,288 fans per match, 16th-best in the nation...the Pac-10 Conference volleyball coaches and administrators will be evaluating the Friday-Sunday match schedule and vote whether to continue with the current format, return to Friday-Saturday matches, or look at another format for the 1999 season.

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