September 15, 1998
WSU RESULTS 2-3, 0-0 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 0-3COUGS HOST DESERT SCHOOLS FOR PAC-10 OPENERS: The Washington State volleyball team hosts #25 Arizona (8-0) and Arizona State (3-4) this weekend in the opening matches of Pac-10 Conference actionthe Cougars' 2-3 record marks the first time since the 1990 season that WSU has begun league play with a losing recordWSU looks to rebound from three consecutive 0-3 losses.
Future Schedule 9/18 * #21 Arizona 7pm 9/20 * Arizona State 1 pm 9/22 at Idaho 7 pm 9/25 at * Washington 7 pm 10/2 at * Stanford 7 pm 10/4 at * California 1 pm 10/9 * Oregon State 7 pm 10/11 * Oregon 1 pm
Home matches are Bold Les Schwab Cougar Challenge * Pac-10 Conferences matches
THIS WEEK'S COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ACTION: Friday, Sept. 18 #21 Arizona, Beasley Coliseum 7 pm Sunday, Sept. 20 Arizona State, Beasley Coliseum 1 pm
LAST WEEK: WSU lost to #6 BYU 12-15, 5-15, 0-15 at Provo, Utahfor WSU, it was the first time they've gone scoreless in a game since 9/16/94 at StanfordBYU's Helen Hjorth led all players with 10 killsWSU set a school record with a -.039 hitting percentageWSU's Missy Blackshire and Colleen Smith each had five killsSaturday afternoon Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick moved her lineup around and saw better results even though #2 Long Beach State downed WSU 15-13, 15-1, 15-9Wendy Rouse had 15 kills, nine digs and Jennifer Stinson tallied 14 killsLBSU's Benishe Dillard had 20 kills.
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S COUGAR OPPONENTS:
#21 ARIZONA (8-0): The Wildcats are off to a fast start including winning their own Varsity Clubs of America tournamentIdaho made Arizona play five games for the title of that tournamentsenior 6-0 MB Keisha Johnson Demps leads the Cats with 4.17 kills per game and 1.20 blocks per game averagessophomores Allison Napier (6-2, OH), and Marisa DaLee (6-3, MB) bring 3.21 kills and 1.17 blocks per game respectivelyArizona is coached by Dave Rubio (109-69, seven years at UA; 229-134, 12 years career)Arizona leads the series 16-9the last time UA won in Pullman was in 1995.
ARIZONA STATE (3-4): The Sun Devils opened their season with three wins but have lost four straight since including a 3-1 loss at #13 Hawaii6-2 sophomore OH Amanda Burbridge has a 4.63 kills per game average while freshman 6-0 OH Jami Coughlin contributes 3.63 kpg and 3.57 digs per gameMB Shawna Vanley (6-0, senior) leads the team with 1.13 blocks per gamesetter Jolynn Faatulu comes off a redshirt season and has a 12.47 assists per game averageASU is coached by Patti Snyder-Park (151-118, ten years)Arizona State leads the series 14-11 but the Cougars have won the last six contestsASU's last win in Pullman was in 1994.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: WSU dropped to 26th in USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll for Sept. 15the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll released Sept. 14, moved the Cougars down to 19thArizona is 17th in same poll.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Cindy Fredrick has a 186-116 record in her 10th season at WSU (.616)Fredrick's overall collegiate record in her 14th season is 272-176 (.607)...assisting Fredrick is her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (tenth year), and Shannon Hoyt (first year).
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Washington State University had 3,361 fans attend the Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament for an average of 1,120 fans per match, 13th-best in the nationHawaii leads with attendance of 40,691 at five home matches.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Jennifer Stinson (6-1, senior, MB, Davenport, Wash.) leads WSU with 3.94 kills per game (seventh in Pac-10) and 1.17 blocks per game (tied for eighth in Pac-10)Stinson was MVP of the Cougar Challenge Tournament.
Wendy Rouse (6-3, senior, LS, Reno, Nev.) was moved from the right side to the left side last weekend and looks like she'll stay at that positionRouse is contributing 3.06 kills and 0.78 blocks per gamenamed to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team.
Colleen Smith (6-6, sophomore, RS, Albuquerque, NM) moved from middle blocker to right side hitter in the Cougar lineup shakeupSmith has 2.61 kpg and 1.17 bpg averages (tied with Stinson for eighth in Pac-10).
Samantha Spink (5-9, senior Setter, Coeur d'Alene, Id.) leads the team with 2.78 digs per game (10th in Pac-10) in addition to her 11.78 assists per game.her 22 digs against Gonzaga is a career-best at WSU.
Kim Kleven (senior, DS, Spokane, Wash.) had a career-high 11 digs against Long Beach State.
Alicia Erickson (6-4, freshman, middle/outside hitter, Henderson, Nev.) tallied an impressive five blocks against #2 Long Beach State.
Joy Sperry (6-1, junior LS, Wallace, Id.) has had limited playing time since she is still bothered by a an inflamed Ulnar nerve in the elbow in her hitting arm.
Lucie Vratnickova (6-1, senior, OH, Czech Republic) is still recovering from a stress fracture in her take-off foot so limited jumping ability in the front row.
Cougar All-Time Career Records
SOLO BLOCKS 1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 196 5. Joanne Johnson (1991-93) 69 6. Jennifer Stinson (1995-97) 52COUGAR VOLLEYBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE: The FOX Sports Net along with FOX Sports Northwest, will broadcast three WSU volleyball matches this season including two live matches.
BLOCK ASSISTS 1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 421 6. Carrie Gilley (1990-93) 311 7. Jennifer Stinson (1995-97) 308
TOTAL BLOCKS 1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 617 6. Carrie Gilley (1990-93) 361 7. Jennifer Stinson (1995-97) 360
Date Opponent Air Times Oct. 23 Washington Tape delayed to Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 30 California 7:30 p.m. LIVE Nov. 13 UCLA 7:30 p.m. LIVEWSU VOLLEYBALL RADIO SCHEDULE: Alex Webster returns as the Cougar volleyball play-by-play announcer on KRPL-AM Radio (1400), Moscow, Idaho, to announce ten Cougar volleyball road matches this seasonhere are the remaining radio dates:
Date Day Opponent Air Time Sep. 25 Fri. at Washington 6:45 p.m. Oct. 18 Sun. at UCLA 12:45 p.m. Nov. 6 Fri. at Oregon 6:45 p.m. Nov. 8 Sun. at Oregon State 12:45 p.m. Nov. 20 Fri. at Arizona State 6:45 p.m. Nov. 22 Sun. at Arizona 12:45 p.m. Nov. 27 Fri. So. Carolina at Disney World 8:45 a.m. Nov. 28 Sat. Florida at Disney World 10:45 a.m. NCAA Championship Tournament Matches TBA
NEXT WEEK: WSU plays the neighbors next week, traveling eight miles to Moscow for a non-conference match at Idaho Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym...Friday, Sept. 25, the Cougs travel across the Cascade Mountains to take on Washington in a 7 p.m. match at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.