Oct. 5, 2009
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON THE ROAD FOR BAY AREA PAIR: The No. 25 Washington State volleyball team (14-1, 3-1) takes to the road this weekend for a pair of ranked Pac-10 teams...WSU plays at No. 7 Stanford (9-4, 2-1) Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion, and meets No. 15 California (8-5, 1-2) Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Haas Pavilion...both matches can be followed on GameTracker online, or by listening to the radio broadcast online or in the Pullman area (see below)...Saturday's match will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet California...check with your television provider for the channel.
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 24-20 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 254-161...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kara Kiefer is the coordinator of operations.
COUGS REACH NATIONAL RANKING: Washington State is ranked 25th in the Oct. 5 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll...the last time WSU was ranked was the 2003 preseason poll (19th)...the Pac-10 schools ranked this week include No. 3 Washington, No. 7 Stanford, No. 11 Oregon, No. 13 USC, No. 15 California, No. 16 UCLA, No. 22 Arizona...Utah was ranked No. 17 when Washington State swept the Utes Sept. 5...also receiving votes in this week's poll is Oregon State (t-No. 27th)...defending national champion Penn State is ranked No. 1...for the weekly poll, go to www.avca.org.
PAC-10 2009 STANDINGS (as of 10/5/09) (Nat. Ranking) Conference Overall Streak Washington (3) 4-0 14-0 Won 14 Washington State (25) 3-1 14-1 Won 2 Stanford (7) 2-1 9-4 Won 2 USC (13) 2-2 13-3 Lost 1 UCLA (16) 2-2 12-5 Won 1 Oregon (11) 1-2 11-2 Lost 1 California (15) 1-2 8-5 Lost 2 Oregon State 1-2 10-5 Won 1 Arizona (22) 1-3 12-3 Lost 3 Arizona State 1-3 11-5 Lost 3
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2009 season LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial)...veteran area broadcaster Steve Grubbs is the voice of Cougar volleyball for the fifth season...these road matches are also available for listening on the internet by purchasing a subscription through the Cougars All-Access button on the wsucougars.com website.
BUSH BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD FOR MATCH DIGS: Libero Oceana Bush (freshman, Spokane, Wash.) had a school record 39 digs in WSU's 3-2 win over Arizona State Oct. 3 in Pullman...she wiped out the school record of 35 digs set by Jalen Pendon in 2005, ironically, also against Arizona State (Oct. 27, 2005 in Tempe)...the 5-5 Bush played outside hitter on her state championship high school team, Lewis & Clark HS...she is averaging 6.00 dps in Pac-10 matches and 4.85 dps for the season.
NOTEWORTHY FACTS ABOUT THE 2009 WASHINGTON STATE VOLLEYBALL TEAM: NCAA Statistics (for matches played through 10/4) - Renee Bordelon's 11.87 assists per set is 4th-best nationally; Cassie Robbins is 17th with 1.38 blocks per set; WSU team is 6th in kills per set (14.60), 8th in assists per set (13.455, and 13th in hitting percentage (.270) Trio of Pac-10 wins - WSU's 3 Pac-10 wins in 2009 equals the Cougs' total conference wins in 2008 Eight straight set 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 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 team in Pacific-10 Conference action was in November 2004 (3-2 win over No. 6 USC in Pullman) Five-set matches? No sweat - This season the Cougs are 2-0 in 5-set matches, and 7-0 in the Palileo era Memorable Pac-10 Start - WSU 3-0 win over Oregon State 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 12-0 start in 2009 equaled the best start since 1997 (16-0, advanced 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 1-0 in five-set matches this year after downing Idaho Sept. 11...in 2008 the Cougs were 5-0 in five-set matches Hitting Percentage - WSU has a .270 team hpct. in 2009; WSU's 2008 team hpct. was .181 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, www.wsucougars.com, every week
MEET THIS WEEK'S WSU VOLLEYBALL OPPONENTS: ABOUT THE NO. 7 STANFORD CARDINAL (9-4, 2-1): Coming off 3-1 win at No. 16 UCLA and 3-0 win at No. 13 USC after opening Pac-10 with 3-2 loss at No. 12 California...the Cardinal are six-time national champions and 2007 and 2008 NCAA runners-up...SU is led by 6-4, Jr. OH Alix Klineman (3.67 kps, t-6th Pac-10, 4.26 pps, 8th Pac-10), 6-1 Jr. OH/S Cassidy Lichtman (3.27 kps), 6-3 Sr. MB Janet Okogbaa (1.29 bps, 4th Pac-10 28th NCAA, and .380 hpct., 5th Pac-10), and 5-7 Jr. libero Gabi Ailes (4.42 dps, 3rd Pac-10)...Head Coach John Dunning (248-41, 9 years at SU; 685-143, 25 years career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 2, 2008, Stanford defeated WSU 3-0 at Stanford...SERIES RECORD - Stanford leads 43-3 (WSU streak -12)...at Stanford, Stanford leads 23-0.
ABOUT THE NO. 15 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (8-5, 1-2 * pending 10/9 match vs. No. 3 Washington): Coming off pair of losses - 3-2 at No. 13 USC and 3-1 at No. 16 UCLA...Golden Bears are led by 6-4 Sr. OH Hana Cutura (4.71 kps, 1st Pac-10 & 6th NCAA), 6-3 Sr. MH Mindi Wiley (2.60 kps, .386 hpct., 4th Pac-10 25th NCAA, and 1.08 bps, 9th Pac-10), 5-11 Jr. setter Cari Lloyd (10.68 aps, 4th Pac-10), and 5-6 Sr. DS/L Kristen Kathan (3.38 dps, 8th Pac-10)...Head Coach Rich Feller (199-120, 11 years at Cal; 498-287, 25 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 31, 2008, Cal defeated 3-1 in Berkeley...SERIES RECORD - California leads 30-21-1 (WSU streak -12)...in matches played in Berkeley, Cal leads 16-8...last WSU win in Berkeley was Oct. 19, 2001 (3-1).
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