Nov. 20, 2006
COUGARS ON THE ROAD FOR FINAL VOLLEYBALL MATCHES: The Washington State volleyball team, 15-15 on the season, 3-13 in Pacific-10 Conference competition, travels to the San Francisco Bay area this weekend for matches against No. 14 California (19-8, 8-8) Friday night at Haas Pavilion on the UC Berkeley campus, and at No. 3 Stanford (24-3, 14-2) Saturday night at Maples Pavilion...both matches begin at 7 p.m.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his third season at WSU (29-63)...assistant coaches are Jody Garry (third year) and Ken Ko (second year)...Kirby Garry is the coordinator of volleyball operations.
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...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.
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 collect donations throughout the month...this year, WSU volleyball players collected over $2,266.50 in their fund-drive...this amount brings the five year total to $8,058.15 donated to the local chapter since the players began collecting donations in 2002.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars lost a heart-breaking five-game match to Arizona State Thursday night 30-27, 26-30, 30-32, 30-23, 13-15...WSU honored graduating players Kelly Rosin, April Lott and Carly Hayashikawa the next night but the Cougs dropped a four-game match to Arizona, 30-24, 22-30, 14-30, 29-31...Brittany Johnson and Tara West each had 32 kills in the two matches...Adetokunbo Faleti added 24 kills and Kelly Rosin had 23 kills in spite of leaving the second match in the first game with an injury...West also led the Cougs with seven blocks while Kelly Hyder racked up 51 digs and Corina Beyer had 120 assists.
ABOUT THE NO. 14 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (19-8, 8-8): California has only lost to higher-ranked teams this season except for its 3-1 loss to then unranked Oregon Oct. 19...the Golden Bears are led by 5-8, Jr. OH Angie Pressey (4.47 kpg - 3rd in Pac-10), and 6-3 Croatian Fr. OH Hana Cutura (3.96 kpg - 9th Pac-10)...6-0, Sr. setter Samantha Carter has a 13.32 assists per game average (3rd in Pac-10)...5-9, Sr. libero Jillian Davis (5.02 dpg - 6th in Pac-10), 6-3, Jr. MH Ellen Orchard (1.52 bpg - 3rd in Pac-10; .311 hpct, 7th in Pac-10) and 6-3, So. OH Morgan Beck (1.15 bpg - 9th in Pac-10) round out Cal...Head Coach Rich Feller (136-98, 8 years at Cal; 435-265, 22-year career)...LAST TIME - Cal defeated WSU 3-0 (30-25, 31-29, 30-27) Sept. 22, 2006 at Pullman...SERIES RECORD - California leads the series with WSU 25-21-1 with Pac-10 only matches in Cal's favor 21-20...in Berkeley, Cal leads 13-8 with WSU's last win at Cal was Oct. 19, 2001 (3-1).
ABOUT THE NO. 3 STANFORD CARDINAL (23-3, 14-2): The Cardinal are tied with Washington for first place in the conference and will meet the Huskies the night before the Cougars come to town...UW defeated Stanford 3-0 in September and No. 6 USC swept Stanford Nov. 10...only other loss for the Cardinal is to BYU, 3-1, Sept. 1...Stanford is led by 6-0, So. OH Cynthia Barboza (4.43 kpg - 4th in Pac-10), 6-2, So. MB Foluke Akinradewo (3.78 kpg, .438 hpct - 2nd in Pac-10), and 6-0, Sr., OH Kristin Richards (3.61 kpg)...5-11, Jr. Bryn Kehoe sets 13.12 assists per game (4th in Pac-10) and 6-0, So. Jessica Fishburn has a 3.86 dpg average (9th in Pac-10)...Akinradewo is also the leading blocker (1.47 bpg - 5th in Pac-10)...Head Coach John Dunning (169-29, 6 years at SU; 606-131, 22 years career)...LAST TIME - Sept. 21, 2006, Stanford defeated WSU 3-0 (30-17, 30-16, 30-23) at Pullman...SERIES RECORD - Stanford leads 38-3 (WSU streak -7)...all three WSU victories came in Pullman, the last Nov. 16, 2002.
COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS: Cougar senior co-captain Kelly Rosin (Springfield, Ore.) became the ninth Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 kills in a career Oct. 6, 2006...Rosin's 1,113 kills ranks fifth all-time...in addition to the records, below Rosin also has 74 career service aces, is just 12 short of 10th place in that category, and a total of 782 digs...also, sophomore OH Brittany Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.) is also knocking on the door for career solo blocks with 31...junior MB Tara West has 106 block assists this year and needs only 14 more to reach 10th on the Cougars' single-season records.
HYDER TAKES OVER SINGLE SEASON DIGS RECORD: WSU freshman libero, Kelly Hyder (Huntington Beach, Calif.) has accumulated 537 digs this season which surpassed teammate Jalen Pendon's school single season record of 514 digs, set in 2005...Hyder narrowly missed the school match record Nov. 16 in the five-game match against Arizona State as she had 34 digs, just one off Jalen Pendon's 35 digs set in 2005 against ASU.
BEYER MAKES LIST IN CAREER ASSISTS: WSU freshman setter, Corina Beyer (Bayview, Idaho) has accumulated 1,130 assists this season for 10th place on WSU's all-time assists list...she needs 23 more to move into ninth place on the career list.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i continues it domination of the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 7,052 in 20 home matches of 2006...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington with 2,194 fans in 13 home matches (8th)...Washington State has a 13-match average of 749 fans.
HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#2 Jackie Albright (6-0, OH, Fr, Lake Forest, Calif.) - Played in 58 of WSU's 94 games...career-high 17 kills and hit .469 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette...tagged 16 kills and hit .469 earlier same day in win over Duquesne...landed 10 kills against No. 6 Stanford...had career-high 14 digs versus Arizona State 11/16 in Pullman...landed three service aces and 10 digs in five-game win over Oregon State 10/6.
#21 Corina Beyer (5-9, S, Fr, Bayview, Idaho) - Starting setter for Cougars...named to South Dakota State Jackrabbit Kickoff all-tournament team...career-high of 72 assists came against Arizona State 11/16...also had 65 assists against Oregon State 10/6...tallied 22 digs in 11/16 ASU match...five blocks versus UNLV...averaging 12.15 apg, 6th in Pac-10...0.25 sapg average...also has 0.60 blocks per game average...season total of 1130 assists is 10th on the WSU all-time career assists rankings.
#17 Adetokunbo Faleti (5-10, OH, RS-Jr, Arlington, Texas) - pronounced ad day tah KUN bo fa LAY tee - Nick-named "T" or Tokunbo...spent 2005 season as redshirt, working on footwork to correct (goofy-foot hitting) after transferring from Barton County College...named to South Dakota State Jackrabbit Kickoff and Baden Cougar Challenge all-tournament teams...second on team with 3.52 kills per game...WSU career-high 25 kills versus Gonzaga where she hit .408...tender knee kept her out of some early season matches...double-figure kills in 14 of 26 matches played this season...had 22 kills, hit .320 and season-high 7 digs and four blocks in the Oregon State match 10/6.
#5 Carly Hayashikawa (5-5, DS/L, Jr, Waikoloa, Hawai'i) - Played at defensive specialist in 17 games this season...had a service ace in opening contest versus Gonzaga...10 digs versus Idaho 9/13 is 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 5.37 digs per game, 3rd best in Pac-10 standings...tallied double-figure digs in 29 matches this year (sat out No. 6 Stanford match due to concussion suffered in 9/15 Idaho match)...career-high is 34 digs, against Arizona State 11/16, just one off the school match record...has tallied 20 or more digs in 10 matches...537 digs accumulation is the WSU single-season record...surpassed teammate Jalen Pendon's 2005 school record of 514 digs.
#19 Brittany Johnson (5-9, OH, So, Phoenix, Ariz.) - Named MVP of Baden Cougar Challenge...also selected to Texas-Arlington all-tournament team...leading Cougar hitter averaging 3.86 kills per game, 10th-best in Pac-10...season-high 21 kills versus UC Davis...double-figure kills in 25 of 30 matches this year...career-best .448 hitting percentage versus Tulsa...tagged five blocks in loss at South Dakota State and again at ASU 10/20...Cougar points leader with 4.28 ppg...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 15 of WSU's 29 matches to date...opened season with five kills versus Gonzaga...pair of blocks against Boise State...pair of blocks in 10/6 win over Oregon State...solo block at ASU 10/20.
#4 Jalen Pendon (5-8, DS/L, So, Spanaway, Wash.) - Defensive specialist this season after starting as libero as freshman...2.85 dpg is second-best on team...best contest in 2006 is 17 digs versus UNLV...tallied double-figure digs in 10 of 20 matches this year...service aces average is 0.27, tied for first on team...injured knee in Idaho match 9/13, surgery 9/22, returned to play 10/19 with 10 digs at Arizona...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 17 of WSU's 30 matches to date...averaging 6.96 assists per game...top output was 46 assists versus Boise State...also had seven digs vs. BSU...0.96 dpg.
#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 1.07 blocks per game, second on team...tallied 10 blocks and 15 kills and hit .406 in win over UNLV...has had five or more blocks in nine matches this year.
#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, Sr, Springfield, Ore.) - pronounced Rose-in - Four-year starter and 2006 team co-captain...named to Baden Cougar Challenge and Texas-Arlington all-tournament teams...this season hitting 3.51 kpg, and 0.95 blocks per game, both third-best on squad...hit .400 or above in seven matches...leads team with .262 hpct...season-best 19 kills, 19 digs against Arizona State 11/16...ninth player in WSU history to reach 1,000 kills in a career...her 1,113 kills is fifth-best in Cougar all-time standings...ranked 10th in WSU career block assists (288) and career total blocks (315)...suffered partial fracture in left ankle 11/7, will not play for final two matches of her career at WSU.
#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 14 matches this season...averaging 2.83 dpg, third-best on squad...tied for team lead in service aces with a 0.27 average...nailed four service aces against UC Davis...also scored three aces at Oregon State 11/3.
#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 and seven again at No. 5 USC 9/28, and at Arizona 10/19...leads team with 1.15 bpg, T9th-best in Pac-10...had five or more blocks in 11 matches this season...had a career-high 18 kills in 11/17 match against Arizona...2.19 kpg average is fourth on team...has 106 block assists this season, needs only 14 more to be 10th on the WSU single-season best list.
MORE COUGARS COMMUNITY SERVICE: For the fifth consecutive year, the Cougar volleyball team sponsored a clothing drive for disadvantaged women in the area...fans were asked to bring their Gently Used Clothing and a Pair of New Hose for donation to the Pullman Community Action Center...the clothing was donated for use by area low-income women entering or re-entering the work force and needing professional clothing...donors brought their clean, gently used clothing and new pantyhose to the WSU volleyball office in Bohler Addition, room 230, Thurs., Sept. 22 and Fri., Sept. 23, and were given free admission to a Cougar volleyball match at Bohler Gym...more information on this or any of the Cougar Volleyball community service projects, call the WSU Volleyball Office at 509-335-0277.