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WSU Volleyball Faces Toughest Road Trip of 1998
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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September 8, 1998

This week at Smith Fieldhouse, Provo, Utah -
Thurs., Sept. 10 vs. #6 BYU, 6:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., Sept. 12 vs. #2 Long Beach State, 12:30 p.m. PDT

Next week -
Fri., Sept. 18 Arizona, Beasley Coliseum 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 20 Arizona State, Beasley Coliseum 1 p.m.

Jennifer Stinson named MVP of Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament
Wendy Rouse named to All-Tournament Team.
Stinson has career-high 30 kills against Utah.
Rouse has career-high 20 kills vs. Utah.
Colleen Smith ties career high 11 kills vs. Utah.
WSU christens Beasley Coliseum Sport Court with 3-2 win over Utah before 1,360 fans.

DOUBLE TROUBLE ON TAP FOR WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: After a disappointing third-place finish at their own Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament, the WSU volleyball team travels to the Rocky Mountains to take on sixth-ranked Brigham Young and #2 Long Beach State at Provo, Utah...originally called the BYU Invitational Tournament, lack of a fourth team caused the matches to become single-entities played over three days.

#6 BYU (4-0): Seven letterwinners return from team that lost to 1997 national runner-up Penn State in the Elite Eight...started the 1998 season by winning the U Mass/Phoenix Invitational defeating Siena, Delaware and Rutgers 3-0 and host U Mass 3-1...junior OH Mari Burningham Carpenter leads the blue and white Cougars with 3.91 kills per game followed by senior RS Kori Rogers' 3.46 kpg...freshman Nina Puikkonen has a 1.82 blocks per game Elaine Michaelis has a 786-200-5 record in 37 years at BYU...BYU leads the series 4-1 with WSU winning the last contest in 1995, 3-0.

#2 Long Beach State (4-0): A final four participant in 1997, the Big West Conference champions started the 1998 season winning the State Farm NACWAA Volleyball Classic with a 3-0 defeat of New Mexico and a 3-2 win over #3 USC...All-American setter Misty May was named MVP..."The Beach" also won its own tournament last weekend with 3-0 wins over Pac-10 teams California and #23 Washington...May has a 12.93 assists per game average and 2.07 kills per game...senior OH Jessica Alvarado leads the team with 3.50 kpg and 2.57 digs per Brian Gimmillaro has a 362-93 record in his 14th season with the 49ers...Long Beach has a 1-0 series lead over WSU (1991 JMN Premiere Tournament, Fullerton).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: WSU dropped to 24th in USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Sept. 8 poll...the Sept. 8 Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll moved the Cougars ahead one spot to 16th.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Cindy Fredrick begins her tenth season at WSU with a 186-114 record after nine seasons at WSU (.620)...Fredrick's overall collegiate record in her 14th season is 272-174 (.610)...assisting Fredrick is her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (tenth year), and Shannon Hoyt (first year).

LAST WEEK: WSU hosted the Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament, won by Louisville after a 3-0 upset win over the host Cougs...Utah took second place with WSU third and Gonzaga fourth...WSU senior Jennifer Stinson was named MVP...the all-tournament team consisted of Sonya Gubaidulina and Marina Sinichenko from Louisville, Stacie Greenwalt and Graciela Torres from Utah, Diane Pascua from Gonzaga and Wendy Rouse from WSU...the tournament results were: Louisville defeated Gonzaga 3-1 and WSU 3-0; Utah defeated Louisville 3-1 and Gonzaga 3-1; WSU defeated Utah 3-2 and Gonzaga 3-1...Gonzaga's single game win over WSU was the Zags first since 1991.

Cougar All-Time Career Records

1.  Carrie Couturier (1988-91)	196
5.  Joanne Johnson (1991-93)	69
6.  Jennifer Stinson (1995-97)	52

BLOCK ASSISTS 1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 421 6. Carrie Gilley (1990-93) 311 7. Jennifer Stinson (1995-97) 302

TOTAL BLOCKS 1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 617 6. Keren Oigman (1994-97) 357 7. Jennifer Stinson (1995-97) 354

ABOUT THE COUGARS: Washington State returns six letterwinners from the 1997 season: Kim Kleven (senior, 5-5, DS, Spokane), Wendy Rouse (senior, 6-3, RS, Reno, Nev.), 1997 Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention Colleen Smith (sophomore, 6-6, MB, Albuquerque, NM), Samantha Spink (senior, 5-9, setter, Coeur d'Alene, Id.), 1997 All-Pac-10 first team Jennifer Stinson (senior, 6-1, MB, Davenport, Wash.), and Lucie Vratnickova (senior, 6-1, OH, Czech Republic).

SEVEN COUGAR NEWCOMERS: Junior college transfers Joy Sperry (6-1, LS, Wallace, Id.) from College of Southern Idaho and Mary Luhrs (5-8, DS, San Clemente, Calif.) from Golden West...freshmen Missy Blackshire (5-11, OH, Spokane), Alicia Erickson (6-4, M/OH, Henderson, Nev.), Kristen Johnson (5-11, OH, Olympia), Kerry Lewis (5-8, DS, West Linn, Ore.), and Stacey Miller (5-10, S, Bellingham)...redshirt-sophomore Jessica Martin (6-0, MB, Wilbur, Wash.) has left the team due to recurring back problems...highly touted freshman recruit Kali Surplus, a FAB 50 setter and outside hitter from Gresham, Ore., joined the Salt Lake City Community College volleyball squad and has already played several matches for coach Tom Peterson...Surplus' appeal to the NCAA regarding a snafu involving her core class requirements was denied and she is not able to play for a Div. I school until she completes her associate arts degree.

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, ninth-best in the nation...Hawaii leads with an average attendance of 21,622 fans per match.

PAC-10 PRE-SEASON COACHES' POLL: The predicted 1998 Pac-10 Conference places as voted by the league coaches: 1. USC, 2. Stanford, 3. UCLA, 4. Washington, 5. Washington State, 6. Arizona, 7. Oregon State, 8. Arizona State, 9. Oregon, 10. California.

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE: The FOX Sports Net along with FOX Sports Northwest, will broadcast three WSU volleyball matches this season including two live matches.

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. LIVE
WSU 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 season.
Date		Day	Opponent			Air Time
Sept. 10	Thurs.	at BYU				5:45 p.m.
Sept. 12	Sat.	Long Beach State at Provo	12:15 p.m.
Sept. 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 opens Pac-10 competition hosting Arizona Sept. 18 and Arizona State Sept. 20th at Beasley Coliseum.
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