Nov. 14, 2006
COUGARS HOSTS FINAL HOME VOLLEYBALL MATCHES: The Washington State volleyball team, 15-13 on the season, 3-11 in Pacific-10 Conference competition, is home in Bohler Gym this week to host Arizona State (13-13, 5-10 Thursday night, and Arizona (12-15, 3-12) Friday night...WSU will fete the Cougar seniors Friday night before the 6:30 p.m. match against Arizona...co-captains Kelly Rosin and April Ross will be honored along with redshirt junior Carly Hayashikawa who is graduating in December, and manager Lisa Young...Friday night's contest is part of a triple-header of Cougar sports to start Apple Cup weekend - women's basketball takes on Sacramento State in Beasley Coliseum at 4:30 p.m. and the men's basketball team has their home opener at 8:30 p.m. against Texas-San Antonio, back in the Coliseum.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his third season at WSU (29-61)...assistant coaches are Jody Garry (third year) and Ken Ko (second year)...Kirby Garry is the coordinator of volleyball operations.
WATCH COACH HEFFERNAN: Every Tuesday afternoon during the volleyball season, beginning at 1:20 p.m. PT, WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan is part of the teleconference with a LIVE video broadcast on the WSU internet site of www.wsucougars.com.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars lost to the defending national champions and No. 4 Washington Friday night in Pullman, 30-17, 30-12, 30-23...Brittany Johnson led the Cougs with nine kills while Cassie Robbins had five blocks and Kelly Hyder had 15 digs...setter Corina Beyer had 28 assists and the Cougars were held to no service aces...UW hit .331 for the match and kept the Cougars at .035...Dawgs were led by the 16 kills from both Stevie Mussie and Christal Morrison, and Courtney Thompson's 44 assist.
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.
ABOUT THE ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (13-13, 5-10): Arizona State comes to Pullman on a two-game win streak after beating both Oregon State and Oregon 3-1...ASU's 5-10 conference record puts them in seventh place in the conference standings, just above the Cougs...ASU is led by 5-10, Sr., OH Nicole Morton (3.35 kpg) and 5-10 and 5-10, Sr., OH Nina Reeves (3.08 kpg)...6-1, Jr. MB Colette Meek is the top blocker (0.95 bpg)...5-11, RS-Fr., setter Marina Mercer (10.10 apg - 8th Pac-10)...5-7, Jr. libero Sydney Donahue leads the conference with 6.49 dpg...Arizona State (18.36 dpg) and WSU (17.86 dpg) are 1-2 in team digs in Pac-10...Head Coach Brad Saindon (40-68, 4 years at ASU; 284-208, 16 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 20, 2006, ASU defeated WSU 3-1 (33-35, 30-27, 30-19, 30-19) in Tempe...SERIES RECORD - Arizona State leads 22-20 (WSU streak -2)...in matches played in Pullman, WSU leads 11-9.
ABOUT THE ARIZONA WILDCATS (12-15, 3-12): The Wildcats are coming off two wins over the Oregon schools...UA knocked off No. 24 Oregon 3-2 and then swept Oregon State last weekend...the win over Oregon dropped the Ducks out of the Top 25 poll and stopped a seven-match losing streak for the Wildcats...UA is led by 6-2, So., OH Brooke Buringrud (3.56 kpg, 0.35 service ace per game - 3rd Pac-10) and 6-3, Fr. OH Whitney Dosty (3.38 kpg)...big blocks from 6-1, Jr. MB Dominique Lamb (1.62 bpg - 2nd Pac-10) and 6-4, Fr., MB Jacy Norton (1.52 bpg - 3rd Pac-10)...5-11, Sr. setter Stephanie Butkus (11.35 apg - 7th Pac-10)...5-5, So. libero Brittany Leonard (3.88 dpg - 9th Pac-10)...Head Coach Dave Rubio (290-159, 15 years at UA; 412-222, 20 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 19, 2006, WSU defeated UA 3-1 (26-30, 30-22, 30-26, 30-26) in Tucson...SERIES RECORD - Arizona leads 30-12 (WSU streak +1)...in Pullman, Arizona leads 13-7.