Oct. 12, 2009
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL IN BOHLER FOR RANKED TRIO: The Washington State volleyball team (14-3, 3-3) is home for the next two weekends to meet a trio of ranked Pac-10 teams...Cougars host No. 16 USC (13-4, 2-3) Friday, Oct. 16, and No. 12 UCLA (13-5, 3-2) Saturday, Oct. 17...both matches begin at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym...Oct. 23 WSU takes on No. 4 Washington in Pullman...these matches can be seen via live webcast viewing on the Cougar All-Access, a subscription service at www.wsucougars.com...see the note below for more information...WSU basketball teams will take part in a Midnight Mayhem event in Bohler Gym after the volleyball match Oct. 16...go to www.wsucougars.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/100509aaa.html.
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 24-22 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 254-163...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kara Kiefer is the coordinator of operations.
AVCA TOP 25 POLL: Washington State dropped out of the Top 25 in the Oct. 12 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll...the Pac-10 schools ranked this week include No. 4 Washington, No. 5 Stanford, No. 12 UCLA, No. 14 California, No. 15 Oregon, No. 16 USC, and No. 18 Arizona...Utah was ranked No. 17 when Washington State swept the Utes Sept. 5...also receiving votes in this week's poll is Washington State (27th) and Oregon State (t-34th)...defending national champion Penn State is ranked No. 1...for the weekly poll, go to www.avca.org.
PAC-10 2009 STANDINGS (as of 10/12/09) (Nat. Ranking) Conference Overall Streak Washington (4) 5-1 15-1 Lost 1 Stanford (5) 4-1 11-4 Won 4 UCLA (12) 3-2 13-5 Won 2 Arizona (18) 3-3 14-3 Won 2 Washington State 3-3 14-3 Lost 2 California (14) 2-3 9-6 Won 1 Oregon (15) 2-3 12-3 Lost 1 Oregon State 2-3 11-6 Won 1 USC (16) 2-3 13-4 Lost 2 Arizona State 1-5 11-7 Lost 5
COUGARS 38TH IN LATEST NCAA VOLLEYBALL RPI: In the NCAA Ratings Performance Index (RPI) for matches through Oct. 11, Washington State is ranked 38th...among Pac-10 schools listed in the top 40 are: Arizona 6th, Washington 8th, California 10th, Oregon 12th, Stanford 17th, USC 23rd, and Oregon State 28th...Texas has the No. 1 ranking...RPI comes from a combination of a team's winning percentage, its opponents' winning percentages, and it's opponents' opponents' winning percentages, with home and road contests figured into the formula.
WSU VOLLEYBALL YOUTH CLINIC: Head Coach Andrew Palileo and the WSU volleyball team will conduct the second youth volleyball clinic this year, Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9-10 a.m. in Bohler Gym for boys and girls, ages 5 to 11...the clinic is free with a donation of a can of food...all participants receive a ticket for the Cougar volleyball match that night against No. 16 UCLA...parents of participants can purchase tickets to these matches for $1 with a donation of an additional can of food...all food will be donated to the Pullman Community Action Center...email WSU Cougar assistant coach TeAna Tramel at email@example.com to register...questions, please call 509-335-0275.
ABC PINK CAMPAIGN & BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MATCH: For the eighth consecutive year, the Washington State University women's volleyball team is conducting the Attacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pink Campaign Pledge Drive to raise fund for the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies...players are gathering pledges for WSU team kills landed during the home matches in the month of October...donors may pledge an amount per kill or a flat amount...the WSU volleyball team has raised $9,119.15 in the first seven years of the ABC Campaign with all the money going to the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse and its educational programs...Washington State versus Washington match, Friday, October 23, will be part of the Pacific-10 Conference Breast Cancer Awareness month of matches where the players, coaches, staff, spirit groups and even Butch, the WSU mascot, wear pink...first 100 fans to check-in at the contest booth Oct. 23 will receive a special T-shirt with the ABC Pink Campaign logo...Cougars are currently second in the Pac-10 and 10th in the NCAA in kills per set with an average of 14.35...to donate to the 2009 ABC Pink Campaign, contact WSU Volleyball Assistant Coach TeAna Tramel at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 509-335-0275.
WSU VOLLEYBALL WEBCASTS: Seven WSU home matches will have live-streaming webcasts this season...these webcasts will be available for the cost of a subscription to Cougar All-Access on the official WSU website, www.wsucougars.com...the remaining webcasts will take place Oct. 16 (USC), Oct. 17 (UCLA), Oct. 23 (UW), Nov. 6 (Cal) and Nov. 7 (Stanford)...webcasts also feature exclusive audio play-by-play and color commentary from students at the renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication...Cougar All-Access subscribers will also be able to hear the radio broadcasts of all Cougar road matches online.
NOTEWORTHY FACTS ABOUT THE 2009 WASHINGTON STATE VOLLEYBALL TEAM:
NCAA Statistics (for matches played through 10/11) - Renee Bordelon's 11.72 assists per set is 10th-best nationally; Cassie Robbins is 25th with 1.35 blocks per set; WSU team is 10th in kills per set (14.35), 12th in assists per set (13.25), and 29th in hitting percentage (.262)
National news - The sudden success of WSU volleyball was featured in a story on ESPN.com's College Sports page Oct. 14-15 (two titles - Team Unexpected or Senior Helpers)
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)
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 .262 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. 16 USC TROJANS (13-4, 2-3): The Women of Troy are coming off losses to No. 11 Stanford (3-0) and No. 16 UCLA (3-0)...other Pac-10 loss was at No. 19 Arizona (3-1)...leaders are 6-3, So. OH Alex Jupiter (4.19 kps, 4th Pac-10, 4.97 pps, 4th Pac-10, 0.34 ace per set, 4th Pac-10), 6-1 Sr. OH Jessica Gysin (3.62 kps), 6-4 So. MB Lauren Willliams (.376 hpct, 6th Pac-10), 5-11 So. setter Kendall Bateman (12.07 aps, 1st Pac-10 & 3rd NCAA), and 5-8 Sr. L Alli Hillgren (4.05 dps, 5th Pac-10)...USC leads the Pac-10 in team kills (14.93 kps) and assists (14.10 aps)...Head Coach Mick Haley (217-48, 9 years at USC; 990-236-1, 33 years career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 9, 2008, USC defeated WSU 3-0 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - USC leads 36-11 (WSU streak -8)...USC leads 14-9 in Pullman...WSU's last win over USC was No. 27, 2004 in Pullman (3-2).
ABOUT THE NO. 12 UCLA (13-5, 3-2 * pending 10/16 match at No. 4 Washington): UCLA has played eight ranked teams this season and are 6-2 against top 23 teams...most notable win was at No. 5 Nebraska (3-2)...most unexpected loss was at Cal State Fullerton (3-2)...Bruins leaders are 5-11 Jr. OH Dicey McGraw (3.45 kps, 10th Pac-10), 6-6 So. MB Amanda Gil (1.53 bps, 1st Pac-10 & 2nd NCAA, .379 hpct, 5th Pac-10), 5-7 Fr. setter Lauren Cook (10.41 aps, 7th Pac-10), and 5-7 So. libero Lainey Gera (4.33 dps, 4th Pac-10)...Head Coach Andy Banachowski (1095-297, 43 years UCLA/career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 7, 2008, UCLA defeated WSU 3-0 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - UCLA leads 39-7 (WSU streak -12)...WSU's last win over UCLA was Oct. 25, 2003, 3-2, in Pullman...in matches at WSU, UCLA leads 18-5.
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