September 21, 1998
WSU RESULTS 3-4, 1-1 9/4 W Utah 3-2 9/5 W Gonzaga 3-1 9/5 L Louisville 0-3 9/10 L #6 BYU 0-3 9/12 L #2 Long Beach State 0-3 9/18 L #21 Arizona 0-3 9/20 W Arizona State 3-1
Future Schedule 9/22 at Idaho 7 pm 9/25 at * Washington 7 pm 10/2 at * Stanford 7 pm 10/4 at * California 1 pm 10/9 * Oregon State 7 pm 10/11 * Oregon 1 pm
Home matches are Bold Les Schwab Cougar Challenge * Pac-10 Conferences matches
THIS WEEK'S COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ACTION: Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Idaho, Memorial Gym, Moscow 7 pm Friday, Sept. 25 at Washington, Hec Ed, Seattle 7 pm
COUGS PLAY WITH THE NEIGHBOR KIDS: The Washington State volleyball team travels across the stateline to take on the Idaho Vandals in a non-conference match Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym on the Moscow campus...the Cougs will then cross the Cascade Mountains to meet cross-state Pac-10 rival the Washington Huskies Friday, Sept. 22, in a 7 p.m. match at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
LAST WEEK: WSU opened Pac-10 Conference action with a three-game loss to #21 Arizona in Pullman, 12-15, 7-15, 12-15...lineup changes did not help the Cougar cause as it was their fourth consecutive loss and 12th game loss...WSU bounced back Sunday with a 15-8, 7-15, 15-12, 15-6 win over Arizona State...Jennifer Stinson led the Cougs with 21 kills, hitting .372 and adding 5 blocks...Samantha Spink tallied 46 assists, 7 kills and 6 blocks...freshman Alicia Erickson made a name for herself with 8 blocks...WSU out-hit ASU .203 to .083 and out-blocked the Sun Devils 16 to 12.
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S COUGAR OPPONENTS:
IDAHO (7-4): The Vandals have fared well this season...losses came against Utah (WSU beat 3-1), #25 Arizona (WSU lost 0-3), UNLV and North Carolina...this will be Idaho's first home match of the 1998 season...6-1 senior OH Beth Craig leads Idaho with 3.65 kills per game...6-0 senior MB Jessica Moore follows with 3.48 kpg and is the leading blocker at 0.84...5-10 freshman Heather Kniss tops the Vandals with 2.38 digs per game...Idaho is coached by Carl Ferreira (23-18, second year at UI; 123-31, 5 years career)Washington State leads the series 32-13 with the last Idaho victory coming in coming at Memorial Gym in 1994 (3-1).
WASHINGTON (1-5, 0-2): The Huskies are struggling at the start of this season...Washington's sole win of this year was a 3-0 victory over Georgia at the UW tournament...the Dawgs' losses have come at the hands of ranked teams - UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and Arizona...senior swing hitter Kristina Laffling leads UW with 4.64 kills per game and is the top digger at 2.95 dpg...6-2 senior quick hitter Leslie Tuiasosopo brings a huge 1.86 blocks per game average along with her 3.73 kpg...Washington is coached by Bill Neville (102-89, sixth year at UW; 239-204, 15 years career)...Washington leads the series 37-14 with the Pac-10 series at 18-6...WSU has only recorded one Pac-10 victory in Seattle in 1992 (3-0).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: WSU dropped to 26th in USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll for Sept. 15the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll released Sept. 21, dropped WSU out of the poll.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Cindy Fredrick has a 187-117 record in her 10th season at WSU (.615)Fredrick's overall collegiate record in her 14th season is 273-177 (.607)...assisting Fredrick is her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (tenth year), and Shannon Hoyt (first year).
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Washington State University has had 5,414 fans attend five home matches this season for an average of 1,083 fans per match, 13th-best in the nationHawaii leads with attendance of 54,138 at eight home matches for an average of 6,787 fans per match.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Jennifer Stinson (6-1, senior, MB, Davenport, Wash.) leads WSU with 4.08 kills per game (tied for seventh in Pac-10) and 1.20 blocks per game (tied for eighth in Pac-10)needs only 58 more kills to move into 10th on the WSU all-time career kills list...was MVP of the Cougar Challenge Tournament.
Wendy Rouse (6-3, senior, LS, Reno, Nev.) has been moving from the right side to the left side in the past matches but she may move back according to Coach FredrickRouse is contributing 2.88 kills and 0.80 blocks per gameher 0.32 serving percentage is eighth in the Pac-10...named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team.
Colleen Smith (6-6, sophomore, RS, Albuquerque, NM) moved from middle blocker to right side hitter in the Cougar lineup shakeupSmith has 2.84 kpg and 1.16 bpg averages (eighth in Pac-10)...she has been in double-figures for kills in five of the Cougars' seven matches.
Samantha Spink (5-9, senior Setter, Coeur d'Alene, Id.) leads the team with 2.64 digs per game (10th in Pac-10) in addition to her 11.40 assists per game.her 22 digs against Gonzaga is a career-best at WSU...she had six blocks against Utah and Arizona State.
Kim Kleven (senior, DS, Spokane, Wash.) had a career-high 11 digs against Long Beach State and became part of the Cougar starting six last weekend against the desert schools.
Alicia Erickson (6-4, freshman, middle/outside hitter, Henderson, Nev.) tallied an impressive five blocks against #2 Long Beach State and stopped eight kills at the net against Arizona State.
Joy Sperry (6-1, junior LS, Wallace, Id.) has had limited playing time since she is still bothered by a an inflamed Ulnar nerve in the elbow in her hitting arm.
Lucie Vratnickova (6-1, senior, OH, Czech Republic) has recovered from a stress fracture in her take-off foot and played in both matches over the weekend.
Missy Blackshire (5-10, freshman OH, Spokane, Wash.) saw quality playing time in the win against Arizona State...she played all four games with 3 kills, a service ace, one block and 7 digs.
Mary Luhrs (5-9, junior DS, San Clemente, Calif.) re-injured her left knee and will have surgery on Tuesday, Sept. 22 to repair the meniscus...she'll probably be out of action at least three weeks and maybe as long as six weeks.
Cougar All-Time Career Records
SOLO BLOCKS 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 4. Keren Oigman (1994-97) 329 5. Jennifer Stinson (1995-97) 317
TOTAL BLOCKS 1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 617 4. Joanne Johnson (1991-93) 412 5. Jennifer Stinson (1995-97) 369
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. LIVEWSU 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 seasonhere are the remaining radio dates:
Date Day Opponent Air Time Sep. 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.NEXT WEEK: WSU takes to the road for the second consecutive week with Pac-10 action at Stanford Friday, Oct. 2, and at California Sunday, Oct. 4.