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Sept. 8, 2008

WSU VOLLEYBALL OPENS HOME COURT SEASON THIS WEEK: The Washington State volleyball team, 3-3, hosts several matches this week...Gonzaga (2-5) comes to Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym for a Wed., Sept. 10 match...WSU then hosts the Cougar Challenge Tournament Friday and Saturday with No. 18 Wichita State (8-0), Northwestern (3-4) and Montana State (3-2) coming to town...for information on tournament ticket packages, call 1-800-GOCOUGS.

Cougar Challenge Tournament Schedule Friday, September 12

4:3 p.m.Northwestern vs. Montana State
7 p.m.Washington State vs. Wichita State
Saturday, September 13
10 a.m.Wichita State vs. Northwestern
12:30 p.m.Washington State vs. Montana
4:30 p.m.Montana State vs. Wichita State
7:30 p.m.Washington State vs. Northwestern

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (3-3 at WSU, 242-144 career/12 yrs) is in his first season at WSU after a highly successful tenure at South Dakota State...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kristina Martin is the coordinator of operations.

ALUMNAE RETURNING TO BOHLER: There are a 16 confirmed alumnae coming for the Sept. 20, 10 a.m. match at Bohler Gym...All-American setter Stephanie Papke joins Elis Arias, Shannon Wyckoff (Hunt) and Kim Kleven from the 1996 Elite 8 team scheduled to attend...several members of the 2002 Elite 8 team will be returning to Pullman included Holly Harris (Rohrbacher), Adrian Hankoff, Jen Barcus and Zanda Bautre...other Cougs who competed on NCAA teams include Trina Kighlinger (Anderson) and Kali Surplus (Gesser)...players from the late 1970s included Deb McGill (Krebs) and Heidi Urquhart...recent players are Stacey Holbrook, Maureen Perez and April Loft...admission is free for this fun reunion/match.

MARCIA SANEHOLTZ COURT AT BOHLER GYM COUGARS HOME: The Cougars' home court is called Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym in honor of the 28-year administrative veteran of Cougar Athletics who retired Oct. 1, 2007...Sr. Associate Athletics Director/SWA, a long-time proponent of gender equity and a champion for all sports at WSU as well as in the Pac-10 and the nation...NACWAA president (1992-93), on the board of directors (1987-94), and named 1997 Administrator of the Year...also NAGWS Pathfinder Award in 2001 and WSU Woman of Distinction in 2003.

ABOUT THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS (2-5): Located just 80 miles north in Spokane, the Bulldogs are members of the West Coast Conference...wins have come against Bradley and Boise State...loses include to No. 9 Washington...leading hitter and blocker is 6-4 Sr. MB Elaina Renius (3.60 kps, 1.68 bps) followed by 6-0 Jr. OH Michelle Boevers (2.80 kps)...5-10 freshman setter Denise Van de Mortel (9.88 aps)...5-11 Sr. DS Paige Dillingham (4.08 dps)...Head Coach Kip Yoshimura has a 50-134 record in 7 years at Gonzaga and a 301-206 career (13 years)...LAST TIME: Aug. 29, 2007 at Spokane, WSU won 3-1 (20-30, 30-22, 30-26, 30-24...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads 31-10 (WSU streak +2)...GU LAST WIN IN PULLMAN: Sept. 24, 2005, 3-1.

ABOUT THE NO. 18 WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS (8-0): Located in Wichita, Kansas, the Shockers are members of the Missouri Valley Conference...opened season with 3-2 win over No. 10 Cal Poly...last win was 3-2 over Ohio State at home including 18-16 fifth-set...leading hitter is 6-0 Jr. OH Emily Stockman (3.48 kps)...top blocker is 6-3 So. MB Sarah McGee (1.18 bps)...5-7 Sr. L Kelly Broussard had 5.28 digs per set avg...setter Mary Elizabeth Hooper (5-10 Fr.) has 9.76 aps avg...Head Coach Chris Lamb has a 171-84 record in 9 seasons at WSU and same career record...his wife and assistant coach is Shannon Hoyt Lamb, former Cougar asst. coach under Cindy Fredrick...LAST TIME: Aug. 30, 2003, Wichita State defeated Washington State 3-2 (20-27, 15-30, 21-30, 30-22, 16-14) at the Cougar Challenge tourney in Pullman...SERIES RECORD: Tied at 1 win each (Wash. St. streak -1).

ABOUT THE MONTANA STATE BOBCATS (3-4): Located in Bozeman, Montana, the Bobcats are members of the Big Sky Conference where they went 0-16 in league and 1-27 overall in 2007...wins have come against Portland, Air Force and Akron...led by 6-0 So. OH Jodeen Rademacher (3.04 kps)...6-1 Jr. MB Kyla Hendry adds 1.11 bps...5-5 So. L Meghan Albiston (3.96 dps) and setter Taylor Faught (9.29 aps) also contribute...Head Coach Sara Schaub in her first year at MSU and first as a head coach...LAST TIME: Aug. 31, 2007, WSU defeated Montana State 3-0 in Bozeman (30-23, 30-28, 30-28)...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads 11-10 (WSU streak +2).

ABOUT THE NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS (3-2): Located in Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern is a member of the Big Ten Conference...Wildcats have wins against Illinois-Chicago, Cleveland State and Towson...loses have been to Loyola (Chicago) 1-3 and to Dayton (2-3)...6-0 So. OH Brittani Gray leads the Cats with 3.06 kps...6-0 So. MB Sabel Moffett has an outstanding 1.50 blocks per set avg...setter Elyse Glab (6-1 S0.) has a 10.83 aps avg...5-4 Jr. L Kate Nobilio has the top tournament avg. of 6.28 digs per set...Head Coach Keylor Chan has a 117-133 record in 9 years at NU, and a career record of 135-148 in 10 years...SERIES RECORD: First meeting between the two teams.

IDAHO CLASSIC TOURNAMENT RECAP: Senior Emily Rooney was named to the all-tournament team after landing 30 kills with a .390 hitting percentage, had 4 aces and 10 blocks in three matches...the Cougs dropped three matches in Moscow last weekend...Idaho def. WSU 25-21, 25-16, 25-22 Friday night...Saturday Notre Dame def. WSU 25-16, 25-22, 25-14, and Eastern Washington def. WSU 25-27, 25-20, 25-16, 26-24...other notable Cougs were Brittany Johnson (20 kills, 8 blocks), Jackie Albright (20 kills, 20 digs), Brittany Tillman (12 kills, 10 blocks), Breann Nesselhuf (57 assists, 6 blocks), Bree Flach (31 digs) and Kelly Hyder (21 digs).

CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The CBS Sports Network/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 8, shows seven WSU opponents ranked...six of the top 12 teams are Pac-10 schools so the Cougs will play each twice...the ranked opponents are: No. 4 California, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 USC, No. 7 Stanford, No. 9 Washington, No. 12 Oregon, and No. 18 Wichita State..."also received votes" in the poll is Arizona (No. 37)...go to www.avca.org for the weekly coaches top 25 poll.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 6,496 fans (3 matches) to date...there are no Pac-10 schools currently ranked in the top 10...this week will be the first home matches for WSU.

PAC-10 2008 STANDINGS (as of 9/8/08)

ConferenceOverallStreak
California0-05-0Won 5
Washington0-05-0Won 5
Arizona0-05-1Won 2
Oregon0-05-1Won 3
UCLA0-05-1Won 5
Arizona State0-05-2Won 2
Oregon State0-05-2Lost 1
Stanford0-04-2Lost 1
USC0-03-2Won 3
Washington State0-03-3Lost 3

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Alex Jupiter, USC 4.53 kps)
Hitting Percentage - 5th Cassie Robbins .377, 6th Emily Rooney .375 (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .462)
Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 8.28 aps (Carli Lloyd, California 11.53 aps)
Service Aces - no WSU player (Airial Salvo, Washington 1.08 saps)
Digs - 5th Kelly Hyder 3.73 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 5.32 dps)
Blocks - 9th Brittany Tillman 1.19 bps (Neticia Enesi, Oregon 1.76 bps)
Points - 7th Emily Rooney 3.90 pps (Alex Jupiter, USC 5.35 pps)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10): Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.62 kps (California 14.00 kps)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .155 (California .349)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 5th at .165 (Washington .076)
Assists - WSU is 9th at 11.31 aps (California 13.40 aps)
Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.75 saps (Washington 2.67 saps)
Digs - WSU is 1st at 14.67 dps
Blocks - WSU is 9th at 2.29 bps (Oregon 3.40 bps)

COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS: Through the 2007 season, two WSU volleyball players were advancing in the school's all-time career records and are back to add to their totals in the 2008 season.

Career Block Solos

1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91)196
5. Joanne Johnson (1991-93)69
6. Jennifer Stinson (1995-98)59
7. Brittany Johnson (2005-08)56

Career Digs

1. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97)1254
2. Kortney Jamtaas (1999-02)1232
3. LaToya Harris (1999-02)1178
4. Kelly Hyder (2006-08)1171

Career Kills

1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96)1848
2. Carrie Couturier (1988091)1548
3. LaToya Harris (1999-02)1459
10. Holly Harris (1999-02)996
Brittany Johnson (2005-08)931

MEET THE COUGARS:
#6 Annie Adams (OH, 6-3, SO-RS, Crosby, Minn.) - redshirt this season after transferring from South Dakota State.
#2 Jackie Albright (OH, 6-0, JR, Lake Forest, Calif.) - one of three co-captains...second on team with 2.75 kills per set and in points per set with 3.00.
#16 Renee Bordelon (S, 5-10, JR, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) - transfer from North Idaho College...has played in 18 sets...149 assists (8.28 aps is 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 10 kills with a .240 hitting percentage.
#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 22 of the Cougars' 24 sets...61 digs (2.77 dps).
#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - seen action in 12 sets with 10 kills, 2 aces and 4 blocks.
#5 Faith Hutcherson (DS, 5-3, SO, Redmond, Wash.) - seen action back row in 6 sets and has 5 digs with career-high 3 digs vs. Eastern Washington.
#8 Kelly Hyder (DS/L, 5-9, JR, Huntington Beach, Calif.) - third year starter...named to Boise State Bronco Invite all-tournament team...tallied 82 digs for a 3.73 dps average - 5th best in Pac-10 this week...moved into 4th on the WSU career digs list with 1,171 digs...seventh in school history to reach 1,000 digs (2007).
#19 Brittany Johnson (OH, 5-9, SR, Phoenix, Ariz.) - one of three co-captains...played in 21 of 24 sets...39 kills, 21 digs, 10 blocks...moved into 7th on WSU career solo blocks list with 56 total...needs 65 kills to move into top 10 in career kills list.
#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in all 24 sets to date...26 kills, 103 assists, 31 digs, 13 blocks...moves from setter to hitter throughout matches.
#12 Cassie Robbins (MB, 6-3, JR, Yakima, Wash.) - seen action in 18 sets, 32 kills and .377 hitting percentage which is best on team and 5th best in Pac-10 this week.
#3 Emily Rooney (MB, 6-1, SR, Red Wing, Minn.) - transferred from South Dakota State...one of three co-captains...named MVP of Boise State Bronco Invite...named to Idaho Classic all-tournament team...tops on team with 70 kills and second on team with .375 hpct, which is 6th best in Pac-10, and 1.08 blocks per set.
#10 Kimika Rozier (OH, 5-10, RS-FR, Murrieta, Calif.) - recovering from a minor surgical knee procedure in mid-August...coming back to full speed at practice.
#7 Catie Schuetzle (OH, 5-8, JR, Spokane, Wash.) - moved to volleyball team after three seasons as a triple jumper on the Cougar track and field team...has not seen action on the court to date.
#4 Amy Small (DS/S, 5-6, SR, Pullman, Wash.) - played in 16 sets with 24 digs...career high of 9 digs vs. Eastern Washington.
#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - played in 21 sets to date...32 kills and 25 blocks with 1.19 bps which is 9th best in Pac-10 this week.
#11 Stephanie Weishaar (DS/L, 5-3, SR, Camas, Wash.) - played in 16 of the Cougars' 24 sets...40 digs is third-best on team.
#14 Tangerine Wiggs (OH, 6-2, FR, Seattle, Wash.) - has not seen action to date.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2008 season LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial), or Border 104 (KHTR, 104.3 on the FM dial)...veteran area broadcaster Steve Grubbs is the voice of Cougar volleyball for the fourth season.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: The Pacific-10 Conference will have LIVE volleyball matches broadcast by the FOX Sports Network throughout the 2008 season...WSU will have one match televised this season, the Sept. 27 match at Arizona State...check your local FOX Sports station for the dates and times of these broadcasts.

THE RULES HAVE CHANGED: This year all collegiate volleyball fans may notice evidence of several rule changes that have been implemented for the 2008 season. Here are some of the more significant changes:
RULES CHANGES:
Coaches Position. When the ball is in play, coaches will be asked to stay at least 1.75 meters from the court's sideline. An imaginary line perpendicular to the outside edge of the extended attack line indicates this distance. If a coach doesn't comply, the referees may assess a team delay sanction.
Terminology. The term "game" will be changed to "set". A match still consists of the best three out of five sets.
Points Required to Win a Set. Instead of 30 points, the number of points needed to win sets one through four is now 25 (and a two-point lead). Fifteen points (and a two-point lead) is still the requirement to win the fifth (deciding) set.
Substitutions. Each team is now allowed a maximum of 12 substitutions per set.
POINTS OF EMPHASIS:
Ball Handling Decisions. In recent years, referee training has emphasized focusing on the player's contact point with the ball, and not allowing outside influences, such as spin after release, to influence ball handling decisions. A 2008 point of emphasis regarding the second team contact now instructs referees to only call multiple contacts that are obvious enough to be readily seen, and to be less severe when judging extremely athletic plays.

WASHINGTON STATE VOLLEYBALL 2008 SUPERLATIVES Season Highs [Career Highs]

#1 Breann Nesselhuf, S
Kills: 11 v. Seattle U 8/30
H.Pct: .286 v. Seattle U 8/30
Assists: 27 v. EWU 9/6
Aces: 1 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29
Digs: 9 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29
Total Blocks: 5 v. Seattle U 8/30
Points: 13.5 v. Seattle U 8/30

#2 Jackie Albright, OH
Kills: 16 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29 [19, 2007]
H.Pct: .346 v. Seattle U 8/30 [.469, 2006 & 2007]
Service Aces: 1 v. Idaho/Notre Dame [3, 2006 & 2007]
Digs: 12 v. Cal State Northridge 8/29 [16, 2007]
Total Blocks: 4 v. CSUN 8/29 [4, 2007]
Points: 18 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29 [20.0, 2007]

#3 Emily Rooney, MB
Kills: 17 v. Seattle U 8/30
H.Pct: .560 v. Seattle U 8/30
Service Aces: 2 v. (three times)
Digs: 3 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29
Total Blocks: 6 v. Boise State 8/30
Points: 19.5 v. Seattle U 8/30

#4 Amy Small, DS/S
Sets: 16
Aces: 0 [3, 2007]
Digs: 9 v. Eastern Wash. 9/6

#5 Faith Hutcherson, DS
Sets: 62
Aces: 0
Digs: 3 v. Eastern Wash. 9/6

#7 Catie Schuetzle, OH
Sets: 0

#8 Kelly Hyder, DS/L
Sets: 22
Service Aces: 2 vs. Seattle U 8/30 [3, 2007]
Digs: 26 v. Seattle U 8/30 v. Boise State 8/30 [34, 2006]

#9 Meagan Ganzer, OH
Kills: 4 v. Seattle U 8/30
H.Pct: .231 v. Seattle U 8/30
Service Aces: 2 v. Seattle U 8/30
Digs: 1 v. Boise State 8/30, v. EWU 9/6
Total Blocks: 3 v. Boise State 8/30
Points: 7.5 v. Seattle U 8/30

#10 Kimika Rozier, OH
Sets: 0

#11 Stephanie Weishaar, DS/L
Sets: 16
Aces: 0 [4, 2006]
Digs: 14 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29 [18, 2006]

#12 Cassie Robbins, MB
Kills: 12 v. Boise State 8/30 [15, 2006]
H.Pct: .458 v. Boise State 8/30 [.467, 2006]
Digs: 1 (twice) [2, 2006]
Total Blocks: 4 v. Eastern Wash. 9/6 [10, 2006]
Points: 13.5 v. Boise State 8/30 [20, 2006]

#13 Bree Flach, DS/L
Sets: 22
Kills: 1 (four times)
Aces: 1 v. Boise State 8/30
Digs: 15 v. Eastern Wash. 9/6

# 14 Tangerine Wiggs, OH
Sets: 0

#16 Renee Bordelon, S
Kills: 5 v. Seattle U 8/30
H.Pct: .571 v. Seattle U 8/30
Assists: 42 v. Seattle U 8/30 & v. Boise State 8/30
Aces: 0
Digs: 11 v. Boise State 8/30
Total Blocks: 3 v. Boise State 8/30
Points: 5.0 v. Seattle U 8/30

#19 Brittany Johnson, OH
Kills: 8 (four times) [21, 2005 & 2006]
H.Pct: .138 v. Seattle U 8/30 [.448, 2006]
Aces: 2 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29 [4, 2007]
Digs: 8 v. Seattle U 8/30 [16, 2007]
Total Blocks: 4 v. Idaho 9/5 [8, 2005]
Points: 11.0 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29 [26.5, 2005]

#21 Brittany Tillman, MB
Kills: 10 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29 [14, 2007]
H.Pct: .444 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29 [.565, 2007]
Aces: 0
Digs: 1 (twice) [3, 2007]
Blocks: 7 v. Seattle U 8/30, v. EWU 9/6 [8, 2007]
Points: 12.5 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29, v. EWU 98/5 [16.5, 2007]

WSU TEAM HIGHS 2008
Kills: 61 v. Seattle U 8/30
Pct.: .278 v. Seattle U 8/30
Assists: 59 v. Seattle U 8/30
Aces: 5 v. Cal St. Northridge 8/29
Digs: 82 v. Boise State 8/30
Total Blocks: 12.0 v. Seattle U 8/30
Points: 77 v. Seattle U 8/30

OPPONENT TEAM HIGHS 2008
Kills: 54 Cal State Northridge 8/29
54 Eastern Washington 9/6
H.Pct: .313 Notre Dame 9/6
Assists: 53 Eastern Washington 9/6
Aces: 12 Eastern Washington 9/6
Digs: 60 Seattle U 8/30
Total Blocks: 15.0 Boise State 8/30
Points: 80 Eastern Washington 9/6

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