August 31, 1998
1998 Les Schwab Cougar Challenge
Washington State University
Friday, September 4
5:00 p.m. Gonzaga vs. Louisville
7:00 p.m. WSU vs. Utah
Saturday, September 5
10:00 a.m. Louisville vs. Utah
Noon WSU vs. Gonzaga
5:00 p.m. Utah vs. Gonzaga
7:00 p.m. WSU vs. Louisville
COUGAR CHALLENGE INFORMATION:
Matches: Best three of five games, rally scoring fifth game. No 17-point cap.
Tournament set-up: In case of a tie, the following format will determine the champion: total games won versus lost in head to head competition, the for/against ratio of points scored in head-to-head competition, the total games won versus total games lost in the tournament, the total for/against ratio of points in the tournament, or a coin toss
Awards: Voting by the coaches and attending media will choose a six-player All-Tournament Team and MVP.
Tickets: Single-day general admission tickets are $10 for a family (two adults and two children or one adult and three children), $5 for adults, and $2 for youth and/or senior citizens...Reserve seats are $10 each...Anyone showing a football ticket from the WSU-Illinois game can buy a general admission seat for $1...All tickets are available by calling 1-800-GO COUGS...WSU students may use their 1998-99 WSU Sports Passes for admission.
FIRST SERVE ON TAP FOR COUGS: The Cougar Challenge Tournament will be the start the 1998 season for the Washington State University volleyball team...WSU features only one returning starter, senior All-Pac-10 selection, Jennifer Stinson...five freshmen and two junior college transfers will make their debuts in crimson and gray and WSU will also introduce volleyball fans to the Sport Court at Beasley Coliseum where the Cougs will play for the next two years while Bohler Gym is renovated.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT TEAMS: The ninth annual Cougar Challenge Volleyball Tournament, sponsored this season by Les Schwab Tires, features exciting action with three players from the 1997 Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team return for the 1998 tourney - Gonzaga's Nicole Lamoure and Diane Pascua, and Washington State's Jennifer Stinson.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs finished with a 9-21 record last year, 3-11 for seventh in the West Coast Conference...top returnees include Nicole Lamoure (6-0, Sr., setter), and Diane Pascua (5-10, Sr., OH)...GU opens its 1998 season Sept. 1 against Whitworth College...coach Eva Windlin-Jansen tallied a 14-24 record after two seasons with the Zags...WSU leads the series 20-8.
Louisville: The Cardinals ended 1997 with a 16-12 record, 13-3 for first in their division of Conference USA...all-conference selections senior Sonya Gubaidulina (6-4, MB) and Kelly McClain (5-11, So. OH) lead the redbirds...Marina Sinichenko (6-2, Sr., OH) tallied 28 kills in their alumni exhibition last week...U of L sports two Russian players and one from China...Leonid Yelin has a 42-17 record after two years at Louisville - 156-52 / 7 year career record...this is the first meeting between the Cardinals and the Cougs.
Utah: The Utes finished 1997 with a 22-9 record, fourth in the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division at 9-5...top returnees include All-WAC players Sara Shakula (5-11, Sr., OH) and Stacie Greenwalt (6-1, Jr., MB), and WAC Freshman of the Year Kalani Tonga (6-1, So., MB)...the Utes open the season on Sept. 1 with a home match against Idaho State...Utah is coached by Beth Launiere (137-118, 8 years)...Washington State leads the series 7-1 including a 3-1 win at Spikeoff Spokane last fall.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: WSU is ranked 22nd in USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) pre-season poll...in the same poll, Utah and Louisville also received votes but did not crack the top 25...the Volleyball Magazine pre-season poll lists the Cougars at 17th.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Cindy Fredrick begins her tenth season at WSU with a 184-113 record after nine seasons at WSU (.620)...Fredrick's overall collegiate record after 13 seasons is 270-173 (.609)...assisting Fredrick is her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (tenth year), and Shannon Hoyt (first year).
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 a match 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.
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. LIVEWSU VOLLEYBALL RADIO SCHEDULE: Alex Webster returns as the Cougar volleyball play-by-play announcer on KRPL-AM Radio (1400), Moscow, Idaho. Don't miss any of the exciting action of Cougar volleyball on the road 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. South Carolina at Disney World 8:45 a.m. Nov. 28 Sat. Florida at Disney World 10:45 a.m. NCAA Championship Tournament Matches TBANEXT WEEK: WSU travels to Provo, Utah, to meet #8 Brigham Young Sept. 10, and then takes on #2 Long Beach State Sept. 12, at Provo.