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Release: 10/31/2005
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Oct. 31, 2005

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COUGAR VOLLEYBALL HOSTS BAY AREA CONFERENCE TEAMS: The Washington State volleyball team, 8-16 overall, 1-10 in Pacific-10 Conference action, plays a pair of ranked Pac-10 schools from the Bay Area at home in Bohler Gym...Thursday night, Nov. 3, No. 18 California (14-6, 7-4) and Friday night No. 4 Stanford (20-3, 9-2) will take on the Cougs in 7 p.m. matches at Bohler Gym...previously this season Cal and Stanford both defeated WSU 3-0 (10/7 and 10/8)...this is the next to last weekend of home volleyball for the WSU team.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his second season at WSU (13-42 career record)...WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry (second year) and Ken Ko (first year).

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: WSU lost at Arizona State 32-30, 30-12, 25-30, 30-26 and at No. 9 Arizona 30-18, 31-33, 30-19, 30-15...Natalia Owens led the Cougars with a career-high 21 kills and 12 digs against ASU while Te'Ara Epps had seven blocks and Maureen Perez had 47 assists and 13 digs...Kelly Rosin added 11 kills and Jen Barcus had 12 kills...Jalen Pendon set the school record with 35 digs in a match at ASU...the next night No. 9 Arizona defeated WSU 30-18, 31-33, 30-19, 30-15...Rosin led the Cougs with 12 kills and Epps had seven blocks...Perez had 25 assists and 14 digs while Pendon added 15 digs.

PENDON SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR MATCH DIGS: Jalen Pendon's 35 digs at Arizona State broke the school record for digs in a match...in the earlier match against ASU at Pullman, the freshman libero tied the record of 34 digs in a match held by Kortney Jamtaas (2002 vs. Stanford)...her 410 digs is fourth-best in single season totals.

COUGARS AT HUSKIES TO BE TELEVISED LIVE: Fox Sports Northwest will broadcast the Washington State at Washington match Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. from Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

ABOUT NO. 18 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (14-6, 7-4) - California's Pac-10 losses had only been to teams ranked above it until last weekend's five-game loss to Oregon State in Berkeley...Golden Bears are led by Angie Pressey (4.43 kpg - 3rd Pac-10), Morgan Beck (3.21 kpg), Ellen Orchard (1.14 bpg - 4th Pac-10), Alicia Powers (1.13 bpg - 9th Pac-10), Samantha Carter (13.12 apg - 3rd Pac-10, 0.44 ace per game - 4th Pac-10) and Jillian Davis (4.56 dpg - 3rd Pac-10)...Head Coach Rich Feller (112-85, 7 years at Cal; 411-252, 21-year career record)...LAST TIME - Cal defeated WSU 3-0 (30-16, 30-26, 30-23) Oct. 8, 2005 at Berkeley without the services of Pressey (hamstring)...SERIES RECORD - California leads the series with WSU 23-21-1...WSU's last win over Cal in Pullman was Nov. 15, 2002 (3-0).

ABOUT NO. 4 STANFORD CARDINAL (15-3, 7-2) - The defending national champions, Stanford's only losses have come against No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Washington and No. 12 Arizona...freshman OH Cynthia Barboza (4.50 kpg, 2nd Pac-10) tore her ACL in the Oct. 21 match at Cal and is out for the remainder of the season...Kristin Richards (4.21 kpg - 5th Pac-10, 0.39 ace per game - 7th Pac-10), freshman Foluke Akinradewo (4.16 kpg, 6th Pac-10, .407 hpct - 2nd Pac-10, 1.07 bpg), Bryn Kehoe (14.30 apg - 2nd Pac-10, 0.47 ace per game - 3rd Pac-10), Courtney Schultz (3.96 dpg - 6th Pac-10)...Head Coach John Dunning (140-23, 5 years at SU; 577-125, 22 years)...LAST TIME - Stanford defeated WSU 3-0 at Stanford (30-12, 30-16, 30-24) Oct. 7, 2005...SERIES RECORD - Stanford leads 36-3...all three WSU wins have come in Pullman, the last time was Nov. 16, 2002 (3-1).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Kim Glass, Arizona 4.91 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Alesha Deesing, Washington .456)
Assists - 7th Gwen Davis 8.25 apg (Courtney Thompson, Washington 14.85 apg)
Service Aces - no WSU player (Mira Djuric, Oregon 0.61 sapg)
Digs - 2nd Jalen Pendon 4.77 dpg (Sydney Donahue, Arizona State 6.08 dpg)
Blocks - 3rd Natalia Owens 1.31 bpg, 5th Jen Barcus 1.26 bpg (Alesha Deesing, Washington 1.43 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Kim Glass, Arizona 5.86 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 12.73 kpg (Washington 17.29 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .155 (Washington .363)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 7th at .213 (Washington .113)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.44 apg (Stanford 15.84 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 8th at 1.36 sapg (Washington 1.92 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 5th at 16.26 dpg (USC 18.28 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 1st at 3.44 bpg

CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
Individual Conference Only Matches (Leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Kim Glass, Arizona 5.30 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradeqo, Stanford .412)
Assists - 9th Gwen Davis 7.60 apg (Courtney Thompson, Washington 14.61 apg)
Service Aces - no WSU player (Kaitlin Sather, UCLA 0.60 sapg)
Digs - 3rd Jalen Pendon 4.92 dpg (Debora Seilhamer, USC 7.06 dpg)
Blocks - 2nd Te'Ara Epps 1.56 bpg, 9th Jen Barcus 1.13 bpg (Nana Meriwether, UCLA 1.62 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Kim Glass, Arizona 6.25 ppg)

CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
Team Conference Only Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.59 kpg (Washington 17.03 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 9th at .115 (Washington .324)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 9th at .277 (Washington .137)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 10.43 apg (Arizona 15.77 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.92 sapg (Arizona State 1.82 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 8th at 15.59 dpg (USC 18.57 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 2nd at 3.09 bpg (Washington 3.46 bpg)

BLOCKING, BLOCKING, BLOCKING: After 22 matches, the Cougars have a 3.44 bpg average which is the best of the Pac-10 schools...last week's 3.51 bpg was ranked seventh-best nationally with No. 1 Nebraska's 4.21 bpg leading the nation...three players average more than one block per game and have played in at least 66 of WSU's 86 games: Natalia Owens (1.31 bpg), Jen Barcus (1.26 bpg) and Brittany Johnson (0.89 bpg)...Te'Ara Epps (1.58 bpg) has played in 48 games...WSU's 2004 average was 2.35 bpg...2004 national champions Stanford had a 3.32 bpg average.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i continues it domination of the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 7,212 in the 15 home matches of 2005...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington with 2,377 fans in six home matches (8th)...Washington State has a nine-match average of 787 fans, including the 1,478 fans at the WSU-UW match Sept. 23.

COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS:

Career Block Solos
1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 196
8. Carrie Gilley (1990-93) 50
9. Jen Barcus (2002-05) 37

Career Block Assists
1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 421
2. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 394
8. Carrie Gilley (1990-93) 311
9. Jen Barcus (2002-05) 297

Career Total Blocks
1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 617
2. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 492
8. Carrie Gilley (1990-93) 361
9. Jen Barcus (2002-05) 334

Single Season Digs
1. Kortney Jamtaas (2002) 469
2. Beth Welch (1988) 419
3. Cindy Baker (1988) 413
4. Jalen Pendon (2005) 410

Single Season Block Assists
1. Joanne Johnson (1992) 167
10. Carrie Gilley (1993) 114
Natalia Owens (2005) 97
Jen Barcus (2005) 91

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, Jr, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) Three-year starter...named to UC Davis Aggie Invite All-Tournament Team...named to SLU Billikens Classic All-Tournament Team...leading the team with 3.17 kpg and .298 hitting percentage...in 3-1 win over Arizona State, reached career-high 22 kills, hit .333 and had seven blocks...in 3-2 win at Saint Louis had 19 kills (.548), nine blocks, one ace and three digs...fifth in Pac-10 at 1.26 blocks per game...career-high 12 digs versus UC Davis...16 kills, no errors on 35 attacks for .457 against Gonzaga...four aces at EWU...double-figure kills in 14 of 20 matches...five or more blocks in 11 matches...in WSU career standings ninth in career solo blocks (37), career block assists (297) and total blocks (334)...missed Oct. 13 and 14 matches due to viral infection.

# 8 Jessie Camp (6-1, OH, Jr, Gresham, Ore.) Battled injuries much of WSU career...named to 2005 Baden Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...tied career-high of 12 kills vs. Buffalo...reached career-high 9 blocks in 3-2 win at Saint Louis...season-high 13 digs in win over ASU...averaging 1.61 kpg and 0.48 bpg.

# 3 Gwen Davis (6-0, S, RS-Jr, Walla Walla, Wash.) First year playing at WSU...49 assists and 15 digs against UC Davis...six blocks including three solos versus Toledo...six kills, 16 digs and four aces in Buffalo win...career-high 51 assists in win at Gonzaga...tied for first on team with service ace average of 0.28 sapg...assists per game average of 8.25 is seventh Pac-10 standings...suffered brachial plexus irritation which caused neck pain at Oregon State match Oct. 21 and missed ASU and UA matches Oct. 27-28.

#7 Te'Ara Epps (6-1, MB, Sr, Tulare, Calif.) A transfer from Div. II Cal State Los Angeles...made Cougar debut in the 3-1 win over Oral Roberts, garnering 10 kills (.308 hpct) and 8 blocks...after sitting out WSU's first five matches with an abdominal strain, Epps broke a bone in her thumb 9/9 and did seen action until 9/23 UW match...had 16 kills (.500) with six blocks vs. Gonzaga...career-best 10 blocks (3 solo, 7 assists) against Oregon 10/22...leads team with 13 solo blocks this season...in 48 games, averaging 1.83 kpg and 1.58 bpg.

#17 Adetokunbo Faleti (5-10, OH, Jr, Arlington, Texas) Redshirting 2005 season.

#5 Carly Hayashikawa (5-5, L/DS, So, Waikoloa, Hawai'i) Had career-high 13 digs in Oral Roberts match...landed two aces in both ORU and Buffalo wins...suffered ACL knee injury in practice Sept. 24 and had surgical repair Oct. 7...will miss rest of season.

#19 Brittany Johnson (5-9, OH, Fr, Phoenix, Ariz) Enrolled at WSU in January 2005...participated in spring drills...missed the Portland match after suffering an ankle sprain during preseason practice...landed career-high 15 kills at Oregon State 10/22...had 10 kills and nine digs in win over ASU...eight blocks versus Middle Tennessee State...landed 10 kills against No. 22 UCLA...averaging 0.89 bpg in 66 games.

#10 April Lott (6-0, MB, Jr, Kennewick, Wash.) Seen action in 29 games...career-high 13 digs in win over Buffalo.

#9 Natalia Owens (6-1, MB, Sr, Lima, Peru) Named to UC Davis Aggie Invite All-Tournament Team...against UC Davis landed 16 kills (.357), three aces, 26 digs and 12 blocks...named to Baden Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...landed high of career-high 21 kills at ASU...had seven double-doubles with kills and digs this season...1.31 bpg is third in Pac-10...3.06 kpg and 4.01 points per game are second on team.

#4 Jalen Pendon (5-8, OH, Fr, Spanaway, Wash.) Enrolled at WSU in January 2005...starting libero...averaging 4.77 digs per game which is second-best in Pac-10...set school record with 35 digs in the ASU match 10/27/05...had tied school record with 34 digs in 3-1 win over ASU 10/1...had double-figure digs in 22 of WSU's 24 matches this year and had 20 or more digs nine times...season total of 410 digs is fourth-best in WSU single-season records...landed aces in Portland.

#22 Maureen Perez (5-8, S, So, Vancouver, Wash.) Transfer from Central Florida University...sometimes combines with Gwen Davis to run a 6-2 offense...had 14 digs against Idaho State...during second game of Idaho match, caught a teammate's elbow in face and had stitches and a swollen, black left eye for a week...career-high 47 assists at Arizona State 10/27...averaging 5.46 assists per game and 1.98 digs per game in 57 games.

#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, Jr, Springfield, Ore.) Three-year starter...nailed 18 kills and four blocks versus Gonzaga...season-high six blocks in win over Oral Roberts...2.31 kpg and 2.58 points per game are third highest on team....10 kills and 10 digs in Gonzaga 9/24 match...landed another 10 kills against No. 17 USC.

#16 Kelly Russell (6-0, OH/MB, Fr, Grangeville, Idaho) Walk-on...two kills and four blocks in win over Oakland...five blocks in 3-2 win over Saint Louis...started in place of ill Jen Barcus for USC and UCLA matches...landed six blocks against No. 17 USC...played in 16 games for 1.06 bpg.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (5-3, L/DS, Fr, Camas, Wash.) Late addition walk-on...played in 63 games as defensive specialist...one ace and 13 digs in 3-1 win over Arizona State 10/1...10 digs at Oregon 10/22...averages 1.73 dpg.

OCTOBER MEANS THE ABC CAMPAIGN: Cougar volleyball and the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies, have joined together for the Attacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pledge Drive for the fourth consecutive year...October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cougar players will be collecting monetary pledges for each attack which results in a kill (and a point) for WSU during the 11 matches this month which totaled 365 kills...a total of $1,645.80 was collected in 2004, $1,623.35 in 2003, and $1,019 in 2002...players wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

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