Nov. 2, 2009
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL PLANNING A WHITE-OUT: The No. 24 Washington State volleyball team (16-6, 5-6), coming off a pair of conference losses in the desert looks to jump back into the win column with home matches against No. 13 California (13-8, 6-5) Friday, Nov. 6, and No. 5 Stanford (15-6, 8-3) Saturday, Nov. 7...both matches begin at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym...both matches will be webcast online live on Cougar All-Access.
FREE T-SHIRTS FOR WHITEOUT BOHLER THIS WEEKEND: All fans are encouraged to wear white shirts to both matches in Bohler this weekend...the first 250 fans reporting to the contest area inside Bohler Gym each night will receive a white Cougar Volleyball t-shirt...the first 1000 fans to the contest area wearing a white shirt will receive a Cougar rally towel.
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 26-25 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 265-166...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 to 24th in the Nov. 2 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll...Pac-10 schools ranked this week include No. 4 Washington, t-No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 UCLA, No. 13 California, No. 14 Oregon, No. 17 USC, and No. 18 Arizona...also receiving votes in this week's poll is Oregon State (33rd)...defending national champion Penn State is ranked No. 1...for the weekly poll, go to www.avca.org.
PAC-10 2009 STANDINGS (as of 11/2/09) (Nat. Ranking) Conference Overall Streak Washington (4) 9-2 19-2 Won 2 UCLA (7) 8-3 18-6 Won 5 Stanford (t-5) 8-3 15-6 Lost 1 California (13) 6-5 13-8 Won 4 Oregon (14) 5-5 15-5 Won 1 Washington State (24) 5-6 16-6 Lost 2 Arizona (18) 5-6 16-5 Won 1 USC (17) 4-7 15-8 Lost 2 Oregon State 2-8 11-11 Lost 5 Arizona State 2-9 12-11 Lost 1
WSU VOLLEYBALL WEBCASTS: WSU Sports Video Deptartment is live-streaming seven home matches this season as webcasts through the subscription service Cougar All-Access on the official WSU website, wsucougars.com...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.
MEET THIS WEEK'S WSU VOLLEYBALL OPPONENTS: ABOUT THE NO. 13 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (13-8, 6-5): The Bears split over the weekend, losing at home to No. 11 UCLA 3-1, and defeating No. 16 USC 3-1...all eight Cal losses this season have been to teams ranked in the current poll except the opening loss to UC Irvine...California is led by 6-4 Sr. OH Hana Cutura (5.03 kps, 1st Pac-10 & 3rd NCAA; .312 hpct., 9th Pac-10, 5.52 pps, 1st Pac-10 & 4th NCAA), 6-3 Sr. MH Mindi Wiley (2.54 kps, .379 hpct., 4th Pac-10, and 1.10 bps, 8th Pac-10), 5-11 Jr. setter Cari Lloyd (11.23 aps, 4th Pac-10), and 5-6 Sr. DS/L Kristen Kathan (3.72 dps, 6th Pac-10)...Head Coach Rich Feller (204-123, 11 years at Cal; 503-290, 25 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 10, 2009, Cal won 3-0 in Berkeley...SERIES RECORD - California leads 31-21-1 (WSU streak -13)...in matches played in Pullman, WSU leads 13-9...last WSU defeat of Cal was Nov. 15, 2002 (3-0).
ABOUT THE NO. 5 STANFORD CARDINAL (15-6, 8-3* pending 11/6 match vs. No. 4 Washington): Coming off a split weekend with a win over No. 16 USC (3-1) and a loss to No. 11 UCLA (3-2)...the Cardinal are six-time national champions and 2007 and 2008 NCAA runners-up...SU is led by 6-4, Jr. OH Alix Klineman (3.96 kps, 6th Pac-10, 4.59 pps, 6th Pac-10), 6-1 Jr. OH/S Cassidy Lichtman (3.30 kps), 6-3 Sr. MB Janet Okogbaa (1.33 bps, 2nd Pac-10, and .379 hpct., 3rd Pac-10), and 5-7 Jr. libero Gabi Ailes (5.12 dps, 2nd Pac-10)...Head Coach John Dunning (254-43, 9 years at SU; 691-145, 25 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 9, 2009, Stanford defeated WSU 3-1 at Stanford...SERIES RECORD - Stanford leads 44-3 (WSU streak -13)...Stanford leads 20-3 in Pullman...last WSU win was Nov. 16, 2002 in Pullman (3-1).
COUGARS 38TH IN LATEST NCAA VOLLEYBALL RPI: In the NCAA Ratings Performance Index (RPI) for matches through Nov. 1, Washington State is ranked 38th...among Pac-10 schools listed in the top 40 are: Washington 5th, UCLA 7th, Stanford 9th, California 11th, Arizona 13th, Oregon 15th, and USC 33rd...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.
MORE VOLLEYBALL POLLS: In the Nov. 2 Rich Kern (richkern.com) poll, Washington State is 25th...in the Pablo Rankings, the Cougars are 28th...the Volleyball Magazine rankings from Oct. 27 had WSU at 20th.
NOTEWORTHY FACTS ABOUT THE 2009 WASHINGTON STATE VOLLEYBALL TEAM:
NCAA Statistics (for matches played through 10/11) - Renee Bordelon's 11.40 assists per set is 11th-best nationally; Cassie Robbins is 29th with 1.26 blocks per set; WSU team is 21st in kills per set (13.82), 24th in assists per set (12.74)
Diggin' it UP! - WSU has two players in the Pac-10 top 10 for digs per set - Oceana Bush is 3rd (4.74 dps), and Kelly Hyder is 9th (3.13 dps)...as a team, WSU is 4th (16.25 dps)
Five Conference Wins - first time since 2003
Looooong time since - first time WSU has had more wins than losses at end of 1st half of Pac-10 since 1998
National news - The 2009 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)
More National love for Cougs - Nice blurb about the Cougars at this website - www.ncaa.com/blog/2009d1wvb/2009/10/highlights-from-the-weekend-oc-2.html
Gains by Ganzer - WSU's sophomore MB Meagan Ganzer leads the team in Pac-10 matches with 3.38 kps...she is also the team overall leader with 3.08 kps
Racking up the 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
Triples and Doubles - WSU is 5-2 in matches where three players are in double-figure kills and 2-1 in matches where four hitters have double-digit kills
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 Pac-10 team was in November 2004 (3-2 win over No. 6 USC in Pullman)
Memorable Pac-10 Start - WSU 3-0 win over Oregon State in Corvallis 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 2009 start of 12-0 equaled the best start since 1997 (16-0, adv. 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 2-0 in five-set matches in 2009...in 2008 the Cougs were 5-0 in five-set matches
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
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