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WSU Volleyball Ends Disappointing Season
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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November 30, 1998

 12-14 Overall, 8-10 Pac-10
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
9/22	W	Idaho 3-0
9/25	L	*Washington 2-3
10/2	L	*Stanford 0-3
10/4	W	*California 3-2
10/9	W	*Oregon State 3-0
10/11	W	*Oregon 3-0
10/16	W	#8 *USC 3-1
10/18	L	*UCLA 0-3
10/23	L	*Washington 2-3
10/30	W	*California 3-0
11/1	L	#5 *Stanford 0-3
11/6	W	*Oregon 3-1
11/8	W	*Oregon State 3-1
11/13	L	#16 *UCLA 1-3
11/15	L	#11 *USC 0-3
11/20	L	*Arizona State 1-3
11/22	L	#19 *Arizona 2-3
11/27	W	! South Carolina 3-0
11/28	L	! Florida 0-3

Home matches are Bold Les Schwab Cougar Challenge * Pac-10 Conferences matches ! Disney World SEC-Pac-10 Conf. Challenge Tournament

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL SEASON WRAP-UP: Wendy Rouse named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention Five seniors named to Pac-10 All-Academic Teams Jen Stinson named CoSIDA District VIII Academic All-America Stinson becomes 7th player in WSU history to have 1,000 kills First win at USC since 1986

COUGS END DISAPPOINTING SEASON: Even though the Washington State volleyball team finished tied for fifth in Pac-10 Conference final standings, the Cougars ended the season with a below .500 overall record and was not eligible for post-season play for the first time since 1990...the expanded 64-team NCAA Championship Tournament could only invite four teams from the Pac-10, a far cry from last year's six Pac-10 teams among the 48 NCAA participants...this is the lowest number of Pac-10 schools since the four invited in 1992, a 32-team draw...this is the first losing season for Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick since 1990, her second season on the Palouse.

FINAL PAC-10 STANDINGS
(* NCAA Championship Tournament Selection):

Conference Overall
Stanford * 17-1 25-3
USC * 16-2 22-5
UCLA * 13-5 15-11
Arizona * 12-6 21-6
Washington State 8-10 12-14
Arizona State 8-10 11-14
Washington 7-11 9-15
Oregon State 3-15 13-16
Oregon 3-15 8-23
California 3-15 7-22

LAST WEEK: In Orlando for the SEC-Pac-10 Conference Challenge Tournament, WSU soundly defeated the University of South Carolina 15-9, 15-11, 15-5...Wendy Rouse had 21 kills (hit .400), seven digs and five blocks...Joy Sperry tallied 10 kills, hitting .500 in the three games...USC's Milica Perovic had 11 kills and Cally Plummer added 10 kills and three service aces to South Carolina's losing cause...WSU dominated the Gamecocks from start to finish in the match, out-hitting USC .296 to .087, out-blocked the SEC squad 12 to 5 and limited the national service aces leader to half their average...in the other first day match, #4 Florida defeated Washington 15-10, 15-6, 15-12...Saturday, Nov. 28, Washington defeated South Carolina 15-5, 15-13, 15-7...#4 Florida downed the Cougars 15-2, 15-11, 15-6...WSU's Rouse was the only Coug in double-figures with 10 kills and led the team with five blocks...WSU hit a mere .055 while the Gators hit .319...Florida's Jenny Manz led all players with 19 kills, hitting .469, and had 10 digs and five blocks...Heather Wright tallied 12 kills, hitting .444, and had five blocks...UF's Jenni Keene chipped in 10 kills and the match-leading 12 digs...Cougars Wendy Rouse and Colleen Smith were named to the six-player all-tournament team, joining Florida's Wright and Washington's Kristina Laffling and Leslie Tuiasosopo...Manz was named the tournament MVP...this match marked the final competition for five Cougar seniors: Wendy Rouse (Reno, Nev.), Samantha Spink (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), Lucie Vratnickova (Brno, Czech Republic), Kim Kleven (Spokane, Wash.), and the injured Jennifer Stinson (Davenport, Wash.) who should join the Cougar basketball team sometime in December.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Cindy Fredrick has a 196-127 record after her 10th season at WSU (.601)Fredrick's overall collegiate record in 14 seasons is 282-187 (.601)...assisting Fredrick is her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (tenth year), and Shannon Hoyt (first year).

ABOUT THE COUGARS:

Jennifer Stinson (6-1, senior, MB, Davenport, Wash.) named first team Pac-10 All-Academic Team...earned first team GTE/CoSIDA District VIII All-Academic team...dislocated her left ankle in practice 10/22 - had soft cast, then walking boot...served once in the USC game 11/15...led WSU with 4.15 kills per game and 1.45 blocks per gamehad a .318 hitting percentage...seventh Cougar in school history to nail 1000 kills in a career - career total 1,006 kills...MVP of the Cougar Challenge Tournament...moves to the WSU basketball team for two years now that volleyball season over.

Wendy Rouse (6-3, senior, LS, Reno, Nev.) named honorable mention All-Pac-10...named second team Pac-10 All-Academic team...named to Disney SEC-PAC-10 Challenge all-tournament team...fifth-year seniormoved into Stinson's MB spot since Washington match...scored career-high 25 kills (.429) at Oregon...season-best ten blocks at Arizona...second on team with 3.72 kills per game (10th in Pac-10) and third with 2.19 digs per gamealso recorded 21 kills in USC upset win...hit .480 vs. Long Beach State and .469 against Cal and .400 vs. So. Carolina...named Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team.

Colleen Smith (6-6, sophomore, RS, Albuquerque, NM) named to Disney SEC-PAC-10 Challenge all-tournament team...alternated playing time with Lucie Vratnickova in the Cougar lineupslammed career-high 16 kills at Oregon, hitting .500...averages 2.25 kills per game and 0.76 blocks per game...scooped up season-high eight digs at Arizona.

Samantha Spink (5-9, senior, Setter, Coeur d'Alene, Id.) named first team Pac-10 All-Academic Team...2.73 digs per game leads team (9th in Pac-10)...also 0.77 blocks per game...tallies 12.06 assists per game (9th in Pac-10).her 22 digs against Gonzaga is a career-best...she had six blocks against Utah, Arizona State and #8 USC...very tough kid who plays through numerous injuries.

Kim Kleven (senior, DS, Spokane, Wash.) named second team Pac-10 All-Academic Team...had a career-high 13 digs at Cal and 11 digs against #2 Long Beach State...became part of the Cougar starting six when Pac-10 competition started...drilled three services aces at Cal and next match versus Oregon.

Alicia Erickson (6-4, freshman, middle/outside hitter, Henderson, Nev.) averaged 1.21 blocks per game - 9th in Pac-10...had nine blocks at Idaho and again at Arizona...tallied an impressive five blocks against #2 Long Beach State...in five games at UW, had 6 kills in 11 attacks with no errors for .545 Hpct...also hit .500 at Cal...career-high 15 kills came against Cal where she hit .481...only plays front row as she subs in for DS starter, Kleven.

Joy Sperry (6-1, junior LS, Wallace, Id.) played best at end of the season...at Arizona State tallied career-high 23 kills, .463, with 12 digs...at Arizona match had 19 kills, hit .310 and tied career-high 22 digs...at USC had 16 kills, 15 digs...also had 14 kills, .414 hpct, 13 digs and five blocks vs. Oregon...hitting arm elbow taped for sensitive Ulnar nerve.

Lucie Vratnickova (6-1, senior, OH, Czech Republic) named honorable mention on Pac-10 All-Academic Team...started majority of last season in front row in place of Colleen Smith...had career-highs of three service aces and 10 digs against Oregon...career-high seven kills at Stanford.

Missy Blackshire (5-10, freshman OH, Spokane, Wash.) saw increased playing time as season progressed...tallied career-high 20 kills at Oregon State...had 13 kills and hit .407 at Oregon...lethal jump serve...tied with Spink behind Rouse for serving.

Kristen Johnson (5-11, freshman, OH, Olympia, Wash.) subbed in at right side in Washington match when Rouse moved into Stinson's MB spot...tallied 17 kills and 11 digs against Washington...had three blocks vs. USC in Pullman.

Cougar All-Time Career Records

SOLO BLOCKS 1. Carrie Couturier ('88-91) 196 5. Joanne Johnson ('91-93) 69 6. Jen Stinson ('95-98) 59 BLOCK ASSISTS 1. Carrie Couturier ('88-91) 421 2. Sarah Silvernail ('93-96) 394 3. Jen Stinson ('95-98) 360 TOTAL BLOCKS 1. Carrie Couturier ('88-91) 617 3. Laurie VanDiest ('84-87) 440 4. Jen Stinson ('95-98) 419 KILLS 1. Sarah Silvernail ('93-96) 1848 6. Laurie VanDiest ('84-87) 1033 7. Jen Stinson ('95-98) 1006

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Washington State University had 15,461 fans attend 12 home matches this season for an average of 1,288 fans per match, 16th-best in the nation...the Pac-10 Conference volleyball coaches and administrators will be evaluating the Friday-Sunday match schedule and vote whether to continue with the current format, return to Friday-Saturday matches, or look at another format for the 1999 season.

NLI DATE: The 1999 National Letter of Intent signing dates for volleyball is February 3 through August 1, 1999.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY VOLLEYBALL
1998 SEASON AND CAREER SUPERLATIVES
Final Revision:  Nov. 30, 1998

#2 MISSY BLACKSHIRE Fr. Outside Hitter Season Highs Kills: 20 (Oregon State 11/8) Service Aces: 2 (three times) Digs: 12 (three times) Total Blocks: 3 (Cal. 10/4, OSU 11/8)

#15 ALICIA ERICKSON Fr. Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter Season Highs Kills: 15 (California 10/30) Service Aces: 0 Digs: 2 (five times) Total Blocks: 9 (Idaho 9/22, Arizona 11/22)

#13 KRISTEN JOHNSON Fr. Outside Hitter Season Highs Kills: 17 (Washington 10/23) Service Aces: 2 (Washington 10/23) Digs: 11 (Washington 10/23) Total Blocks: 3 (USC 11/15)

#16 KIM KLEVEN Sr. Defensive Specialist Season Highs Kills: 1 (four times) Service Aces: 3 (three times) Digs: 13 (California, 10/4) Total Blocks: 1 (Oregon, 10/11) Career Highs Kills: 1 (four times) Service Aces: 3 (three times 1998) Digs: 13 (California 1998) Total Blocks: 1 (Oregon 1998)

#14 KERRY LEWIS Fr. Defensive Specialist Season Highs Kills: 0 Service Aces: 0 Digs: 1 (BYU 9/10) Total Blocks: 0

#8 MARY LUHRS Jr. Defensive Specialist Season Highs Kills: 0 Service Aces: 0 Digs: 0 Total Blocks: 0 #1 STACEY MILLER Fr. Setter Season Highs Kills: 0 Service Aces: 0 Digs: 0 Total Blocks: 0

#6 WENDY ROUSE Sr. Left Side Hitter Season Highs Kills: 25 (Oregon 11/6) Service Aces: 3 (Louisville 9/5) Digs: 15 (Washington 9/25) Total Blocks: 10 (Arizona 11/22) Career Highs Kills: 25 (Oregon 11/6) Service Aces: 3 (USC 1997, Louisville 1998) Digs: 15 (Washington 1998) Total Blocks: 10 (twice - 1997, 1998)

#11 COLLEEN SMITH So. Right Side Hitter Season Highs Kills: 16 (Oregon 11/6) Service Aces: 3 (Utah 9/4) Digs: 8 (Arizona 11/22) Total Blocks: 8 (Utah 9/4) Career Highs Kills: 16 (Oregon 1998) Service Aces: 3 (Utah 1998) Digs: 8 (Arizona 1998) Total Blocks: 9 (California 1997)

#5 JOY SPERRY Jr. Left Side Hitter Season Highs Kills: 23 (Arizona State 11/20) Service Aces: 2 (USC 10/16, Oregon 11/6) Digs: 22 (UW 10/23, Arizona 11/22) Total Blocks: 5 (Oregon 10/11, Arizona 11/22)

#9 SAMANTHA SPINK Sr. Setter Season Highs Kills: 9 (USC 10/16) Assists: 71 (Oregon 11/6) Service Aces: 3 (Washington 10/23) Digs: 22 (Gonzaga 9/5) Total Blocks: 6 (Utah 9/4, ASU 9/20, USC 10/16) WSU Career Highs Kills: 9 (USC 1998) Assists: 71 (Oregon 1998) Service Aces: 3 (Washington 1998) Digs: 22 (Gonzaga 1998) Total Blocks: 6 (three times 1998)

#12 JENNIFER STINSON Sr. Middle Blocker Season Highs Kills: 30 (Utah 9/4) Service Aces: 2 (Louisville 9/5) Digs: 11 (Gonzaga 9/5) Total Blocks: 13 (USC 10/16) Career Highs Kills: 30 (Utah 1998) Service Aces: 5 (Oregon State 1997) Digs: 16 (USC 1996) Total Blocks: 13 (USC 10/16)

#10 LUCIE VRATNICKOVA Sr. Outside Hitter Season Highs Kills: 7 (Stanford 10/2) Service Aces: 3 (Oregon 10/11) Digs: 10 (Utah 9/4, Oregon 10/11) Total Blocks: 4 (Oregon State 10/9) Career Highs Kills: 7 (Stanford 1998) Service Aces: 3 (Oregon 1998) Digs: 10 (Utah, Oregon 1998) Total Blocks: 4 (Oregon State 1998)

WSU TEAM HIGHS 1998: Kills: 83 (USC 10/16) Hitting Pct: .376 (Oregon 11/6) Assists: 76 (USC 10/16, Oregon 11/6) Service Aces: 10 (Oregon 11/6) Digs: 84 (Washington 10/23) Total Blocks: 21 (Arizona 11/22)

OPPONENT TEAM HIGHS 1998: Kills: 89, USC 10/16 Hitting Pct: .390, Louisville 9/5 Assists: 81, USC 10/16, Arizona 11/22 Service Aces: 12, UCLA 11/13 Digs: 87, Arizona 11/22 Total Blocks: 21, Washington 9/25

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