Sept. 6, 2005
COUGARS HOME FOR BADEN COUGAR CHALLENGE: The Washington State volleyball team, 2-2 on the season, hosts the Baden Cougar Challenge Tournament this weekend...joining WSU are teams from Oral Roberts (1-2), University at Buffalo (4-1), and Idaho (4-2) for the two-day tourney being contested at Bohler Gym...tournament culminates with the Border Battle between Washington State and Idaho...UI Vandals are the only non-conference WSU foe that participated in the 2004 NCAA Championship Tournament...WSU will take on six Pac-10 squads, playing each twice, from the 2004 NCAAs, including the defending national champs, Stanford.
BADEN COUGAR CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:
Friday, September 9
5:30 p.m. Idaho vs. Buffalo
7:30 p.m. WSU vs. Oral Roberts
Saturday, September 10
11:00 a.m. WSU vs. Buffalo
1:00 p.m. Idaho vs. Oral Roberts
5:30 p.m. Oral Roberts vs. Buffalo
7:30 p.m. WSU vs. Idaho
TOURNAMENT TICKETS - Per day prices for General admission tickets are Adults $7 each, Youth, Seniors and Students $3 each, and a Family ticket (two adults and two children or one adult and three children) is $14.
COUGARS VERSUS GONZAGA: There will be little rest for the WSU Cougars as they travel to Spokane Tues., Sept. 13, to take on Gonzaga (5-2)...Zags, who won the Gardner-Webb Over the Mountain Invite (NC) Sept. 3, play at the Montana Invite at Missoula this weekend...game time at the Martin Center is 7 p.m.
LAST WEEK: At the Howard Johnson Aggie Invite at UC Davis, WSU lost to Idaho State 3-0 (30-21, 30-24, 30-26) Friday night, defeated Toledo 3-2 (30-28, 34-32, 30-25) Saturday morning and then lost to UC Davis that night 3-2 (30-21, 27-30, 30-27, 30-32, 15-11)...Natalia Owens and Jen Barcus were named to the all-tournament team.
BADEN COUGAR CHALLENGE OPPONENTS:
ORAL ROBERTS GOLDEN EAGLES (1-2): Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, ORU is a member of the Mid-Continent Conference...win came against Stony Brook (3-1)...losses to Texas Tech (3-1) and Southern Methodist (3-1)...nine of the 12 ORU players are from foreign countries - four from Croatia and five from Brazil...Ori Zuric (6-3, Jr., OH) leads the team with a 4.33 kills per game average...Jaqueline Oliveira ( 6-1, Fr., RS) adds 3.08 kpg and Kim Snow (6-1, Jr., MB) adds 3.00 kpg...libero Cris Alves (5-10, Jr.) averages 4.75 digs per game...top blocker Joanita Souza (6-1, Fr., MB) averages a mere 0.67 blocks per game...Head Coach Sheera Sirola (50-22/3 years)...LAST TIME - Dec. 6, 2002, NCAA Tournament first round match at Pullman, WSU won 30-26, 30-17, 30-21...SERIES RECORD - tied at one win each - both in NCAA Tournament play, both in Pullman.
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO BULLS (4-1): Located in Buffalo, NY, UB is a member of the Mid-American Conference...wins have come against Marist (3-0), Maryland Eastern Shore (3-0), Army (3-2) and Colgate (3-0)...loss to University at Albany (1-3)...senior MB Katie Weekley was named to the Western New York Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 2.91 kills and 1.36 blocks in UB's three matches...junior OH Jenna Mape leads team with 3.67 kills per game...senior setter Amy Brown averages 11.28 assists per game...libero Lizaiha Garcia has a 3.61 digs per game average......first year Head Coach Jim Lodes (280-185/12 years)...SERIES RECORD - First meeting.
IDAHO VANDALS (4-2): Located eight miles east of Pullman in Moscow, Idaho, the Vandals are first-year members of the Western Athletic Conference...wins have come against Tennessee-Martin (3-0), West Virginia (3-1), Coastal Carolina (3-0) and Northeastern (3-0)...lost to Ohio (1-3) and Loyola Marymount (1-3)...senior OH Katie Ticker leads the Vandals with 3.81 kpg...redshirt freshman MB Sarah Loney brings a 1.12 blocks per game average...libero Andrea Fox has a 3.81 dpg average...setter Saxony Brown averages 11.52 assists per game...Head Coach Debbie Buchanan (78-75/6 years)...LAST TIME - Oct. 12, 2004, Idaho defeated WSU 3-1 (30-22, 15-30, 29-31, 24-30) at Moscow...SERIES RECORD - WSU leads 36-16-2 (WSU streak -2).
BLOCKFESTS: The 2005 Cougars are averaging 3.90 blocks per game after the first four matches of the season...Sat., Sept. 3, at the UC Davis Tournament, WSU had 20 team blocks against Toledo and later that same day had 22 team blocks against UC Davis...2004 national champions Stanford had a 3.32 bpg average.
HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, Jr, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) Two-year starter...named to UC Davis Aggie Invite All-Tournament Team...team kills leader with 3.13 kpg (.225)...had career-high 12 digs versus UC Davis...had seven blocks against Toledo and UC Davis...second-best server with six aces (0.40 apg).
# 8 Jessie Camp (6-1, OH, Jr, Gresham, Ore.) Battled injuries much of WSU career...averaging 2.00 kpg and 0.77 blocks per game.
# 3 Gwen Davis (6-0, S, RS-Jr, Walla Walla, Wash.) First year playing at WSU...had 49 assists and 15 digs against UC Davis...had six blocks including three solos versus Toledo.
#7 Te'Ara Epps (6-1, MB, Sr, Tulare, Calif.) A transfer from Div. III Cal State Los Angeles...suffered a strained abdomen and has not played yet this season.
#17 Adetokunbo Faleti (5-10, OH, Jr, Arlington, Texas) Redshirting 2005 season.
#5 Carly Hayashikawa (5-5, L/DS, So, Waikoloa, Hawai'i) Had 10 digs in UC Davis match.
#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...had nine kills and seven blocks against UC Davis...1.71 bpg average.
#10 April Lott (6-0, MB, Jr, Kennewick, Wash.) Providing 1.69 kpg and 1.77 dpg...had career-high eight digs versus UC Davis.
#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...2.07 bpg leads team, 2.53 kpg is second on team.
#4 Jalen Pendon (5-8, OH, Fr, Spanaway, Wash.) Enrolled at WSU in January 2005...starting libero...averaging 4.93 digs per game...highs of 24 digs came in Portland win and UC Davis loss...landed three aces in Portland.
#22 Maureen Perez (5-8, S, So, Vancouver, Wash.) Transfer from Central Florida University...averaging 9.12 assists per game...had 14 digs against Idaho State.
#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, Jr, Springfield, Ore.) Two-year starter...nailed 13 kills and five blocks versus UC Davis...2.40 kpg, 0.87 bpg and 3.07 points per game are third on team.
#16 Kelly Russell (6-0, OH/MB, Fr, Grangeville, Idaho) Walk-on...grabbed a block in Idaho State match.
#11 Stephanie Weishaar (5-3, L, Fr, Camas, Wash.) Late addition walk-on...played in 10 games...one ace and four digs versus UC Davis.
COUGS HAVE TOUGH SCHEDULE: The CSTV American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Preseason Poll, released Aug. 8, shows six of Washington State's 2005 opponents ranked in the top 19 and because they are all Pac-10 schools, the Cougs will play each school twice...the six Pac-10 Conference teams ranked in the preseason poll, including defending national champions Stanford at No. 3, includes No. 2 Washington, No. 7 Southern California, No. 13 UCLA, No. 17 Arizona and No. 19 California...go to www.avca.org for poll.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2005 season LIVE - in the Palouse on KRPL-AM radio (1400 on the AM dial) and LIVE on the Internet...second-year broadcaster JJ Jensen is the voice of Cougar volleyball radio broadcasts...for the internet connection, go to www.wsucougars.com, click on the audio/video link (left-side menu) and go to the College Sports Pass subscription information at the top of the page...fans can sign up for a monthly or year-long subscription to listen to Cougar Athletic events through the internet.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: WSU will have one match televised this season, the Oct. 21 match at Oregon State...it will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis, check your FOX Sports station for broadcast times.
JOIN THE QUICKSETS VOLLEYBALL BOOSTER CLUB: The Quicksets is an organized group of volleyball enthusiasts supporting Washington State University women's volleyball program and its student-athletes...members have activities that include the preseason welcoming picnic for the team, pre-match "Chalk Talks" with the coaches, informal snack receptions the second night of each Pac-10 home weekend, T-shirts and the Cougar Courtside newsletter, mailed several times each year...for membership levels and prices please call the WSU Volleyball Office at 509-335-0277.
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.
FIFTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: For the fifth consecutive year, the Cougar volleyball team is sponsoring a clothing drive for disadvantaged women in the area...fans are asked to bring their Gently Used Clothing and a Pair of New Hose for donation to the Pullman Community Action Center...the clothing will be donated for use by area low-income women entering or re-entering the work force and needing professional clothing...larger sizes are especially needed...donors are asked to bring their clean, gently used clothing and new pantyhose to the WSU volleyball office in Bohler Addition, room 230, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 22 and Fri., Sept. 23...donors will receive free admission to a Cougar volleyball match at Bohler Gym to be determined...more information, call the WSU Volleyball Office at 509-335-0277.
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 is 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 nine matches this month...a total of $1,645.80 was collected in 2004 for the 452 kills in 10 matches...the 2003 campaign raised $1,623.35 and the team raised $1,019 in 2002...the players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.