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Release: 10/24/2005
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Oct. 24, 2005

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COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON ROAD FOR PAC-10 SECOND HALF: The Washington State volleyball team, 8-14 overall, 1-8 in Pacific-10 Conference action, goes on the road for the second consecutive week - the only time back-to-back road weekends for WSU in league action this year...Cougs begin the second half of the Pacific-10 Conference season with matches at the desert schools...WSU at Arizona State (6-13, 1-8) is Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe...WSU meets No. 9 Arizona Friday, Oct. 28 at the McKale Center in Tucson...ASU is 4-4 at home but only 1-4 at home for Pac-10 this year...Arizona is 7-0 at home, 4-0 in conference matches this year...both matches begin at 7 p.m.

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 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 11 matches this month...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.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his second season at WSU (13-40 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 dropped a pair of matches in Oregon...Friday night Oregon State took a 30-13, 31-33, 30-20, 30-18 win...Brittany Johnson had a career-high 15 kills to lead WSU...Jen Barcus (11 kills), Jalen Pendon (21 digs), Gwen Davis (35 assists), Te'Ara Epps (5 blocks)...Saturday night Oregon swept WSU 30-25, 30-24, 31-29 for its first 2005 Pac-10 win...Cougs were led by Barcus (14 kills), Epps (10 blocks), Pendon (14 digs) and Perez (31 assists) who set in place of Davis (neck stinger).

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 (1400AM) and on the Internet at www.wsucougars.com (click on the audio/video link, go to College Sports Pass subscription information at top of page)...JJ Jensen is the voice of Cougar volleyball radio broadcasts (second year).

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (6-13, 1-8) - ASU opened the 2005 Pac-10 season with a 3-0 win against Oregon but has lost eight matches since...Nicole Morton (3.02 kpg) leads the Sun Devils offensively...other notables include Margie Giordana (2.67 kpg), Staci Smith (1.02 bpg, 0.38 aces per game T8th Pac-10), Giovana Melo (8.86 apg - T8th Pac-10), and Sydney Donahue (6.01 dpg, 2nd Pac-10)...Head Coach Brad Saindon (25-48, 3 years at ASU; 269-188, 15-year career record)...LAST TIME - WSU defeated ASU 28-30, 30-28, 32-30, 30-16 Oct. 1, 2005 in Pullman...Jen Barcus had 22 kills (.333) and 7 blocks to lead the Cougs...SERIES RECORD - Tied with 20 wins each...there have been nine five-game matches since 1986 and the Cougars have been victorious in two...overall record at Tempe is ASU 10 wins, WSU 9.

ABOUT NO. 9 ARIZONA WILDCATS (15-3, 7-2) - The Wildcats lost to No. 19 USC last weekend 3-1...only other losses are to No. 2 Washington and No. 25 Santa Clara...Kim Glass (4.75 kpg, 1st in Pac-10, 0.38 ace per game, T8th Pac-10) and Jennifer Abernathy (4.10 kpg, 9th Pac-10) lead the Wildcats...other notables include Dominique Lamb (1.21 bpg, 7th Pac-10), Bre Ladd (1.10 bpg, 10th Pac-10), Amy Dyck (11.48 apg, 6th Pac-10), Brittany Leonard (3.98 dpg)...Head Coach Dave Rubio (268-138, 14 years at UA; career 390-204, 19 years) has the second-longest tenure in the Pac-10...LAST TIME - No. 13 Arizona took a 37-35, 30-22, 30-15 win over WSU Sept. 30, 2005, at Pullman...WSU's Natalia Owens and Te'Ara Epps combined for 25 kills and 9 blocks...SERIES RECORD - Arizona leads the series 29-11...at Tucson, Arizona leads 16-3, with WSU's last win in 1995.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Kim Glass, Arizona 4.75 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Alesha Deesing, Washington .466)
Assists - 9th Gwen Davis 8.46 apg (Courtney Thompson, Washington 15.07 apg)
Service Aces - no WSU player (Mira Djuric, Oregon 0.60 sapg)
Digs - 4th Jalen Pendon 4.62 dpg (Debora Seilhamer, USC 6.37 dpg)
Blocks - T3rd Natalia Owens 1.37 bpg, 6th Jen Barcus 1.33 bpg (Nana Meriwether, UCLA 1.58 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Kim Glass, Arizona 5.70 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 12.74 kpg (Washington 17.44 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .153 (Washington .376)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 7th at .204 (Washington .107)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.50 apg (Washington 16.02 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 8th at 1.37 sapg (Washington 1.96 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 5th at 16.04 dpg (USC 17.88 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 1st at 3.51 bpg

BLOCKING, BLOCKING, BLOCKING: After 22 matches, the Cougars have a 3.51 bpg average which is the best of the Pac-10 schools...last week's 3.48 bpg was ranked seventh-best nationally...three players average more than one block per game and have played in at least 58 of WSU's 78 games: Natalia Owens (1.37 bpg), Jen Barcus (1.33 bpg) and Brittany Johnson (0.97 bpg)...Te'Ara Epps (1.55 bpg) has played in 40 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) 292

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) 329

Single Season Digs
1. Kortney Jamtaas (2002) 469
2. Beth Welch (1988) 419
10. Keri Killebrew (1992) 367
Jalen Pendon (2005) 360

Single Season Block Assists
1. Joanne Johnson (1992) 167
10. Carrie Gilley (1993) 114
Natalia Owens (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 3.26 kpg and .306 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...tied for third in Pac-10 at 1.37 blocks per game with teammate Natalia Owens...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 (292) and total blocks (329)...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 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 1.81 kpg and 0.54 blocks per game.

# 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 8.46 is ninth Pac-10 standings...suffered brachial plexus irritation which caused neck pain at Oregon State match Oct. 21.

#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...in 40 games, averaging 1.80 kpg and 1.55 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 0.97 bpg in 58 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 19 kills in 3-1 Buffalo win...had six double-doubles with kills and digs this season...1.37 bpg is tied for third in Pac-10...2.99 kpg and 3.96 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 4.62 digs per game which is fourth-best in Pac-10...tied school record with 34 digs in 3-1 win over ASU...had 26 digs came in 3-2 win at Saint Louis...landed three aces in Portland...reached double-figure digs in 20 of 22 matches to date with season total of 360 digs...needs seven more digs to tie for 10th in WSU single-season records.

#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...contributed 18 assists in both Oakland and Saint Louis wins...averaging 4.88 assists per game and 1.76 digs per game in 49 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...2.26 kpg and 2.88 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 15 games for 1.13 bpg.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (5-3, L/DS, Fr, Camas, Wash.) Late addition walk-on...played in 55 games as defensive specialist...one ace and 13 digs in 3-1 win over Arizona State.

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