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Trio Of Matches On Tap For Cougar Volleyball
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Release: 09/26/2005
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Sept. 26, 2005

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COUGARS TRAVEL FOR ONE, HOME FOR TWO: The Washington State volleyball team, now 7-6, will travel up the road to take on Eastern Washington (8-4) Sept. 27, in a 7 p.m. match at Reese Court...final non-conference match of the season for WSU...this is the first match-up between the Cougs and the Eagles since Oct. 11, 1994...then it's home to host No. 13 Arizona (10-1) and Arizona State (6-6) Friday and Saturday in 7 p.m. contests.

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 (12-32 career record)...WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry (second year) and Ken Ko (first year).

LAST WEEK: No. 2 Washington kept its unbeaten streak alive with a three-game sweep of WSU with game scores of 30-12, 30-18, 30-18 in front of a season-high 1,458 fans...following night Gonzaga achieved revenge on the Cougars for the WSU 3-1 win in Spokane Sept. 13 with a 3-1 win over WSU in Pullman...game scores were 19-30, 30-27, 30-28, 30-24...WSU's Jen Barcus had hit .457 recording no errors in 35 attacks, and landed three service aces...WSU regained the services of Te'Ara Epps who was sitting out two weeks with a broken thumb...Epps had 18 kills and 9 blocks in the two matches.

WSU QUICKSETS DINNER: Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Brian Heffernan and the visiting Pac-10 coaches give the inside scoop on the strategies of that evening's match at the Cougar Volleyball Quicksets Dinners, held in Bohler Athletic Complex Rooms 184/186, on the Friday evenings of Pac-10 home matches...cost is $10 per person and includes dinner from Pete's Bar & Grill...RSVP the Tuesday prior by calling toll free 877-462-2684 or locally at 509-335-0220...Quicksets dinner dates remaining this season are: Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Nov. 4, and Nov. 18.

ABOUT EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES (8-4) - EWU is the defending Big Sky Conference champion...EWU is located just north of Pullman in Cheney, Wash...Eags, who opened the season with a 3-2 loss at Pac-10 team Oregon, come off a five-game win at Idaho State, a team WSU lost to early in the season...senior OH/MB Lizzy Mellor leads EWU with a 3.57 kpg...freshman Kerri Beck, MB, averages 1.30 blocks per game...senior Andrea Verdoljak, the 2004 Big Sky libero of the year, averages 3.89 digs per game...Head Coach Wade Benson (119-41, 6 years at EWU; 162-48, 7 years)...LAST TIME - WSU defeated EWU 3-0 at Pullman (15-8, 15-5, 15-11) Oct. 11, 1993...SERIES RECORD - Washington State leads 27-8...Cougs have won past six meetings including the Oct. 12, 1993, 3-2 win at Cheney.

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.

ABOUT NO. 13 ARIZONA WILDCATS (10-1, 2-0): The Wildcats are on a six-match win streak with 3-0 wins over Oregon and Oregon State...senior OHs Kim Glass (4.42 kpg, 3rd in Pac-10) and Jennifer Abernathy (4.28 kpg, 6th Pac-10) lead the Wildcats...sophomore MB Dominique Lamb brings a 1.17 bpg average (7th Pac-10)...Bre Ladd adds 1.06 bpg (9th pac-10)...a trio of Wildcats average over 3.00 dpg...sophomore setter Amy Dyck has 9.85 apg (6th Pac-10) after stepping in for injured junior setter Stephanie Butkus (knee)...Head Coach Dave Rubio (263-136, 14 years at UA; career 385-202, 19 years) has the second-longest tenure in the Pac-10...LAST TIME - No. 21 Arizona took a 30-17, 30-19, 30-28 win over WSU Nov. 12, 2004, at Pullman...SERIES RECORD - Arizona leads the series 28-11...in Pullman, Arizona leads 12-7, with WSU's last win in 2003.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (6-6, 1-1) - Arizona State comes to Pullman off a 3-2 loss to Oregon State and a 3-0 win over Oregon...freshman OH Margie Giordana leads the Sun Devils with 3.15 kpg...sophomore MB Staci Smith has a 1.00 blocks per game average...senior Giovana Melo contributes 9.50 assists per game (7th Pac-10)...Sydney Donahue leads the conference with 6.51 dpg...Sarah Watkins serves 0.38 aces per game...Head Coach Brad Saindon (25-41, 3 years at ASU; 269-181, 15-year career record)...LAST TIME - ASU completed a 2004 sweep of WSU with a 3-0 win Nov. 11 at Pullman (30-27, 30-22, 31-29)...SERIES RECORD - ASU leads the series with WSU 20-19...there have been nine five-game matches since 1986 and the Cougars have been victorious in two...overall record at Pullman is WSU 10 wins, Sun Devils 9.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Cynthia Barboza, Stanford 4.86 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Darla Myhre, Washington .566)
Assists - 9th Gwen Davis 8.10 apg (Courtney Thompson, Washington 14.97 apg)
Service Aces - 9th Gwen Davis 0.37 (Christal Morrison, Washington 0.66 sapg)
Digs - 4th Jalen Pendon 4.54 dpg (Sydney Donahue, Arizona State 6.51 dpg)
Blocks - 2nd Natalia Owens 1.58 bpg, 4th Jen Barcus 1.44 bpg (Nana Meriwether, UCLA 1.67 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Mira Djuric, Oregon 5.48 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.12 kpg (Washington 17.53 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .172 (Washington .422)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 5th at .166 (Washington .060)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.75 apg (Stanford 16.20 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 6th at 1.60 sapg (Washington 2.27 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 4th at 16.33 dpg (Arizona State 17.58 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 1st at 3.77 bpg

BLOCKING, BLOCKING, BLOCKING: After six matches, the Cougars have a 3.77 blocks per game average which is the best of the Pac-10 schools...three players average more than one block per game and have played in at least 32 of WSU's 48 games: Natalia Owens (1.58 bpg), Jen Barcus (1.44 bpg), and Brittany Johnson (1.16 bpg)...WSU's 2004 average was 2.35 bpg...2004 national champions Stanford had a 3.32 bpg average.

COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS:

Career Block Solos
1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 196
2. Laurie VanDiest (1984-87) 125
10. Keren Oigman (1994-97) 34
11. Jen Barcus (2002-05) 33

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) 269

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) 302

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 3.12 kpg and .317 hitting percentage...3-2 win at Saint Louis was high statistical point of career with 19 kills (.548), nine blocks, one ace and three digs...second in Pac-10 to teammate Natalia Owens in blocks per game with 1.44...career-high 12 digs versus UC Davis...seven blocks against Toledo and UC Davis...16 kills, no errors on 35 attacks for .457 against Gonzaga...landed three aces in same GU match...double-figure kills in 10 of 13 matches...five or more blocks in 10 matches...in WSU career standings ninth in both block assists (269) and total blocks (302)...needs one more solo to move to 10th for career solo blocks.

# 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...averaging 2.02 kpg and 0.70 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...service ace average of 0.37 sapg is 9th-best in Pac-10 standings.

#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...in 11 games, averaging 2.55 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...injured her knee in practice Sept. 24 and waiting for physician's diagnosis.

#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...had eight blocks versus Middle Tennessee State...four kills and six blocks versus Idaho...averaging 1.16 bpg in 32 games.

#10 April Lott (6-0, MB, Jr, Kennewick, Wash.) Seen action in 26 games...providing 1.19 kpg and 1.54 dpg...had 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...1.58 bpg leads Pac-10...3.04 kpg is second on team while 4.21 points per game leads team.

#4 Jalen Pendon (5-8, OH, Fr, Spanaway, Wash.) Enrolled at WSU in January 2005...starting libero...averaging 4.54 digs per game which is fourth-best in Pac-10...career-high 26 digs came in 3-2 win at Saint Louis...landed three aces in Portland...reached double-figure digs in all 13 matches to date.

#22 Maureen Perez (5-8, S, So, Vancouver, Wash.) Transfer from Central Florida University...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 sports a stitch in a swollen and black left eye...contributed 18 assists in both Oakland and Saint Louis wins...averaging 4.65 assists per game and 1.94 digs per game.

#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...2.42 kpg and 3.06 points per game are third on team....10 kills and 10 digs in Gonzaga 9/24 match.

#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...played in nine games with 1.11 bpg.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (5-3, L, Fr, Camas, Wash.) Late addition walk-on...played in 25 games...one ace and four digs versus UC Davis.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i continues it domination of the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 7,215 in the 11 home matches of 2005...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Stanford with 1,717 fans in five home matches...Washington State is 28th with a five-match average of 859 fans, including the 1,478 fans at the WSU-UW match Sept. 23.

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.

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.

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