Oct. 27, 2008
COUGS TAKE ON RANKED PAIR ATOP PAC-10: The Washington State volleyball team, 7-13 overall, 0-9 Pac-10, begins the second half of the Pacific-10 Conference schedule taking on the two teams at the top of the standings this weekend...No. 4 California (18-2, 8-1) greets WSU Friday, Oct. 31, for a 7 p.m. match in Haas Pavilion...No. 5 Stanford (17-3, 8-1) welcomes WSU Sunday, Nov. 2, for a 1 p.m. match in Maples Pavilion.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (7-13 at WSU, 246-154 career/12 yrs) is in his first season at WSU after a highly successful tenure at South Dakota State...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kristina Martin is the coordinator of operations.
HYDER CLAIMS SCHOOL DIGS RECORD: Kelly Hyder (junior, Huntington Beach, Calif.) owns the WSU career digs record with 1,358 digs over her three-year career at WSU (83 matches, 277 sets, 4.90 digs per set average)...also owns WSU single-season record with 565 (2006).
JOHNSON JOINS 1,000 KILLS CLUB: Senior Brittany Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.) reached 1,000 kills during the match at Arizona State 9/27, and became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach this milestone...with 1,034 kills she is currently in 8th on the all-time list and needs 17 more kills for 7th place.
ABC CAMPAIGN & BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MATCH: The Stanford at WSU Oct. 3 match was the first of the Pac-10 Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness Month...WSU team, staff, spirit groups and Butch, the mascot, wore Pink...additionally, 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 seventh consecutive year...the Cougars will collect monetary pledges for all WSU points scored by kills during the eight matches during October...last year the team raised $1652.50, bringing the total collected since the first campaign in 2002 to $7,444.15...to donate to the 2008 ABC Campaign, contact WSU Volleyball Coordinator of Operations, Kristina Martin at Kristina_Martin@wsu.edu, or call 509-335-7169.
ABOUT THE NO. 4 CALIFORNIA GOLD BEARS (18-2, 8-1): California suffered its first loss in league action Oct. 25 with a 3-2 loss at No. 14 USC...Golden Bears are led by 6-4 Jr. OH Hana Cutura (4.43 kps - 1st Pac-10 & 11th nationally), 0.37 aces per set - 3rd Pac-10, .334 hpct - 8th Pac-10, 5.07 pps - 1st Pac-10)...6-2 Fr. MH Shannon Hawari hits .419 - 3rd Pac-10...5-6 Jr. DS/L Kristen Kathan contributes 4.15 dps - 7th Pac-10...5-11 So. setter Cari Lloyd has an 12.03 aps avg - 1st in Pac-10...big blocks on the net from 6-3 Jr. MH Mindi Wiley (1.08 bps - 9th Pac-10)...Head Coach Rich Feller (183-110, 10 years at Cal; 482-277, 25 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 4, 2008, Cal defeated WSU 25-14, 25-21, 26-24, in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - California leads 29-21-1 (WSU streak -11)...in matches played in Berkeley, Cal leads 15-8...last WSU win in Berkeley was Oct. 19, 2001 (3-1).
ABOUT THE NO. 5 STANFORD CARDINAL (17-3, 8-1): The Cardinal, six-time national champions and 2007 NCAA runners-up, have only lost to Cal (3-1) in conference action this season...SU is led by 6-4, So. OH Alix Klineman (3.53 kps - 5th Pac-10, 3.98 pps - 5th Pac-10) and 6-0 Sr. OH Cynthia Barboza (3.34 kps - 6th Pac-10)...6-3 Sr. MB Foluke Akinradewo is 1st in Pac-10 with .439 hpct (4th nationally) and in blocking with 1.49 bps (9th nationally)...5-7 So. libero Gabi Ailes (3.84 dps - 9th Pac-10)...Head Coach John Dunning (225-36, 8 years at SU; 662-138, 24 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 3, 2008, Stanford defeated WSU 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 at Pullman...SERIES RECORD - Stanford leads 42-3 (WSU streak -11)...at Stanford, Stanford leads 22-0.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2008 season LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial)...matches played Oct. 10, 24 and 31 will be on Border 104 (KHTR, 104.3 FM)...veteran area broadcaster Steve Grubbs is the voice of Cougar volleyball for the fourth season.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: The Pacific-10 Conference will have LIVE volleyball matches broadcast by the FOX Sports Network throughout the 2008 season...WSU will have one match televised this season, the Sept. 27 match at Arizona State...check your local FOX Sports station for the dates and times of these broadcasts...the Oct. 31 match at California will be broadcast by Comcast SportsNet West, which covers most of Northern California from Fresno to the Oregon border...those with a satellite sports package can see the match on DirecTV channel 696 and Dish TV channel 409.
CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The CBS Sports Network/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 27, shows eight WSU opponents ranked...six of the top 12 teams are Pac-10 schools (see below) and an early season opponent, No. 10 Wichita State...go to www.avca.org for the weekly poll.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 6,232 fans (13 matches) to date...Pac-10 schools include Stanford at 11th (2,302, 8 matches), USC at 13th (1,945, 7 matches) and 15th Washington (1,703, 10 matches)...WSU is averaging 755 fans in seven home matches with a top crowd of 1,231 fans Friday, Oct. 3 (Stanford match).
PAC-10 2008 STANDINGS (as of 10/27/08)
(Nat. Ranking) Conference Overall Streak California (4) 8-1 18-2 Lost 1 Stanford (5) 8-1 17-3 Won 2 Washington (6) 7-2 16-3 Won 5 Oregon (7) 6-3 17-4 Won 3 UCLA (9) 4-5 14-6 Lost 2 USC (12) 4-5 11-7 Won 1 Oregon State 3-6 14-8 Lost 1 Arizona 3-6 13-8 Lost 2 Arizona State 2-7 11-11 Won 1 Washington State 0-9 7-13 Lost 9
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10): Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader) Kills - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 4.43 kps) Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .439) Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.46 aps (Carli Lloyd, California 12.03 aps) Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.45 saps) Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.20 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 5.12 dps) Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.49 bps) Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 5.07 pps)
TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10): Team Overall Matches (Leader) Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.70 kps (California 15.06 kps) Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .163 (Stanford .317) Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .223 (Stanford .157) Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.06 aps (California 14.01 aps) Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.71 saps (Oregon 1.56 saps) Digs - WSU is t3rd at 14.77 dps (UCLA 15.05 dps) Blocks - WSU is 10th at 2.11 bps (Arizona 2.77 bps)
IND. STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 CONF. ONLY MATCHES (TOP 10): Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader) Kills - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State 4.88 kps) Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .436) Assists - 8th Renee Bordelon 9.48 aps (Carli Lloyd, California 12.53 aps) Service Aces - no WSU player (Kristen Kathan, Cal & Amanda Westrick, Ore. 0.47 saps) Digs - 9th Kelly Hyder 3.77 dps (Tamari Miyashiro, Washington 5.97 dps) Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.67 bps) Points - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State 5.19 pps)
TEAM STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 CONF. ONLY MATCHES (TOP 10): Team Overall Matches (Leader) Kills - WSU is 10th with 10.75 kps (California 15.50 kps) Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .129 (Stanford .315) Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .314 (Stanford .170) Assists - WSU is 9th at 10.00 aps (California 14.53 aps) Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.57 saps (Oregon 1.30 saps) Digs - WSU is 10th at 13.39 dps (UCLA 16.16 dps) Blocks - WSU is 10th at 1.66 bps (Arizona 2.70 bps)
COUGS IN NATIONAL STANDINGS: In the 10/26 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball rankings of the 250 teams, Kelly Hyder is ranked 94th in digs in NCAA individual rankings with 4.20 dps (national leader is Lara Newberry, Chattanoga 6.49 dps).
COUGAR BLOGS: You can read the Cougar Volleyblog with a new posting weekly on the official website for all WSU athletics news, www.wsucougars.com...lots of insight into Wazzu volleyball and the people who love it.
COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS: Two WSU volleyball players are advancing in the school's all-time career records...junior Kelly became the school's record holder in career digs with 1,358 through 10/24...Hyder became 25th Pac-10 player to reach 1300 digs...senior Brittany Johnson became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 kills in a career...her current total of 1,034 kills is 17 kills behind the No. 7 spot...Johnson's career solo blocks totally now 68, still at sixth place and needing only one more to advance to fifth...Jackie Albright (junior, Lake Forest, Calif.) has accumulated 558 kills and 570 digs to date.
Career Digs 1. Kelly Hyder (2006-08) 1358 2. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 1254
Career Block Solos 1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 196 4. Kelly Hankins (1990-91) 88 5. Joanne Johnson (1991-93) 69 6. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 68
Career Kills 1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 1848 6. Keren Oigman (1994-97) 1054 7. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 1051 8. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 1034
MEET THE COUGARS:
#6 Annie Adams (OH, 6-3, SO-RS, Crosby, Minn.) - redshirt this season after transferring from South Dakota State.
#2 Jackie Albright (OH, 6-0, JR, Lake Forest, Calif.) - one of three co-captains...leads team with 2.52 kills per set and second in points per set with 2.83...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...2.69 dps is third-best on team...double-figure kills in eight matches this season...career totals are 558 kills, 36 aces, 570 digs, 60 blocks, 642 points.
#16 Renee Bordelon (S, 5-10, JR, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) - transfer from North Idaho College...named to Cougar Challenge all-tournament team...has been setter in 57 of WSU's 69 sets...averages 9.46 aps, 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 19 kills, 98 digs, 7 aces and 22 blocks...season-high four blocks at USC.
#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 65 of the WSU's 69 sets...141 digs (2.17 dps) is third-best on team.
#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 40 sets with 53 kills, 2 aces, 16 digs and 13 blocks...hit .556 against No. 6 Stanford 10/3, and hit .462 against No. 6 Washington 10/24 with career-high 7 kills
#5 Faith Hutcherson (DS, 5-3, SO, Redmond, Wash.) - seen back row action in 9 sets and has 8 digs with career-high 3 digs vs. Eastern Washington.
#8 Kelly Hyder (DS/L, 5-9, JR, Huntington Beach, Calif.) - third year starter...named to Boise State Bronco Invite and Cougar Challenge all-tournament teams...tallied 269 digs for a 4.20 dps average - 4th best in Pac-10 this week and in top 60 nationally...leader of the WSU career digs list with 1,358 digs...seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 digs (2007)...25th player in Pac-10 history to reach 1300 digs in a career...season high for digs is 27 versus Gonzaga.
#19 Brittany Johnson (OH, 5-9, SR, Phoenix, Ariz.) - one of three co-captains...142 kills, 88 digs, 33 blocks...reached 1000 career kills this season (9/27) and her 1,034 kills is 8th on school list...needs 17 kills to move into 7th place...6th on WSU career solo blocks list with 68 total...2.63 pps is third-best on team.
#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in 42 of 69 sets to date...31 kills, 167 assists (3.98 aps), 55 digs, 17 blocks...has moved between setter and outside hitter positions in matches.
#12 Cassie Robbins (MB, 6-3, JR, Yakima, Wash.) - seen action in 51 sets and landed 115 kills with .322 hitting percentage which is best on team...suffered stress fracture in right foot and missed UW match (10/24)...will be reevaluated weekly but expected to miss several weeks...against No. 6 Oregon had 8 kills, 0 errors, 18 attacks for .444 hpct...also added 25 blocks this season.
#3 Emily Rooney (MB, 6-1, SR, Red Wing, Minn.) - transferred from South Dakota State...one of three co-captains...named MVP of Boise State Bronco Invite...named to Idaho Classic all-tournament team...leads team with 158 kills and second on team with .264 hpct...adds 0.75 blocks per set, second on team...leads team with 12 service aces...leads team with 2.96 points per set.
#10 Kimika Rozier (OH, 5-10, RS-FR, Murrieta, Calif.) - recovered from a minor surgical knee procedure in mid-August...saw first action of season in third set at USC 10/10...landed 1 kill and 1 dig against No. 6 Oregon.
#7 Catie Schuetzle (OH, 5-8, JR, Spokane, Wash.) - moved to volleyball team after three seasons as a triple jumper on the Cougar track and field team...came off the bench to land the set and match-winning kill in Utah Valley contest 9/19...left team last week of September.
#4 Amy Small (DS/S, 5-6, SR, Pullman, Wash.) - played in 24 sets with 35 digs...career high of 9 digs vs. EWU.
#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - starter at middle...tallied 125 kills...62 blocks with 0.94 bps leads the team...had season-high 12 kills, hit .391, and had 4 blocks against No. 24 Oregon State.
#11 Stephanie Weishaar (DS/L, 5-3, SR, Camas, Wash.) - played in 53 of the Cougars' 69 sets...90 digs this season...played in 110 matches in career, second only to Brittany Johnson on team (111)...776 career digs and 63 career service aces.
#14 Tangerine Wiggs (OH, 6-2, FR, Seattle, Wash.) - redshirt this season.
MARCIA SANEHOLTZ COURT AT BOHLER GYM COUGARS HOME: The Cougars' home court is called Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym in honor of the 28-year administrative veteran of Cougar Athletics who retired Oct. 1, 2007...Sr. Associate Athletics Director/SWA, a long-time proponent of gender equity and a champion for all sports at WSU as well as in the Pac-10 and the nation...NACWAA president (1992-93), on the board of directors (1987-94), and named 1997 Administrator of the Year...also NAGWS Pathfinder Award in 2001 and WSU Woman of Distinction in 2003.