Nov. 10, 2009
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL LOOKING TO BE STARS IN LA: The No. 25 Washington State volleyball team (16-8 overall, 5-8 Pac-10) hits the road for a pair of conference matches against ranked teams...Cougars play No. 6 UCLA (19-6, 9-3) Friday, Nov. 13 (7 p.m.) at Pauley Pavilion, and No. 17 USC (15-9, 4-8) Saturday, Nov. 14 (5:30 p.m.) at the Galen Center...matches will be broadcast on KQQQ 1150 AM and on the internet via Cougars All-Access.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo is in his second season at WSU after a highly successful tenure at South Dakota State...Palileo has a 26-27 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 265-168...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kara Kiefer is the coordinator of operations.
AVCA TOP 25 POLL: Washington State dropped to a tie at 25th in the Nov. 9 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll...Pac-10 schools ranked this week include No. 4 Washington, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, No. 12 California, No. 16 Oregon, No. 17 USC, and No. 18 Arizona...also receiving votes in this week's poll is Oregon State (39th)...defending national champion Penn State is ranked No. 1...for the weekly poll, go to www.avca.org.
PAC-10 2009 STANDINGS (as of 11/9/09) (Nat. Ranking) Conference Overall Streak Washington (4) 10-3 20-3 Lost 1 UCLA (6) 9-3 19-6 Won 6 Stanford (7) 9-4 16-7 Won 1 California (12) 8-5 15-8 Won 6 Oregon (16) 6-6 16-6 Won 1 Arizona (18) 6-7 17-7 Lost 1 Washington State (t-25) 5-8 16-8 Lost 4 USC (17) 4-8 15-9 Lost 3 Oregon State 3-9 12-12 Won 1 Arizona State 3-10 13-12 Lost 1
ALBRIGHT HONORED: Senior OH Jackie Albright (Lake Forest, Calif.) was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team for Univ. Div. as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)...has a 3.56 GPA, majoring in civil engineering.
MEET THIS WEEK'S WSU VOLLEYBALL OPPONENTS: ABOUT THE NO. 6 UCLA BRUINS (19-6, 9-3): UCLA is riding a six-match win streak...last loss was to No. 4 Washington (Oct. 16 in Seattle)...is 10-3 against ranked teams this season...Bruins' leaders are 5-11 Jr. OH Dicey McGraw (3.14 kps), 6-6 So. MB Amanda Gil (1.60 bps, 1st Pac-10 & 2nd NCAA, .372 hpct, 5th Pac-10), 5-7 Fr. setter Lauren Cook (10.36 aps, 7th Pac-10), and 5-7 So. libero Lainey Gera (4.56 dps, 4th Pac-10)...Head Coach Andy Banachowski (1101-298, 43 years UCLA/career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 17, 2009, No. 12 UCLA defeated WSU 3-0 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - UCLA leads 40-7 (WSU streak -13)...WSU's last win over UCLA was Oct. 25, 2003, 3-2, in Pullman...in matches in Los Angeles, UCLA leads 21-2.
ABOUT THE NO. 17 USC TROJANS (15-9, 4-8 * pending 11/13 match vs. No. 4 Washington): The Women of Troy are coming off three consecutive losses...Pac-10 wins have come at Arizona State, vs. No. 9 California, vs. Oregon State and No. 12 Oregon...USC leaders are 6-3, So. OH Alex Jupiter (4.45 kps - 4th Pac-10 & 17th NCAA, 5.25 pps - 4th Pac-10 & 8th NCAA, 0.34 ace per set, 3rd Pac-10), 6-1 Sr. OH Jessica Gysin (3.33 kps), 6-4 So. MB Lauren Willliams (.325 hpct, 8th Pac-10), 5-11 So. setter Kendall Bateman (12.15 aps, 2nd Pac-10 & 2nd NCAA), and 5-8 Sr. L Alli Hillgren (4.24 dps, 5th Pac-10)...USC leads the Pac-10 in team kills (14.75 kps) and assists (13.95 aps)...Head Coach Mick Haley (219-53, 9 years at USC; 992-241-1, 33 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 16, 2009 WSU defeated No. 16 USC 3-0 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - USC leads 36-12 (WSU streak +1)...USC leads 21-2 in Los Angeles...WSU's last win at USC was Oct. 16, 1998 (3-0).
NCAA VOLLEYBALL RPI: In the NCAA Ratings Performance Index (RPI) for matches through Nov. 8, Washington State is ranked 53rd...among Pac-10 schools listed above WSU are: Washington 5th, California 6th, UCLA 8th, Stanford 9th, Arizona 17th, Oregon 19th, USC 33rd, and Oregon State 52nd...Texas has the No. 1 ranking...RPI comes from a combination of a team's winning percentage, its opponents' winning percentages, and it's opponents' opponents' winning percentages, with home and road contests figured into the formula.
MORE VOLLEYBALL POLLS: In the Nov. 9 Rich Kern (richkern.com) poll, Washington State is 26th...in the Pablo Rankings, the Cougars are 38th...the Volleyball Magazine rankings from Nov. 2 had WSU at 27th.
NOTEWORTHY FACTS ABOUT THE 2009 WASHINGTON STATE VOLLEYBALL TEAM:
NCAA Statistics (for matches played through 11/8) - Renee Bordelon's 11.46 assists per set is 14th-best nationally; Cassie Robbins is 30th with 1.28 blocks per set
Diggin' it UP! - WSU has two players in the Pac-10 top 10 for digs per set - Oceana Bush is 3rd (4.76 dps), and Kelly Hyder is 9th (3.11 dps)...as a team, WSU is 2nd (15.74 dps)
Five Conference Wins - first time since 2003
Looooong time since - first time WSU has had more wins than losses at end of 1st half of Pac-10 since 1998
National news - The 2009 success of WSU volleyball was featured in a story on ESPN.com's College Sports page Oct. 14-15 (two titles - Team Unexpected or Senior Helpers)
More National love for Cougs - Nice blurb about the Cougars at this website - www.ncaa.com/blog/2009d1wvb/2009/10/highlights-from-the-weekend-oc-2.html
Gains by Ganzer - WSU's sophomore MB Meagan Ganzer leads the team in Pac-10 matches with 3.36 kps...she is also the team overall leader with 3.10 kps
Racking up the points - In the 3-0 win over No. 18 Arizona, WSU came from a 24-19 deficit in the third set to win 26-24
That's service - Senior Jackie Albright served the set/match-winning ace against both Arizona and Arizona State Oct. 2&3
Triples and Doubles - WSU is 5-3 in matches where three players are in double-figure kills and 2-1 in matches where four hitters have double-digit kills
Five years between wins over ranked Pac-10 teams - Before the Oct. 2 sweep of No. 18 Arizona, the last time WSU defeated a ranked Pac-10 team was in November 2004 (3-2 win over No. 6 USC in Pullman)
Memorable Pac-10 Start - WSU 3-0 win over Oregon State in Corvallis was first time Cougs opened Pac-10 play with a win since 2003 when WSU defeated No. 16 Arizona, 3-1 in Pullman....last time WSU opened Pac-10 play with a road win was in 1997, a 3-2 win over Oregon State in Corvallis
Season record - WSU's 2009 start of 12-0 equaled the best start since 1997 (16-0, adv. to NCAA Sweet 16)
National Poll Rankings - the 2003 preseason Coaches Top 25 poll was the last time Washington State volleyball was ranked or received votes in the poll...Cougs were 19th in that poll
Five-set Matches - WSU is 2-0 in five-set matches in 2009...in 2008 the Cougs were 5-0 in five-set matches
Another School Record - WSU hit .478 in the win over No. 17 Utah
Win Streak stopped at 14: Cougars won the final 2 matches of the 2008 season and won first 12 this season
Team Breakdown by State - 9 players from Washington, 4 from California, 1 from Idaho, 1 from Minnesota
VolleyBlog - updated on the official Washington State website, www.wsucougars.com, every week
PAC-10 COACHES 2009 PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: Washington (90 points) was selected by the Pac-10 volleyball coaches to be the league champions in the 2009 preseason poll...poll order shows California (80), Stanford (74), UCLA (62), USC (60), Oregon (48), Arizona (42), Arizona State (34), Oregon State (31) and WSU (19)...the Pac-10 coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own teams (point system is 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2), have successfully predicted the league champion 13 of the last 20 years.
ATTENDANCE NUMBERS GROWING: Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 6,423 fans (20 matches)...Washington is top Pac-10 school at 6th (3,089/8 matches)...WSU is 36th, averaging 1,146 fans in 13 home matches...UW match had 2,724 fans, 10th-best crowd in history and largest volleyball crowd since 1997.
ABC PINK CAMPAIGN & BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MATCH: For the eighth consecutive year, the Washington State University women's volleyball team conducted the Attacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pink Campaign Pledge Drive to raise fund for the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies...players gathered pledges for WSU team kills landed during the home matches in the month of October...donors pledged an amount per kill or a flat amount...in Oct. 2009 home matches, WSU tallied 239 kills with sophomore Meagan Ganzer the team leader with 70 kills...the amount raised this year was $2,600, bringing the total to $11,405 donated to the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse and its educational programs.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2009 season LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial)...veteran area broadcaster Steve Grubbs is the voice of Cougar volleyball for the fifth season...these road matches are also available for listening on the internet by purchasing a subscription through the Cougars All-Access button on the wsucougars.com website.