Sept. 28, 2009
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL HOSTS DESERT SCHOOLS IN BOHLER: The Washington State volleyball team (12-1, 1-1) returns to the friendly confines of Marcia Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym to take on No. 18 Arizona (12-1, 1-1) Friday, Oct. 2, and Arizona State (11-3, 1-1) Saturday, Oct. 3...both matches begin at 7 p.m...both matches will be available online for live webcast viewing on the Cougar All-Access, a subscription service at www.wsucougars.com...see the note below for more information.
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 22-20 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 252-161...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel complete the coaching staff...Kara Kiefer is the coordinator of operations.
NATIONAL RANKINGS MEAN TOUGH SCHEDULE FOR COUGS: The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 28, has many WSU's opponents ranked...the Pac-10 schools include No. 3 Washington, No. 7 Oregon, No. 9 California, No. 11 Stanford, No. 13 USC, No. 16 UCLA, No. 18 Arizona...Utah was ranked No. 17 when Washington State swept the Utes Sept. 5...also receiving votes in this week's poll is Washington State (t-No. 34), Arizona State (t-No. 34) and Oregon State (No. 41)...last week the Cougs were listed at No. 35...defending national champion Penn State is ranked No. 1...for the weekly poll, go to www.avca.org.
PAC-10 2009 STANDINGS (as of 9/27/09) (Nat. Ranking) Conference Overall Streak Washington (3) 2-0 12-0 Won 12 California (9) 1-0 8-3 Won 6 Washington State 1-1 12-1 Lost 1 Arizona (18) 1-1 12-1 Lost 1 Oregon (7) 1-1 11-1 Won 1 USC (13) 1-1 12-2 Won 1 Arizona State 1-1 11-3 Lost 1 UCLA (16) 1-1 11-4 Won 2 Stanford (11) 0-1 7-4 Lost 1 Oregon State 0-2 9-5 Lost 2
WSU VOLLEYBALL YOUTH CLINICS: Head Coach Andrew Palileo and the WSU volleyball team will conduct youth volleyball clinics Oct. 3 and Oct. 17, from 9-10 a.m. in Bohler Gym for boys and girls, ages 5 to 11...clinics are free with the donation of a can of food...all participants receive a ticket for the Cougar volleyball matches later those same days...parents of participants can purchase tickets to these matches for $1 with a donation of an additional can of food...all food will be donated to the Pullman Community Action Center...email WSU Cougar assistant coach TeAna Tramel at email@example.com to register...questions or concerns, please call 509-335-0275.
WSU VOLLEYBALL WEBCASTS ARRIVE: This weekend marks the start of live-streaming webcasts of selected WSU volleyball home matches...these webcasts will be available for the cost of a subscription to Cougar All-Access on the official WSU website, www.wsucougars.com...viewers need to set up their account a few days in advance...subscribers will also be able to hear the radio broadcasts of all Cougar road matches through Cougar All-Access...both the Arizona and Arizona State matches will be webcast this weekend.
NOTEWORTHY FACTS ABOUT THE 2009 WASHINGTON STATE VOLLEYBALL TEAM:
NCAA Statistics (for matches played through 9/27) - Renee Bordelon's 11.89 assists per set is second-best in Pac-10 and 4th-best nationally; Cassie Robbins is 20th with 1.38 blocks per set; WSU team is 7th in kills per set (14.67), 8th in assists per set (13.49), and 13th in hitting percentage (.279)
Season record - WSU's 12-0 start in 2009 equaled the best start since 1997 (16-0, advanced to NCAA Sweet 16
Memorable Pac-10 Start - WSU 3-0 win over Oregon State 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
Career High - Cassie Robbins had 11 blocks in the win over Idaho...Robbins had 5 solo blocks and 15 block assists in the Nike Cougar Challenge tournament (1.67 blocks per set average for tournament)
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 1-0 in five-set matches this year after downing Idaho Sept. 11...in 2008 the Cougs were 5-0 in five-set matches
Hitting Percentage - after 13 matches in 2009, WSU has a .279 team hpct.; WSU's 2008 team hpct. was .181
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 from Washington, 5 from California, 1 from Idaho, 1 from Minnesota
VolleyBlog - updated on the official Washington State website, www.wsucougars.com, every week
MEET THIS WEEK'S WSU VOLLEYBALL OPPONENTS: ABOUT THE NO. 18 ARIZONA WILDCATS (12-1, 1-1): Split at home last weekend, beating No. 13 USC 3-1 before losing to No. 14 UCLA 3-1...Arizona leaders include 5-11 Jr. OH Tiffany Owens (3.82 kps - 6th Pac-10, 2.84 dps, 4.30 pps - 6th Pac-10), 5-11 So. OH Dana Hutchinson (2.60 kps, 0.36 ace per set - 6th Pac-10), 6-4 Sr. MB Jacy Norton (1.19 bps - 8th Pac-10), and 5-11 Jr. setter Paige Weber (10.40 aps - 5th in Pac-10)...Head Coach Dave Rubio has a 333-190 record in 18 years at Arizona and a 455-256 career (23 years)...LAST TIME: Nov. 29, 2008, WSU won 3-2 to end the season in Pullman...SERIES RECORD: Arizona leads 34-13 (WSU streak +1)...in matches played in Pullman, Arizona leads 14-9.
ABOUT THE ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (11-3, 1-1 * pending 10/2 match at No. 3 Washington): ASU started the season with a 3-0 loss to No. 17 Utah...upset 3-0 win over No. 14 UCLA in Tempe last weekend but lost to No. 13 USC 3-1...Sun Devils leaders include 5-11 Jr. OH Sarah Reaves (4.41 kps - 2nd Pac-10, 5.10 pps - 2nd Pac-10), 6-1 So. MB Sonja Markanovich (1.29 bps - 5th Pac-10), 6-3, Sr. OH Paige Mittelstaedt (1.35 bps - 6th Pac-10), and 5-5 So. libero Sarah Johnson (3.15 dps - 9th Pac-10)...Head Coach Jason Watson (24-21, 2 years at ASU) career record 98-39 (5 years)...LAST TIME: Nov. 28, 2008, WSU won 3-1 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD: ASU leads 26-21 (WSU streak +1)...in matches played in Pullman, WSU leads 12-11.
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