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Volleyball Opens Pac-10 Play at 'Zona Schools
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Release: 09/22/2008
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Sept. 22, 2008

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COUGS READY TO ATTACK THE PAC: The Washington State volleyball team, 7-4, opens the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference season this weekend with matches in the Arizona desert...Friday, Sept. 26, WSU takes on Arizona (10-1) at McKale Center at 7 p.m. and meets Arizona State (9-4) in the Wells Fargo Arena Saturday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m...the ASU match will be telecast live on the Fox Sports Network nationally but delayed in the Pacific NW due to the telecast of WSU-Oregon football...the WSU at ASU volleyball match will be broadcast Monday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports Northwest...Paul Sunderland, Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak are the FSN volleyball announcers.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (7-4 at WSU, 245-145 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.

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.

HYDER CLAIMS SCHOOL DIGS RECORD: Kelly Hyder (junior, Huntington Beach, Calif.) now owns the WSU record with 1,260 digs over her three-year career at WSU (74 matches, 251 sets, 5.02 digs per set average)...she reached the record during the Utah Valley Univ. match with former record holder Shannon Wyckoff Hunt in attendance...Hyder also has top two spots on the WSU single season digs list with 565 digs in 2006 and 524 digs in 2007.

ABOUT THE ARIZONA WILDCATS (10-1): Located in Tucson, Arizona, UA is riding a six-match win-streak and is 5-1 at home this year...led by 6-3 OH redshirt soph. Whitney Dosty (3.08 kps) and 5-11 OH soph. Tiffany Owens (2.81 kps)...big blocks are coming from 6-4 soph. MB Stephanie Snow (1.14 bps) and 6-4 junior MB Jacy Norton (1.12 bps) - 7th and 10th in Pac-10 this week...6-1 junior OH Alanna Resch has 3.06 dps and 5-11 soph. setter Paige Weber had 10.54 aps (7th in Pac-10)...Head Coach Dave Rubio has a 315-176 record in 17 years at Arizona and a 437-242 career (22 years)...LAST TIME: Nov. 2, 2007, UA won 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-15) in Tucson...SERIES RECORD: Arizona leads 33-12 (WSU streak -3)...WSU's last win in Tucson Oct. 16, 2006 (3-1).

ABOUT THE ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (9-4): Located in Tempe, Arizona, ASU lost two matches 9/20 after winning six straight...led by 5-11 soph. OH Sarah Reaves (4.50 kps - Pac-10 leader) and 5-10 senior OH Margie Giordano (3.56 kps - 7th Pac-10)...top blockers are 6-1 fresh. MB Sonja Markanovich (1.14 bps - 9th Pac-10) and 6-3 junior OH Paige Mittelstaedt (1.10 bps)...5-5 soph. libero Sarah Johnson has 4.16 dps - 4th in Pac-10...setter Marina Mercer has 10.96 aps - 3rd in Pac-10...Head Coach Jason Watson in his first year at Arizona State after coaching at BYU...career record is 83-22 (4 years)...LAST TIME: Nov. 1, 2007, Arizona State won 3-1 (30-22, 28-30, 30-22, 31-29) in Tempe...SERIES RECORD: Arizona leads 25-20 (WSU streak -5)...WSU's last win in Tempe was Nov. 1, 2003 (3-2)...last win over ASU was Oct. 1, 2005 in Pullman (3-1).

CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The CBS Sports Network/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 22, shows seven WSU opponents ranked...six of the top 11 teams are Pac-10 schools so the Cougs will play each twice...the ranked opponents are: No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 California, No. 9 Washington, No. 11 Oregon, and No. 14 Wichita State..."also received votes" in the poll is Arizona (No. 27) and Oregon State (No. 28)...go to www.avca.org for the weekly coaches top 25 poll.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Nebraska leads the nation with an average of 6,464 fans (4 matches) to date...Stanford is the sole Pac-10 school currently ranked in the top 20 at 12th (2,029 - 3 matches)...WSU is averaging 667 fans in five home matches with a top crowd of 1,059 fans Friday, Sept. 19 (Utah Valley match).

PAC-10 2008 STANDINGS (as of 9/22/08) Conference Overall Streak Oregon 0-0 11-1 Won 9 Arizona 0-0 10-1 Won 6 California 0-0 10-1 Won 5 UCLA 0-0 10-1 Won 9 Washington 0-0 9-1 Won 2 Oregon State 0-0 11-2 Won 6 Stanford 0-0 9-2 Won 5 USC 0-0 7-2 Won 7 Arizona State 0-0 9-4 Lost 2 Washington State 0-0 7-4 Won 3

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Sarah Reaves, ASU 4.50 kps)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Jessica Swarbrick, Washington .462)
Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.44 aps (Jenna Hagglund, Washington 12.03 aps)
Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.74 saps)
Digs - 2nd Kelly Hyder 4.50 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 4.66 dps)
Blocks - no WSU player (Neticia Enesi, Oregon 1.48 bps)
Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 5.19 pps)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10): Team Overall Matches (Leader) Kills - WSU is 10th with 12.34 kps (California 14.67 kps) Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .186 (Washington .358) Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 7th at .162 (Arizona .101) Assists - WSU is 8th at 11.78 aps (California 13.56 aps) Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.80 saps (Washington 2.16 saps) Digs - WSU is 1st at 15.71 dps Blocks - WSU is 10th at 2.41 bps (Oregon 2.96 bps)

COUGS IN NATIONAL STANDINGS: In the 9/21 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball rankings of the 250 teams, Washington State is ranked 40th in digs with 15.71 dps (national leader IUPUdel 18.67 dps) and 53rd in blocks with 2.41 bps (national leader Colorado State 3.21 bps)...Kelly Hyder is ranked 50th in digs in NCAA individual rankings with 4.50 dps (national leader is Brittany Stowers, Northern Arizona 6.23 dps)...Cassie Robbins is 86th in hitting percentage with .346 (national leader Christa Harmotto, Penn St .552).

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 1,260 through the 9/19 match...senior Brittany Johnson added two more to her career solo blocks total, still at sixth place but needing only five more to advance to fifth...Johnson also needs only nine more kills to make the school top 10 and 13 more for 1,000 kills in her career.

Career Digs
1.  Kelly Hyder (2006-08)	1260
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) 64

Career Kills 1. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 1848 2. Carrie Couturier (1988091) 1548 3. LaToya Harris (1999-02) 1459 10. Holly Harris (1999-02) 996 Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 987

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 2.68 kills per set and second in points per set with 3.00...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...double-figure kills in 6 matches.

#16 Renee Bordelon (S, 5-10, JR, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) - transfer from North Idaho College...named to Cougar Challenge all-tournament team...established role as starting setter...321 assists (9.44 aps is 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 14 kills and 62 digs.

#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 38 of the Cougars' 41 sets...95 digs (2.50 dps) is third-best on team.

#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 18 sets with 20 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs and 6 blocks.

#5 Faith Hutcherson (DS, 5-3, SO, Redmond, Wash.) - seen back row action in 7 sets and has 7 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 171 digs for a 4.50 dps average - 2nd best in Pac-10 this week...moved into first on the WSU career digs list with 1,260 digs...seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 digs (2007)...season high for digs is 27 versus Gonzaga.

#19 Brittany Johnson (OH, 5-9, SR, Phoenix, Ariz.) - one of three co-captains...played in 38 of 41 sets...95 kills, 55 digs, 24 blocks...moved into 6th on WSU career solo blocks list with 64 total...needs 9 kills to move into top 10 in career kills list and 13 kills to reach 1,000...3.00 pps is second-best on team.

#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in all 29 sets to date...26 kills, 130 assists, 37 digs, 15 blocks...has moved between setter and outside hitter positions in matches.

#12 Cassie Robbins (MB, 6-3, JR, Yakima, Wash.) - seen action in 34 sets and landed 79 kills with .346 hitting percentage which is best on team...also adding 19 blocks.

#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...tops on team with 105 kills and second on team with .311 hpct...adds 0.95 blocks per set, second on team...leads team in aces with 10 off of a jump-serve.

#10 Kimika Rozier (OH, 5-10, RS-FR, Murrieta, Calif.) - recovering from a minor surgical knee procedure in mid-August...back to full speed at practice.

#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.

#4 Amy Small (DS/S, 5-6, SR, Pullman, Wash.) - played in 18 sets with 29 digs...career high of 9 digs vs. EWU.

#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - played in 38 of team's 41 sets to date...62 kills and 39 blocks with 1.03 bps which leads the team.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (DS/L, 5-3, SR, Camas, Wash.) - played in 26 of the Cougars' 41 sets...52 digs.

#14 Tangerine Wiggs (OH, 6-2, FR, Seattle, Wash.) - has not seen action to date.

ALUMNAE RETURNED TO BOHLER: There was a wonderful group of Cougar volleyball alumnae who came for the Alumnae Match Sept. 20 at Bohler Gym...All-American setter Stephanie Papke joined Elis Arias, Shannon Wyckoff (Hunt) and Kim Kleven from the 1996 Elite 8 team...several members of the 2002 Elite 8 team included Holly Harris (Rohrbacher), Adrian Hankoff, Jen Barcus and Zanda Bautre...other Cougs who competed on NCAA teams include Trina Kightlinger (Anderson) and Kali Surplus (Gesser)...players from the late 1970s included Deb McGill (Krebs), Kathy Plotnikoff Shafer and Heidi Urquhart...recent players who returned included McKenzie Burgess (Garberg), Stacey Holbrook, Maureen Perez and April Lott...fans, friends and families were treated to some great memories as many of the alumnae took the court to play each other and then take on some of the current Cougs.

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.

THE RULES HAVE CHANGED: This year all collegiate volleyball fans may notice evidence of several rule changes that have been implemented for the 2008 season. Here are some of the more significant changes: RULES CHANGES: Coaches Position. When the ball is in play, coaches will be asked to stay at least 1.75 meters from the court's sideline. An imaginary line perpendicular to the outside edge of the extended attack line indicates this distance. If a coach doesn't comply, the referees may assess a team delay sanction. Terminology. The term "game" will be changed to "set". A match still consists of the best three out of five sets. Points Required to Win a Set. Instead of 30 points, the number of points needed to win sets one through four is now 25 (and a two-point lead). Fifteen points (and a two-point lead) is still the requirement to win the fifth (deciding) set. Substitutions. Each team is now allowed a maximum of 12 substitutions per set. POINTS OF EMPHASIS: Ball Handling Decisions. In recent years, referee training has emphasized focusing on the player's contact point with the ball, and not allowing outside influences, such as spin after release, to influence ball handling decisions. A 2008 point of emphasis regarding the second team contact now instructs referees to only call multiple contacts that are obvious enough to be readily seen, and to be less severe when judging extremely athletic plays.

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