Sept. 15, 2008
LAST NON-CONF MATCH ON TAP FOR WSU VOLLEYBALL: The Washington State volleyball team, 6-4, hosts Utah Valley University this Friday night on Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym...match starts at 7 p.m...the following morning the 2008 Cougars will scrimmage against the WSU Alumnae, back in Pullman for a fun weekend...the current versus former Cougs match begins at 10:30 a.m. in Bohler Gym and is free admittance.
ALUMNAE RETURNING TO BOHLER: There are a 16 confirmed alumnae coming for the Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m. match at Bohler Gym...All-American setter Stephanie Papke joins Elis Arias, Shannon Wyckoff (Hunt) and Kim Kleven from the 1996 Elite 8 team scheduled to attend...several members of the 2002 Elite 8 team will be returning to Pullman 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) and Heidi Urquhart...recent players returning include Stacey Holbrook, Maureen Perez and April Lott...admission is free for this fun reunion/match.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (6-4 at WSU, 244-145 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.
COUGAR CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT: No. 18 Wichita State won the tournament with a 3-0 record...Washington State was second with a pair of 3-0 wins over Montana State and Northwestern...Northwestern was third and MSU fourth. Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team MVP Emily Stockman, Wichita State Lindsey Eckenrode, Wichita State Angels Jakubov, Wichita State Renee Bordelon, Washington State Kelly Hyder, Washington State Sabel Moffett, Northwestern
ABOUT THE UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES (2-5 pending 9/16 match at Utah State): Located in Orem, Utah, Utah Valley University used to be called Utah Valley State and before that was a community college...competing as NCAA Independent team...coming off two 3-0 wins at home tourney last weekend against North Texas and Idaho State...losses have come against Utah, Santa Clara, Central Florida, Kansas and Oregon...leading hitter is 6-0 So. OH Kayli Broadbent (3.20 kps)...top blockers are 6-3 Jr. MB Kristin Anderson (1.52 bps) and 6-0 Rs-Fr. OH Jaicee Kuresa (1.04 bps)...libero Allyce Wilson has a 3.88 dps average)...Head Coach Sam Atoa has DI record of 76-67 in 6 years at USU and a 214-98 career (10 years)...LAST TIME: Sept. 6, 2003 at Salt Lake City, Utah Valley won 3-2 (30-26, 23-30, 30-32, 20-16, 15-11)...SERIES RECORD: UVU leads 1-0.
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.
CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The CBS Sports Network/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 15, shows seven WSU opponents ranked...six of the top 12 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. 9 California, No.10 Washington, No. 12 Oregon, and No. 16 Wichita State..."also received votes" in the poll is Arizona (No. 30)...go to www.avca.org for the weekly coaches top 25 poll.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Nebraska leads the nation with an average of 7,220 fans (3 matches) to date...Stanford is the sole Pac-10 school currently ranked in the top 10 at 10th (2,029)...WSU is averaging 569 fans in four home matches.
PAC-10 2008 STANDINGS (as of 9/15/08) Conference Overall Streak Oregon 0-0 10-1 Won 8 Arizona 0-0 8-1 Won 4 California 0-0 7-1 Won 2 Washington 0-0 7-1 Lost 1 UCLA 0-0 6-1 Won 5 Arizona State 0-0 8-2 Won 5 Oregon State 0-0 8-2 Won 3 Stanford 0-0 7-2 Won 3 USC 0-0 4-2 Won 4 Washington St 0-0 6-4 Won 2
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 4.23 kps) Hitting Percentage - 6th Cassie Robbins .373 (Jessica Swarbrick, Washington .471) Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.58 aps (Jenna Hagglund, Washington 11.92 aps) Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.64 saps) Digs - 2nd Kelly Hyder 4.46 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 4.74 dps) Blocks - no WSU player (Amanda Gil, UCLA 1.50 bps) Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 4.98 pps)
TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10): Team Overall Matches (Leader) Kills - WSU is 10th with 12.21 kps (Oregon 14.11 kps) Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .183 (Washington .351) Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 6th at .163 (Arizona .088) Assists - WSU is 9th at 11.74 aps (California 13.30 aps) Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.82 saps (Washington 2.08 saps) Digs - WSU is 1st at 15.55 dps Blocks - WSU is 8th at 2.37 bps (Oregon 2.95 bps)
COUGS IN NATIONAL STANDINGS: In the 9/14 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball rankings of the 250 teams, Washington State is ranked 42nd in digs with 15.55 dps (national leader Citadel 19.35 dps) and 53rd in blocks (national leader Texas Southern 3.5 bps)...Kelly Hyder is ranked 55th in digs in NCAA individual rankings with 4.46 dps (national leader is Brittany Stowers, Northern Arizona 6.32 dps)...Cassie Robbins is 52nd in hitting percentage with .373 (national leader Lindsey Ensign, Princeton .549).
COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS: Two WSU volleyball players are advancing in the school's all-time career records...this past weekend Brittany Johnson passed Jen Stinson (59) in the career solo blocks list to move into 6th with 62 solos...Kelly Hyder jumped two spots to have the second-best career digs total with 1,245 digs...Hyder surpassed LaToya Harris (1,178) and Kortney Jamtaas (1,232) and needs only 9 more digs to become the school record holder in her junior season.
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) 62
Career Digs 1. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 1254 2. Kelly Hyder (2006-08) 1245
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) 978
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 2.62 kills per set and second in points per set with 2.94...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga.
#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...297 assists (9.58 aps is 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 13 kills with a .211 hitting percentage.
#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 35 of the Cougars' 38 sets...90 digs (2.57 dps).
#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 17 sets with 18 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs and 5 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 156 digs for a 4.46 dps average - 2nd best in Pac-10 this week...moved into 2nd on the WSU career digs list with 1,245 digs and needs 10 more to move claim the school record...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 35 of 38 sets...86 kills, 45 digs, 21 blocks...moved into 6th on WSU career solo blocks list with 62 total...needs 18 kills to move into top 10 in career kills list...2.93 pps is third-best on team.
#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in all 28 sets to date...26 kills, 121 assists, 36 digs, 14 blocks...has moved between setter and outside hitter positions in matches.
#12 Cassie Robbins (MB, 6-3, JR, Yakima, Wash.) - seen action in 31 sets and landed 72 kills with .373 hitting percentage which is best on team and 6th best in Pac-10 this week.
#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 99 kills and second on team with .318 hpct...adds 0.95 blocks per set, second on team...leads team in aces with 10 off of a jump-service style.
#10 Kimika Rozier (OH, 5-10, RS-FR, Murrieta, Calif.) - recovering from a minor surgical knee procedure in mid-August...coming 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...has not seen action on the court to date.
#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 35 of team's 38 sets to date...56 kills and 37 blocks with 1.06 bps which leads the team.
#11 Stephanie Weishaar (DS/L, 5-3, SR, Camas, Wash.) - played in 24 of the Cougars' 38 sets...51 digs.
#14 Tangerine Wiggs (OH, 6-2, FR, Seattle, Wash.) - has not seen action to date.
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), or Border 104 (KHTR, 104.3 on the FM dial)...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 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.