Nov. 10, 2008
COUGS MAKE FINAL ROAD TREK OF SEASON: The Washington State volleyball team, 7-17 overall, 0-13 Pac-10, takes on No. 8 Oregon (20-5, 8-4) Friday night at 6 p.m. on McArthur Court in Eugene and then travels to Corvallis to play Oregon State (14-11, 3-9) Sunday at 1 p.m. in Gill Coliseum...Cougs will finish out the season in Bohler Gym with three matches.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo (7-17 at WSU, 246-158 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.
NOVEMBER 21 MATCH VS. WASHINGTON IS SENIOR NIGHT: Four Cougar seniors will be honored before the Cougar-Husky volleyball match Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. in Bohler Gym...Brittany Johnson, Emily Rooney, Amy Small and Stephanie Weishaar will be honored beginning at 7:55 p.m.
HYDER ADDS ON TO SCHOOL DIGS RECORD: Kelly Hyder (junior, Huntington Beach, Calif.) owns the WSU career digs record with 1,414 digs over her three-year career at WSU (87 matches, 290 sets, 4.88 digs per set average)...also owns WSU single-season record with 565 (2006).
JOHNSON CLIMBING UP CAREER KILLS STANDINGS: Senior Brittany Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.) reached 1,000 kills (9/27/08) and became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach this milestone...with 1,062 kills she is currently sixth place on the all-time list and needs 51 more kills for fifth place.
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.
ABOUT THE NO. 8 OREGON DUCKS (20-5, 8-4): The Ducks have won their last two matches against USC and Oregon State...leader is 6-3 Sr. Serbian OH Gorana Maricic (4.04 kps, 4th Pac-10, and 4.74 pps, 3rd in Pac-10)...6-1 Jr. MB Neticia Enesi (1.25 bps, 3rd Pac-10) and 6-2, Sr. MB Kristen Forristall (1.08 bps, 6th Pac-10)...setter Nevena Djordjevic (11.29 aps, 3rd Pac-10)...libero Katie Swoboda leads Pac-10 with 5.05 dps...solid servers in Amanda Westrick (0.36 aps, 3rd Pac-10) and Heather Meyers (0.26 aps, t7th Pac-10)...Head Coach Jim Moore (71-46, 4 years at UO; 423-202, 20 years career)...LAST TIME: Oct. 19, 2008, in Pullman, Oregon won 25-17, 25-20, 25-12...SERIES RECORD: Series tied at 34-34-2 (WSU streak -5)...WSU last win in Eugene was 10/28, 2004 (3-2).
ABOUT THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS (14-11, 3-9 pending 11/14 vs. No. 7 Washington): The Beavers are coming off four losses and dropped out of the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll...leading the way for Oregon State is 6-5, Jr. OH Australian Rachel Rourke (4.41 kps - t1st Pac-10, 14th nationally) and 6-0 So. OH Jill Sawatzky (3.14 kps)...6-0, Sr. MB Lauren Rinderknecht (0.96 bps) and 6-3, Jr. MB Lexie Rathgeber (0.91 bps) are the blocking leaders...setter Camilla Ah-Hoy (10.11 aps - 8th Pac-10) and libero Ashley Evans (3.47 dps - 10th Pac-10)...Head Coach Taras Liskevych (38-68 in 4 years at OSU; 305-152-1 in 13 years career)...LAST TIME: Oct. 17, 2008, OSU won 25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 25-23, in Pullman...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads the series 41-33 (WSU streak -1)...WSU's last win in Corvallis 9/21/07 (3-2).
CURRENT NATIONAL POLL: The Bison/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Nov. 10, shows seven WSU opponents ranked...six of the top 10 teams are Pac-10 schools (see below) and an early season opponent, No. 11 Wichita State...go to www.avca.org for the weekly poll.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 6,138 fans (17 matches) to date...Pac-10 schools include Stanford at 12th (2,243, 10 matches), 14th Washington (1,899, 12 matches), and USC at 17th (1,721, 11 matches) ...WSU is averaging 796 fans in 9 home matches with a top crowd of 1,407 fans Friday, Nov. 7.
PAC-10 2008 STANDINGS (as of 11/10/08)
(Nat. Ranking) Conference Overall Streak Stanford (2) 12-1 21-3 Won 6 California (7) 10-3 20-4 Won 1 Washington (5) 10-3 19-4 Won 3 Oregon (8) 8-4 20-5 Won 2 USC (10) 7-6 14-8 Won 1 UCLA (9) 6-7 16-8 Lost 1 Arizona 4-8 14-10 Lost 1 Oregon State 3-9 14-11 Lost 4 Arizona State 3-9 12-13 Lost 2 Washington State 0-13 7-16 Lost 13
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10): Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader) Kills - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State & Hana Cutura, Cal 4.41 kps) Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .468) Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.27 aps (Carli Lloyd, California 12.19 aps) Service Aces - no WSU player (Jill Collymore, Washington 0.47 saps) Digs - 5th Kelly Hyder 4.22 dps (Katie Swoboda, Oregon 5.05 dps) Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.46 bps) Points - no WSU player (Hana Cutura, California 5.10 pps)
TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10): Team Overall Matches (Leader) Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.67 kps (California 15.15 kps) Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .160 (Stanford .319) Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .237 (Stanford .161) Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.00 aps (California 14.11 aps) Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.72 saps (Oregon 1.48 saps) Digs - WSU is 5th at 14.54 dps (UCLA 15.39 dps) Blocks - WSU is 10th at 2.09 bps (Oregon 2.67 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 4.98 kps) Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .488) Assists - 9th Renee Bordelon 9.07 aps (Carli Lloyd, California 12.62 aps) Service Aces - t6th Bree Flach 0.25 (Amanda Westrick, Oregon 0.37 saps) Digs - t7th Kelly Hyder 3.95 dps (Tamari Miyashiro, Washington 5.90 dps) Blocks - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford 1.55 bps) Points - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State 5.26 pps)
TEAM STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 CONF. ONLY MATCHES (TOP 10): Team Overall Matches (Leader) Kills - WSU is 10th with 11.00 kps (California 15.52 kps) Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .135 (Stanford .320) Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .314 (Stanford .173) Assists - WSU is 9th at 10.22 aps (California 14.52 aps) Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.63 saps (Oregon 1.19 saps) Digs - WSU is 10th at 13.37 dps (UCLA 16.40 dps) Blocks - WSU is 10th at 1.76 bps (Stanford 2.70 bps)
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...this week, senior Amy Small writes about the Cougars' day at Alcatraz.
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 1,414 through 11/9...Hyder became 18th Pac-10 player to reach 1400 digs...senior Brittany Johnson became the 10th Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 kills in a career...her current total of 1,062 kills is 51 kills behind the No. 5 spot...Johnson's career solo blocks totally now 72, fifth place...Jackie Albright (junior, Lake Forest, Calif.) has accumulated 589 kills and 597 digs to date.
Career Digs 1. Kelly Hyder (2006-08) 1414 2. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 1254
Career Block Solos 1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 196 3. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 98 4. Kelly Hankins (1990-91) 88 5. Brittany Johnson (2005-08) 72
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)...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 had one match televised this season, the Sept. 27 match at Arizona State...the Oct. 31 match at California was broadcast by Comcast SportsNet West, which covers most of Northern California from Fresno to the Oregon border.
ABC CAMPAIGN & BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: The Stanford at WSU Oct. 3 match was the first of the Pac-10 Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness Month...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...the total amount raised will be in the Nov. 17 news release.
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 2.49 kills per set and second in points per set with 2.79...reached career-high 24 digs against Gonzaga...2.59 dps is second-best on team...double-figure kills in eight matches this season...career totals are 589 kills, 36 aces, 597 digs, 81 blocks, 675.5 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 64 of WSU's 82 sets...averages 9.27 aps, 9th best in Pac-10 this week...also tallied 20 kills, 110 digs, 9 aces and 24 blocks...season-high 47 assists against Gonzaga and four blocks at USC.
#13 Bree Flach (DS/L, 5-7, FR, Shabbona, Ill.) - played in 78 of the WSU's 82 sets...161 digs (2.06 dps) is third-best on team....outstanding 5 service aces at No. 4 California...season-best 15 digs against Eastern Washington.
#9 Meagan Ganzer (OH, 6-3, FR, Black Diamond, Wash.) - played in 53 sets with 75 kills, 2 aces, 21 digs and 19 blocks...hit career-high 9 kills at No. 4 California...hit .556 against No. 6 Stanford 10/3, and hit .462 against No. 6 Washington 10/24 with seven 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...has tallied 325 digs for a 4.22 dps average - 5th best in Pac-10 this week...17 matches with double-figure digs this season...leader of the WSU career digs list with 1,414 digs...seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 digs (2007)...18th player in Pac-10 history to reach 1400 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...170 kills, 103 digs, 47 blocks...reached 1000 career kills this season (9/27) and her 1,062 kills is 6th on school list...needs 51 kills to move into 5th place...5th on WSU career solo blocks list with 72 total...2.67 pps is third-best on team...had 15 kills, 8 digs and career-high 9 blocks, including 3 solos, at Cal 10/31.
#1 Breann Nesselhuf (S, 5-9, FR, Swink, Colo.) - has played in 49 of 82 sets to date...33 kills, 235 assists (4.80 aps), 70 digs, 18 blocks...has moved between setter and outside hitter positions in matches...season-high 43 assists at No. 4 Cal with 9 digs...injured ankle Nov. 5 and did not see action for the Nov. 7 and 9 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 has missed five matches...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...second on team with 181 kills and second on team with .267 hpct...adds 0.70 blocks per set, second on team...leads team with 14 service aces...leads team with 2.83 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 27 sets with 37 digs...career high of 9 digs vs. EWU.
#21 Brittany Tillman (MB, 6-1, SO, Tacoma, Wash.) - starter at middle...tallied 166 kills...73 blocks with 0.92 bps leads the team...had career-high 15 kills, hit .458, had 3 blocks versus No. 10 USC...other notable matches - at No. 4 Cal, had 13 kills, .364, 5 blocks; had 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 66 of the Cougars' 82 sets...105 digs this season...had career-high 2 kills at No. 5 Stanford...played in 114 matches in career, second only to Brittany Johnson on team (115)...791 career digs and 63 career service aces.
#14 Tangerine Wiggs (OH, 6-2, FR, Seattle, Wash.) - redshirt this season.