Volleyball Returns to Bohler for Three Straight Nights
Sept. 7, 2010
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL BACK IN BOHLER FOR COUGAR CHALLENGE The Washington State University volleyball team returns to Pullman with a 3-3 record to host the Nike Cougar Challenge tournament...Cougs meet Eastern Washington (1-5), Montana State (5-2), and Cal Poly (3-3)...all matches will be played in Bohler Gym...admission to the 8 p.m. Saturday night WSU vs. Cal Poly match is free to anyone showing a ticket stub from the WSU vs. Montana State game that afternoon.
NIKE COUGAR CHALLENGE SCHEDULE (All matches in Bohler Gym) Thursday, Sept. 9 7 p.m. Washington State vs. Eastern WashingtonLAST WEEK WSU struggled at the USF Powerade Asics Challenge in San Francisco...Tulsa swept WSU and UC Santa Barbara defeated WSU 3-1...the Cougars needed four sets but defeated San Francisco...Cougar Meagan Ganzer racked up 65 kills in the three matches and was named to the all-tournament team.
ANOTHER TOUGH SCHEDULE FOR COUGS The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll (Sept. 6), has six of WSU's opponents ranked in the top 25, all Pac-10 schools so the Cougs will play each twice...conference teams include No. 2 Stanford, No. 8 USC, No. 9 Washington, No. 10 California, No. 13 UCLA, No. 19 Oregon, and No. 24 Arizona... "also received votes" in the current poll is non-conference opponent Cal Poly (No. 36)...complete poll is on the second page of this release or go to www.avca.org for the weekly Coaches Top 25 poll.
PALILEO NAMED 2009 PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL COACH OF THE YEAR Andrew Palileo was named Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Cougars to their first winning season since 2002, and garnering six league wins, the most since 2002...inherited a program that hadn't won more than three conference matches in a year for four consecutive seasons...mentored the Cougars to an 18-13 overall record and into the 2009 NCAA Championship Tournament...only one loss came to unranked team.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF Head Coach Andrew Palileo is in his third season at WSU...returned the Cougars to the NCAA Championship tournament in his second year...Palileo has a 31-35 overall record at WSU, and a 14-year career record of 270-176...associate head coach Brian Lamppa (third season)...assistant coach Jennifer Fry (first season)...Kara Kiefer, coordinator of operations (second season)...Tina Martin, volunteer coach (second season with program).
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