Volleyball Home for Three Matches in Five Days
Oct. 1, 2001
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL HOSTS THREE PAC-10 FOES: The Washington State volleyball team brings a record of 7-4 overall, 2-2 in Pac-10, home to Bohler Gym for three conference contests in five days...#3 USC comes to town for a tape-delayed TV broadcast Thursday (air dates on FOX Sports Net NW is Sat., Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. and Tues., Oct. 9 at noon)...#5 UCLA visits Friday night...the Washington match, postponed from Sept. 14, is now set for Monday, Oct. 8, beginning at 5 p.m.
#3 USC (8-1, 3-0) - The Women of Troy's sole defeat came at the hands of Wisconsin, 3-2, during the opening weekend of the series...have 3-0 wins against four ranked teams...USC team stats rank in top 10 nationally in kills (17.53 kpg) and blocks (3.13 bpg) and in top five in hitting percentage (.335)...April Ross (6-1 OH), last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and second team All-America, leads the team with 4.10 kpg (5th Pac-10) and 3.00 dpg (7th Pac-10)...in blocks per game, 6-1, senior MB Jennifer Pahl (second team All-America) averages 1.40 (4th Pac-10) and 6-3, So., MB Katie Olsovsky averages 1.27 (5th Pac-10)...two setters in a 6-2 offense (Toni Anderson (8.03 assists per game) and Tracy Lindquist (6.47 apg)...coach Mick Haley in his first full year at USC...USC leads the series 20-10 but WSU holds a narrow lead in the series in Pullman 8-7...the Cougs last victory over SC was a 3-1 contest at LA in 1998...WSU's last home win against USC was in 1997, 3-2.
#5 UCLA (7-2, 2-1, pending 10/4 at Washington) - The Bruins two losses came on the road at #1 Nebraska and #5 USC...UCLA has played seven top 20 ranked teams consecutively so far this season...team stats rank in top five nationally in kills per game (17.86)...barely ahead of WSU in Pac-10 team aces with a 2.21 apg compared to Cougars 2.19 apg...led by two-time All-America and three-sport letterwinner, 6-0, senior OH Kristee Porter...Porter leads the Pac-10 in kills (5.96 kpg) and contributes 2.96 dpg (8th Pac-10) and 0.46 aces per game (6th Pac-10)...senior setter Erika Selsor is the conference leader in assists with 14.25 per game...6-0 senior OH Ashley Bowles is second to WSU's Hankoff in service aces with 18 for a 0.64 apg average and contributes 3.18 dpg (4th Pac-10)...Angela Eckmier (6-1, Jr., MB) adds 1.41 blocks per game (3rd Pac-10)...coach Andy Banachowski (905-214, 35 years)...UCLA leads the series with 24-6...the Bruins hold an 11-4 advantage in Pullman but WSU upset the 7th-ranked UCLA last year in Pullman, 3-1.
WASHINGTON (7-4, 2-2 pending matches vs. USC and UCLA - Washington has mirrored WSU in Pac-10 play to date...Husky losses to ranked teams, BYU, Texas and Stanford...new coach Jim McLaughlin arrived at Washington just days before the start of pre-season practice...former coach, Bill Neville, retired in mid-July after 10 years at UW...McLaughlin spent four seasons at Kansas State and led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament all four years...his overall coaching record is 87-45...the Huskies are led by the 4.47 kpg (3rd Pac-10), 3.08 dpg (6th Pac-10), and 0.47 aces per game (5th Pac-10) of 6-1 senior OH Allison Richardson...6-3 senior CB Lisa Underhill is leading the conference in blocking with a 1.49 bpg...junior setter Gretchen Maurer is averaging 12.93 assists per game.
ABOUT THE CAT AND DAWG FIGHTS: UW leads the overall series 39-18, and also leads in the series of just Pac-10 matches, 20-10...Washington leads 8-7 in matches played at Pullman but the Dawgs last win in the Palouse country came in 1998 (3-2)...WSU won the last four contests (1999, 2000).
PAC-10 STANDINGS (thru 9/29) Conferene Overall Streak (Natl. Ranking) Stanford (4) 3-0 9-1 Won 1 USC (3) 3-0 8-1 Won 7 Oregon State 3-1 9-3 Won 3 UCLA (5) 2-1 7-2 Won 2 Arizona (7) 2-2 7-2 Lost 2 Washington State 2-2 7-4 Won 1 Washington 2-2 7-4 Won 1 Arizona State 1-3 5-6 Lost 3 Oregon 0-4 8-5 Lost 5 California 0-3 3-5 Lost 4
COUGS IN ACTION LAST WEEK: Oregon State out-lasted WSU 30-23, 30-26, 27-30, 33-31, Friday night in Corvallis...LaToya Harris had a season-high 23 kills while Kali Surplus had 59 assists and a career-high 26 digs...OSU tagged 110 digs to WSU's 106...OSU's Gina Schmidt had 19 kills and 20 digs...WSU defeated Oregon Saturday night in Eugene, 30-24, 30-21, 30-22...it was the 21st consecutive Cougar win over the Ducks in volleyball...LaToya Harris led all players with 13 kills while Adrian Hankoff and Melissa Boyle had 10 kills each...Boyle had no errors on 15 total attacks for .667...Hankoff had four service aces...UO's Monique Tobbagi led the Ducks with 10 kills.
NATIONAL POLLS: WSU did not receive enough points to make the current USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll (10/1/01)...in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll (10/1) WSU was listed among the "Others" at 30th.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: After two good crowds last weekend, WSU is 26th on the national attendance with an average of 921 fans per home match...Hawai's leads with an average of 6,580 while the top Pac-10 school is UCLA, 16th with 1,300 fans per match.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: This is Head Coach Cindy Fredrick's 13th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 234-156 (.600) while her overall collegiate record is 320-216 (.597)...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (13th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (second year).
HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS? In Pac-10 Conference team statistics, Washington State is second in service aces (79 in 36 games for 2.19 apg) and digs (17.72 dpg), sixth in kills (16.19 kpg) and assists (14.25 apg), and seventh in hitting percentage (.228) and blocks (2.18 bpg).
#1 Melissa Boyle (6-1, Sr., MH, Boise, Idaho) - Named to the Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...had a career-high 11 blocks (13 kills, hit .632) in the California win...second on team in blocking with 0.91 bpg...against Oregon had 10 kills, 0 errors on 15 attacks for .667 hitting percentage...2.03 kpg, fifth on team with top hitting percentage of .320.
#3 Kali Surplus (6-0, Sr., RS/LS, Gresham, Ore.) - Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...2001 team co-captain...averaging 12.08 assists per game (6th Pac-10)...2.94 dpg is ninth in Pac-10...vs. Houston and Arkansas had 14 kills, no errors in 23 attack...has .310 hpct. (second on team)...total assists of 1,792 is fifth among WSU all-time career leaders...named to 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...during spring 2001 practice, went to block a ball and hyper-extended her right elbow, popping an existing bone chip into the wrong place...needed surgery to repair but successfully rehabbed through summer.
#4 Kristin Purscelley (6-3, Fr., OH, Springfield, Ore.) - Using 2001 as a red-shirt season.
#6 Kortney Jamtaas (5-7 Jr., DS, Orinda, Calif.) - Two year back row starter...averaging 2.67 dpg, fifth on team...had 18 digs vs. Arkansas...tallied 7 kills in WSU tournament including career high 4 versus Pacific and again at Oregon State...this season's 21 kills surpassed to her two-year career total of 19 kills.
#7 Zanda Bautre (5-9, So., OH, Riga, Latvia) - Named to the 2000 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team...at Oregon State had career-high 23 digs and season-high 16 kills...averaging 2.49 kpg (fourth on team) and 2.80 dpg (third on team.
#8 Brittney Diaz (5-11, RS-Fr., MH, Las Cruces, NM) - 2000 was redshirt season to rehab from ACL surgery.
#10 Adrian Hankoff (5-11, Jr., OH, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) - Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...has taken starting spot away from 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention Chelsie Schafer so far this season...leads Pac-10 with 0.68 service aces per game (23 aces in 34 games) with powerful jump serve...had five service aces vs. Arkansas...3.00 kpg is second best on team...adds 2.68 dpg, fourth on team.
#11 Alison Billingsley (DS, Fr., 5-3, Walla Walla, Wash.) - Invited walk-on...served and had one dig versus Cal.
#12 Holly Harris (6-2, Jr., MH, Sandy, Utah) - Named to Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team...leads team with 0.92 blocks per game average...has 192 career block assists, 10th-best in WSU history...needs 20 more to move into 9th place...5 more block solos will move her to 10th on WSU all-time list...21 total blocks will move her to 10th in that category...also contributing 2.61 kpg, third best on team...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.
#13 Chelsie Schafer (5-10, Jr., RS/LS, Saskatoon, Sak., Canada) - Starter as freshman and sophomore, now battling to regain spot...played in last two games at Oregon State and tallied 7 kills, 15 digs, a service ace and two blocks...named to 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team...stepped in to set all spring...played last October through April with a broken finger.
#14 Kerry Lewis (5-8, Sr., DS, West Linn, Ore.) - WSU's only three-year letterwinner...was awarded a full scholarship summer 2001 after three seasons as walk-on...tough server off the bench.
#16 Victoria Prince (6-0, Fr., MH, Kennewick, Wash.) - Highly decorated prep and USVA player...played in 12 games this season...racked up four kills and two blocks in two games at Oregon State.
#17 Kathleen Monda (5-11, Fr., OH, Woodinville, Wash.) - Invited walk-on...subbed in to serve at Oregon.
#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, Jr., OH, Portland, Ore.) - Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...named to Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team...2001 team co-captain...All-Pac-10 First team selection in 2000...fifth in Pac-10 in digs with 3.11 digs per game average...leads team in kills at 3.44 kpg...third on team in blocks at 0.69 bpg...tied career high with 7 blocks against Cal...season high 23 kills and 18 digs at Oregon State.
PARKING CONCERNS: Cougar volleyball fans are encouraged to park in the Beasley Coliseum lot free of charge or at the Holland Library pay-to-park lot for Washington State home matches in Bohler Gym.
TELEVISION: WSU will have four matches televised this season, all on a tape-delayed basis...check with your local FOX Sports Net channel for dates and times...WSU matches scheduled for TV are Stanford at WSU (Sept. 20), USC at WSU (Oct. 4), Oregon at WSU (Oct. 26), and WSU at Washington (Nov. 16).
RADIO BROADCASTS ARE BACK: The local LIVE and Internet accessible radio broadcasts of the WSU Volleyball Pac-10 road matches are back...in the Palouse, the broadcasts can be heard on KRPL-AM, 1400...for the internet connection, go to www.wsucougars.com for the link.
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL QUICKSETS DINNERS: Join Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Cindy Fredrick and visiting Pac-10 coaches as they give the inside scoop on the strategies of that evening's match...Quicksets dinners are held in Bohler Addition Rooms 184/186...the cost is $10 per person and includes dinner from Pete's Bar & Grill...RSVP the Tuesday prior by calling toll free to 877-462-2684 or locally at 509-335-0220...Quicksets are scheduled for the following remaining Fridays - Oct. 5, Oct. 26, and Nov. 9.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY VOLLEYBALL
#1 MELISSA BOYLE, Sr., MH Season Highs [Career] Kills: 13 (California 9/21) [17 - 2000] H.Pct: .667 (Oregon 9/29) Service Aces: 0 [1, 2000] Digs: 4 (Pacific 9/1) [7 - 2000] Total Blocks: 11 (California 9/21)
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