Cougar Volleyball Wraps Up Season At Home with UCLA, USC
Nov. 22, 2004
The Washington State volleyball team (4-25, 1-15) will complete the 2004 season with a pair of matches at Bohler Gym this weekend...No. 17 UCLA (17-9, 13-3) visits Friday, Nov. 26, and No. 6 USC comes to town Saturday, Nov. 27...Cougars will honor a pair of seniors in the season finale, four-year letterwinner Alison Billingsley and two-year letterwinner Stacey Holbrook.
COUGARS WILL PLAY FOR FOOD: A donation of a non-perishable food item (canned food or pre-packaged processed foods) will admit one fan to either the UCLA or the USC volleyball matches this weekend at Bohler Gym...all food will be donated to the Pullman Food Bank.
WSU QUICKSETS DINNER: Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Brian Heffernan and the visiting Pac-10 coaches give the inside scoop on the strategies of that evening's match at the Cougar Volleyball Quicksets Dinners, held in Bohler Athletic Complex Rooms 184/186, on the Friday evenings of Pac-10 home matches...cost is $10 per person and includes dinner from Pete's Bar & Grill...RSVP the Tuesday prior by calling toll free 877-462-2684 or locally at 509-335-0220...the last Quicksets dinner is Friday, Nov. 26.
TWO COUGS MAKE PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Megan Camp and Alison Billingsley were named to the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Volleyball Team...Camp, a junior from Spokane, Wash., was one of seven women selected to the first team...Camp has a 3.95 GPA and is majoring in zoology with plans to pursue a career in medicine...Billingsley is a senior from Walla Walla, Wash., and was named to the seven-member second team...she has a 3.61 GPA in her communication major...another 27 women from the 10 conference schools were selected to the honorable mention team.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan became the 10th volleyball head coach in Washington State University history when he was appointed June 2004...Heffernan joined the Cougars after a successful four-year stint at the University of Minnesota as an associate head coach and assistant coach...the Golden Gophers were 2002 Big Ten Conference champions...four NCAA tournament appearances including 2003 national semi-final match...WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry and Kevin Wray, and volunteer Kevin Marts.
FALL SIGNEES: Three volleyball players have signed NLIs to play at WSU...6-1 middle blocker Natalia Owens from Lima, Peru, 5-9 middle blocker Brittany Johnson from Phoenix, Arizona, and 5-8 outside hitter Jalen Pendon from Spanaway, Wash...Owens was a member of the Peruvian National Team and is attending Shoreline Community College in Seattle where she will graduate this summer and join WSU in the fall...Johnson was MVP of the Skyline Region for both the 2004 and 2003 volleyball seasons...she is planning to graduate from Washington High in December and attend WSU in January 2005...Pendon is also planning to graduate (Spanaway Lake High) next month and attend WSU in January 2005...she was a two-time South Puget Sound League South Division volleyball MVP in addition to being named to the first team all-league three times...Pendon's team placed third at the 2003 state 4A volleyball tournament and fifth place this fall where she was named to the all-tournament team..."Collectively this class immediately increases our athleticism, our volleyball intelligence and our competitiveness," first year Cougar head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "Each of these athletes has the ability to make an immediate impact for Cougar Volleyball."
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ABC CAMPAIGN: Cougar volleyball and the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies, joined together for the Attacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pledge Drive for the third consecutive year...October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cougar players took pledges and collected $1,645.80 for the 452 kills (team total for October) for WSU during the ten matches of the month...the 2003 campaign raised $1,623.35 and the team raised $1,019 in 2002...Cougar Volleyball and the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse thank all the fans for their donations.
NO. 16 UCLA BRUINS (17-9, 10-6) - The Bruins are gearing toward their sixth consecutive and 22nd NCAA Championship Tournament invitation...Bruins' kills leader is Brynn Murphy with 3.06 kpg in addition to her 0.94 bpg...Nana Meriwether leads the Pac-10 in blocks with a 1.56 bpg average...two-time All-Pac-10 libero Chrissie Zartman has a 5.59 dpg average (2nd Pac-10)...setter Krystal McFarland has a 12.13 apg average (4th Pac-10)...head coach Andy Banachowski (980-253/38 years)...LAST TIME: No. 10 UCLA Bruins defeated WSU 30-19, 30-22, 30-26 Sept. 25 at Pauley Pavilion...UCLA's Becky Green (12 kills, .333, 5 aces, 12 digs), McFarland (37 assists), Zartman (20 digs) led the Bruins...UCLA landed 12 aces...Jennifer Todd (11 kills, 3 blocks), Stacey Holbrook(12 digs) and Nicole Martin (29 assists) were WSU leaders...Cougs out-blocked the Bruins six to two but UCLA hit .242 and held WSU to .134...UCLA leads the series 30-7 and 13-5 when played in Pullman...WSU's last win was Oct. 25, 2003 at Pullman (3-2).
NO. 6 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (18-4, 13-3) - Two-time defending national champions are posed for another run at the NCAA crown...USC is led by the 3.82 kpg (7th Pac-10) of 6-1 senior OH Keao Burdine...6-6 senior MB Emily Adams has a 3.16 kpg and 1.55 bpg average (2nd Pac-10), and leads the Pac-10 in hitting percentage at .421...Bibiana Candelas (6-5, Jr., MB) hits .398 (3rd Pac-10) and brings 1.01 bpg (10th pac-10)...USC runs a 6-2 offense with two setters...head coach Mick Haley (109-8 record in four years at USC; career record of 882-201-1/28 years)...LAST TIME: No. 2 USC defeated WSU 30-16, 30-23, 30-25, Sept. 24 at USC...Women of Troy were led by Keao Burdine (13 kills, .423, 13 digs, 4 blocks), Bibiana Candelas (10 kills, .500, 3 blocks), Allison Dillon and Kimi Freeburg combined for 46 assists...leading WSU was Jennifer Todd (10 kills, .500, 2 aces), Jen Barcus (5 kills, 6 blocks), Stacey Holbrook (12 digs), and Nicole Martin (34 assists)...USC leads the series 28-10 overall and 10-8 in Pullman...WSU's last win was a 3-1 match at Los Angeles Oct. 16, 1998.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars lost a pair of matches to ranked conference teams in the Bay area...Thursday night No. 14 California defeated WSU 30-23, 30-21, 30-18, in Berkeley...Cal was led by Gabrielle Abernathy (11 kills, 5 aces), Jenna Brown (10 kills, 3 blocks), Samantha Carter (40 assists, 4 blocks) and Alexis Kollias (11 digs)...Jessie Camp's 11 kills led the Cougars with Jennifer Todd, Jen Barcus and Kristin Kelley each adding 6 kills and 3 blocks...Kelly Rosin (4 kills, 3 blocks), Nicole Martin (28 assists), and Stacey Holbrook (7 digs) also contributed...the Bears hit .305 for the match and held WSU to a .127 hitting percentage...the next night across the bay, No. 9 Stanford defeated WSU 30-19, 30-22, 30-22, at Burnham Gym...Stanford hit .430 as a team and was led by Ogonna Nnanami (20 kills), Kristin Richards (19 kills, 13 digs). Lizzie Suiter (4 blocks), and Bryn Kehoe (44 assists, 3 aces)...WSU was led by Jen Barcus (14 kills), Jennifer Todd (4 blocks), Kelly Rosin (3 blocks), and Nicole Martin (30 digs, 3 aces).
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 7,135 in the 17 home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington, fifth with a seven-match average of 2,794 fans including the Oct. 23 match vs. Stanford with a school record 5,712 fans...WSU's average for 10 home matches is 711 fans, including a season-high 1,011 for UW match, not among the top 25 schools.
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