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2017 PAC-12 VOLLEYBALL // TEAMS 2 0 1 7 – 2 0 1 8 36 WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS COUGAR FACTS Location: Pullman, WA 99164-1602 Founded/Enrollment: 1890/20,193 Colors: Crimson & Gray Joined Pac-12: 1986 All-Time Record: 662-701 (41 years) Home Court: Bohler Gym (3,000) President: Kirk H. Schultz Faculty Rep: Nancy Swanger Athletic Director: Bill Moos SWA: Anne McCoy Head Coach: Jen Greeny (Washington State, '99) Career Record: 203-128 (10 years) WSU Record: 91-104 (6 years) Pac-12 Record: 29-93 (6 years) Of!ce: (509) 335-4290 Fax: (509) 335-7168 Associate Head Coach: Burdette Greeny Assistant Coach: Shannon Hunt SID: Bill Stevens Of!ce: (509) 335-COUG Fax: (509) 335-0267 Volleyball SID: Linda Chalich E-Mail: Of!ce: (509) 335-0268 Cell: (509) 432-3263 2016 Records: Overall: 22-12 Pac-12: 11-9 (T5th) NCAA: 1-1/Second round RECORD HOLDERS KILLS Career: 1848 Sarah Silvernail, 1993-96 Season: 649 Sarah Silvernail, 1996 Match: 39 Sarah Silvernail vs. California (1996) HITTING PERCENTAGE Career: .306 Carrie Gilley, 1990-93 Season: .405 Sarah Silvernail, 1996 Match: .909 Holly Harris (10-0-11) vs. Oregon, 2001 ASSISTS Career: 4553 Keri Killebrew, 1990-92 Season: 1726 Keri Killebrew, 1992 Match: 85 Keri Killebrew vs. USC, 1992 TOTAL BLOCKS Career: 615 Carrie Couturier, 1988-91 Season: 198 Joanne Johnson, 1992, 1993 Match: 20 Traci King at Oregon State, 1989 DIGS Career: 1954 Kate Sommer, 2012-15 Season: 565 Kelly Hyder, 2006 Match: 39 Oceana Bush vs. Arizona State (2009) SERVICE ACES Career: 143 LaToya Harris, 1999-2002 Season: 55 Carrie Couturier, 1991 Match: 7 Maggy Robinson vs. Washington, 1981 NO. NAME POS HT YR EXP HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL (LAST SCHOOL) 1 Penny Tusa S 5-8 Fr. HS Anaheim, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS 2 Julia Cubbedge OH 5-8 Jr. 1V Murrieta, Calif./Chapparral HS (Colorado State) 3 Nicole Rigoni S 5-8 Sr. 1V Beaverton, Ore./Southridge HS (E. Washington) 4 Alexis Dirige DS/L 5-2 So. 1V San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep 5 McKenna Woodford OH 6-4 Jr. 2V Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton HS 6 Jocelyn Urias MB 6-3 R-So. 1V Tijuana, Mexico/José Vasconcelos School 8 Charity Bradley OH 6-4 Fr. HS St. George, Utah/Deseret Hills HS 10 Taylor Mims OH 6-3 Jr. 2V Billings, Mont./Billings Senior HS 12 Claire Martin MB/OPP 6-4 Jr. 2V Bremerton, Wash./Bellarmine Prep 13 Olivia Coale DS 5-6 Jr. 2V Vancouver, Wash./Skyview HS 15 Abby Phillips DS/L 5-5 Jr. TR Central City, Iowa /Marion HS (Iowa State) 16 Savanah Smith OH 5-11 Fr. HS Roseville, Calif./Roseville HS 18 Ella Lajos MB 6-3 Jr. 2V San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian HS 19 Ashley Brown S 5-9 So. TR Prosper, Texas/Prosper HS (Oklahoma) 21 Casey Schoenlein OH 6-5 Sr. 3V Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS 28 Cameron Antoine-Dillon MB 6-0 Fr. HS Calabasas, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS Letterwinners Returning/Lost/Newcomers: 11/6/6. Returning starters in bold. TEAM OUTLOOK The Cougars had a breakthrough season in 2016, making its !rst trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2009. WSU went on to also win its !rst postseason match in 15 years, after tying for !fth place in the Pac-12 while recording the most number of league wins since 2002. Washington State returns the majority of its squad from a season ago, including four starters. However, Jen Greeny's Cougs will be without its stalwart of four years and three-time All-Pac-12 Kyra Holt. STRENGTHS » Washington State was the third-best blocking team in the country and two of those reasons are back for 2017. Junior outside hitter Taylor Mims (pictured) and classmate middle blocker Claire Martin were sixth and 16th, respectively, in NCAA Division I in blocks per set as sophomores. » Senior outside hitter Casey Schoenlein was the only other Coug to have over 100 blocks on the season and returns to make the defense at the net an even bigger force in 2017. » Junior outside hitter McKenna Woodford had a stellar second season after posting a strong rookie campaign. Woodford put together another solid season as the second option on attack behind Kyra Holt, posting the second-most kills and points per set. With two years playing alongside Holt, Woodford has the opportunity to take the lead role for the next two seasons. » The Cougs return a veteran at the setter position for 2017. Senior Nicole Rigoni split playing time directing the offense with Haley MacDonald and making an appearance in every match. She was second on the team in assists, averaging nearly 5.0 per game. » WSU is also pretty well set at the libero spot, welcoming back sophomore Alexis Dirige. She was seventh in the Pac-12 in digs per set. Backing her up is junior transfer Abby Phillips. » Four Cougs also played on collegiate national teams this summer to gain experience: Woodford (Thailand), Mims (Europe), Schoenlein (Minneapolis) and Urias (Mexico). CONCERNS » Kyra Holt was a game-changer for the Cougs from the moment she stepped on campus as a freshman !ve years ago. A well-rounded player that led the team in kills, points and aces, and second on the team in digs, !lling the void will be dif!cult for any one player to !ll. » Even with Holt, WSU ranked at or near the bottom in kills, assists, hitting percentage and digs. WSU will need to improve on those areas so as to avoid an over-reliance on the team's nationally-ranked net defense. GREENY'S CAREER RECORD Year School Overall Conference Postseason 2007-10 Lewis-Clark State (5 years) 112-24 (.848) 49-7 (.875) 7-8 (.467) 2011-16 Washington State (6 years) 91-104 (.467) 29-93 (.238) 1-1 (.500) Career totals (9 years) 203-128 (.613) 78-100 (.438) 1-1 (.500) Division I only HEAD COACH JEN GREENY • Led WSU to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, its !rst appearance since 2009. The Cougs went on to post their !rst postseason victory since 2002. • Washington State's !fth-place !nish and 11 league wins in 2016 were the most since 2002. • Prior to leading theCougar bench, spent four seasons as head coach of Lewis-Clark State College, leading the team to four-straight Frontier Conference regular-season crowns, includ- ing an undefeated league record in 2010, and four-straight conference tournament titles. • Four-time Frontier Conference Coach of the Year and the 2010 AVCA Northwest Region Coach of the Year. • A graduate of WSU, she led the Cougars to a No. 5 national ranking in 1995 and the NCAA Regional Finals in 1996, and the regional !nals as an assistant in 2002. 2017 WASHINGTON STATE ROSTER

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