The Arizona volleyball team will begin its run at a Pac-10 Conference championship as they head to Arizona State for a Wednesday match with the Sun Devils. First serve is 7 pm.
A Look at the Cats: Coming off a dominating performance and a championship at the Wildcat Classic, the 13th-ranked Wildcats begin their run at a Pac-10 Conference championship with a road match with intrastate rival Arizona State in Tempe on Wednesday, the Cats then travel to the Beehive State to take on red hot, 10th-ranked Brigham Young and No. 18 Utah on Friday and Saturday. Arizona swept 19th-ranked Baylor, previously undefeated Santa Clara and New Mexico State in Tucson last weekend to extend its winning streak to five games and improve its record to 5-1 for the season.
A Look at the Sun Devils, Cougars and Utes: After a 1-2 start, Arizona State has reeled off four straight victories to improve its season mark to 5-2. The Devils return to Tempe from San Marcos, Texas, with the B&G Properties Invitational championship, defeating St. Louis 3-1, Sacramento State 3-0, IUPUI 3-0 and Southwest Texas 3-2. ASU returns four starters and seven letter winners from a 1999 team that finished fifth in the conference with a 10-8 record, 14-13 overall. The Cats and Devils split their two meetings last season, with each team winning on the road. The two have met 57 times, with ASU holding a 31-26 edge ... 10th-ranked Brigham Young, 6-1, has won five in a row, inculding a 3-1 victory over then No. 1 Stanford and a 3-2 win against then No. 2 Long Beach State. The Cougars return three starters from its 1999 28-5 NCAA regional semifinal team. BYU won the Mountain West last year with 13-1 conference mark. The Wildcats and Cougars have met 23 times with BYU holding a 14-9 edge. The schools met last season with BYU stealing a 3-2 victory in Tucson ... No. 18 Utah, 7-0 and ranked for the first time in school history, got the upsets rolling last week by knocking off previously unbeaten and newly anointed No. 1 Stanford 3-2 in Salt Lake. Utah then rolled through its weekend matches downing Nevada 3-2, 24th-ranked San Diego 3-2 and Cal Poly-SLO 3-1. UU's roster mirrors that of the Wildcats. The Utes return five of six starters and 12 letterwinners from its 1999 squad. The Utes were third in the Mountain West and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament a season ago. Arizona holds a 10-3 advantage in 13 meetings with the last meeting coming in 1985.
Pac-10 Player of the Week: Junior setter Dana Burkholder was named Pac-10 Player of the Week by the conference for her performance at the Wildcat Classic Sept. 8-9. The Classic MVP had an impressive tournament, posting 126 assists, 22 digs and seven block assists in the Wildcats' three match sweep of New Mexico State, No. 19 Baylor and Santa Clara. She chipped in with 22 kills, including a career-high 13 against Santa Clara, and hit an impressive .606 for the weekend. It is Burkholder's second Player of the Week honor in her Arizona career having garnered the award last season for her efforts against the Washington schools in November.
Hunting Season: The Arizona volleyball team went on a hunting expedition last weekend at the Wildcat Classic. The Cats posted 183 kills on 340 swings, while committing only 36 errors for an impressive .432 hitting percentage in their three matches. Collectively hitting .382 as a team this season, the Wildcats are literally killing their opponents at the net.
Sharp Shooters: Arizona's team hitting percentage of .483 in the three-game sweep at San Diego State Sept. 2 set a school record for accuracy. The Cats had 52 kills on 89 attempts while committing only nine errors. The previous mark was held by the 1994 squad who hit .461 against California.
Classic Awards: Arizona's three match sweep through the Wildcat Classic last weekend earned four Wildcat players all-tournament honors. Joining Dana Burkholder, who earned top honors as Classic MVP, were all-tournament selections Lisa Rutledge, Jill Talbot and Marisa DaLee. Rutledge knocked home 26 kills for the weekend on 54 attempts while committing just six errors (a .444 hitting percentage). Talbot averaged 2.33 kills and 2.46 digs per game for Arizona, while DaLee rapped out 29 kills on 49 swings and only four errors for a .510 hitting percentage.
Thrice as nice: Junior setter Dana Burkholder collected her second career triple-double Sept. 2, against San Diego. Her 10 kill, 54 assist, 10 dig performance was the 19th triple-double in Arizona history, and just the fifth by a Wildcat setter. Burkholder tallied her first triple-double a season ago in Arizona's five game loss to UCLA on Oct. 11 when she had a career-high 11 digs, 70 assists and 14 digs against the Bruins.
Keep it to a Minimum: San Diego State's 14 points in three games was the fourth lowest point total for an Arizona opponent in a three game match in school history. Cal State Fullerton mustered only 10 points in a 1983 meeting with the Cats.
Arizona in the Pac-10: With a team hitting percentager of .382, the Arizona team is tops among Pac-10 Conference squads. The Wildcats have 376 kills on 736 attempts with only 95 errors, USC is second at .332. UA is second among Pac teams in assists per game, 16.29, and kills per game,17.90. Individually, Marisa DaLee leaders confernce players with a .485 hitting percentage., Stefani Saragosa is fourth (.408) and Allison Napier is eighth (.375). Saragosa is also tied for second in the Pac-10 in blocks per game, averaging 1.60. Pac-10 Player of the Week Dana Burkholder currently ranks second among conference players with an assist per game average of 13.19.
Lauren Benward * 6-0 * Jr. * S
Starts: 0 Games: 6
Ranks 10th on the Arizona career assists list with 311 ... Is second on the team with a 3.00 assists per game average ... Picked up 10 assists in three games at the Wildcat Classic ... Collected eight assists in three games at SDSU Diggin It tournament ... Set a career high in assists in 1999 with 51 against Sacramento State (9/4)
Dana Burkholder * 5-8 * Jr. * S
Starts: 3 Games: 12
Starting setter ... recorded second career triple double on Sept. 2 with a 10 kill, 54 assist, 10 dig performance in Arizona's four game win over San Diego ... September 11 Pac-10 Player of the Week ... Named Wildcat Classic MVP for her 126 assist, 22 dig, 22 kill, .606 hitting percentage performance in the three match tournament ... Had a career high 13 kills against Santa Clara (9/9) ... Garnered all-tournament honors at SDSU's Diggin' It 2000 Tournament Sept. 1-2 ... Leads 2000 team with 13.19 assists per game average ... Arizona's all-time leader in assists per game, averaging 12.71 ... Fourth on Arizona's career assist list ... 1999 AVCA All-District 8 and All-Pac-10 honoree ... 1998 and '99 Junior National team member ... has started 60 career matches, tied for 17th all-time at Arizona and most among current team members.
Elvina Clark * 5-6 * Sr. * DS
Starts: 1 Games: 15
Primary defensive specialist ... had a career high 10 digs against Hawaii in 1999 ... redshirted in 1998 with a dislocated shoulder.
Marisa DaLee * 6-3 * Sr. * MB
Starts: 4 Games: 21
Starting middle blocker ... Is first on team with a 3.86 kills per game average and a .485 hitting percentage ... Named to all-tournament team at Wildcat Classic Sept. 8-9 with a .510 hitting percentage and 29 kills ... Had a career high 24 kills while hitting .500 (24-5-38) in Arizona's four game victory over San Diego (9/2) ... Hit .586 (19-2-29) against 14th-ranked UC Santa Barbara (9/1) ... Garnered all-tournament honors at SDSU's Diggin' It 2000 Tournament Sept. 1-2 with 52 kills and a .471 hitting percentage in three matches ... Has appeared in 241 consecutive games, third-most in Arizona history ... Has hit .400 or better an Arizona record 45 times ... Holds top two spots on UA single-season hitting percentage list ... Became just the third Wildcat player to earn All-Pac-10 honors twice (1998 and '99) in a career.
Christina Frost * 5-10 * R-Fr. * OH
Starts: 0 Games: 7
Redshirted in 1999 ... recorded first career kill in Arizona's three-game sweep of San Diego State ... Had a career-high two kills against New Mexico State (9/8)
Cathy Garbacz * 6-1 * Fr. * OH
Linda McCullagh * 5-8 * So. * DS
Transferd from Oregon State where she did not particpate in volleyball ... will sit out 2000 season due to transfer rules.
Allison Napier * 6-2 * Sr. * OH
Starts: 6 Games: 16
Had seven kills on 16 attempts and one error in UA's win over Santa Clara (9/9) ... Hit .444 (5-1-9) against No. 19 Baylor (9/8) ... Hit .409 (11-2-22) against 14th-ranked UC Santa Barbara (9/1) ... has career high hitting percentage of .438 ... 1997 honorable mention Freshman All-Pac-10 selection.
Lindsay Rogers * 6-2 * Fr. * MB
First-team East Valley and second-team all-state her senior year at Mountain Veiw High School in Phoenix.
Lisa Rutledge * 6-2 * So. * OH
Starts: 6 Games: 21
Starting opposite side hitter ... Named to all-tournament team at Wildcat Classic Sept. 8-9, with three game totals of 26 kills and a .444 hitting percentage ... Hit .667 (13-1-18) at San Diego State (9/2), tied for ninth-best on Arizona's single-match list ... Recorded double-doubles vs. San Diego (12 kills-14 digs) and UC Santa Barbara (10 kills-10 digs) ... 1999 Freshman All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-Pac-10 honoree.
Stefani Saragosa * 6-2 * So. * MB
Starts: 5 Games: 20
Led Arizona with a career-high 16 kills and had a .609 hitting percentage in the Wildcats win over New Mexico State (9/8) ... Tied a career high seven block assists against No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (9/1) and No. 19 Baylor (9/8) ... hit .833 (5-0-6) in two games at San Diego State (9/2) ... 1999 honorable mention Freshman All-Pac-10 honoree.
Erin Sebbas * 6-2 * Jr. * MB
Starts: 0 Games: 7
Had three kills on five attempts with no errors (.600) against New Mexico State (9/8) ... Hit .500 (3-0-6) and recorded five blocks in one game at San Diego State ... 1999 honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 honoree.
Jill Talbot * 6-0 * Jr. * OH
Starts: 6 Games: 21
Named to Wildcat Classic all-tournament team after leading Arizona with 2.22 digs per game ... had 10 kills (.381 hitting) and nine digs against Santa Clara (9/9) ... Hit .556 (11-1-18) with seven digs vs. No. 14 UC Santa Barbara ... recorded a double-double (11 kills-11 digs) vs. San Diego ... hit .417 (6-1-12) in three-game sweep of San Diego State ... leads team with seven service aces.
Shannon Torregrosa * 6-2 * So. * OH
Starts: 0 Games: 13
Had 25 kills in three matches at Wildcat Classic Sept. 8-9 ... Had 12 kills on 18 attempts with one error (.611) in UA's win over New Mexico State ... Hit .727 (9-1-11) at San Diego State ... had 10 kills vs. San Diego ... Was just the fifth freshman to start her first career match under head coach David Rubio in 1999.
Rachel Williams * 5-5 * So. * DS
Starts: 3 Games: 21
Fourth on team with 32 digs ... has three service aces, second for Arizona.