On the Air: Arizona's Friday match against Stanford can be seen on Fox Sports Net at 7:30 pm (Fox Sports Arizona will air the Diamondbacks game on Friday, replays of the volleyball match can be seen Sunday, Oct. 1, at 2 pm and Tuesday Oct. 3, at 1 pm). Please check YOUR local listings. Jim Watson will do play-by-play with Heather Cox as the analyst.
A Look at the Cats:: The 8th-ranked Cats extended their winning streak to ten games with two, three-game victories at Washington State and Washington. Arizona, the top hitting team in the NCAA, continued its accurate hitting with team attack percentages of .365 against the Cougars and .337 against the Huskies. The Wildcat defense limited the Cougars to a .106 attack percentage and the Huskies to only .126. UA picked up 23 blocks against WSU and 48 digs. The ten straight wins tie the school record for most consecutive victories.
A Look at the Cardinal and Bears: 15th-ranked Stanford (7-4, 2-2 Pac-10) comes to Tucson carrying a two-game losing streak. The Cardinal were swept by UCLA and USC in Palo Alto, Calif., last weekend, both were three-game matches. The fourth-best blocking team in the conference, Stanford averages 2.89 blocks per game. The Cardinal is seventh in the Pac-10 with a team hitting percentage of .209. They have 621 kills on 1,589 attempts in 11 matches this season. Leading the way for Stanford is Jenn Harvey. The freshman middle blocker is hitting .239 for the season. Noticeably absent from the Cardinal lineup this season is 1999 first team All-American Logan Tom. Stanford's top player has been with the national team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. The Cardinal, the 1999 NCAA runner-up, downed Arizona in their three matches last season, including a 3-1 victory in the NCAA Regionals in Palo Alto. The two schools have met 39 times with Stanford winning 37, including the last 13 straight. Arizona's last win over the Cardinal came in 1993, Coach Rubio's second season at the helm. California (5-5, 1-3 Pac-10) also comes to Tucson having dropped both matches at home last weekend. Falling 3-1 to UCLA on Friday and 3-0 to USC on Saturday. The Bears are currently third in the Pac-10 with a 2.91 blocks per game average, but rank last in hitting percentage at .188. Alicia Perry is Cal's top hitter averaging 4.59 kills per game, third best in the Pac-10. She has amassed 179 kills in 10 matches this season. The senior also ranks third in the conference in digs per game (3.79). Arizona won both contests a season ago and have taken the last eight matches. The Wildcats have won 24 of the 30 matches played between the two schools.
Streaking: Arizona has won a school record tying 10 games in-a-row. Since it's opening five-game loss to UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 1, Arizona has reeled off seven three-game wins, two four-game victories and a five-game defeat of Arizona State, to equal the 10 in-a-row the 1998 squad started the season with. Impressively, the Cats have been able to accomplish much of their success away from the confines of McKale Center. Six of the ten games have been played on the road and one in a neutral site. Arizona has knocked off three nationally ranked schools during the streak (No.10 BYU, No. 18 Utah and No. 19 Baylor), of which, only one match went more than three games. As a team Arizona is hitting .363 with 645 kills on 1290 attempts during its three week run. Meanwhile, Wildcat opponents have been able to post only a .164 attack percentage. Senior middle blocker Marisa DaLee has been impressive, hitting an outstanding .479 with a team-leading 133 kills. Junior setter Dana Burkholder has tallied 495 assists during the winning streak, a 14.56 assist per game average. The 1998 squad had its winning streak snapped at home by Stanford 3-1.
Conference First: Arizona's 3-0 start to the conference season is the best beginning for the school ever. The Cats have started 2-0 a number of times in the Pac-10, but up until this season had not been able to win three straight to begin the conference schedule.
Arizona in the Pac-10: The Wildcat season-long hot hitting has placed them atop the conference with a .359 team hitting percentage and 18.10 kills per game average. Individually, Arizona's Marisa DaLee and Stefani Saragosa rank first and third, respectively, in the Pac-10 with hitting percentages of .492 and .429. Senior Allison Napier is seventh at .376 and junior Jill Talbot ninth (.352). The Cats also top all Pac-10 teams with a 16.56 assist per game average. Setter Dana Burkholder has the Pac-10's best assist per game average at 14.13. Arizona ranks second as a team with 3.15 blocks per game. Leading the way for the Cats is Saragosa, the sophomore ranks fourth with 1.24 blocks per game.
School Records: The Arizona volleyball team has already matched or bettered a number of school records this season. In Arizona's victory over Arizona State on Sept. 13, the Wildcats had 101 kills, breaking the previous school best for a five game match of 96 set in 1986 against Oklahoma. The 91 assists in that same match tied Arizona's best team effort set in 1987, again against Oklahoma. Junior Dana Burkholder had 84 of the 91 assists to take over the top spot in the record book, breaking Heather McCormack's 1991 mark of 77.
Career Records: Senior Marisa DaLee's ongoing streak of 262 games played is the third-best run in Arizona history. She trails Barb Bell's 383 and current Arizona Associate Head Coach Charita Johnson's 348. Junior Dana Burkholder has started 65 career matches, 16th-best at Arizona and tops among current team members. Her 12.90 career assist per game average is the best all-time at Arizona.
On the Mark: Arizona has been deadly accurate so far this season. UA has failed to hit over .300 as a team in just two of its 11 matches this season. Five players have hit .500 or better in a match thus far, including five by senior Marisa DaLee alone. Arizona's team hitting percentage of .483 in its win at San Diego State, Sept. 2, set a school record for accuracy in a three game match. 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.
1000 Kill Club: Senior Marisa DaLee needs only seven more kills to become Arizona's ninth member of the 1000 kill club. The exclusive group features former All-Americans Barb Bell and Anita Moss.
Arizona's 1000 Kill Club 1. Barb Bell (1993-96) 1,859 2. Terry Lauchner (1987-90) 1,636 3. Melissa Ferris (1991-94) 1,273 4. Melissa McLinden (1982-85) 1,213 5. Charita Johnson (1991-94) 1,134 6. Kristi Colson (1988-91) 1,044 7. Anita Moss (1980-83) 1,036 8. Kiyomi Morino (1984-87) 1,016 Marisa DaLee (1997-Present) 993Wildcat Pac-10 Players of the Week:: Junior setter Dana Burkholder was named the Sept. 5-11 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 was 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. A week later fifth-year senior Marisa DaLee garnered the award. The Phoenix, Ariz., native had 47 kills on 79 attempts with only 10 errors against Arizona State, 10th-ranked Brigham Young and 18th-ranked Utah. Her .468 hitting percentage helped Arizona go 3-0 for the week and extend its win streak to eight games. She also led UA with 17 total blocks for the week. She tallied four block solos and 13 block assists. In the Wildcats' five game victory at Arizona State on Sept. 13, she tallied 20 kills on 37 attempts with only five errors. She also collected six blocks and four digs. At 10th-ranked BYU, DaLee hit a game-high .462 with 16 kills on 26 attempts and three errors. She led both teams with six blocks. At Utah, she hit a season-high .625. She rapped home 11 kills on 16 attempts with only a single error. It was the third such award for DaLee, who also earned the honor last season and in 1998, and the 13th overall in school history.
Quick Work:: The one hour, 22 minute victory at Utah was Arizona's second-fastest win this season. Arizona needed just an hour and 10 minutes to subdue San Diego State Sept. 2.
All-Tournament Awards:: Arizona's three match sweep through the Wildcat Classic Sept. 8-9, 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. Burkholder and DaLee were both named to SDSU's Diggin' It 2000 All-Tournament team Sept. 1-2.
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.
Lauren Benward * 6-0 * Jr. * S
Starts: 0 Games: 8
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: 11 Games: 39 Starting setter ... Leads the Pac-10 with a 14.13 assists per game average ... Broke Heather McCormack's nine-year-old school record with an 84 assist performance at Arizona State (9/13) ... 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 (9/2) ... Had 194 assists over a three match stretch Sept. 13-16 (84 at ASU, 65 at BYU, 45 at Utah) ... September 5-11 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 ... Arizona's all-time leader in assists per game, averaging 12.90 ... Third on Arizona's career assist list with 3,057 ... 1999 AVCA All-District 8 and All-Pac-10 honoree ... 1998 and '99 Junior National team member ... Has started 65 career matches, 16th all-time at Arizona and most among current team members.
Elvina Clark * 5-6 * Sr. * DS Starts: 3 Games: 33 Primary defensive specialist ... Started back-to-back games against the Washington schools Sept. 22-23 ... Has 59 digs, fourth for Arizona ... Had a career high 11 digs at Arizona State (9/13) and BYU (9/15) ... Redshirted in 1998 with a dislocated shoulder.
Marisa DaLee * 6-3 * Sr. * MB Starts: 7 Games: 39 Starting middle blocker ... Leads the Pac-10 with a .492 hitting percentage ... Is first on team with a 3.90 kills per game average ... Led Arizona with 13 kills and .632 hitting percentage at Washington (9/23) ... Had a .500 hitting percentage and 11 kills at Washington State ... Hit .462 with 16 kills at BYU (9/15) ... Had 20 kills on 37 attempts and a .405 hitting percentage at Arizona State (9/13) ... Named to all-tournament team at Wildcat Classic Sept. 8-9, with a .510 hitting percentage and 29 kills in three matches ... 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 256 consecutive games, third-most in Arizona history ... Has hit .400 or better in a match an Arizona record 52 times ... Holds top two spots on UA single-season hitting percentage list ... Is 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: 2 Games: 15 Redshirted in 1999 ... Made first career start at BYU (9/15) ... 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 2000 Redshirt
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: 11 Games: 34 Ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a .376 hitting percentage ... Recorded a career-high .462 hitting percentage with 15 kills on 26 attempts and three errors at BYU (9/15) ... Had a team-high 12 kills at Utah (9/16) ... 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) ... 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: 11 Games: 39 Has seven matches with double figure kills ... Had a team-high 23 kills, 15 digs and hit .352 for her third double-double of the season at Arizona State (9/13) ... 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: 6 Games: 38 Ranks third in the Pac-10 with a .429 hitting percentage and is fourth in blocks per game with a 1.24 average ... Finished with 10 kills on 15 attempts and two errors (.533)at Washington (9/23) ... Had 13 kills and a team-high .429 attack percentage at Arizona State (9/13) ... 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: 15 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: 11 Games: 39 Had eight kills and 10 digs at Utah (9/16) ... Chipped in with 10 kills and eight digs at BYU (9/15) ... Recorded her second double-double of the season with a 13 kill-14 dig performance at Arizona State (9/13) ... 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: 20 Picked up her first double-double of the season with 16 kills and 10 digs at Arizona State (9/13) ... 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 (9/8) ... Hit .727 (9-1-11) at San Diego State (9/2) ... had 10 kills vs. San Diego (9/2) ... 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: 4 Games: 32 Picked up a season-high 11 digs at Arizona State (9/13) while playing with a broken thumb ... Fifth on team with 53 digs ... has six service aces, tied for second for Arizona.