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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/29/2000
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    The 10th-ranked Arizona volleyball team will kick of the 2000 season this weekend with a road trip to San Diego, Calif., to participate in San Diego State's Diggin' It 2000 tournment. The Cats will face 14th-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Friday at 4 p.m. and SDSU and USD on Saturday.

    A look at the Cats:
    The Arizona volleyball team, under ninth-year head coach David Rubio, is coming off a successful 1999 season that saw the Cats finish 21-11 overall and fourth in the Pac-10 with a 12-6 conference mark. The Wildcats advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament before bowing out to eventual runner up Stanford. Arizona finished the season ranked 14th, its highest final ranking under Rubio. The Wildcats return five of six starters from last season's squad and 11 letterwinners overall.

    A look at the Gauchos, Aztecs and Toreros:
    UC Santa Barbara is coming off of a season in which it finished 29-6 overall and 12-4 in the Western Division of the Big West. The 2000 Gauchos return three starters and seven letterwinners from its sixth-ranked team of a year ago. UCSB holds a 5-4 advantage over the Wildcats in nine meetings. The 2000 match is the first meeting between the two schools since 1995, a match Arizona won 3-1 ... San Diego State finished the 1999 season with a record of 11-19, 4-11 in the Mountain West conference. The Aztecs return four starters from last season's team and 10 letterwinners overall. Although the Atzetcs lead the all-time series 19-6-1, the Wildcats are 5-0 against SDSU under Rubio, including a 3-0 win last season ... The University of San Diego finished 1999 with a 23-6 record, 11-3 in the West Coast Conference. Finishing the season ranked 24th, which included a trip to the second round in the 1999 NCAA Tournament, the Toreros will return four starters and 10 letterwinners in 2000. The two schools met last season with Arizona scoring a 3-0 victory. The Wildcats lead the series match-up 6-0.

    Head Coach David Rubio:
    Entering his ninth year as the head coach for Arizona Volleyball, Coach Rubio has helped elevate the program into a national power. Inheriting a team that went 4-26 and winless in the Pac-10 the season prior to his arival, he has gone on to average 18 wins a season and has had a winning conference record in six of the previous eight years. He has guided the Wildcats to three Sweet 16 appearances (1993, 1994, 1999) and ranks second all-time in wins with 144. Among Pac-10 coaches who have coached five or more season at their respective schools he ranks third in overall (.623) and conference (.535) winning percentage. Prior to his arival at Arizona he led CSU Baskerfield to the NCAA Division II national title in 1989.

    1999 Honors:
    The Wildcats garnered a number of post season honors a season ago. Both senior Marisa DaLee and junior Dana Burkholder earned AVAC All-District 8 and All-Pac-10 honors. It was DaLee's second such honor making her just the third UA player to be named All-Pac-10 multiple times in a career. Sophomore Lisa Rutledge was honored by being named to the Freshman All-Pac-10 team while earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. Stefani Saragosa rounded out the awards for Arizona with a honorable mention Freshman All-Pac-10 selection.

    Movin' on up:
    Senior middle blocker Marisa DaLee will head into the 2000 season with the opportunity to move up on Arizona's career records list in a number of catagories. Already the leader in career hitting percentage (.379), DaLee ranks fifth in consecutive games played, seventh in 10+ kill matches, eighth in block assists and 10th in total blocks. She ranks fourth all-time in kills per game and blocks per game average.

    UA Career Block Assists
    1. Kelly Waage 		1986-89 	436
    6. Keisha Johnson Demps 1995-98 	264
    7. Stephanie Murry 	1982-85 	262
    8. Marisa DaLee 	1997-Present	241

    UA Career Blocks Per Game Average 1. Kelly Waage 1986-89 1.43 2. Stephanie Murry 1984-87 1.26 3. Charita Johnson 1991-94 1.21 4. Marisa DaLee 1997-Present 1.04

    UA Consecutive Games Played 1. Barb Bell 1993-96 383 2. Charita Johnson 1991-94 348 3. Michelle Bartsch 1991-93 236 4. Heidi Bomberger 1993-95 226 5. Marisa DaLee 1997-Present 223

    UA Career Kills Per Game Average 1. Barb Bell 1993-96 4.41 2. Terry Lauchner 1987-90 3.90 3. Melissa Ferris 1991-94 3.40 4. Marisa Dalee 1997-Present 3.08

    UA 10+ Kill Matches
    1. Barb Bell 1993-96 101 5. Charita Johnson 1991-94 64 6. Kristi Colson 1988-91 52 7. Marisa DaLee 1997-Present 50

    UA Single Season Hitting Pct. Leaders
    1. Marisa DaLee 1998 .386 2. Marisa DaLee 1999 .381 3. Melissa McLinden 1985 .340 4. Anita Moss 1986 .319

    UA Career Hitting Pct. Leaders
    1. Marisa DaLee 1997-Present .379 2. Erin Aldrich 1996-97 .300 3. Melissa McLinden 1982-85 .289

    Movin' on up II:
    Junior setter Dana Burkholder is fifth on the UA career assists list after two years as a starter and is looking to move even further up the list this season. Burkholder needs two more games played to qualify for the top spot on the career assist per game list. Her 54 career match starts are 19th all-time at Arizona and the most for any current Wildcat on the roster. She set the single-season record for assists per game last season with 12.89.

    UA Career Assist
    1. Laura Bartsch 	1992-95 	4,024
    2. Heather McCormack 	1989-92 	3,517
    3. Mary Linton 		1986-89 	2,954
    4. Michaela Ebben 	1994-96 	2,692
    5. Dana Burkholder 	1998-Present 	2,506

    UA Matches Started 1. Charita Johnson 1991-94 112 2. Trina Smith 1989-90, 92-93 109 17. Stephanie Venne 1994-97 60 18. Michaela Ebben 1994-97 59 19. Dana Burkholder 1998-Present 54

    UA Career Assists Per Game 1. Laura Bartsch 1992-95 11.09 2. Heather McCormack 1989-92 10.99 3. Michaela Ebben 1994-96 10.47 4. Mary Linton 1986-89 8.23 * Dana Burkholder 1998-Present 12.66 * needs two more games played to qualify

    Preseason Polls:
    Ranked 10th in the USA Today/ AVAC poll, the Wildcats enter the 2000 season with its highest ranking in school history. The Cats' previous high for a preseason poll was in 1989 when the team was 11th heading into the season. Arizona is 7th in Volleyball Magazine's poll.

    Arizona Preseason Rankings
    (USA Today/AVAC Poll)
    2000 - 10th
    1999 - 15th
    1998 - 27th
    1997 - 20th
    1996 - N/R
    1995 - 16th
    1994 - 16th
    1993 - N/R
    1992 - N/R
    1991 - N/R
    1990 - 14th
    1989 - 11th
    

    Player Notes and 1999 Averages

    #16                     Pct. - .150      KPG - 0.33       APG - 6.90
    Lauren Benward  	SAPG - 0.14      DPG - 1.55       BPG - 0.48
    6-0, Jr., S     

    Back up setter and defensive specialist ... Ranks 10th in Arizona history with 293 career assists ... Had career high 51 assists vs. Sacramento State (9/4).

    #5 Pct. - N/A KPG - N/A APG - N/A Lindsay Rogers SAPG - N/A DPG - N/A BPG - N/A 6-3, Fr., MB

    Earned first-team East Valley honors and second-team all-state her senior year at Mountain View High School in Phoenix.

    #21 Pct. - .236 KPG - 1.14 APG - 12.89 Dana Burkholder SAPG - 0.13 DPG - 2.84 BPG - 0.69 5-8, Jr., S

    Starting setter ... 1999 All-Dirstrict 8 and All-Pac-10 honoree ... Led the Cats in assists (1,160), assists per game (12.89) and digs per game (2.84) in 1999 ...Had 1999 team season-high 74 assists at Washington (11/5) ... 1998 and 99 US Junior National Team member.

    #3 Pct. - -.077 KPG - 0.02 APG - 0.07 Elvina Clark SAPG - 0.00 DPG - 1.15 BPG - 0.00 5-6, Sr., DS

    Primary defensive specialist ... Had career high 10 digs in 1999 vs. Hawaii (11/26) ... Redshirted in 1998 with dislocated shoulder.

    #12 Pct. - .381 KPG - 1.14 APG - 0.12 Marisa DaLee SAPG - 0.19 DPG - 1.31 BPG - 1.23 6-3, Sr., MB

    Starting middle blocker ... 1999 All-District 8 honoree and All-Pac-10 selection ... Led Arizona in games, kills, kills per game, hitting percentage, blocks and blocks per game ... Only Wildcat to appear in all 113 games in 1999 ... Has appeared in 223 consecutive games, fifth-most in UA history ... Has hit .400 or better an Arizona record 46 times.

    #33 Pct. - N/A KPG - N/A APG - N/A Christina Frost SAPG - N/A DPG - N/A BPG - N/A 5-10, R-Fr., OH

    Redshirted in 1999.

    #31 Will redshirt in 2000. Kathy Garbacz 6-1, Fr., OH

    #4 Linda McCullagh 5-8, So., DS

    Transfered from Oregon State where she did not participate in volleyball, ... Will sit out 2000 season due to transfer rules.

    #7 Pct. - .145 KPG - 2.09 APG - 0.13 Allison Napier SAPG - 0.12 DPG - 1.33 BPG - 0.46 6-2, Sr., OH

    Middle blocker ... Twice posted a career-best .438 hitting percentage in 1999 ... Earned honorable metion All-Pac-10 Freshman honors in 1997.

    #13 Pct. - .239 KPG - 3.36 APG - 0.17 Lisa Rutledge SAPG - 0.16 DPG - 2.03 BPG - 0.64 6-2, So., OH

    Starting outside hitter ... 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshman and honorable mention All-Pac Ten honoree ... Finished tied for second on the Arizona freshman kills list with 296 ... Member of the 1999 Junior National Team.

    #10 Pct. - .272 KPG - 1.91 APG - 0.08 Stefani Saragosa SAPG - 0.23 DPG - 0.79 BPG - 0.98 6-2, So., MB

    Middle blocker ... Honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman selection ... Ranked second on team in 1999 with 84 blocks and 74 block assists ... Finished third on the freshman record list with 84 blocks.

    #2 Pct. - .090 KPG - 0.59 APG - 0.15 Erin Sebbas SAPG - 0.17 DPG - 1.00 BPG - 0.71 6-2, Jr., MB

    Middle blocker ... Garnered honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 honors ... Posted career highs in digs (10), kills (10) and blocks (10) in 1999.

    #32 Pct. - .239 KPG - 2.07 APG - 0.89 Jill Talbot SAPG - 0.38 DPG - 2.66 BPG - 0.77 6-0, Jr., OH

    Starting outside hitter ... Finished eighth on the Arizona single-season record list in service aces per game and was tied for eighth in aces in 1999 ... Ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in service aces per game.

    #18 Pct. - .150 KPG - 2.08 APG - 0.03 Shannon Torregrosa SAPG - 0.07 DPG - 0.88 BPG - 0.44 6-2, So., OH

    Outside hitter ... Became the first Wildcat freshman to ever post a double-double in collegiate debut ... Was just the fifth Arizona freshman to start her first match under head coach David Rubio.

    #1 Pct. - .167 KPG - 0.02 APG - 0.10 Rachel Williams SAPG - 0.11 DPG - 2.08 BPG - 0.00 5-5, So., DS

    Defensive specialist ... Set career high with 17 digs at Washington (11/5).

    #11 Pct. - N/A KPG - N/A APG - N/A Melayne Wootan SAPG - N/A DPG - N/A BPG - N/A 5-10, So., S

    Setter ... Appeared in four matches and seven games in 1999.

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