Oct. 29, 2002
Duel In The Desert Quick Hits: Arizona swept Arizona State in its only match last week ... The victory enabled the Wildcats to tie their season-high with three straight victories ... Freshman Kim Glass continued her torrid Pac-10 season with a match-high 16 kills on a career-high .542 hitting ... Glass has recorded double digit kills in 17 of Arizona's 18 matches this season ... Senior Lisa Rutledge moved into third on the all-time kills list at Arizona with 10 kills against the Sun Devils ... She also hit .529 with just one error on 17 swings ... The Wildcats dominated both offensively and defensively against the Devils. As a team Arizona hit a season-high .402, while limiting ASU to a meager .112 attack percentage. At the net Arizona had 10 blocks to ASU's 5.5 and, in the back row, out-dug the Devils 30 to 18 ... The split in the two matches in 2002 marks the seventh straight year that Arizona has either won or split the season series with ASU.
Polling Place: Arizona's sweep of Arizona State last week bumped the Wildcats up two spots in this week's AVCA poll from 16th to 14th. Upcoming opponent Washington State is No. 17 in this week's poll and Washington is listed among the teams receiving votes.
Looking Ahead: Arizona will take care of half of its remaining home schedule this weekend with a pair of matches against Washington and Washington State in McKale Center. Arizona split its road trip to Washington with the two schools, falling 3-2 to Washington State on Oct. 3, before rallying to down the Huskies in five games the next night.
The Last Time: The last time Arizona and Washington State met in Tucson when both teams were ranked in the top 25 came back on Oct. 3, 1997. The 15th-ranked Wildcats upset the eighth-ranked Cougars 3-2.
Rutledge Has Third All To Her Own: Senior Lisa Rutledge has been a productive four-year starter for the Wildcats during her career. Last Friday she moved into third on the all-time kills list at Arizona. Only two other players, Barb Bell and Terry Lauchner, have recorded more kills in an Arizona uniform than Rutledge has.
1. Barb Bell 1993-96 1,859 2. Terry Lauchner 1987-90 1,636 3. Lisa Rutledge 1999-Present 1,282
Washington: Washington comes to Tucson with a 13-7 overall record and a 5-6 mark in the Pac-10 ... Washington spilt its two matches last weekend, falling to top-ranked USC 3-1 and sweeping No. 13 UCLA ... Big gun Paige Benjamin leads the UW attack with 347 kills in 69 games played this year. She is averaging an impressive 5.03 kpg in 2002 ... Senior setter Gretchen Maurer is averaging a Pac-10 best 12.78 apg this season ... Arizona defeated Washington, 3-2, in Seattle back on Oct. 4 to improve to 10-0 in the last 10 matches between the two ... Arizona is 21-12 all time against the Huskies.
Arizona-Washington 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.44 .257 13.77 1.73 13.69 2.82 Washington 15.64 .281 14.12 2.01 14.39 2.74
Washington State: WSU comes to town sporting a 15-6 overall record and a 5-6 mark in the Pac-10 after splitting its weekend series with UCLA and USC ... The Cougars downed UCLA in five games and fell to No.1 USC in four ... WSU possesses a balanced attack on offense with five players tallying over 100 kills this season, four of whom also average over two per game ... Adrian Hankoff leads WSU with 258 kills and a 3.69 kpg average ... Washington State snapped an eight-match losing streak to the Wildcats earlier this season with a 3-2 win in Pullman ... Arizona owns a 23-10 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools.
Arizona-Washington State 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.44 .257 13.77 1.73 13.69 2.82 Washington State 16.18 .242 14.31 1.50 16.42 2.34
Calling All Fans: Arizona is on pace to shatter the school record for total attendance in a single season. Through eight home matches this season, Arizona has had 21,702 fans come and watch the Wildcats play. The current record of 24,525, set in 2000, is safe by only 2,823 fans. Arizona's average attendance of 2,713 this season is nearly 1,000 more fans than the school record of 1,788 established last season.
Smooth As Glass: Freshman Kim Glass arguably completed the best string of individual performances in school history this season. Beginning on Oct. 3 at Washington State and wrapping up a five-match stretch on Oct. 17 at Oregon, Glass averaged 6.14 kpg during the span. She had 20 or more kills in each of the five matches for a grand total 129 total kills on .345 hitting. In Arizona's five-game loss to Washington State on Oct. 3 she recorded just the 13th 30-kill match in school history. A night later she put down 26 kills in a five-game win over Washington. Then, a night after leading all-players with 28 kills in UA's come-from-behind win against No. 4 Stanford on Oct. 11, she recorded a three-game school record 25 kills against the Golden Bears. She closed out the scoring spree with 20 kills in UA's 3-0 win over Oregon on Oct. 17. For her efforts against Cal and Stanford she was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, her second such honor this season.
Glass' String Of Hits Date Opponent K-E-Att Pct. KPG Oct. 3 at Washington State, 5 games 30-8-52 .423 6.00 kpg Oct. 4 at Washington, 5 games 26-9-62 .279 5.20 kpg Oct. 11 vs. Stanford, 5 games 28-11-61 .279 5.60 kpg Oct. 12 vs. Cal, 3 games 25-6-51* .373 8.33 kpg Oct. 17 at Oregon, 3 games 20-4-39 .410 6.67 kpg Totals Five Matches, 21 Games 129-38-264 .345 6.14 kpg * The 25 kills against Cal set a three-game school record.
Freshman Record List: With Glass' impressive run of kills over the past month she has already moved into second on the freshmen records list. To date Glass has 321 kills in her first season in the Cardinal and Navy, 25 more than teammate Lisa Rutledge and former Wildcat and Olympian Caren Kemner had as freshmen. She now trails only Barb Bell's rookie mark of 417.
Stuck In The Middle: Ranking third in the Pac-10 in bpg, the Arizona middle blockers have more than held their own defensively this season. However, head coach David Rubio and his staff have made a concerted effort at improving the offensive production from the position over the last month, and the hard work has begun to pay off. In Arizona's last five matches, freshman Bre Ladd has improved her kpg average by over one and redshirt freshman Angie Ayers has double her season total in kills and has been a wall at the net on the block. Not surprisingly, this added dimension of the Arizona offense has helped UA go 4-1 over the five-match stretch.
Middle Blocker's First 13 Matches vs. Last Five Bre Ladd K KPG Hitting % First 13 83 1.77 .196 Last Five 49 2.88 .395 Angie Ayers K KPG Hitting % BPG First 13 10 0.40 .304 0.60 Last Five 12 0.75 .304 1.44
A Tough Stretch: Head coach David Rubio knows from firsthand experience how tough the Pac-10 is. In an effort to prepare the 2002 team for conference play and the NCAA postseason, he put together a very competitive schedule. Beginning on Sept. 7 and ending Oct. 11, Arizona faced top 25 teams at least once in five of six weekends. The Wildcats have already taken on No. 1 USC, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 4 Stanford, No. 11 UCLA, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 19 Washington State and No. 21 Pacific this season. In its final 10 matches this season Arizona will get to play rematch contests against No.1 USC, No.5 Stanford, No. 13 UCLA and No. 20 Washington State, as well as a regular season ending match against No.22 Utah.
The Comeback: Arizona's come-from-behind win over No.4 Stanford on Oct. 11 was the first match in nearly two years in which Arizona has trailed 0-2 and come back to win. The Wildcats dropped the first two games of their on Nov. 7, 2000 against No. 9 Florida in McKale Center and turned around to win the next three games to steal the win ... Senior Shannon Torregrosa keyed the comeback against the Cardinal this year, both at the net and at the service line. In the momentum swinging third game, she helped Arizona go on a 14-3 scoring run with four consecutive service aces, two kills and three block assists.
Stepping Up: Freshman Kim Glass has been impressive in every match of the season thus far. She has tallied double digit kills in 16 of UA's 17 matches and leads the team with 305 kills and a .311 hitting percentage. However, since Pac-10 play began over a month ago, she has bumped up her already impressive game. In the last 10 matches, all conference contests, she has averaged 5.49 kpg and 2.45 dpg. Glass has accumulated 203 kills on 438 attempts with 63 errors for a team-leading .320 hitting percentage in conference play.
Glass Non-Conference vs. Pac-10 MP K E Att Ht% KPG Digs DPG Non-Conf. 8 118 34 265 .317 4.37 66 2.44 Pac-10 10 203 63 438 .320 5.49 91 2.46
Sudden Impact: Not since Barb Bell first stepped on the floor for Arizona in 1993 has a freshman outside hitter made as big an impact for the Wildcats as Kim Glass has this season. Glass has led or shared the team lead in kills in 14 of Arizona's 17 matches this season, including the last 10 straight. She leads the Wildcats in kills, kills per game, aces, digs and points. Through 17 matches and 61 games, she has tallied 305 kills on 679 attempts with just 85 errors for an impressive .311 hitting percentage. Looking back to Bell's freshman season, it is found that Glass is putting up better numbers than that which earned Bell 1993 Volleyball Magazine Freshman All-America honors. Bell posted 285 kills on 676 swings with 104 errors for a .268 hitting percentage in her first 18 matches.
Bell/Glass Comparison (Through 18 Matches) Player MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs Barb Bell (1993) 18 72 285 104 676 .268 3.96 79 Kim Glass (2002) 18 64 321 97 703 .319 5.02 157
Attendance: Bolstered by a Pac-10 record crowd of 9,141, the Wildcats are averaging 2,713 fans per match through eight home contests this season. The mark represents the highest average attendance in the Pac-10 this year and is ranked fourth nationally among all Division I schools.
We're #1: The 2002 freshman class at Arizona is easily the most highly regarded incoming crop of athletes in the program's 31-year history. Ranked the top recruiting class in the nation by Volleyball Magazine, all four players in the class are in the publication's Fab 50 for 2002, including the top two and three of the top six freshmen players in the country. The class is composed of Jennifer Abernathy and Meghan Cumpston from California, Kim Glass from Pennsylvania, and Bre Ladd who opted to stay in Southern Arizona after attending Canyon Del Oro High School.
Arizona and Volleyball Magazine's 2002 Fab 50 1. Bre Ladd 2. Kim Glass 6. Jennifer Abernathy 34. Meghan Cumpston
Freshman and Senior Similarities: The 2002 freshmen class is contributing heavily towards Arizona's efforts this season. Four of the newcomers (including redshirt Angie Ayers) have started at least one match this season. Freshmen contributions have not been so prevalent in the Arizona lineup since this season's senior class came to Arizona. Lisa Rutledge, Rachel Williams and Shannon Torregrosa all started and played right away as freshmen for Coach Rubio in 1999. In the last two years combined, only Kelli Mulvany has broken into the starting lineup as a freshman.
Midnight Madness: October 11's match against Stanford was the fourth contest Arizona has played prior to basketball's Midnight Madness ... The victory over the Cardinal improved Arizona's record to 4-0 in such matches ... The 9,141 fans in attendance smashed the previous Pac-10 record crowd of 7,298 established by Arizona in 2000 ... Stanford was the first team to take a game from Arizona in a pre-Midnight Madness match.
Midnight Madness Results Date Opponent Score Result Attendance Oct. 17, 1997 vs. Oregon State 3-0 W 4,927 Oct. 13, 2000 vs. #4 USC 3-0 W 7,298 Oct. 12, 2001 vs. Washington St. 3-0 W 3,711 Oct. 11, 2002 vs. #4 Stanford 3-2 W 9,141
Getting 200: With UA's 3-0 win over New Mexico on Sept. 6, head coach David Rubio became the fastest coach in Arizona volleyball history to record his 200th win for the Wildcats. The win over the Lobos came in Rubio's 298th match on the Wildcat bench. Rosie Wegrich, who is UA's all-time leader in coaching victories with 258, picked up her 200th Arizona victory in her 341st match as head coach. Ironically, Coach Wegrich also got her milestone win against New Mexico in 1988.
Saragosa's Out: Citing a three-year string of injuries, senior Stefani Saragosa has ended her playing career at Arizona. An instrumental player in helping to raise Arizona to an elite level, she was a member of the three Sweet Sixteen teams, two Elite Eight squads and last season's Final Four club. She finished her career second on Arizona's hitting percentage list and tied for sixth in block assists.
Another Rutledge Milestone To Watch For: In addition to moving up the career kills list, Rutledge needs just 13 more starts this season to become the all-time school leader in matches started.
Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll: The Pac-10 coaches placed Arizona third in their annual preseason poll. The Wildcats garnered 73 votes in the poll, trailing only defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford and USC. The coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own team, have correctly named the conference champion eight times in 13 tries. The full poll can be found on page 10 of the notes.
Head Coach David Rubio: Entering his 11th season as the top man at Arizona, Rubio has elevated the Wildcat volleyball program to one of the elite in all of Division I. Taking a team that did not win a conference match the season prior to his arrival, he has built a 208-104 record (.667) in 10-plus years. He has led the Wildcats to eight NCAA Tournament berths, including the last six straight, 15 tournament victories, five Sweet Sixteens ('93, '94, '99, 2000, '01), two Elite Eights (2000, '01) and Arizona's first-ever Final Four (2001). His efforts last season earned him Volleyball Magazine National Coach-of-the-Year honors.