Oct. 26, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Arizona head coach David Rubio and the Wildcat volleyball team (13-8, 5-7) travel to Pullman, Wash. to take on Washington State (11-11, 3-9) and then to Seattle, Wash. to face No. 10 Washington (16-3, 8-4) this weekend. The Wildcats will take on the Cougars on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and the Huskies on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.
Freshman Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) returns to the roster after suffering an ankle injury and remains the team’s kills leader with 236 on the season. Senior Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) leads in hitting percentage (.328) and blocks (69). Freshman Chloe Mathis (La Jolla, Calif.) stands as Arizona’s setter with a team-leading 557 assists and sophomore Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) leads in digs with 250.
The Wildcats fell to two top-five teams last weekend, first to No. 5 Stanford, 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17) and then to No. 2 California, 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, 27-25).
Date: Oct. 28
Match Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Pullman, Wash.
Series: Arizona leads, 58-14 in 72 meetings
Last matchup: Arizona won, 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-19) in Tucson
Series History vs. Washington State
The last time Washington State beat the Wildcats was Oct. 2, 2009 in Pullman. Since then, Arizona has won four straight.
Scouting the Cougars
The Cougars have lost six of their last seven matches, but feature one of the best offensive players in the country with Meagan Ganzer. Ganzer ranks first in the Pac-12 and fifth in the NCAA in kills. As a team, Washington State ranks third in the Pac-12 in service aces behind Ganzer and Camryn Irwin.
Date: Oct. 30
Match Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Seattle, Wash.
Series: Washington leads, 29-25
Last Matchup: Washington won 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-10).
Series History vs. Washington
The series between the Wildcats and the Huskies has been consistent, with the Wildcats winning in Tucson in 2010, 3-1.
Scouting the Huskies
The Huskies have lost three of their last four matches, most recently falling at Oregon in three sets. Statistically, Washington is the best blocking team in the country, recording 3.46 blocks per set. Bianca Rowland and Lauren Barfield both rank in the top-10 in the NCAA in blocks per set, ranking at #4 and #9, respectively (#1 and #3 in the Pac-12). In addition, the Huskies rank #15 in aces and #20 in hitting percentage in the NCAA.
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