Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcat Volleyball Media Notes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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#15 Arizona (4-1) at U.S. Bank Tournament
Sept. 10-11, 1999
Matches #6-8

THIS WEEK: No. 15 Arizona travels to Lincoln, Neb., to play in the U.S. Bank Tournament. Fifth-ranked Nebraska will play host to the event which will also include San Diego State and South Florida. The Cats will be playing at full strength for the first time this season as starting setter Dana Burkholder and outside hitter Lisa Rutledge have returned from the Junior Worlds.

WILDCAT NOTES: Marisa DaLee came within one dig of posting the 18th triple-double in Arizona history vs. Santa Clara (9/3) ... The Cats' sweep of No. 18 San Diego (9/4) was their first victory over a ranked opponent since a five-game win at home against No. 7 Southern California on Nov. 21, 1997, breaking a seven-match losing streak ... Shannon Torregrosa became the first Arizona freshman ever to post a double-double in her collegiate debut at Texas-El Paso (9/1) ... She is also only the fifth Wildcat freshman ever to start her first match under David Rubio ... The Cats' opening match at Texas-El Paso was the 200th of David Rubio's Arizona career ... Arizona is scheduled to make three television appearances this season on Fox Sports Net: at UCLA (9/24); vs. Washington State (10/8); and at Stanford (10/15) ... Seven of the Cats' 1999 opponents were ranked in the AVCA preseason poll, including three of the top four: Stanford (No. 2); Nebraska (3); Hawaii (4); BYU (7); UCLA (10); San Diego (18); and USC (21) ... Arizona is third in the Pac-10 in league victories over the last three years with 34, trailing only Stanford (52) and USC (41).

HEAD COACH DAVID RUBIO: David Rubio (Cal State Northridge '82) is in his eighth season as head coach of the Cats and his 13th year overall. He is 127-77 (.623) with Arizona and 247-142 (.635) overall. He needs three victories to reach the 250 mark in his career.

JUNIOR NATIONALS: Sophomore Dana Burkholder and freshman Lisa Rutlege missed the Cats' first five matches representing the United States at the Junior World Games in Saskatoon and Edmonton, Canada, Aug. 28-Sept. 5. The U.S. qualified for the quarterfinals before being eliminated. Arizona was one of only two schools (Stanford) with two players on the US Junior National Team. Burkholder started each contest at setter.

PRESEASON RANKINGS: Pac-10 coaches voted Arizona third in their annual preseason poll. That is the Cats' best ever finish in the coaches' poll. Arizona has finished better than predicted in five of head coach David Rubio's seven seasons. Here's where the Cats have been picked in the past, along with their finish:

Year    Prediction      Record  Finish
1989    6th             8-10    6th
1990    4th             8-10    t-5th
1991    7th             0-18    10th
1992    10th            4-14    8th
1993    t-6th           11-7    t-4th
1994    4th             10-8    5th
1995    5th             6-12    t-7th
1996    6th             10-8    5th
1997    6th             12-6    t-4th
1998    6th             12-6    4th

SERIES NOTES: Arizona is 5-19-1 vs. San Diego State and 1-2 against Nebraska. The Cats and Bulls have never played each other. In UA's only previous appearance in Lincoln, Neb., Arizona went 2-1 at the Nebraska/Power Classic in 1985, including a 9-15, 5-15, 6-15 loss to the Huskers.

Last Meeting with Each Opponent

                     Date     Site   W/L  Results(Scores)
vs. Nebraska         11/30/85 N*     L    0-3 (7-15, 13-15, 10-15)
vs. San Diego State  9/1/98   A      W    3-0 (15-6, 16-14, 18-16)

*---at Normal, Ill.

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