Sept. 16, 2003
Arizona Invitational Quick Hits
Arizona finished its second home tournament of the season with a 2-1 mark, downing New Mexico State and American in 3-0 sweeps and falling to No.11 UC Santa Barbara in four games ... UCSB, NMSU and Arizona all finished the weekend with 2-1 records ... Arizona struggled on offense, posting just a .245 hitting percentage in the three matches. Poor passing kept the Wildcat offense out of system, particularly in the loss to UCSB in which Arizona hit just .157 as a team ... Kim Glass and Bre Ladd were both named to the All-Arizona Invitational team ... Glass finished the three-match weekend with an invitational-high 60 kills and a 6.00 kpg average ... She also led all Arizona players with nine blocks, including four solo stuffs ... Ladd added 23 kills on the weekend and eight total blocks ... Senior transfer Kelly Griffin-Halfaker, who missed the first nine matches of the season due to knee surgery, made her Arizona debut in the final game against American on Saturday ... Although Arizona committed 42 service errors, the jump service employed by a number of Wildcats paid off to the tune of 19 aces in the three matches.
Arizona opens Pac-10 play this weekend in the Pacific Northwest at Washington State on Thursday and at Washington on Friday. Since the Pac-10 first began conference play in 1986, Arizona is 9-8 in conference opening matches and has won its last five straight. Thursday's conference opener against the Cougars will the be first on the road for Arizona since 2000 when the Wildcats opened Pac-10 play in Tempe against Arizona State.
Arizona, which has finished no lower then third in the Pac-10 over the last three season, has enjoyed some success against conference foes since earning its first share of a conference title with USC in 2000. Arizona is 41-13 in Pac-10 play over the past three seasons, including a 19-8 record on the road.
The Race To 1,000
Sophomore Kim Glass, who recorded a single-season school record 556 kills in her freshman year, is on pace to become the fastest Arizona player to reach 1,000 kills in a career. After posting 190 kills in her first 10 matches this season, Glass has accumulated 746 career kills in 42 matches played. Should she knock down the remaining 254 kills needed to reach the mark in 2003, Glass would become the first sophomore in school history to do so. Glass needs to average 12.7 kills per match in Arizona's 20 remaining scheduled contests to reach 1,000 in the regular season. Former Wildcat All-American Barb Bell is currently the fastest to 1,000, having achieved the milestone in the 10th match of her junior year (her 65th career match).
Leading The Way
Sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass has picked up right where she left off after her record setting freshman season. In Arizona's 10 matches this season Glass has led the Wildcats in kills each time. She already has five 20-plus kill matches this season to push her career total to 19, third all-time at Arizona, and has finished in double digit kills in all 10 matches.
The Wildcats feature a decidedly youthful team in 2003. Arizona's roster of 14 includes just one senior and three juniors. The other 10 spots consist of four sophomores and six freshmen (including redshirt Meghan Cumpston). Arizona's starting lineup through the first 10 matches have consisted of two freshmen, three sophomores and a junior.
Arizona's 2-1 record at the Arizona Invitational last weekend dropped it two spots, from 14th to 16th, in the latest AVCA Coaches poll. Arizona trails Michigan State by 52 points for the No. 15 spot and holds a 29 point lead over Santa Clara which is ranked 17th. Conference foe USC remains the undisputed favorite in the No. 1 spot with all 65 first place votes.
Arizona's week three ranking extends its streak to 82 consecutive polls in the top 25 ... Washington, one of Arizona's upcoming opponents, is ranked No. 14 in this week's poll... A total of 10 of Arizona's 2003 opponents are listed in the top 25 this week ... The Pac-10 Conference continues to have six of its 10 member schools in the top 25... The complete poll can be found on pg. 4.
Odds and Ends
Redshirt freshman Meghan Cumpston has put together some solid numbers in limited playing time. For the season she has 27 kills in 14 games played for an average of 1.93 kpg ... 10 matches into the season, junior Jolene Killough has already surpassed her two-year career totals in kills, aces, solo blocks, block assists and digs ....Sophomore Bre Ladd is on pace to finish with the second-most service aces in a single season at Arizona ...Classmate Jennifer Abernathy has nearly doubled her kill output of all of last season in 10 matches this year ... The Wildcats have cut down on their service reception errors by half from a season ago (60 in 10 matches in 2002, 37 this season).
Setting Them Up
Stephanie Butkus is Arizona's first true freshman to fill the starting setter role since Dana Burkholder took the floor as a first-year Wildcat in 1998. Although Butkus has had her ups and downs this season, her numbers aren't much different from two-time All-American Burkholder's first 10 matches in a Wildcat uniform.
Player Year G Assts APG Team Hitting %
Burkholder 1998 37 428 11.57 .238
Butkus 2003 34 417 12.26 .251
Arizona heads to the Pacific Northwest for a pair of matches with Washington State and Washington. Both schools snapped considerable losing streaks to the Wildcats last season.
Washington St. Washington
All-Time Record UA leads 24-10 UA leads 24-14
UA Streak Won one Lost one
UA at (since 1986) 10-7 10-7
Last Five Matches 4-1 4-1
Last 10 Matches 9-1 9-1
David Rubio Against 15-7 16-6
After opening the 2003 season with a 3-1 win over Oklahoma, WSU slumped with six straight losses, but has since rebounded with a pair of victories, including an upset win over No. 22 Loyola Marymount last Saturday ... Hit hard by graduation, the Cougars lost seven starters from last season's 24-8 Elite Eight team ... Much like the Wildcats WSU's 2003 roster is very young. The Cougars have just one senior, two juniors, three sophomores and 12 freshmen on the roster this season ... 17 of the 18 players listed on the roster have played in two or more games so far this season ... Pac-10 Player of the Week Zanda Bautre, the only senior on the team, has paced the Cougar attack with 118 kills in 35 games (3.37 kpg) this season ... Freshmen Jen Barcus and Jessie Camp post an impressive presence at the net, averaging 1.24 and 1.28 bpg, respectively ... Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her 15th season on the bench in Pullman ... Fredrick guided the Cougars to an Elite Eight appearance last season and has tallied a 271-181 record in the Palouse.
Arizona-Washington State Stats Head-to-Head
Team G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 35 16.60 .251 14.43 2.03 12.40 2.27
WSU 38 13.58 .169 12.11 1.37 15.79 2.63
A revitalized Huskies program has roared to a 9-0 start and a No. 14-ranking this season ... UW, which returns four starters and 13 letterwinners from last season's 20-11 NCAA second round team, has played just one other team ranked in the top 25 this season, defeating Wisconsin 3-0 in Madison ... Junior Sanja Tomasevic has gotten off to a fast start to led the UW offense. The outside hitter has racked up 169 kills in 27 games this season for a 6.26 kpg average ... Setter Courtney Thompson, a freshman, has guided the UW offense to a .366 attack percentage while dishing out assists at a 13.61 apg rate ... The Huskies do not have an players averaging over a block per game ... Jim McLaughlin is in his third season as the head coach in Seattle. Entering this week's play he is 40-27 on the bench at UW.
Arizona-Washington Stats Head-to-Head
Team G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 35 16.60 .251 14.43 2.03 12.40 2.27
Washington 28 17.36 .366 15.86 2.46 15.68 2.18