Oct. 22, 2002
The Oregon Trail Quick Hits: Arizona swept its way past Oregon and Oregon State in its two matches last week ... The two-victory weekend was the first of the season for the Wildcats ...Freshman Kim Glass continued her assault on the conference, racking up a weekend-high 32 kills on .295 hitting ... In Thursday's match at Oregon, Glass recorded her fifth straight match with 20 or more kills ... Led by Glass' 5.33 kpg, four different players averaged three or more kills per game over the weekend ... Senior Lisa Rutledge rebounded from an off night in UA's loss to Cal on Oct. 12 with 22 kills on .380 hitting and a 3.67 kpg average against the Oregon schools ... Freshman middle blocker Bre Ladd and senior Shannon Torregrosa tallied 19 kills apiece for a 3.17 kpg average. Ladd also led all Arizona players with a .485 hitting percentage ... As a team, Arizona out-blocked the Beavers and the Ducks 21 to 7 in the two matches ... Redshirt Freshman Angie Ayers averaged a team-best 1.83 bpg ... The Wildcats hit .328 as a team and also recorded a season high .374 attack percentage in the match against the Ducks ... From the service line, an area that has troubled Arizona this season, the Wildcats served up 14 unreturnable balls to OSU's and UO's combined three ... Arizona's win over OSU was the 12th-straight for the Wildcats over the Beavers, the longest such streak against any Pac-10 opponent ... The win over UO handed the Ducks their 29th-straight loss to a conference opponent.
Polling Place: Arizona's sweep on the road in Oregon bumped the Wildcats up three spots in this week's AVCA poll from 19th to 16th. Volleyball Magazine has Arizona at No. 18.
Looking Ahead: Arizona returns home to open the second half of the Pac-10 season with in-state rival Arizona State. ASU downed Arizona 3-0 in Tempe earlier this season, snapping a five-match win streak and helping the Sun Devils enter the top 25 for the first time 2002.
It's Been A While: The last time Arizona and Arizona State met when both teams were ranked in the top 25 came back on Nov. 17, 1995. The 13th-ranked Sun Devils downed the 23rd-ranked Wildcats 3-2 in Tempe. The last time the two schools were both ranked and played a match in Tucson came a couple of months earlier in 1995 on Sept. 13. No. 13 ASU won that match by a 3-2 score over the No. 14 Wildcats as well.
Upcoming Opponent Arizona State: The Sun Devils improved to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in Pac-10 play with a sweep of the Oregon schools on the road this weekend... The sweep at the Oregon schools was ASU's first since 1999, ending a two-match losing streak at Gill Coliseum ... ASU now has more Pac-10 victories (6) than they had all of last year (5-13) and after 14 matches has already equaled its entire win total from last year (10-16) ... The 10-4 start matches ASU's record in 2000 when it last advanced to the NCAA Tournament ... The Sun Devils have won six of their last eight matches and are currently riding a three-match winning streak ... ASU improved to 6-0 in five-game matches this year with a win over the Ducks last weekend and extended Oregon's Pac-10 record losing streak to 30 matches.
Arizona-Arizona State 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.43 .252 13.75 1.67 13.87 2.80 Arizona State 15.35 .216 13.58 1.44 15.63 2.24
The Last Meeting: Arizona's last meeting with ASU resulted in a Sun Devil sweep. Though the final score was 3-0, the match was hardly just an ordinary sweep. The two schools slugged it out for a total of 202 points in the match. The decisive 42-40 third game set records for both schools for points scored in a single frame.
Arizona at Arizona State (Sept. 27 in Tempe) 1 2 3 Arizona 31 26 40 Arizona State 33 30 42Team Stats: ASU 58 K-26 E -149 Att, .215, 51 A, 4 SA, 48 D, 10 B; UA 50 K - 25 E - 129 Att, 46 A, 3 SA, 53 D, 11 B Leaders: Kills - ASU - Escobar 20, UA- Glass 15; Assists - ASU - Anglin 36; UA - Gardner 42; Digs - ASU - Escobar 16, UA - Glass 12; Total Blocks - ASU - Smith 4, UA - Ladd 4
Smooth as Glass: Freshman Kim Glass arguably just completed the best string of individual performances in school history. 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 three weeks she has already moved into second on the freshmen records list. To date Glass has 305 kills in her first season in the Cardinal and Navy, nine 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.
Third Place All To Her Own: Senior Lisa Rutledge's 22 kills last week against Oregon and Oregon State moved the fourth-year starter two kills away from moving into third place on the all-time career list. To date Rutledge has rapped home 1,272 kills during her career, just one away from tying third-place Melissa Ferris' four-year mark of 1,273. Rutledge should surpass Ferris after her first couple of swings against Arizona State on Friday.
1. Barb Bell 1993-96 1,859 2. Terry Lauchner 1987-90 1,636 3. Melissa Ferris 1991-94 1,273 4. Lisa Rutledge 1999-Present 1,272
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 couple of weeks. The hard work has already begun to pay off. In Arizona's last four matches, freshman Bre Ladd has improved her kpg average by over one and redshirt freshman Angie Ayers has double her season total in kills. Not surprisingly, this added dimension of the Arizona offense has helped UA go 3-1 over the four-match stretch.
Middle Blocker's First 13 Matches vs. Last Four Bre Ladd K KPG Hitting % First 13 83 1.77 .196 Last Four 39 2.79 .361 Angie Ayers K KPG Hitting % First 13 10 0.40 .304 Last Four 10 0.77 .389
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. 19 Washington State and No. 21 Pacific this season. In its final 11 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 previously unranked No.18 ASU and 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 nine matches, all conference contests, she has averaged 5.50 kpg and 2.59 dpg. Glass has accumulated 187 kills on 414 attempts with 60 errors for a team-leading .307 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 9 187 60 414 .307 5.50 88 2.59
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 261 kills on 628 swings with 100 errors for a .256 hitting percentage in her first 17 matches.
Bell/Glass Comparison (Through 17 Matches) Player MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs Barb Bell (1993) 17 67 261 100 628 .256 3.90 78 Kim Glass (2002) 17 61 305 94 679 .311 5.00 154
Attendance: Bolstered by a Pac-10 record crowd of 9,141, the Wildcats are averaging 2,817 fans per match through seven 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 14 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 207-104 record (.666) 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.