THIS WEEK: The No. 13 Arizona volleyball team (10-1, 2-0) travels to Washington state for Pac-10 matches against Washington State (7-7, 0-1) and No. 2 Washington (10-0, 1-0) this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The Wildcats face the Cougars on Friday and the Huskies on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: Arizona opened Pac-10 play at home with sweeps of Oregon State (30-24, 30-22, 30-22) and Oregon (30-20, 30-19, 30-25) last weekend. Senior Jennifer Abernathy paced the Wildcats, averaging 6.33 kills over the two matches.
On the season, the Wildcats are led by senior Kim Glass, who averages 4.42 kills, 3.19 digs and 0.78 blocks per game. Abernathy adds 4.28 kills, 3.17 digs and 0.42 service aces per game, while senior Bre Ladd averages 2.36 kills and 1.06 blocks per game. Sophomore Dominique Lamb leads the team with 1.17 blocks per game, while freshman Brittany Leonard has a team-high 3.65 digs per game average. Setter Amy Dyck is averaging 9.85 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Washington State -The Cougars, which lost to Washington and Gonzaga last weekend, fell to Eastern Washington in four games (20-30, 30-24, 25-30, 27-30) Tuesday night. Natalia Owens led Washington State with 15 kills, followed by Jen Barcus and Kelly Rosin with 13 and 12, respectively.
Washington State is led on the season by Barcus, who averages 3.13 kills per game, and Owens, who adds 3.10 kills and 2.50 digs per game. Jalen Pendon leads the team with 4.58 digs per game. As a team, the Cougars are hitting .174, compared to the .175 of their opponents.
Washington - The Huskies swept Washington State (30-12, 30-18, 30-18) in Pullman, Wash., last Friday to remain undefeated. Washington more than doubled Washington State in kills (49 to 21) and held the Cougars to a -.075 hitting percentage.
Christal Morrison and Brie Haggerty pace Washington with 4.00 kills per game each. Candace Lee boasts a team-high 4.10 digs per game average, while setter Courtney Thompson averages 14.97 assists per game, best in the nation. As a team, the Huskies are hitting a remarkable .422, compared to the .060 of their opponents.
Washington- Arizona is 25-17 all-time vs. the Huskies. The two teams last faced each other on Nov. 11, 2004, with the Wildcats falling in three games in Seattle. Arizona is 12-7 at home, 10-9 away and 3-1 at a neutral site vs. Washington.
Washington State - Arizona is 27-11 all-time against the Cougars. The last time the two teams met, on Nov. 12, 2004, the Wildcats swept Washington State in Pullman. Arizona is 16-3 at home and 11-8 away vs. the Cougars.
RUBIO BECOMES ALL-TIME WINS LEADER: With the Wildcats’ victory Friday over Connecticut on Sept. 16, Head Coach Dave Rubio notched his 259th career win at Arizona, making him the all-time winningest coach in Arizona volleyball history. The win moved him ahead of Rosie Wegrich, who coached from 1977-1991 and compiled a 258-229-9 record (.531) in 15 seasons. Rubio now boasts a career record of 263-136 (.659) in 14 years at the helm.
POLL POSITION: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 107 of the last 116 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred during the 2003 season.
RANKING IN THE PAC: Individually, several Wildcats rank in the Top 10 in the conference in various statistical categories. Senior Kim Glass ranks third in points per game (5.32) and kills per game (4.42), and eighth in service aces per game (0.39). Senior Bre Ladd is fourth in hitting percentage (.426), sixth in service aces per game (0.44) and ninth in blocks per game (1.06). Senior Jennifer Abernathy ranks sixth in both kills per game (4.28) and points per game (5.03), and seventh in service aces per game (0.42), while sophomore Dominique Lamb ranks seventh in blocks per game (1.17). Sophomore Amy Dyck is sixth in assists per game (9.85), while freshman Brittany Leonard is eighth in digs per game (3.65).
CONFERENCE ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: Arizona boasts several of the Pac-10’s active career statistical leaders. Senior Kim Glass is the current leader in kills (1,685) and ranks second in service aces (132) and fifth in digs (926). Fellow senior Bre Ladd is the leader in blocks (375) and ranks third in service aces (96) and sixth in kills (944). Jennifer Abernathy ranks ninth in kills (875), while setter Stephanie Butkus ranks third in assists (2,680).
SWEEPING AWAY AT McKALE: In each of its home matches this season, Arizona has not just come out victorious, but it has swept all five opponents. What’s more, the Wildcats have won each of their home games by an average of seven points.
STACKED SCHEDULE: As always, Arizona faces a tough schedule in 2005. Included on the slate are 14 matches against teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will also face seven teams (Stanford, Washington, USC, UCLA, Georgia Tech, California and UC Santa Barbara) that were ranked in the preseason Top 25 in the AVCA/CSTV Coaches Poll.
TELEVISION TIME: Two of Arizona’s matches this season will be televised on a tape-delay basis on FSN. The Wildcats’ Oct. 7 match at Arizona State (which will air on Oct. 8) and the team’s home match on Nov. 18 vs. USC (which will air on Nov. 19) can be seen by a national audience on FSN.
PAC-10 POTPOURRI: With Stanford capturing the NCAA title last season, the Pac-10 has now won four consecutive national championships (Stanford in 2004 and 2001, USC in 2003 and 2002). What’s more, Pac-10 teams have claimed 12 of the sport’s 24 NCAA championships.
REACHING MILESTONES: Sophomore Amy Dyck recorded her 400th career assist vs. Oregon last Saturday.
CLOSING IN: Senior Jennifer Abernathy is 25 kills shy of 900, three blocks away from 100 and 13 digs away from 600 on her career, while junior Kristina Baum is 19 kills away from 400, 12 assists shy of 100, one block away from 150 and 28 digs shy of 300 on her career. Sophomore Amy Dyck is 28 digs away from 100 on her career, while junior Stephanie Butkus is three digs shy of 400 on her career. Senior Kim Glass is 15 kills away from 1,700 on her career, while senior Bre Ladd is six kills away from 950 and four service aces away from 100 on her career. Sophomore Dominique Lamb is two blocks shy of 100 on her career.
GLASS’ STREAKS: Senior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 94 of the 95 matches on her career. She has recorded double-digit kills in all but 10 (90 of 95) matches during her three years. With 1,685 career kills, she is 174 away from the school record, currently held by Barb Bell (1993-96).
BLOCKING MACHINE: Senior Bre Ladd has been a consistent defensive threat at the net ever since she arrived on campus in the fall of 2002. She has at least one block in 100 of 105 career matches, including 29 of 33 last season and all 11 matches this season. What’s more, the Tucson native currently has 375 total blocks on her career, tied for fourth place all-time at Arizona with Trina Smith (1989-90, 92-93).
UP NEXT: Arizona travels to Tempe, Ariz., for a match at rival Arizona State at 7 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 7.