THIS WEEK: The No. 6 Arizona volleyball team (18-5, 10-4) plays its final home matches of the season this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, against No. 14 USC (14-8, 10-4) and No. 16 UCLA (16-8, 8-6). Friday’s match begins at 6 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women’s basketball team. It’s also Team Photo Night, courtesy of Jones Photo. The match will also air on tape delay nationally on FSN. Check local listings for dates and times. It airs on FSN Arizona at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.
Saturday’s match, which is Senior Night, starts at 7 p.m. It’s also Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. Staff and faculty who show a CatCard at the ticket office get one complimentary admission courtesy of Arizona State Savings and Credit Union.
Video and stats of both matches are available at www.arizonaathletics.com. Due to the fact that the USC match is televised, video for that match won't be available online until Sunday, Nov. 20. Subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium multimedia service, will be able to watch highlights from the USC match immediately following its conclusion.
A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats fell in four games (30-26, 27-30, 23-30, 27-30) at No. 18 California last Thursday before rebounding with a huge five-game (30-26, 17-30, 30-22, 26-30, 18-16) win at No. 4 Stanford on Friday. It was just the second time ever that Arizona has won at Stanford and the first time since the 2000 season that the Wildcats completed the regular-season series sweep of the Cardinal.
On the season, Arizona is led by senior Kim Glass, who averages 5.20 kills, 3.06 digs, 0.78 blocks and 0.43 service aces per game. Jennifer Abernathy adds 4.07 kills and 3.43 digs per game, while junior Kristina Baum averages 2.40 kills, 2.00 digs and 0.69 blocks per game. Sophomore Dominique Lamb leads the team with 1.20 blocks per game and a .332 hitting percentage, while freshman libero Brittany Leonard averages a team-high 3.85 digs per game. Setter Amy Dyck is averaging 11.85 assists per game. As a team, Arizona is out-hitting its opponents .265 to .176.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
USC - The Women of Troy went 1-1 last week. The team was swept (21-30, 23-30, 19-30) by No. 2 Washington last Friday and swept (30-22, 30-28, 30-25) Washington State on Saturday.
USC is led on the season by Bibiana Candelas and Staci Venski, who average 4.59 and 4.29 kills per game, respectively. Setter Nena Siljegovic dishes out 11.77 assists per game, while libero Debora Seilhamer leads the team with a 6.67 digs per game average. As a team, the Trojans are hitting .233, compared to the .177 of their opponents.
UCLA - The Bruins went 2-0 last week, sweeping past Washington State (30-17, 30-24, 30-26) on Friday and handing then-No. 2 Washington its first loss of the season (34-32, 30-27, 28-30, 25-30, 15-13) on Saturday.
The Bruins are led by Kaitlin Sather, who averages 4.00 kills and 0.43 service aces per game. Nana Meriwether boasts a Pac-10-leading 1.76 blocks per game, while Jordan Smith leads the team with 4.03 digs per game. Setter Nellie Spicer dishes out 12.53 assists per game. As a team, UCLA is hitting .226, compared to the .190 of its opponents.
USC- Arizona is 15-45 all-time vs. the Trojans. The two teams last faced each other on Oct. 22, with USC defeating the Wildcats 3-1 in Los Angeles. Arizona last defeated USC on Dec. 7, 2001, in the NCAA Regional Finals in Los Angeles. The Wildcats are 10-17 at home, 5-23 away and 0-5 at a neutral site vs. USC.
UCLA - Arizona is 16-43-1 all-time against the Bruins. The last time the two teams met, on Oct. 21, the Wildcats won 3-1 in Los Angeles. Arizona is 8-18 at home, 7-22 away and 1-3-1 at a neutral site vs. the Bruins.
POLL POSITION: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 114 of the last 123 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred during the 2003 season.
The Wildcats’ current No. 6 ranking is the team’s best since being selected No. 6 in the 2002 preseason poll. The last time Arizona was ranked this high during the season was for the last seven weeks of the 2001 season, when the Wildcats were No. 4.
RANKING IN THE PAC: Individually, several Wildcats rank in the Top 10 in conference matches in various statistical categories. Senior Kim Glass leads the Pac-10 in points per game (6.58) and kills per game (5.65), and ranks fourth in service aces per game (0.44). Senior Jennifer Abernathy ranks sixth in both kills per game (4.19) and points per game (4.86). Senior Bre Ladd is 10th in blocks per game (1.08), while sophomore Dominique Lamb ranks seventh in both blocks per game (1.21) and hitting percentage (.310). Sophomore Amy Dyck is third in assists per game (13.69), while freshman Brittany Leonard is eighth in digs per game (4.02).
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 (1,952) and service aces (153), and ranks seventh in digs (1,062). Fellow senior Bre Ladd ranks second in blocks (425), third in service aces (107) and ninth in kills (1,030). Jennifer Abernathy ranks seventh in kills (1,055), while setter Stephanie Butkus ranks fourth in assists (2,704).
RANKING NATIONALLY: As a team, Arizona ranks 19th nationally in kills per game (16.55), 20th in hitting percentage (.273), 21st in assists per game (15.11) and 27th in win-loss percentage (.810). Individually, senior Kim Glass ranks 16th in kills per game (5.04).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior Kim Glass leads the Wildcats with 15 double-doubles this year, while senior Jennifer Abernathy has 11. Sophomore Amy Dyck has five, while junior Kristina Baum has three. Senior Bre Ladd and sophomore Dominique Lamb have one apiece.
GLASS ENTERS PAC-10 ELITE: With her career-high 33 kills at Stanford last Friday, senior Kim Glass moved ahead of two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Player of the Year Logan Tom into fourth-place all-time in career kills. The Pennsylvania native also ranks third all-time in kills per game (5.19), fifth in total attacks (4,702), tied for fifth in service aces per game (0.41) and eighth in service aces (153).
DOMINATING AT McKALE: Arizona has won nine of its 10 home matches this season, with its only loss at McKale coming in five games to No. 2 and then-undefeated Washington. What’s more, the Wildcats have swept seven of their 10 matches at home.
PUTTING UP BIG NUMBERS: Senior Kim Glass has put up some remarkable numbers in her four seasons at Arizona. She has 97 matches with 10 or more kills, 49 matches with 20 or more kills and six matches with 30 or more kills. Fellow senior Jennifer Abernathy has 57 matches on her career where she’s posted double-digit kills. She also has eight matches with 20 or more kills.
WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks No. 19 nationally in attendance with an average of 1,639. Only Washington (2,818) and Stanford (2,192) from the Pac-10 rank higher.
REACHING MILESTONES: Senior Kim Glass recorded her 1,950th career kill and 4,700th career attempt at Stanford last Friday. She also tallied her 150th career service ace at California last Thursday. Senior Jennifer Abernathy notched her 750th career dig at Stanford and her 2,500th career attempt at California last week. Junior Kristina Baum recorded her 500th career kill at Stanford last Friday, while junior Stephanie Butkus tallied her 2,700th career assist and 400th career dig at California last Thursday. Sophomore Amy Dyck notched her 1,000th career assist at Stanford last Friday, while sophomore Dominique Lamb recorded her 200th career kill at Stanford and her 150th career block at California.
CLOSING IN: Senior Kim Glass is 13 assists away from 100 and 48 kills away from 2,000. Senior Bre Ladd is eight digs shy of 300 on her career. Senior Jennifer Abernathy is 16 service aces shy of 100 and four blocks away from 125 on her career. Junior Kristina Baum is two service aces away from 50, one block shy of 125 assists, 15 digs away from 400 and 17 blocks away from 200 on her career. Sophomore Amy Dyck is 26 kills away from 100 and 29 digs shy of 200 on her career. Senior Bre Ladd is two digs away from 300 on her career.
THREE CURRENT WILDCATS HAVE 1,000 KILLS: While senior Kim Glass captured the Arizona career kills record against Washington State on Oct. 28, two other seniors, Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy surpassed the 1,000-kill mark, becoming just the 14th and 15th Wildcats ever to do so.
GLASS JOINS 1,000-KILL, 1,000-DIG CLUB: Against USC on Oct. 22, senior Kim Glass became just the fifth Wildcat ever to surpass the 1,000-kill and 1,000-dig mark. She currently has 1,952 kills and 1,062 digs on her career. The Pennsylvania native joined Terry Lauchner (1987-1990), Barb Bell (1993-96), Jill Talbot (1998-2001) and Lisa Rutledge (1999-2002) as the only Arizona players ever to accomplish the feat. Lauchner finished her career with 1,636 kills and 1,297 digs. Bell tallied 1,859 kills and 1,046 digs. Talbot finished with 1,022 kills and 1,111 digs. Rutledge notched 1,471 kills and 1,006 digs.
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 109 of 115 career matches, including 29 of 33 last season and 20 of 21 matches this season. What’s more, the Tucson native currently has 425 total blocks on her career, good for third place all-time at Arizona behind Kelly Waage (532) and associate head coach Charita Johnson-Stubbs (506).
GLASS’ STREAKS: Senior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 105 of the 107 matches on her career. She has recorded double-digit kills in all but 10 (97 of 107) matches during her four years. In fact, she’s the only player in the Pac-10 to have 10 or more kills in every match this season.
RUBIO BECOMES ALL-TIME WINS LEADER: With the Wildcats’ victory 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 271-140 (.659) in 14 years at the helm.
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.
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.
UP NEXT: Arizona closes out the regular season with matches at Oregon and Oregon State next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. (PT).