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Arizona Volleyball Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/08/2004
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THIS WEEK: The No. 19 Arizona volleyball team (2-2) hosts the Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic this Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 9-11. Admission is free for the entire tournament. The complete tournament schedule is as follows:

Sept. 9    Thurs.    Nicholls State vs. No. 18 Louisville       7 p.m.
Sept. 10   Fri.      Nicholls State vs. No. 19 Arizona          10 a.m.
                     No. 18   Louisville vs. No. 9 Pepperdine   noon
                     No. 9 Pepperdine vs. No. 19 Arizona        7 p.m.
Sept. 11   Sat.      No. 9 Pepperdine vs. Nicholls State        10 a.m.
                     No. 18 Louisville vs. No. 19 Arizona       noon

Arizona fans hoping to catch the Wildcat football game on Saturday evening will be able to fit both teams into the schedule as the volleyball tournament ends with the Arizona-Louisville match-up at noon on Saturday.

A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats (2-2) went 1-2 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic last weekend, defeating Eastern Washington before dropping a three-game match to San Diego and losing a five-game heartbreaker to host Hawaii. Sophomore Meghan Cumpston was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 4.00 kills, 3.42 digs, 0.75 blocks and 0.50 service aces throughout the tournament.

On the season, Arizona is led by Cumpston, who averages 3.87 kills, a team-high 3.00 digs and 0.67 blocks per game. Junior Jennifer Abernathy adds 3.93 kills, 1.93 digs and 0.40 blocks per game. Setter Stephanie Butkus is averaging 11.80 assists per game, while Jolene Killough (1.07) and Kristina Baum (1.00) lead the team in blocking.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:

Nicholls State - The Colonels opened the season 0-3 at the Tulane Kathy Trosclair Memorial Classic last weekend, dropping matches to Tulane, Georgetown and Southern Illinois. Nicholls State is led by KaLeigh Butler and Brenda Rose, who average 2.67 and 2.56 kills per game, respectively. Setter Joana Garboggini averages 8.89 assists per game, while libero Ashley Miksch has a 3.89 digs per game average.

No. 9 Pepperdine - The Wave went 1-1 last weekend at the Courtyard Marriott Beach Classic, defeating Georgia and falling to No. 1 USC. Pepperdine also defeated the University of British Columbia in an exhibition match. Christina Hinds was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Libero after averaging 6.83 digs per game, while Melissa Melhorn and Sophia Milo were both named to the all-tournament team. Melhorn averaged 13.25 assists and 1.08 blocks per game, while Milo put up 3.75 kills and 1.08 blocks per game.

No. 18 Louisville - The Cardinals captured the University of Louisville Courtyard by Marriott Tournament title last weekend, going 3-0 with victories over Virginia, Loyola and Jacksonville State. Stephanie Marsh and Bing Sun were named to the all-tournament team. Marsh averaged 2.64 kills, 1.91 digs, 0.64 assists, 0.45 blocks and 0.27 service aces over the three matches, while Sun put up averages of 2.91 kills, 2.27 digs, 0.82 blocks, 0.73 assists and 0.27 service aces.

SERIES SHORTS:

Nicholls State - This is the first-ever meeting between Arizona and Nicholls State.

Louisville - Arizona is 1-1 all-time against Louisville. The last time the two teams met, on Aug. 31, 2002, the Wildcats were swept by the Cardinals in the Louisville Labor Day Invitational. Arizona is 1-0 at home and 0-1 away vs. Louisville.

Pepperdine - Arizona is 5-6 all-time vs. Pepperdine. On Aug. 30, 2003, the Wildcats defeated the Waves 3-1 in the Pepperdine Classic. Arizona is 0-2 at home, 3-1 away and 2-3 at a neutral site vs. Pepperdine.

USA Today/CSTV Coaches Poll Sept. 6, 2004

Rank  School              Total   2004    Last
(1st-place Votes) Points Record Week
1     USC (62)            1,620   4-0     1
2     Nebraska (3)        1,517 2-0 2
3     UCLA                1,466 4-0 3
4     Florida             1,409 4-0 4
5     Minnesota           1,376 4-1 5
6     Washington          1,250 3-0 7
7     Penn State          1,236 3-0 8
8     California          1,162 3-0 10
9     Pepperdine          1,109 1-1 9
10    Colorado State      1,001 2-1 11
11    Hawai’i             930 3-0 13
12    Stanford            900 2-1 6
13    UC Santa Barbara    777 3-0 16
14    Texas A&M           702 2-1 15
15    Kansas State        698 3-1 14
16    Illinois            609 3-0 19
17    Santa Clara         463 3-0 22
18    Louisville          442 3-0 20
19    Arizona             332 2-2 17
20    San Diego           294 2-1 NR
21    Georgia Tech        199 0-4 12
22    Loyola Marymount    188 2-1 18
23    Long Beach State    172 3-0 NR
24    Purdue              161 3-0 NR
25    Wisconsin           139 1-1 23
Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Notre Dame 122, Missouri 96, Tennessee 96, Cincinnati 85, 
Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 83, Northern Iowa 75, Kansas 69, Michigan State 58, Utah 55, Ohio State 50, Texas 39, UC Irvine 37, 
Brigham Young 36, Michigan 32, Wichita State 11, Ohio 10, Clemson 6.

 

Pac-10 Standings

School            W  L   Pct.
California        4  0   1.000
Oregon            4  0   1.000
UCLA              4  0   1.000
USC               4  0   1.000
Washington        3  0   1.000
Arizona State     2  1   .667
Stanford          2  1   .667
Arizona           2  2   .500
Oregon State      1  2   .333
Washington State  0  3   .000
 

PLAYING AWAY FROM McKALE: With its wins at San Diego State and against Eastern Washington, Arizona has already equaled the number of non-conference wins away from the McKale Center it had all of last season. With three more non-conference road matches left this season, the Wildcats could more than double the total of two victories from a year ago.

CUMPSTON COMES ON STRONG: In the wake of the injury to junior Kim Glass, sophomore Meghan Cumpston has really come on strong. The outside hitter more than doubled her previous high in kills when she put up 19 against Hawaii. She also had 23 digs in that match, 18 more than her previous high of five. Her play didn’t go unnoticed, as Cumpston was the lone Wildcat named to the all-tournament team.

BUTKUS BREAKS INTO RECORD BOOK: In Sunday’s loss at Hawaii, sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus finished with 72 assists, good for a seventh-place tie in the Arizona single match record book. Dana Burkholder holds the record with 84 against Arizona State during the 2000 season. Butkus’ previous high was 69 in a four-game match against Santa Clara on Sept. 4, 2003.

SEASONAL COMPARISONS: After the completion of one week of the season, the 2004 Wildcats are faring much better than the 2003 squad. This year’s team has better averages than last year’s team in kills (15.00 to 14.27), hitting percentage (.225 to .189), assists (13.10 to 12.82), digs (13.30 to 11.09) and blocks (2.80 to 1.82). The only statistical category that has gone down for Arizona is service aces, as the 2004 squad averages 1.40 compared to the 2.55 of last year at this time.

PLAYING WITHOUT GLASS: Junior outside hitter Kim Glass will miss at least one more week with a shoulder injury. The two-time All-American has led Arizona in kills in each of the last two years.

RUBIO APPROACHING ARIZONA WINS RECORD: Head Coach David Rubio currently has 236 wins in his 13 seasons at the helm. He needs just 23 more to become the winningest coach in Arizona volleyball history. Rosie Wegrich, who coached from 1977-1991, compiled 258 wins in 15 seasons for an average of 17 per year.

QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVID RUBIO: "There was a lot of good and bad at Hawaii. A lot of it was to be expected since our lineup was still in flux. With each match, we played better as the players got more comfortable with new positions. As time goes on, we’ll get more comfortable and play more consistently. That’s my hope for our tournament this weekend."

NEXT UP: Arizona travels to Washington, D.C., for the American University Invitational next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18. The Wildcats open the tournament with a 7 p.m. match against American on Friday. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Arizona faces Temple, followed by a 4:30 p.m. match against Albany. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

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