A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats split the Los Angeles trip last weekend, defeating No. 21 UCLA in four games (27-30, 30-16, 30-23, 30-28) on Friday before falling at No. 19 USC in four games (28-30, 30-27, 28-30, 23-30) on Saturday.
On the season, the Wildcats are led by senior Kim Glass , who averages 4.75 kills, 3.25 digs and 0.87 blocks per game. Senior Jennifer Abernathy adds 4.10 kills and 3.33 digs per game, while senior Bre Ladd averages 2.20 kills and 1.10 blocks per game. Sophomore Dominique Lamb leads the team with 1.21 blocks per game, while freshman Brittany Leonard has a team-high 3.98 digs per game average. Setter Amy Dyck is averaging 11.48 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Washington -The Huskies went 2-0 last week, sweeping past Oregon (30-17, 30-16, 30-14) and Oregon State (30-24, 30-18, 30-14). The wins were the team’s 15th and 16th sweeps of the season.
Christal Morrison and Sanja Tomasevic pace Washington with 4.20 and 4.11 kills per game, respectively. Candace Lee boasts a team-high 4.35 digs per game average, while setter Courtney Thompson averages 15.07 assists per game, best in the nation. As a team, the Huskies are hitting .376, compared to the .107 of their opponents.
Washington State -The Cougars’ losing streak stretched to six matches with losses at Oregon State (13-30, 33-31, 20-30, 18-30) and Oregon (25-30, 24-30, 29-31) last weekend.
Washington State is led on the season by Jen Barcus, who averages 3.26 kills and 1.33 blocks per game, and Natalia Owens, who adds 2.99 kills and 1.37 blocks per game. Jalen Pendon leads the team with 4.62 digs per game. As a team, the Cougars are hitting .153, compared to the .204 of their opponents.
Washington- Arizona is 25-18 all-time vs. the Huskies. The two teams last faced each other on Oct. 1, with the Wildcats falling in three games in Seattle. Arizona is 12-7 at home, 10-10 away and 3-1 at a neutral site vs. Washington.
Washington State - Arizona is 28-11 all-time against the Cougars. The last time the two teams met, on Sept. 30, the Wildcats swept Washington State in Pullman. Arizona is 16-3 at home and 12-8 away vs. the Cougars.
POLL POSITION: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 111 of the last 120 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred during the 2003 season.
The Wildcats’ rankings of No. 8 last week and No. 9 this week are 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 on Dec. 3, 2001, 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 (6.03) and kills per game (5.10), and ranks 10th in service aces per game (0.35). Senior Jennifer Abernathy ranks eighth in kills per game (4.32) and points per game (4.97). Senior Bre Ladd is ninth in service aces per game (0.39) and 10th in blocks per game (1.13). Sophomore Dominique Lamb ranks seventh in blocks per game (1.26) and eighth in hitting percentage (.327). Junior Kristina Baum is fourth in hitting percentage (.345), while sophomore Amy Dyck is third in assists per game (14.19). Freshman Brittany Leonard is sixth in digs per game (4.41).
AT THE MIDWAY POINT: Midway through the Pac-10 season, the Wildcats are tied with Stanford for second place in the Pac-10, two matches behind leader Washington. This is Arizona’s best record midway through conference play since the 2000 season, when the Wildcats were 8-1 at this point and went on to win the Pac-10 title. Arizona has won four of its last five matches and ranks in the top half of the conference in every statistical category but service aces.
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 (1,816) and service aces (141), and ranks seventh in digs (1,009). Fellow senior Bre Ladd ranks second in blocks (404), third in service aces (104) and seventh in kills (993). Jennifer Abernathy ranks ninth in kills (971), while setter Stephanie Butkus ranks third in assists (2,680).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior Kim Glass leads the Wildcats with 11 double-doubles this year, while senior Jennifer Abernathy has seven. Sophomore Amy Dyck has three, while junior Kristina Baum has two.
DOMINATING AT McKALE: Arizona has won all seven of its home matches this season, sweeping six of seven opponents. What’s more, in the games the Wildcats have won, Arizona won by an average of 6.5 points. The only two games the Wildcats have dropped in McKale this season were to then-No. 3 Stanford.
WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks No. 18 nationally in attendance with an average of 1,731. Only Washington (2,377) and Stanford (2,192) from the Pac-10 rank higher.
REACHING MILESTONES: Senior Kim Glass recorded her 1,800th career kill and 1,000th career dig at USC last Saturday. She also notched her 75th career assist at UCLA on Friday. Senior Bre Ladd recorded her 400th career block at USC last Saturday. Junior Kristina Baum recorded her 450th career kill at UCLA last Friday. Sophomore Amy Dyck dished out her 750th career assist at USC last Saturday. Senior Jennifer Abernathy notched her 50th assist at USC and her 75th service at UCLA. Freshman Brittany Leonard recorded her 200th career dig at USC last Saturday.
CLOSING IN: Senior Kim Glass is two blocks shy of 250 on her career. Senior Bre Ladd is seven kills away from 1,000 and 16 digs shy of 300 on her career. Senior Jennifer Abernathy is 24 digs away from 700 and 29 kills shy of 1,000 on her career. Junior Stephanie Butkus is three digs shy of 400 on her career. Junior Kristina Baum is four service aces away from 50 and 16 digs shy of 350 on her career.
THREE WILDCATS COULD SURPASS 1,000 KILLS: With senior Kim Glass well on her way to the Arizona career kills record, two other seniors, Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy should surpass the 1,000-kill mark this season. Ladd currently has 993 kills, while Abernathy has 971. With nine matches left this season, it looks as if Arizona will have three active players with 1,000 or more kills on their careers at some point this season.
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 1,816 kills and 1,009 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 107 of 112 career matches, including 29 of 33 last season and all 18 matches this season. What’s more, the Tucson native currently has 404 total blocks on her career, good for fourth place all-time at Arizona.
GLASS’ STREAKS: Senior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 100 of the 102 matches on her career. She has recorded double-digit kills in all but 10 (92 of 102) 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. With 1,816 career kills, she is 43 away from the school record, currently held by Barb Bell (1993-96).
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 268-138 (.660) 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.
TELEVISION TIME: Two of Arizona’s matches this season are televised on a tape-delay basis on FSN. The Wildcats’ Oct. 7 win at Arizona State (which aired on Oct. 9) 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.
UP NEXT: Arizona hosts Arizona State at 7 p.m. next Friday, Nov. 4, in McKale.