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011-21-2007 USC, UCLA Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/21/2007
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This Week:

The Arizona volleyball team (13-16, 3-13 Pac-10) finishes out the regular season at home in McKale Center with a pair of matches against two top-10 teams.? The Wildcats will host No. 5 USC (23-4, 12-4 Pac-10) on Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., and No. 10 UCLA (19-9, 8-8 Pac-10) on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the week with a 13-16 overall record and a 3-13 mark in the Pac-10, looking to upset a pair of top-10 teams to finishes out the year.? The Wildcats are also trying to go out on a high not after losing 14 of their last 17 matches.? So far this season, Arizona is hitting .209 as a team (1486-668-3923), while averaging 14.71 kills, 15.50 digs, and 2.99 blocks per game (fourth in the Pac-10).? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .191 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 3.80 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.42 kills and 1.50 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.22 assists per game, and freshman Tiffany Owens is averaging 3.43 kills per game.

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California , Stanford Recap:

Arizona made its final road trip of the season with a trek up to the Bay Area for matches against No. 6 California and No. 4 Stanford.? The Wildcats fell to the Golden Bears in three games, and lost to the Cardinal in four games to extend their losing streak to four-consecutive matches.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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USC ?C The No. 5-ranked USC Women of Troy enter Fridayˇ?s match with a 23-4 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the Pac-10.? USC has won six of their last seven matches, and are 5-4 on the road so far this season.? As a team, USC hits .258 from the floor, and averages 16.47 kills per game, 17.12 digs per game and 2.73 blocks per game.? Senior Asia Kaczor leads USC with a 4.96 kills per game average, second in the Pac-10, and Jessica Gysin adds 3.04 kills per game.? Head coach Mick Haley is in his sixth year at the helm USC program.

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UCLA ?C The No. 10 UCLA Bruins enter the week with a 19-9 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Pac-10.? UCLA has dropped eight of its last 14 matches, but has won three of its last five.? The Bruins are 7-4 away from Pauley Pavilion so far this season.? As a team, UCLA hits .215 from the floor and averages 16.41 kills per game, 18.99 digs per game, and 3.05 blocks per game.? Individually for the Bruins, junior Ali Daly averages a team-best 3.90 kills per game to go with a 3.67 digs per game average.? Senior Rachell Johnson adds 3.39 kills per game, and junior Kaitlin Sather chips in with 3.60 kills per game.? Head coach Andy Banachowski is in his 41st season at the helm of the UCLA program.

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Series History:

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USC ?C Fridayˇ?s matchup between Arizona and USC will be the 63rd meeting all-time between the two schools, with the Women of Troy owning a 47-15 series advantage.? USC swept the season-series last year, earned a 3-2 win over the Wildcats on Sept. 21, and is 11-4 against Arizona since 2000.? Under head coach Dave Rubio, the Wildcats are 8-23 against USC.

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UCLA ?C Saturdayˇ?s matchup will be the 65th all-time between UCLA and Arizona on the court, with the Bruins owning a 46-17-1 series advantage.? UCLA swept the season-series last year, and earned a win in for games back on Sept. 20, but Arizona is 9-6 against the Bruins since 2000.? Under head coach Dave Rubio, Arizona is 14-17 against UCLA.

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Pay Back:

Arizona enters this week eyeing USC and UCLA as payback matches.? Although ˇ®what ifˇ? scenarios mean absolutely nothing in sports, the Wildcats will have the previous matches against these two teams firmly in their minds as in ˇ®what if we beat the Trojans and Bruins back in September.ˇ?? Back on Sept. 20, Arizona was rolling into its Pac-10 opener with a 10-2 record.? The Wildcats outplayed the No. 5 Bruins on that night, but handed a 3-1 win to UCLA after squandering leads late in games. The next night at USC, the Wildcats gave up a 2-1 game lead over the No. 4 Trojans to fall in five.? Since that trip to LA, Arizona is 3-14 on the season.

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Senior Salute:

Arizona will wish farewell to four outstanding seniors who have been staples of the Arizona volleyball program the last four seasons.? Arizonaˇ?s seniors, Amy Dyck, Emily Harper, Katie Jackels and Dominique Lamb, will all be honored prior to the match against UCLA on Saturday.

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Break a Broom:

Arizona is trying to end the season without continuing its current four-match losing streak.? The Wildcats have already endured a seven-match losing streak earlier this season, and are just 1-11 in their last 12 matches.

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Rank This:

Two more ranked powerhouses, No. 5 USC and No. 10 UCLA, will match up against the Cats this week, as Arizona will look to break a recent skid against ranked opponents.? So far this season, Arizona is 0-11 against ranked teams, losing to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 21/16 Oregon (twice), No. 8/4 Washington (twice), No. 3/4 Stanford (twice), No. 9/6 California (twice), and No. 18 Colorado State.? Over the last two seasons, the Wildcats are 2-20 against ranked opposition.? Arizona has not defeated a top-10 team since Nov. 11, 2005, when the Wildcats defeated No. 4 Stanford, 3-2, on the road in Maples Pavilion.

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Rejected:

Arizona ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and is one of the top teams in the nation when it comes to blocks because the Wildcats have no problem providing plenty of rejections at the net.? In 29 matches thus far, Arizona has posted double-figures in blocks 17 times.? As a squad, Arizona averages 2.99 blocks per game, which if it holds up, will be the seventh-best mark in school history.? The top blocks per game average in school history is 3.56, which was set in 1988.? Last yearˇ?s team posted 3.42 blocks per game, the third best mark in school history.? The Wildcats finished with 10 team blocks against both the Golden Bears and the Stanford, registering double-figures in blocks in consecutive outings for the first time in 15 matches.

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This and That:

Arizona isˇ? 0-4 when playing five gamesˇ? 13-3 when winning game oneˇ? 0-13 when losing game oneˇ? 0-5 when splitting the first two gamesˇ? 12-2 when leading in killsˇ? 12-0 when leading in attack percentageˇ? 1-16 when trailing in attack percentage.

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Block-By-Block:

Senior middle blocker Dominique Lamb is working her way up the school career record block charts at Arizona. With 519 total stuffs, Lamb is now second all-time in school history, as she recently passed Charita Johnson (506, 1991-94) for the No. 2 spot.? Her current career average of 1.34 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 519 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 14 blocks from breaking the 18-year-old school record of 532 career blocks held Kelly Waage. ?Lamb also needs 18 more blocks to pass her career-high for blocks in a season of 169 which she set last season.? She currently has 151 blocks this season.

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Against Washington on Nov. 1, Lamb posted three block assists in the match to break the 18-year-old Arizona career block assists record (436), and is now first all-time in school history with 458 career block assists and counting.? Lamb notched two block assists in the first game to pass the former record.? Waage ended her career at Arizona in 1989, and her school record of 436 block assists stood for 18 years until that night.? Last week against Cal and Stanford, Lamb totaled nine blocks.? She also notched 10 kills on .421 hitting (10-2-19) against the Cardinal.

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So far on the season, Lamb is third on the squad with a 2.42 kills per game average, while hitting .269 (244-98-543).? She is also averaging a team-high 1.50 blocks per game, which is the second-best mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in 16 of the Wildcatsˇ? 29 matches this season.

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Still Going:

Senior Dominique Lamb has enjoyed a stellar career at Arizona, and will go down as one of the most consistent Wildcats in school history.? Not only is she a beast at the net, she has been a regular in the Arizona lineup the last four seasons.? Lamb has played in 116 career matches, and at the rate she has been going will rank sixth all-time with 118 matches played as a Wildcat.? Lambˇ?s most impressive feat is her current streak of 342 consecutive games played, which ranks fifth all-time at Arizona (in the Dave Rubio era).? Lamb has not missed a game since playing in just one of three games against Stanford on Nov. 27, 2004.

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She Is Goodenough:

Junior Randy Goodenough has proven that she is indeed good enough to carry this Wildcat club on the offensive end.??So far on the year, Goodenough leads the Wildcats with a 3.80 kills per game average, ranks third on the team with a 0.99 blocks per game average, and is third on the team with a 2.38 digs per game average.?

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In 29 matches this season, Goodenough has led the team in kills 16 times, and has posted double figures in kills 22 times.

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Against Stanford last Saturday, Goodenough posted a team-high 19 kills to go with eight digs.

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Double the Pleasure:

Randy Goodenough is becoming a double-double machine on the offensive end.??So far this season, Goodenough has posted a team-best 12 double-doubles, including doubling up in four of the last 10 matches.

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Picking up the Workload:

Randy Goodenough has been looked upon this season to pick up the offensive workload and she has stepped up to the challenge.??In two seasons prior to 2007, the Coronado, Calif., native owned career totals of 198 kills, 621 attacks and 114 digs.? She has already more than matched those numbers in this season alone as she has posted 380 kills on 1020 attacks and 238 digs through 29 matches.? She also has 99 blocks so far this year, seven more than the 92 she owned in her career before this season.

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Set ˇ®Um Up:

Freshman Paige Weber has become the stable force that drives the Arizona offense.? The Indianapolis, Ind., native has started every match for Arizona, registering 1,234 assists for a 12.22 assists per game average, the seventh-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 83 percent (1234-1486) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks third in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.36 service aces per game average.

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Weber is also averaging 12.09 assists, and 1.89 digs per game in Pac-10 play.

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Against Stanford, Weber posted 49 assists to go with a career-high 12 digs for her second double-double of the season.

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1,000 and Counting:

Paige Weber collected her 1,000th assist on the season against Washington on Nov. 1, which was her 24th career match as a Wildcat.? As a freshman in 1998, Arizonaˇ?s all-time assist leader Dana Burkholder posted her 1,000th assist in her 22nd match as a Wildcat, finishing with 1,346 assists for a 12.46 apg average.? Weber only needs 113 assists to smash Burkholderˇ?s freshman school record.

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T.O. Stepping Up:

Freshman Tiffany Owens has been a solid force offensively for Arizona at the outside hitter position and it seems that she is getting better and better as the season goes on.? So far on the year, Owens is second on the team with a 3.43 kills per game average, including a team-high 3.916 kills per game mark in Pac-10 play.? The San Bernardino, Calif., native has also posted double-figures in kills 19 times this season, including the last 10-straight.

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In the last 10 matches, Owens has been on fire.? Against the Stanford (10/18), Owens finished with 11 kills on. 409 hitting (11-2-22), to go with had six digs and three blocks.? Against California (10/19), Owens had her best match of the season, posting a then-career-high 17 kills and a career-best six blocks.

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On the Oregon road trip, Owens topped those performances by finishing with a team-high 16 kills on .324 hitting (16-5-34) at Oregon (10/25), and a career-high 25 kills on a career-high 61 attempts (.246 hitting, 25-10-61) against Oregon State (10/26).? She was one kill shy of matching Randy Goodenoughˇ?s team-best 26 kills on the season.

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Against Washington (11/1), Owens finished with a team-high 19 kills, and posted 11 kills on .348 hitting (11-3-23) against Washington State (11/2).

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Against Arizona State, Owens tied a career-high 25 kills in just three games, hitting .435 (25-5-46) against the Sun Devils, which was good for an absurd 8.33 kills per game average.? She followed that performance up with her first career double-double with a team-high 12 kills and a career-best 10 digs.

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Last week, Owens posted a team-high 12 kills against Cal, and finished with 19 kills on .227 hitting against Stanford.

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In the last 10 matches, Owens is averaging a team-best 4.74 kills per game on .242 hitting (166-68-405), finishing with double figures in kills in each match.? Owens has also led the team in kills in six of the last eight matches.

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25 in 3:

Owens has posted 25 kills in two matches so far this season, once at Oregon State (Oct. 26) in five games and against Arizona State (Nov. 7) in three games.? Just how hard is it to post 20 or more kills in three games?? Well, that feat hasnˇ?t been accomplished since Kim Glass did it as a senior in 2005, finishing with 24 kills on .367 hitting (24-6-49) against the Sun Devils (Nov. 4).

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Leonard Still Can Dig It:

Junior Brittany Leonard, Arizonaˇ?s dig record holder in a few categories, has shown she can still dig it with the best of them in her recent move back to libero.? Against Washington (11/1), the San Jose, Calif., native posted a then-season-high 12 digs, and then notched 10 digs against Washington State (11/2).? She also finished with a team-best and season-high 13 digs against ASU (11/7). ?Leonard has posted 12 or more digs on six different occasions this season, and double-figures in digs seven times for a season average of 2.02 digs per game.? She is averaging 2.38 digs per game in Pac-10 play and has registered double figures in digs in the five of the last seven matches.? Against Stanford, Leonard finished with a season-high 22 digs.

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Pac-10 Preseason Poll:

Arizona was selected to finish sixth in the Pac-10 Conference in a preseason vote by the conferenceˇ?s head coaches.? The Wildcats garnered 46 points in the vote, as defending champion Stanford was chosen as the favorite to win this yearˇ?s Pac-10 volleyball title.? Stanford claimed 89 points, 12 more than second-place USC, including eight of the 10 first-place votes.? USC and third-place UCLA each received one first-place vote, garnering 77 and 75 points, respectively.?? Washington came in fourth with 71 points, followed by California in fifth (57 points), and Arizona.? Rounding out the poll were Oregon, Arizona State, Oregon State, and Washington State, respectively.

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Stacked Schedule:

As always, Arizona will be faced with the challenge of playing some of the best teams in the country in 2007.? The Wildcats will participate in four non-conference tournaments before competing in the Pac-10 Conference, the best volleyball conference in the nation.? Arizona will face 10 teams this season that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.? Matchups with Pepperdine, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Colorado State highlight a tough non-conference slate that will prepare the Wildcats for the ever difficult Pac-10 which features four teams ranked in the this yearˇ?s preseason top-10 rankings, including two Final Four teams in Washington and Stanford.

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Rubioˇ?s Record:

Head coach Dave Rubio boasts a 304-174 record (.636) in his 16 seasons at the helm of the Wildcat program. In 2005, he not only became the winningest coach in Arizona history, he also notched his 400th career victory in the teamˇ?s win over Ohio in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In 21 years as a head coach, Rubio has a 426-240 (.640) career record.

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