THIS WEEK: The No. 6 Arizona volleyball team (17-4, 9-3) travels to the Bay Area this Thursday and Friday for matches at No. 18 California (15-7, 8-5) and No. 4 Stanford (21-4, 10-3). The Wildcats face the Bears at 7 p.m. (PT) Thursday, Nov. 10 and the Cardinal at 7 p.m. (PT) Friday, Nov. 11.
A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats swept past instate rival Arizona State 30-25, 30-25, 30-24 last Friday. Arizona hit .264 on the match, compared to the .133 of the Sun Devils. The Wildcats also out-blocked ASU 5-3. Senior Kim Glass led all players with 24 kills on .367 hitting. She also added 10 digs, three assists, two blocks and two service aces. Senior Jennifer Abernathy added 14 kills and nine digs. Setter Amy Dyck dished out 40 assists on the three-game match. She also added eight digs and five kills on five attempts with no errors for a 1.000 hitting percentage. Libero Brittany Leonard tallied a team-high 15 digs on the night.
On the season, the Wildcats are led by Glass, who averages 5.04 kills, 3.19 digs, 0.82 blocks and 0.42 service aces per game. Abernathy adds 4.08 kills and 3.49 digs per game, while junior Kristina Baum averages 2.53 kills, 1.93 digs and 0.68 blocks per game. Sophomore Dominique Lamb leads the team with 1.23 blocks per game and a .342 hitting percentage, while Leonard has a team-high 3.49 digs per game average. Dyck is averaging 11.83 assists per game. As a team, Arizona is out-hitting its opponents .273 to .173.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
California - The Bears defeated Washington State 3-2 (23-30, 27-30, 30-12, 30-19, 15-10) last Thursday, before falling in five games (24-30, 30-25, 25-30, 30-27, 7-15) at No. 2 Washington on Friday.
Cal is led on the season by Angie Pressey, who averages 4.32 kills per game. Setter Samantha Carter dishes out 12.90 assists per game, while libero Jillian Davis leads the team with a 4.50 dig per game average. Kat Reilly and Ellen Orchard average 1.31 and 1.18 blocks per game, respectively. As a team, California is hitting .250, compared to the .166 of its opponents.
Stanford - The Cardinal was swept (21-30, 26-30, 16-30) by No. 2 Washington last Thursday before rebounding to defeat Washington State in three games (26-30, 30-22, 30-22, 30-25) on Friday.
Stanford has three players - Cynthia Barboza (4.50), Kristin Richards (4.39) and Foluke Akinradewo (4.12) - who average more than 4.00 kills per game. Setter Bryn Kehoe dishes out 14.30 assists per game, while Courtney Schultz averages 4.00 digs per game. As a team, Stanford is hitting .289, compared to the .162 of its opponents.
California - Arizona is 32-9 all-time vs. the Golden Bears. The two teams last faced each other on Oct. 14 of this year, with the Wildcats winning 3-0 in Tucson. Arizona is 16-5 at home, 15-4 away and 1-0 at a neutral site vs. California.
Stanford - Arizona is 6-45 all-time against the Cardinal. The last time the two teams met, on Oct. 13, the Wildcats defeated Stanford in five games in Tucson. Arizona is 4-19 at home, 1-25 away and 1-1 at a neutral site vs. Stanford. The Wildcats’ only win at Stanford came during the 2000 season.
POLL POSITION: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 113 of the last 122 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 (6.45) and kills per game (5.49), and ranks fourth in service aces per game (0.44). Senior Jennifer Abernathy ranks seventh in both kills per game (4.23) and points per game (4.87). Senior Bre Ladd is ninth in blocks per game (1.14), while sophomore Dominique Lamb ranks fifth in blocks per game (1.28) and seventh in hitting percentage (.323). Junior Kristina Baum is ninth in hitting percentage (.315), while sophomore Amy Dyck is third in assists per game (14.00). Freshman Brittany Leonard is seventh in digs per game (4.25).
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 (1,894) and service aces (149), and ranks seventh in digs (1,044). Fellow senior Bre Ladd ranks second in blocks (418), third in service aces (104) and ninth in kills (1,013). Jennifer Abernathy ranks eighth in kills (1,019), while setter Stephanie Butkus ranks fourth in assists (2,684).
RANKING NATIONALLY: As a team, Arizona ranks 19th nationally in hitting percentage (.273), 25th in assists per game (15.00) and kills per game (16.41) and 30th in blocks per game (2.92). Individually, senior Kim Glass ranks 20th in kills per game (4.91).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior Kim Glass leads the Wildcats with 14 double-doubles this year, while senior Jennifer Abernathy has nine. Sophomore Amy Dyck has five, while junior Kristina Baum has three. Senior Bre Ladd and sophomore Dominique Lamb have one apiece.
GLASS TO ENTER PAC-10 ELITE: Senior Kim Glass is slowly making her way into the Pac-10 all-time career records. With 1,894 career kills, she needs just 16 more to move into the Top 5. The Pennsylvania native already ranks third all-time in kills per game (5.16) and tied for fifth in service aces per game (0.41).
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 undefeated Washington. What’s more, the Wildcats have swept seven of their 10 matches at home.
WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks No. 18 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: Sophomore setter Amy Dyck recorded her 900th career assist vs. Arizona State last Friday.
CLOSING IN: Senior Kim Glass is 15 assists away from 100, six kills shy of 1,900 and one service ace away from 150 on her career. Senior Bre Ladd is eight digs shy of 300 on her career. Sophomore Dominique Lamb is nine kills away from 200 and four blocks shy of 150 on her career. Junior Stephanie Butkus is three digs shy of 400 on her career. Junior Kristina Baum is two service aces away from 50, 10 kills shy of 500 and 24 blocks away from 200 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 1,894 kills and 1,044 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 418 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 103 of the 105 matches on her career. She has recorded double-digit kills in all but 10 (95 of 105) 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 270-139 (.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 plays its final home matches of the season next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, against No. 15 USC and No. 21 UCLA. Friday’s match begins at 6 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women’s basketball team. Saturday’s match, which is Senior Night, starts at 7 p.m.