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Arizona Volleyball Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/26/2004
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THIS WEEK: The No. 24 Arizona volleyball team (12-7, 4-5) travels to Southern California this weekend for matches at No. 5 USC (12-3, 7-2) and No. 12 UCLA (13-5, 6-3). The Wildcats face the Trojans at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and the Bruins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats went 1-0 last week with a three-game sweep (30-17, 30-25, 30-24) of instate rival Arizona State on Friday night. Sophomore Meghan Cumpston led the team with 17 kills and nine digs, while junior Jennifer Abernathy added 12 kills and six digs. Senior Jolene Killough finished with nine kills on a career-high .900 hitting percentage. Setter Stephanie Butkus finished with a three-game high 46 assists, while senior libero Kelli Mulvany notched a match-high 11 digs.

On the season, Arizona is led by junior Kim Glass, who averages 4.83 kills, 2.93 digs and 0.87 blocks per game. Abernathy adds 3.84 kills and 2.35 digs per game, while Cumpston averages 3.77 kills and 2.43 digs per game. Butkus is averaging 11.86 assists per game, while Mulvany averages 3.05 digs per game.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:

No. 5 USC - The Trojans swept past Oregon State (30-17, 30-24, 30-24) and Oregon (30-19, 30-12, 30-27) last weekend on the road.

Southern California is led by Keao Burdine, who averages 3.72 kills and 3.04 digs per game. Emily Adams adds 3.28 kills and 1.48 blocks, while libero Debora Seilhamer boasts a team-high 4.72 digs per game average. Setters Allison Dillon and Kimi Freeburg dish out 7.00 and 6.53 assists per game, respectively.

No. 12 UCLA - The Bruins swept Oregon (30-16, 30-18, 30-18) last Thursday before edging past Oregon State (23-30, 30-25, 27-30, 30-24, 15-7) on Friday.

UCLA is led by Brynn Murphy, who averages 3.11 kills per game. Nana Meriwether boasts a league-high 1.70 blocks per game average, while setter Krystal McFarland dishes out 12.29 assists per game. Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Chrissie Zartman leads the team in digs with 5.42 per game.

SERIES SHORTS:

UCLA - Arizona is 14-43-1 all-time against the Bruins. The last time the two teams met, on Oct. 1 of this year, the Wildcats lost 3-1 to UCLA at home. Arizona is 8-18 at home, 5-22 away and 1-3-1 at a neutral site vs. the Bruins.

USC- Arizona is 15-43 all-time vs. the Trojans. The two teams last faced each other on Oct. 2, 2004, with USC sweeping the Wildcats in Tucson. Arizona is 10-17 at home, 5-21 away and 0-5 at a neutral site vs. USC.

USA Today/CSTV Coaches Poll Oct. 25, 2004

Rank  School             Total   2004    Last
(1st-place Votes) Points Record Week
1     Washington (63)    1,623   17-0    1
2     Minnesota          1,521   20-2    2
3     Hawai’i (2)        1,495   18-0    3
4     Nebraska           1,451   17-1    4
5     USC                1,349   12-3    6
6     Penn State         1,250   17-2    5
7     Ohio State         1,219   19-1    7
8     Florida            1,202   18-2    8
9     Colorado State     1,049   16-2    9
10    Texas              1,036   17-2    10
11    Stanford           953     15-5    11
12    UCLA               918     13-5    12
13    California         780     11-7    13
14    Saint Mary’s       700     17-2    15
15    Texas A&M          658     12-5    16
16    Tennessee          531     19-2    17
17    Utah               519     16-3    14
18    Kansas State       485     13-7    18
19    Santa Clara        443     14-4    19
20    UC Santa Barbara   417     14-3    20
21    Illinois           365     14-5    24
22    San Diego          317     14-4    22
23    Louisville         305     18-2    21
24    Arizona            171     12-7    23
25    Florida A&M        132     17-2    25
Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Missouri 55, Rice 54, Ohio 45, 
Georgia Tech 38, Long Beach State 17, Notre Dame 6, Wisconsin 6, Loyola Marymount 5, Pacific 5.

 

Pac-10 Standings

                   Pac-10        Overall
                  W-L  Pct.     W-L   Pct.
Washington        9-0  1.000    17-0  1.000
USC               7-2  .778     12-3  .800
Stanford          7-2  .778     15-5  .750
UCLA              6-3  .667     13-5  .722
California        6-3  .667     11-7  .611
Arizona           4-5  .444     12-7  .632
Arizona State     3-6  .333     8-10  .444
Oregon State      2-7  .222     8-10  .444
Oregon            1-8  .111     9-10  .474
Washington State  0-9  .000     3-19  .136

POLL FACTS: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 95 of the last 104 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred last year.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Junior Jennifer Abernathy leads the Wildcats with seven double-doubles this season, while junior Kim Glass and sophomores Stephanie Butkus and Meghan Cumpston have five apiece. Junior Bre Ladd has one.

AT THE MIDWAY POINT: Midway through the Pac-10 season, the Wildcats are in sixth-place, two matches behind UCLA and Cal. Arizona has won four of its last five matches, during which time it has combined for a .297 hitting percentage. The Wildcats hit .150 through the first four matches of league play.

Arizona is also faring much better than a year ago at this time. While the number of ranked opponents has stayed the same (five), the Wildcats have one more win this year than last and have swept three opponents compared to two last year. In addition, Arizona’s team statistics have improved in nearly every category -- kills per game (15.72 to 14.82), hitting percentage (.230 to .223), assists per game (14.34 to 13.59), digs per game (14.53 to 13.32) and blocks per game (2.53 to 2.29). The only statistic for which the Wildcats have fallen is service aces per game (1.06 to 1.79).

REACHING MILESTONES: Sophomore Meghan Cumpston recorded her 150th career dig last Friday against Arizona State, while junior Kim Glass notched her 1,350th career kill against the Sun Devils. Glass ranks fourth all-time in kills at the UA.

CLOSING IN: Sophomore Kristina Baum is nine kills away from 300 on her career, while setter Stephanie Butkus is 14 kills away from 150 and four digs away from 300 on her career. Senior Cassidy Crum is one assist away from 50 on her career, while junior Kim Glass is 27 blocks away from 200 on her career. Senior Jolene Killough is five kills away from 400 on her career.

RANKING IN THE PAC-10: Junior Jennifer Abernathy ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in kills per game, while sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus ranks fourth in assists per game. Senior Jolene Killough is sixth in hitting percentage and ninth in blocks per game.

As a team, the Wildcats rank in the top half of the conference in kills, hitting percentage, blocks, assists, service aces and opponent hitting percentage.

BUTKUS ENTERS ELITE STATUS: Against Washington, sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus became just the sixth Wildcat ever to eclipse the 2,000-assist mark. She now has 2,052 on her career, 640 away from fifth place.

GLASS’ STREAKS: Junior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs 71 of 73 matches on her career. What’s more, she has recorded double-digit kills in all but eight (65 of 73) matches during her three years.

BLOCKING MACHINE: Junior Bre Ladd has been a consistent defensive threat at the net ever since she arrived on campus in the fall of 2002. The middle blocker has at least one block in 79 of 83 career matches, including 20 in a row, dating back to last season.

MULVANY DIGGING IT UP: Senior Kelli Mulvany has been a steady defensive player for the Wildcats this season. She has reached double-digit digs 12 times on the season and has led the team in digs 12 times, including eight of the nine Pac-10 matches. She is currently sixth all-time in career digs at Arizona with (1,053).

WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks 13th nationally in home attendance with an average of 1,645 over eight matches. The Wildcats’ three-game sweep of Washington State on Oct. 15 had an attendance of 5,275, making it the 18th highest attended match in the nation this season.

RUBIO APPROACHING ARIZONA WINS RECORD: Head Coach David Rubio currently has 246 wins in his 13 seasons at the helm. He needs just 13 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.

NEXT UP: Arizona hosts Oregon and Oregon State next weekend. The Wildcats face the Duck at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 4, and the Beavers at 7 p.m. next Friday, Nov. 5.

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