Nov. 6, 2001
Upcoming: The Wildcats travel to Washington to take on the Huskies and the Cougars of Washington State. Both matches are set to start at 7 p.m. PST. The match against the Huskies can be seen on Fox Sports Net on a tape-delay basis. Fans from Arizona can see it replayed twice, as Fox Sports Arizona will show it on Saturday, 11/10, at 10 a.m.. and again on Sunday, 11/11, at 2 p.m. and 2 a.m. Please check your local listings for air dates and times.
The Opposition: WASHINGTON- Washington, ninth place finishers in the Pac-10 last season, has already eclipsed its win from a year ago by four victories. The Huskies enter the weekend match with the Cats on the heals of a two-match losing streak to the Los Angeles schools. However, Washington did manage to take UCLA to five games before falling. The Cats have already defeated the Huskies once this season, but the Dogs put up a big fight against the Cats. Down 2-0, UW rallied to win games three and four and forced Arizona to win the match in a fifth game. Five Arizona players finished the match against UW with double digit kills, including Dana Burkholder's fourth career triple-double. The senior setter ended the match with 10 kills, 68 assists and 14 digs to equal the school record for triple-doubles in a career. The victory was the eighth straight win for Arizona over the Huskies. The Wildcats hold a 22-13 advantage in the all-time series and are 14-5 under Coach Rubio.
Arizona - Washington Season Stats Head-To-Head KPG Pct. APG SAPG BPG DPG Arizona 17.29 .306 15.37 1.75 2.62 14.85 Washington 15.33 .228 13.87 1.43 2.59 14.68
WASHINGTON STATE- The Cougars also fell twice in Los Angeles last weekend, but like their neighbors to the west, they too took UCLA to five games and won a game from USC in the Lyon Center before falling. The loses snapped a three match winning streak for WSU. The Cats and Cougs met earlier this season in McKale Center in a match previous to UA's Midnight madness Basketball event, in which Arizona swept WSU, 3-0. The Wildcats hit .411 in the match while limiting the Cougars to just a .185 attack percentage. Lisa Rutledge and Shannon Torregrosa tallied 13 and 18 kills, respectively, for Arizona. The win improved Arizona's all-time record over WSU to 22-9 and was the seventh straight win for the Cats. Arizona is 13-6 all-time against Washington State under the guidance of Coach Rubio.
Arizona - Washington State Season Stats Head-To-Head KPG Pct. APG SAPG BPG DPG Arizona 17.29 .306 15.37 1.75 2.62 14.85 Washington State 16.27 .222 14.48 1.83 2.32 17.05
Arizona's Last Action: Arizona played only one match last week, defeating Arizona State in four games in Tempe. The closely played match saw Arizona try a season high 235 attempts, two away from the school record for a four game match. Arizona had four players tally double figure in kills, three of whom finished with double-doubles. The win was the Arizona's eighth consecutive Pac-10 victory, which established a new school record.
20/20 Vision: Junior Lisa Rutledge became just the 10th Arizona player in school history to record a 20 kill - 20 dig match. The outside hitter finished Arizona's match against Arizona State with a match-high 22 kills and a career-high 25 digs. The feat, which has been accomplished now 18 times, was the first for Arizona since Allison Napier finished with 29 kills and 21 digs in a five-game loss to UCLA last season. Arizona has had a played finish with a 20/20 match against Arizona State seven times.
20/20 Matches in Arizona History
1. Anita Moss - 21 K/ 33 D - 11/4/83
2. Melissa McLinden - 34 K/ 21 D - 12/7/85
3. Kiyomi Morino - 25 K/ 21 D - 10/18/86
4. Morino - 24 K/ 20 D - 9/5/87
5. Morino - 27 K/ 29 D - 10/16/87
6. Julie Kakuska - 28 K/ 24 D - 9/23/88
7. Terry Lauchner - 23 K/ 28 D - 9/23/88
8. Caylin Combs - 24 K/ 22 D - 9/14/89
9. Lauchner - 22 K/ 22 D - 9/14/89
10. Kristi Colson - 22 K/ 22 D - 9/13/90
11. Combs - 21 K/ 21 D - 9/13/90
12. Lauchner - 24 K/ 20 D - 9/13/90
13. Lauchner - 27 K/ 22 D - 11/15/90
14. Colson - 22 K/ 23 D - 10/18/91
15. Barb Bell - 20 K/ 20 D 11/3/96
16. Keisha Johnson Demps - 21 K / 20 D - 11/13/98
17. Allison Napier - 29 K/ 21 D - 10/12/00
18. Lisa Rutledge 22 K/25 D - 11/3/01
On A Roll: The Wildcats have won eight straight conference matches, establishing a new school record. Beginning with a 3-1 win at California and holding current through the Arizona State win, Arizona has continued to get better as the season has progressed. During the winning streak, the Wildcats are hitting .313 as a team while averaging 16.0 kills per game and have out-blocked their opponents 69-45.5. Arizona has lost only four games during the streak and have gone five games only once. The previous school record of seven straight was established twice last season
Three Cheers For Dana: Senior setter Dana Burkholder tied a school record for triple-doubles with a 10 kill, 68 assist, 14 dig effort against Washington (10/13). Burkholder has now tallied four trifectas in her career, equaling the school mark of current associate head coach Charita Johnson. The pair have a combined eight of Arizona's 21 triple-doubles in school history.
Johnson and Burkholder's Career Triple-Doubles
1. vs. California 10/10/1992 11 kills, 11 digs, 12 blocks
2. at Cal St. Northridge 11/21/1992 15 kills, 10 digs, 10 blocks
3. at Oregon State 09/16/1994 13 kills, 13 digs, 12 blocks
4. at BYU 12/03/1994 12 kills, 17 digs, 12 blocks
1. vs. UCLA 10/22/1999 11 kills, 70 assists, 14 digs
2. vs. San Diego 09/02/2000 10 kills, 54 assists, 10 digs
3. vs. UCLA 10/12/2000 15 kills, 67 assists, 22 digs
4. vs. Washington 10/13/2001 10 Kills, 68 assists, 14 digs
The Polls: Arizona held steady at fourth in the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cats continue to trail only top-ranked Long Beach State, defending national champions Nebraska and Pac-10 foe Stanford in the rankings. Arizona has been ranked among the top seven in the poll all season, reaching as high as no. 3. The Volleyball Magazine held firm with Cats remaining in the no. 4 spot there as well. See page six of the notes for the complete polls.
Torregrosa Tore It Up: Junior Shannon Torregrosa's impressive performances in matches against top 10 opponents USC and UCLA earned the first-year starter AVCA National and Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. The national honor is the first for any Arizona volleyball player in school history. The outside hitter averaged a team-high 5.83 kills, two digs and one block per game against the Bruins and Women of Troy. She finished the two matches with 35 kills on 67 attempts and only seven errors for a .418 hitting percentage.
Home Sweet Home: The Arizona volleyball team has always found McKale Center a nice to place to call home, but never more so than now. After finishing 9-7 at home in 1999, the Cats have since gone 23-1 (.958). A year ago, Arizona lost only a single match on its home floor en route to a 14-1 record and are a perfect 9-0 this season. UA currently has a 18-match winning streak at home that started with a 3-0 sweep over fourth-ranked USC in 2000. Arizona owns a 170-88 (.659) record in McKale since it first started playing in the building in 1983 and have gone 100-36 (.735) in nine-plus seasons under Coach Rubio.
Leader of the Pac: Arizona continues to rank among the top teams in the Pac-10 in nearly every category. The Wildcats are hitting .306 as a team for the season, second in the conference, and have seen that percentage increase steadily over the past three weeks. Senior Jill Talbot continues to lead all conference players in the individual hitting percentage category with a .437 attack effort, but teammate Stefani Saragosa is close behind in second at .404. See the stats to the left to find where Arizona ranks among the Pac-10 teams and individuals.
Diggin' Up the Record Book: Setter Dana Burkholder, already Arizona's career leader in assists, topped 1,000 career digs in the fifth game against Washington. Upon reaching the milestone, Burkholder became just the fifth Arizona player to record over 1,000 digs in a career and just the second player ever to have over 1,000 digs and 1,000 assists. Lindsey Hahn, who played for UA from 1986-89, recorded a final career total of 1,155 digs (second all time) and 1,939 assists (sixth all time). Currently, Burkholder is fifth on Arizona's career list for digs with 1,045. See page five of the notes to see where Dana and other Wildcat players rank in the career record books.
Coaching Milestones: Arizona head coach David Rubio has doubled up on coaching milestones this season. First he won his 300th career match as a coach against Arizona State (10/5) and most recently added his 100th career Pac-10 coaching win in Eugene vs. Oregon (10/19).
With the victory over the Sun Devils, Rubio joined a long list of active Pac-10 coaches with 300 or more career victories.
Active Pac-10 Coaches with 300+ Career Wins*
1. Andy Banachowski, UCLA 911 (NCAA All Time Leader)
2. Mick Haley, USC 539
3. John Dunning, Stanford 458
4. Rich Feller, California 333
5. Cindy Fredrick, Washington St. 327
6. David Rubio, Arizona 308
* Win totals through Nov. 3.
And the win over the Ducks made Rubio just the sixth Pac-10 women's coach ever to reach 100 or more conference victories.
Pac-10 Coaches With 100+ Conference Wins
Andy Banachowski, UCLA *
Cindy Fredrick, WSU *
Lisa Love, USC
David Rubio, Arizona *
Don Shaw, Stanford
Patti Snyder, ASU *
* Active (Don Shaw is now the coach of the Stanford men's team)
Rutledge Rising: Throughout her career at Arizona, Lisa Rutledge has always racked up a large number of kills for the Wildcats. In fact, the junior needs only 102 more to become the 12th Arizona player to tally 1,000 in a career. While the number of kills are still there for her this season, she definitely is a different player. Her accuracy and shot selection in 2001 have allowed her to increase her career hitting percentage by an amazing 15 points. She started the season seventh on the Arizona career list with a .249 attack percentage and since improved to sixth on the list and .264 for her career. Rutledge is hitting .302 this season and averaging 4.39 kills per game, second best in the Pac-10.
Tidy Talbot: Senior Jill Talbot is not a player that misses her mark very often. In fact, she has only 44 errors on 380 swings for a conference leading .437 hitting percentage this season. The right side player is averaging 11 kills, 19 attempts and only two errors per match. She leads Arizona with 209 digs, an average of 3.22 per game - fifth best in the conference thus far, and has recorded a team-high seven double-doubles this season.
Puttin' em In The Stands: For the second straight season Arizona leads the conference in average attendance. The Wildcats currently rank 10th nationally with an average crowd of 1,840 fans. In nine home dates this year, the Wildcats have attracted 16,558 followers. With four home dates remaining on the schedule (excluding possible NCAA Tournament matches), and using the current average, the Wildcats are projected to have 23,918 fans at their home matches.
Outlook for 2001: The Wildcats return four starters from last seasons's team. All-American setter Dana Burkholder, right-side hitter Jill Talbot, outside hitter Lisa Rutledge and defensive specialist Rachel Williams all return to the floor for the Cats in 2001. Joining them in the starting rotation will be middle blockers Erin Sebbas and Stefani Saragosa and outside hitter Shannon Torregrosa. The loss of NCAA hitting percentage leader and All-Pac-10 middle blocker Marisa DaLee is significant, but will be offset by the return of Saragosa, who played in 30 of Arizona's 33 matches last season with an ailing shoulder that has been surgically repaired, and the spring emergence of Sebbas. Coach Rubio is counting on Torregrosa to have a breakout season in the outside hitter spot vacated by the departure of All-Pac-10 performer Allison Napier. Others returning players that are expected to see extensive floor time are Christina Frost and setter/right side hitter Lauren Benward. Arizona has also added a number of newcomers that the coaching staff figure will see playing time, including setter Rochelle Ruen, right side hitter Kellie Burton and defensive specialist Kelli Mulvany.
Starting Lineup Possibilities
Setter - Dana Burkholder - 13.08 apg
Right Side- Jill Talbot - .437 hitting , 3.23 kpg, 3.22 dpg
Outside - Lisa Rutledge - 4.39 kpg / Shannon Torregrosa - 4.05 kpg
Middle Blocker- Stefani Saragosa - .404 hitting, 1.14 bpg / Erin Sebbas - .337 hitting
Defensive Specialist- Rachel Williams - 1.43 dpg / Kelli Mulvany - 2.00 dpg
2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year David Rubio: In nine years as Arizona's head coach, David Rubio has taken the Cats from the abyss of a winless Pac-10 season to the pinnacle of a conference championship. Inheriting a team that did not win a single match in the conference the year before he arrived, he has turned the Wildcats into a club that has made seven postseason appearances in eight years, won a Pac-10 Championship and 11 NCAA Tournament matches. Rubio has recruited and coached two All-Americans, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, 13 All-Pac-10 performers, six All-Pac-10 freshman players and eight academic all-conference athletes at Arizona. Also, UA athletes have earned 14 Pac-10 Player of the Week honors under his guide. During his tenure at Arizona, Rubio has led the Wildcats to 188 victories and a winning league mark over the last six seasons. Last year's 16-2 Pac-10 record smashed the school mark for conference victories.
A Look Back: The 2000 season was one of the finest in school history. The Wildcats finished the season 28-5, matching the school record for wins in a season. 20 of Arizona's 28 victories were 3-0 sweeps and of Arizona's five loses only one was in three game, two were in four games and two went all five. Arizona was an outstanding 14-1 in home matches, 11-2 on the road and 3-2 in neutral court contests. They advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the deepest an Arizona team has ever gone. UA won its first Pac-10 title, sharing it with USC. 2000 marked the first time a team other than UCLA or Stanford had won the Pac-10 championship since conference play began in 1986. The 16-2 Pac-10 record shattered the school record for conference wins by four. Individually, returning setter Dana Burkholder became one of the most recognized athletes in school history. She was named both AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-America (the first, first-team member since 1985), to the NCAA Central Region All-Tournament Team, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, First-Team All-Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region. She set numerous school records, including single-match (84), single-season (1,562) and career marks (4,068) for assists, while guiding the Arizona offense to a NCAA Division I leading .320 attack percentage, the best in school history and the second-best ever in the Pac-10. Departed seniors Marisa DaLee and Allison Napier, both 1,000 career kill members, each tallied First-Team All-Pac-10 honors. Giving the Cats three for the season, the most in any single year. DaLee led the nation in hitting percentage (.437) and was also named AVCA All-Pacific Region. Jill Talbot and Lisa Rutledge, who both return in 2001, each garnered Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors as well.