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Arizona Volleyball Notes - Regionals
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Release: 06/22/2004
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Dec. 4, 2001

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Upcoming: Arizona advanced to its third consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Championship Tournament after winning its first and second round matches in Champaign, Ill., last weekend. The Wildcats will continue their 2001 postseason road trip to face 12th-ranked Pacific in the regional semifinal match on Thursday in Los Angeles, Calif., and either Pac-10 foe USC or Ohio State should they advance to the regional final match on Friday. Arizona fans can listen to Pacific's internet broadcast of the match by clicking on the link to its home page Pacific Tigers.


Arizona Starting Lineup Possibilities
Setter - Dana Burkholder - 13.12 apg, .367 hitting
Right Side- Jill Talbot - .430 hitting , 3.28 kpg, 3.31 dpg
Outside - Lisa Rutledge - 4.24 kpg / Shannon Torregrosa - 3.79 kpg/* Christina Frost - 1.21 kpg
Middle Blocker- Stefani Saragosa - .390 hitting, 1.07 bpg / Erin Sebbas - .363 hitting
Defensive Specialist- Rachel Williams - 1.55 dpg / Kelli Mulvany - 2.14 dpg
* Frost will start if Torregrosa is unable to play

ARIZONA PLAYERS' CAREER NCAA STATS
PLAYER	        MP	GP	K	E	TA	PCT.	A	SA	D	TB	        K/G	A/G	D/G
Benward	        3	5	1	0	2	.500	2	0	2	0	        0.20	0.40	0.20
Burkholder	11	35	45	18	123	.219	475	8	104	29	        1.29	13.57	2.97
Frost	        4	12	12	5	33	.212	0	0	13	0	        1.00	0.00	1.08
Killough	1	1	1	0	1	1.000	0	0	0	1	        1.00	0.00	0.00
Mulvany	        2	7	0	0	0	.000	0	4	22	0	        0.00	0.00	3.14
Rutledge	9	28	91	40	225	.227	5	3	57	18	        3.25	0.18	2.04
Saragosa	9	27	56	14	115	.365	4	2	15	19	        2.07	0.15	0.55
Sebbas	        6	16	18	8	41	.244	2	1	13	13	        1.13	0.13	0.81
Talbot	        11	35	101	20	194	.418	27	5	111	27	        2.89	0.77	3.17
Torregrosa	6	17	22	17	65	..077	1	1	10	7	        1.29	0.06	0.59
Williams	9	28	0	0	1	.000	5	3	38	0	        0.00	0.18	1.36

The Opposition: UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC (28-7) - The 12th-ranked Tigers are making their 19th appearance in the NCAA Regional Semifinals. UOP is one of only four school in Division I to appear in all 21 NCAA postseason tournaments. They have a 44-20 record in 64 matches and won the national championship in 1985 and '86. The Tigers defeated Alabama A&M (3-0) and Louisville (3-1) in Louisville, Ky., to advance this season's Sweet Sixteen. UOP is led by outside hitters Jennifer Joines and Jamie Hamm. Joines has paced the Tiger offense this season with 593 kills in 124 games thus far, an avaerage of 4.78 kpg. Hamm has racked up 453 kills in 124 games as well, a 3.73 kpg average. Pacific and Arizona have played seven times previous to this regional semifinal, with the Tigers owning a 6-1 advantage. UOP won the last meeting between the two schools, 3-1, in the Second Round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament. Arizona and UOP have shared four common opponents this season. The Tigers defeated Washington State, 3-2, UCSB twice, 3-2 and 3-1, and Louisville, 3-1, and fell to Stanford, 2-3. Arizona went 4-2 against those same opponents in 2001.


Arizona - Pacific Season Stats Head-To-Head
		KPG	Pct.	APG	SAPG	BPG	DPG
Arizona		17.33	.304	15.51	1.69	2.53	15.41
Pacific		16.19	.263	14.77	1.93	2.77	15.85

USC (24-3) - Pac-10 foe USC is making its second consecutive regional appearance and its 10th overall showing. USC has advanced to 19 of the 21 NCAA postseason tournaments, including the last 11 straight years. The Women of Troy defeated Liberty (3-0) and Duke (3-0) on its home floor to host the regional site. Offensively, USC is led by All-Pac-10 performers April Ross (368 kills, 4.04 kpg), Katie Olsovsky (218 kills, .390 hitting) and Jennifer Pahl (225 kills, .396 hitting). Southern California finished second in the Pac-10 this season with a 16-2 record. The Women of Troy and Wildcats have played twice during the conference season this year and split their two matches. USC won the first match, 3-0, in Los Angeles in September and the Wildcats swept at home at the end of October. The two schools have played 50 times in their respective histories, with USC owning a 37-13 advantage. However, the Wildcats and Women of Troy are deadlocked at 3-3 in the last three seasons. Arizona's last victory over USC in Los Angeles came in 1999.


Arizona - USC Season Stats Head-To-Head
		KPG	Pct.	APG	SAPG	BPG	DPG
Arizona		17.33	.304	15.51	1.69	2.53	15.41
USC		17.48	.318	16.02	1.25	2.98	16.23

OHIO STATE (27-3)- The Buckeyes, second place finishers in the Big Ten with a 17-3 record in 2001, are making their 13th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship tournament . OSU has advanced to the postseason every year since 1989 and own an 18-12 overall record in tournament play. Prior to this season, the Buckeyes have moved on to seven regionals in school history, with the last coming in 2000. That teamed shared the same fate as the Wildcats only one round earlier, a loss to eventual national champion Nebraska. On offense, OSU is led by Stacey Gordon who has posted 495 kills in 105 games thus far, a 4.71 kpg average, and Anne Botica who has racked up 475 kills in 98 games in 2001. Arizona and Ohio State have met only once before which resulted in a Wildcat victory in 1995. The two have shared two common opponents this season, Illinois and South Florida. OSU went 3-0 against the two, while the Wildcats were 2-0.


Arizona - Ohio State Season Stats Head-To-Head
		KPG	Pct.	APG	SAPG	BPG	DPG
Arizona		17.33	.304	15.51	1.69	2.53	15.41
Ohio State	17.52	.311	15.77	2.39	2.12	14.13

Arizona NCAA Tournament Records: As a team, the Wildcats established a pair of school postseason records in their second round match with Illinois. UA's 74 assists and 79 kills against the Illini top all other teams in school history in the NCAA Tournament. Individually, senior setter Dana Burkholder improved her single-match assists record from 60 to 63 against the Illini and built upon her postseason career record with 101 total assists in the two matches as well. She has now dished out 475 assits in an Arizona record 11 career matches.

The NCAA Regional Field: It appears as if the NCAA selection committee got it right. All 16 seeded teams in this year's tournament survived first and second round play to advance to regional action. The top four seeds, Long Beach State, Nebraska, Stanford and USC, were all selected as hosts of the regionals. Only USC will host in a facility not normally used during regular season play. The L.A. Sports Arena will serve as the Women of Troy's home from home.

Drawing a Parallel: The Arizona volleyball team has never played a match in the L.A. Sports Arena. However, another Arizona team has enjoyed postseason success in the building. The 1994 Wildcat men's basketball team earned its second Final Four berth ever in the facility. The West Region's second-seeded team won its Sweet Sixteen match-up over Louisville and an Elite Eight victory over top-seeded Missouri advanced them on to Charlotte, N.C., and the Final Four. The Wildcat volleyball team hopes for similar success in 2001.

Arizona in NCAA Tournament Play: Arizona's berth in the 2001 NCAA Division I Championship Tournament is the 17th invitation to postseason play in school history, tenth best among all Division I teams. The Wildcats are 17-16 all-time in those matches and are 13-7 under current head coach David Rubio. Rubio led teams have now appeared in the NCAA's in eight of his ten seasons at the helm, including the last six seasons straight. His .650 winning percentage in the tournament makes him the winningest coach in postseason play in school history.

Arizona vs. Teams That Qualified For The NCAA Tournament: The Wildcats faced nine of the 64 teams that qualified for the 2001 postseason tournament in the regular season and posted a 10-4 record against them. The Wildcats split their season series with USC and UCLA, twice defeated Washington State and Oregon State, bested Florida, 3-0, on its home floor, swept matches with Utah, Louisville and UC Santa Barbara and fell twice to Stanford in five games. Of the teams that advanced on to regional play, Arizona played five of them (USC, UCLA, Stanford, Utah, Florida) and went 4-4.

Arizona Regional Results: Under David Rubio, the Wildcats have now advanced to a regional semifinal match four times, including the last three years straight. Arizona fell to 2001 host USC in the 1994 Sweet Sixteen in Palo Alto, dropped a 3-1 match to Stanford in Maples Pavilion in 1999 and defeated BYU, 3-0, last season in Lincoln, Neb.

Tournament Tested: Arizona's roster is loaded with players who have played meaningful matches in the NCAA Tournament. Four starters return from last season's Elite Eight squad and five others have played significant roles. The Wildcats are led by 2001 All-American candidate Dana Burkholder who has played in 11 tournament matches during her four-year career. Burkholder is Arizona's career leader in assists (475) in postseason play. Classmate and fellow All-American candidate Jill Talbot has also seen action in nine tournament matches and was nearly unstoppable last season. The right-side hitter hit .500 in Arizona's four matches and owns a career .418 attack percentage in tournament play, as well as the most career digs, 111. Other returning starters for Arizona are outside hitter Lisa Rutledge (nine matches, 91 kills) and defensive specialist Rachel Williams (nine matches, 38 digs). See pages 1 and 6 of the notes for all of Arizona's tournament stats.

All-Pac-10 Honors Abundant For Arizona: For the second consecutive season, the Arizona volleyball team had three members named to the All-Pac-10 squad. Seniors Dana Burkholder and Jill Talbot, along with junior Lisa Rutledge comprised one-fourth of the 12 person team. The honor is the third for Burkholder and the first for both Talbot and Rutledge. Burkholder becomes just the third player in school history to be named thrice in a career, joining former teammate Marisa DaLee and Barb Bell. Junior Stefani Saragosa was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10, while first-year Wildcat Kelli Mulvany garnered honorable mention Freshman All-Pac-10 honors.

989 And Counting: For the second straight season the Arizona volleyball team will most likely have two players amass 1,000 kills in a career. Junior Lisa Rutledge is already there (See note on page 3) and senior Jill Talbot is just 11 shy of the milestone. Should Talbot break the 1,000 kill barrier she would become just the second player in school history to tally 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. Up to this point, only Terry Lauchner (1987-1990) has accomplished the feat at Arizona. Talbot already has 1,078 digs in her career.

An End To The Conference Season: The Wildcats completed their conference season with a 14-4 conference mark, good enough for third place. The record equals the second-best mark for a conference season and the third place finish trails only the Pac-10 Co-Championship Arizona, won last season, in school history.

Non-Conference Competition: Despite playing in one of the toughest conferences in country, the Wildcats once again took on a competitive non-conference slate and did not lose a game in seven matches. The Wildcats took an early road trip to Gainesville, Fla., to face the Gators in "The Swamp". To date, Florida's lone loss this season came in the form of a 3-0 sweep by Arizona. The Wildcats hosted NCAA Tournament participants and top 25 teams Louisville and Utah in their Wildcat Classic Tournament and handed each its first loss of the season. Arizona ended its regular season with wins over Denver and NCAA Tournament entrant UC Santa Barbara in McKale Center.

Seeing With Triple-Double Vision, Again: Senior setter Dana Burkholder took a liking to playing Washington this season. The Arizona floor leader tallied her second triple-double of the season against the Huskies on Nov. 9, the school-record fifth trifecta of her career. The versatile senior had the Huskies on their heals all night long, finishing the match with 12 kills, 64 assists and 13 digs. She also got the rest of the offense involved, distributing the ball evenly enough for five other players to record double digit kills in the match. A night later, in Pullman, she almost tripled up the Cougars. She finished the match at Washington State with nine kills, 42 assists and nine digs. Her previous triple-double this season came on Oct.13 in the form of 10 kills, a season high 68 assists and 14 digs. Burkholder has nearly a quarter of the triple-doubles in school history (five of 22).


Burkholder's Career Triple-Doubles
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
5. at Washington 	11/09/2001	12 Kills, 64 assists, 13 digs 

On A Roll: The Wildcats won 11 straight Pac-10 Conference matches this season, establishing a new school record. Beginning with a 3-1 win at California on Oct. 8 and ending with a 3-0 win over the Golden Bears on Nov. 16, the streak smashed the previous best in conference play by four matches. Four players hit over .300 over the course of the seven week streak. Jill Talbot led all players with 139 kills on .433 hitting. She was followed by Dana Burkholder's 74 kills on .410 hitting, Erin Sebbas' 71 kills on .393 and Stefani Saragosa's 83 kill, .321 effort. As a team, the Wildcats hit .305 and averaged an impressive 18.11 kills per game. The previous school record of seven straight was established twice last season

Career Milestones: Senior Jill Talbot recorded her 1,000th career dig in Arizona's match against Washington State on Nov. 10. She is just the sixth player in school history to top the 1,000 mark in school history. Classmate Dana Burkholder joined the group earlier in this season to become just the second Wildcat to ever tally 1,000 digs and 1,000 assists ... Burkholder became just the fourth player in Pac-10 history to record 5,000 career assists this season when she dished out 106 of them in two matches against Washington and Washington State (Nov. 9-10) ... Burkholder also etched her name in the Arizona record books in the final match of the regular season, starting her school record tying 112th match of her career. She now has 114 for her career

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 (10/25) and Women of Troy (10/26). She finished the two matches with 35 kills on 67 attempts and only seven errors for a .418 hitting percentage. Torregrosa is still recuperating from an ankle sprain suffered in UA's win over Denver in the second to last match of the regular season. However, she did play in the first two matches of the tournament.

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		918 (NCAA All Time Leader)
2. Mick Haley, USC			576
3. John Dunning, Stanford		466
4. Rich Feller, California		335
5. Cindy Fredrick, Washington St.	331
6. David Rubio, Arizona		        315
* Win totals through Dec 3, 2001.

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)

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 (11/3) 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.

Tidy Talbot: Senior Jill Talbot is not a player that misses her mark very often. In fact, she has 305 kills with only 65 errors on 558 swings for a conference leading .430 hitting percentage this season. The right side player is averaging 11 kills, 20 attempts and only two errors per match. She leads Arizona with 280 digs, an average of 3.26 per game - fourth best in the conference thus far, and has recorded a team-high 10 double-doubles this season.

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 13 NCAA Tournament matches. Now in his 10th season, Rubio has recruited and coached two All-Americans, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, 16 All-Pac-10 performers, six All-Pac-10 freshman players and eight academic all-conference athletes at Arizona. Also, UA athletes have earned 15 Pac-10 Player of the Week honors under his guide. During his tenure at Arizona, Rubio has led the Wildcats to 195 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.


Arizona Match-by-Match Team Stats
Date	        Opponent	GP	K	E	TA	Pct	A	SA	SE	RE	DIG	BS	BA	BE	Total	BHE	Points
Aug 31, 2001	vs South Florida,  W	3	57	17	102	.392	52	8	8	4	38	4	8	0	8.0	3	73.0
Aug 31, 2001	vs Marshall,  W	3	49	15	89	.382	41	6	7	5	38	1	14	0	8.0	1	63.0
Sep 01, 2001	at Florida,  W 	3	52	18	112	.304	43	4	12	1	30	3	22	0	14.0	1	70.0
Sep 06, 2001	UTAH,  W 	3	52	21	111	.279	49	2	9	2	44	2	23	5	13.5	0	67.5
Sep 08, 2001	LOUISVILLE,  W 	3	51	20	114	.272	45	5	10	2	40	3	18	2	12.0	3	68.0
Sep 20, 2001	OREGON,  W 	4	60	27	137	.241	51	12	9	2	60	6	14	4	13.0	1	85.0
Sep 21, 2001	OREGON ST.,  W 	3	54	10	101	.436	50	4	9	1	46	3	9	2	7.5	1	65.5
Sep 28, 2001	at UCLA, L	3	43	15	96	.292	39	5	6	10	31	1	8	3	5.0	2	53.0
Sep 29, 2001	at USC, L 	3	52	16	118	.305	45	2	7	3	32	1	2	3	2.0	0	56.0
Oct 05, 2001	ARIZONA STATE,  W	4	70	28	154	.273	62	9	11	4	57	2	22	4	13.0	3	92.0
Oct 07, 2001	at Stanford, L 	5	80	41	176	.222	74	12	11	6	62	4	2	4	5.0	1	97.0
Oct 08, 2001	at Cal,  W 	4	64	20	144	.306	57	11	19	9	53	3	20	2	13.0	2	88.0
Oct 12, 2001	WASHINGTON ST.,  W	3	60	14	112	.411	53	4	8	4	56	2	10	2	7.0	3	71.0
Oct 13, 2001	WASHINGTON,  W 	5	88	38	199	.251	76	8	13	0	80	2	20	3	12.0	0	108.0
Oct 19, 2001	at Oregon,  W 	3	50	16	81	.420	45	6	5	1	36	2	8	2	6.0	0	62.0
Oct 20, 2001	at Oregon St.,  W 	3	54	16	113	.336	50	4	11	6	49	3	8	2	7.0	2	65.0
Oct 25, 2001	USC,  W 	3	58	11	119	.395	49	3	9	1	60	2	8	0	6.0	1	67.0
Oct 26, 2001	UCLA,  W 	3	49	12	101	.366	43	4	9	3	45	1	20	1	11.0	1	64.0
Nov 03, 2001	at Arizona State,  W	4	81	31	235	.213	75	5	13	2	108	5	4	3	7.0	2	93.0
Nov 09, 2001	at Washington,  W 	4	82	36	202	.228	79	3	8	2	84	3	16	1	11.0	0	96.0
Nov 10, 2001	at Washington St.,  W	3	56	13	124	.347	56	0	9	3	59	2	12	2	8.0	4	64.0
Nov 16, 2001	CAL,  W 	3	46	17	91	.319	40	10	9	1	37	3	8	2	7.0	5	63.0
Nov 17, 2001	STANFORD, L 	5	60	33	152	.178	52	10	9	2	54	1	7	4	4.5	4	74.5
Nov 23, 2001	DENVER,  W 	3	52	8	82	.537	44	9	11	2	36	2	8	0	6.0	2	67.0
Nov 24, 2001	UCSB,  W 	3	63	16	135	.348	53	2	6	3	71	2	12	1	8.0	2	73.0
NCAA Tournament
Nov 30, 2001	vs Eastern Illinois,  W	3	50	10	111	.360	45	7	10	3	56	1	14	0	8.0	1	65.0
Dec 01, 2001	at Illinois,  W	4	79	30	184	.266	74	2	8	6	71	3	20	5	13.0	0	94.0

Arizona Wildcats 93 1612 549 3495 .304 1442 157 256 88 1433 67 337 57 235.5 45 2004.5 Opponent 93 1186 583 3431 .176 1066 89 217 157 1109 52 258 39 181.0 62 1456.0

TEAM PER-GAME: Games played: 93 Kills per game: 17.33 Assists per game: 15.51 Service aces per game: 1.69 Reception errors per game: 0.95 Digs per game: 15.41 Blocks per game: 2.53 Ball handling errors per game: 0.48 Reception errors per game: 0.95 Points per game: 21.55

Overall record: 23-4 Conf: 14-4 Home: 12-1 Away: 7-3 Neutral: 4-0

 
 

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