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010-22-2007 Volleyball at Oregon, OSU Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/22/2007
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This Week:

The Arizona volleyball team (12-9, 2-7 Pac-10) travels to the Pacific Northwest for a pivotal week of Pac-10 action at No. 16 Oregon (15-6, 4-5 Pac-10) and Oregon State (9-12, 2-7 Pac-10).? The Wildcats will face the Ducks in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 25, and will then head to Corvallis, Ore., to take on the Beavers on Friday, Oct. 26.? Both matches are set for 7 p.m. first serves.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the week with a 12-9 overall record and a 2-7 mark in the Pac-10, looking to snap a season-long four-match losing streak.? So far this season, Arizona is hitting .219 as a team (1099-477-2843), while averaging 14.85 kills, 15.59 digs, and 3.17 blocks per game (third in the Pac-10).? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .176 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 4.05 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.55 kills and 1.53 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.36 assists per game.?

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Stanford , California Recap:

The Wildcats hosted No. 3 Stanford and No. 9 California this past week, dropping both matches to the top-10 teams in McKale Center.? Arizona was swept by the Cardinal in three games on Thursday, and dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to Cal after leading the Golden Bears 2-0 on Friday.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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Oregon ?C The No. 16 Oregon Ducks enter Thursdayˇ?s match with a 15-6 overall record and a 4-5 mark in Pac-10 play.? The Ducks ended a four-match losing streak with a sweep past rival Oregon State on the road on Friday night.? As a team, Oregon hits .281 from the floor (1175-414-2706), and averages 17.03 kills per game (second in the Pac-10), 15.38 digs per game, and 2.80 blocks per game.? Individually for Oregon, junior Gorana Maricic leads the team and the Pac-10 with a 5.15 kills per game average, and sophomore Sonja Newcombe adds 3.63 kills per game.? Oregon is the top team in the Pac-10 when it comes to service aces, averaging a conference-best mark of 1.87 aces per game.? Head coach Jim Moore is in his third year at the helm of the Oregon program.

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Oregon State ?C The Oregon State Beavers enter this weekˇ?s action with a 9-12 overall record and a 2-7 mark in the Pac-10.? OSU hosts Arizona State on Thursday before playing Arizona Friday night.? The Beavers have lost nine of their last 11 matches, but scored a huge upset over No. 4 UCLA (Oct. 12) on the road with a 3-2 win over the Bruins.? As a team, OSU hits .207 from the floor (1131-500-3050) and averages 14.14 kills per game, 14.69 digs per game and 2.87 blocks per game.? Individually for OSU, sophomore Rachel Rourke leads the team with a 4.53 kills per game average, the second-best mark in the Pac-10, and freshman Jill Sawatzky adds 2.86 kills per game.? Head coach Taras Liskevych is in his third season at the helm of the OSU program.

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Series History:

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Oregon ?C Thursdayˇ?s match will mark the 47th all-time meeting between Arizona and Oregon. The Wildcats are 36-10 (.783) all-time against Oregon, marking the second-best winning percentage for the Wildcats against any of the other nine Pac-10 Conference schools (Arizona owns a .803 winning percentage against Washington State). UA has won 15 of the last 17 matches against the Ducks, with Oregon winning two of the last three.? Oregon beat Arizona on Oct. 13, 2006 to end a 14-match losing streak to the Wildcats. Since 1992, the Wildcats are 27-4 against the Ducks under Rubio. Oregon won in Tucson for the first time since 1998 with a clean sweep of the Wildcats on Sept. 28 in the teamsˇ? previous matchup this season.

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Oregon State ?C Fridayˇ?s match will be 45th all-time meeting between Arizona and Oregon State.? The Wildcats currently enjoy a 34-10 lead in the all-time series and have won the last 22-straight matches against the Beavers. Arizona is 27-4 against Oregon State since 1992 when Dave Rubio took over as head coach. The Wildcats swept the Beavers on Sept. 27 in the teamsˇ? first meeting this season.

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Streaking:

Arizona's 22-match winning streak against Oregon State is the longest for the Wildcats against any of the Pac-10 schools. UA last lost to OSU on Sept. 27, 1996 (in Tucson). Since then, Arizona has swept Oregon State 15 times, gone four games five times and has been pushed to five games two times in extending the streak.?

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In The Pac-10:

If Arizona is to improve upon its 2-7 mark in the Pac-10, the Wildcats will have to step up their game on the offensive and defensive end.? During the non-conference schedule, Arizona posted a 10-2 record while hitting .246 from the floor and averaging 15.22 kills and 3.63 blocks per game, and holding opponents to a .126 hitting percentage.? In Pac-10 play, Arizona is hitting .187 from the floor, while averaging 14.39 kills and 2.59 blocks per game, and giving up a .236 hitting percentage to opponents, numbers all down from the Wildcatsˇ? hot start to the season.

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Rank This:

Another ranked team, No. 16 Oregon, 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 0-6 against ranked teams, losing to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 21 Oregon, No. 8 Washington, No. 3 Stanford, and No. 9 California.? Over the last two seasons, the Wildcats are 2-15 against ranked opposition.? Arizona did post a win over No. 24 Oregon last season in Tucson on Nov. 9, 2006.

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Break it Off:

The Wildcats are currently riding a season-long four-match losing streak, and please believe that Arizona is more than ready to post a W in the left-side of the column.? UAˇ?s current skid is the longest for the program since enduring a six-match losing streak and a seven-match skid last season.? Since head coach Dave Rubio arrived to Arizona in 1992, the Wildcats have endured losing streaks of five or more consecutive matches just five times, two of which were last season.

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Road Trip:

After this weekend, Arizona will only have one more road trip to make when the Wildcats travel to California and Stanford (Nov. 16-17).? UA will play the final six of its 10 matches at home in McKale Center.

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Rejected:

Arizona ranks third 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 21 matches thus far, Arizona has posted double-figures in blocks 14 times.? As a squad, Arizona averages 3.17 blocks per game, which if it holds up, will be the fifth-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.

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Theyˇ?re Back:

After failing to record double figures in blocks in four-straight matches and five of six matches, Arizona finally broke through with 13.5 blocks against No.9 California on Friday night.? It was the Wildcatsˇ? highest block total since posting a season-high 18 blocks against USC (9/21).

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Donˇ?t Rely on the Numbers:

A rare occurrence happened on Friday night against the Golden Bears.? Prior to the match against Cal, Arizona was 11-0 when winning the first two games of a match.? After topping Cal in the first two games, the Golden Bears fought back to win the next three for a 3-2 victory over UA, marking the first time this season Arizona has lost when winning the first two games.

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Cut THAT out:

The Wildcats played tough against Stanford but suffered from too many service errors in the match.? In game one against the Cardinal, the Wildcats posted a season-high 10 service errors in the game en route to a season-high 16 service errors in the match.? Despite posting the 10 service errors in game one, the Wildcats only lost 31-29.

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Keep THAT up:

After being swept by Stanford, Arizona came out on fire against California in the first game.? The Wildcats smoked the Golden Bears for a 30-20 win in game one on a Pac-10 game high .467 hitting percentage (17-3-30) without any service errors.

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Two Up, Three Down:

The Wildcats played a hard-fought match against Cal on Friday night, falling to the Golden Bears after leading 2-0 partly because of a drop off in hitting percentage.? In the first two games, Arizona wins, the Wildcats hit .400 (34-8-65) from the floor.? In the last three games, Cal wins, the Wildcats hit just .074 (29-22-95) from the floor.

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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 481 total stuffs, Lamb is now third all-time in school history, as she recently passed Bre Ladd (466) for the No. 3 spot.? Lamb needs 26 more blocks to pass Charita Johnson (506, 1991-94) for second all-time.? Her current career average of 1.33 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 481 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 52 blocks from breaking the 18-year-old school record of 532 career blocks held Kelly Waage.

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Lamb also ranks second all-time in Arizona history with 422 block assists, and needs 15 more block assists to pass Kelly Waageˇ?s 18-year-old school record of 436 career block assists.

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So far on the season, Lamb is third on the squad with a 2.55 kills per game average, while hitting .276 (189-75-413).? She is also averaging a team-high 1.53 blocks per game, which is the second-best mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in 13 of the Wildcatsˇ? 21 matches this season.

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Lamb had eight kills and eight blocks against Cal on Friday night.

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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 108 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 305 consecutive games played, which ranks fifth all-time at Arizona, as she recently passed Jill Talbot (1999-2001, 295) for the spot.? 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 4.05 kills per game average, the ninth-best mark in the Pac-10, ranks third on the team with a 1.07 blocks per game average, and is third on the team with a 2.51 digs per game average.? She also leads the team with 10 double-doubles.

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In 21 matches this season, Goodenough has led the team in kills 14 times.

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Double the Pleasure:

Randy Goodenough is becoming a double-double machine on the offensive end.??This past week, the Coronado, Calif., native posted her team-best ninth and 10th double-doubles of the season against Stanford and California.? Against the Cardinal, Goodenough finished with a match-high 12 kills to go with 10 digs, and finished with a team-high 18 kills and 10 digs against California.

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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 296 kills on 789 attacks and 183 digs through 21 matches.? She also has 78 blocks so far this year, only 14 off of the 92 she owned in her career before this season.

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More Than A Blog:

Junior Brooke Buringrud, resident Arizona blogger, continues to show that her writing skills are similar her volleyball skills ?C superb.? This past week, Buringrud averaged 2.50 kills per game, finishing with 11 kills against Stanford.? On the season, Buringrud owns a 2.30 kills per game average and a 1.29 digs per game average.? In 20 matches this season, Buringrud has posted double-figures in kills six times.

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Norton at the Net:

Sophomore Jacy Norton has established herself as one of the most consistent Wildcats with her solid play at the net.? On the season, Norton ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with a team-high .327 hitting percentage (137-44-284), while averaging 2.14 kills and 1.25 blocks per game, the second-best mark on the team.? In two matches last week, Norton posted 14 kills and seven blocks.

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Gold Digger:

Sophomore Alanna Reschˇ?s move from outside hitter to the libero position has proven to be golden for the Wildcats, as the San Diego, Calif., native is anchoring the Arizona back line with her defensive skills.? Since moving to libero (vs. Kentucky, 9/7), Resch is averaging 4.10 digs per game, and has posted double figures in digs in nine of her last 11, and 11 of her last 14 matches.? On the season, Resch leads the team with a 3.62 digs per game average, the eighth-best mark in the Pac-10, and has posted 20 or more digs in a match four different times.? She has led the team in digs in 10 of the last 11 matches, averaging 4.35 digs a game over that span.? In Pac-10 play, Resch is averaging 4.09 digs a game.

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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 915 assists for a 12.36 assists per game average, the fifth-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 83.3 percent (915-1099) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.35 service aces per game average.

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Weber is averaging 12.15 assists, and 1.73 digs per game in Pac-10 play.

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Stepping Up:

Freshman Tiffany Owens has been a solid force offensively for Arizona at the outside hitter position.? So far on the season, Owens is second on the team with a 2.81 kills per game average, including a 2.94 kills per game mark in Pac-10 play.? The San Bernardino, Calif., native has posted double-figures in kills 11 times this season.

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Owens is coming off arguably her best week of volleyball, as her consistent play helped lead Arizona on the offensive end against Stanford and California.? Against the Cardinal, Owens finished with 11 kills on. 409 hitting (11-2-22), to go with had six digs and three blocks.? Against Cal, Owens had her best match of the season, posting a career-high 17 kills and a career-best six blocks.

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She Can Dig It:

Senior Katie Jackels has been holding down the Arizona back line, averaging 3.09 digs per game, the second-best mark on the team.? Through 21 matches this season, the Playa Del Rey, Calif., native has posted double-figures in digs seven times, including a school record 37 digs against Saint Maryˇ?s on Aug. 25.?

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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 303-167 record (.645) 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 425-233 (.646) career record.

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Up Next:

Arizona will open a four-match home stand next week when the Wildcats host Washington on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.? UA will also host Washington State on Friday, No v. 2 at 7 p.m.

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