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010-8-2007 Arizona at ASU Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/08/2007
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This Week: ?

The Arizona volleyball team will finish out its current three-match road swing with a trip up to Tempe, Ariz., to face archrival Arizona State (10-9, 2-4 Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.? The match will be televised by Fox Sports Net on a tape delay basis.

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Cats on the Tube:

The Wildcats will play their first match of the season on television this Friday against the Sun Devils.? Fridayˇ?s match is slated for tape delay broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. (PST).? Please check your local listings for out-of-market match times.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the week with a 12-6 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the Pac-10 after splitting a pair of matches on the road at Washington State and Washington.? So far this season, Arizona is hitting .218 as a team (935-404-2434), while averaging 14.84 kills, 15.97 digs, and 3.32 blocks per game (second in the Pac-10).? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .164 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 4.10 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.52 kills and 1.65 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.29 assists per game.

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Washington State , Washington Recap:

Arizona traveled to the Pacific Northwest for a two-match tilt against Washington State and Washington.? After beating the Cougars, 3-1, on Thursday, the Wildcats got swept by the No.-8 ranked Huskies Friday night, dropping Arizona to 0-4 against ranked opponents.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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Arizona State ?C The Arizona State Sun Devils enter Fridayˇ?s match with a 10-9 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the Pac-10.? ASU is 2-1 in its last three matches, and owns a 7-2 record at home.? As a team, the Sun Devils hit .220 (1097-466-2870) from the floor, and average 15.90 kills, 16.32 digs and 2.46 blocks per game.? Individually for ASU, freshman Sarah Reaves leads the way with a 4.26 kill per game average, and junior Margie Giordano adds 3.29 kills per game.? Senior Sidney Donahue, the Pac-10ˇ?s all-time digs leader, is a digs machine and averages a conference-best 6.42 digs per game.? Head coach Brad Saindon is in his fifth season at the helm of the Sun Devils program.

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Series History:

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Arizona State ?C Friday's match will mark the 72nd match in the all-time series between the two

schools. Arizona owns a 36-35 series lead dating back to 1977. The Wildcats had won five straight matches against the Sun Devils, and 11 of the last 13, before Arizona State swept the season series last season, the Sun Devilsˇ? first season-sweep of the Wildcats since 1995. Head coach Dave Rubio is 17-14 all-time against Arizona State.

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The Difference:

The main difference between what makes Arizona win and what makes the Wildcats lose can be found directly in the teamˇ?s numbers.? In UAˇ?s 12 wins this season, the Wildcats are hitting .257 (626-242-1496) from the floor, and averaging 15.65 kills and 3.53 blocks per game, while holding opponents to a .114 hitting percentage.? In Arizonaˇ?s six losses, the Wildcats are hitting .157 (309-162-938), and averaging 13.43 kills and 2.96 blocks per game, while allowing opponents to hit .247.

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In The Pac-10:

If Arizona is to improve upon its 2-4 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 .170 from the floor, while averaging 14.14 kills and 2.73 blocks per game, and giving up a .229 hitting percentage to opponents, numbers all down from the Wildcatsˇ? hot start to the season.

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Vast Improvement:

Arizona has taken a step in the right direction in the wins column, rebounding from a dismal 13-17 overall record last season.? With one more victory, the Wildcats will match their win total from a year ago, as Arizona didnˇ?t record its 13th win of the season in 2006 until Nov. 17.

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Get Over It:

Look for the Wildcats to work hard on the floor against the Sun Devils on Friday.? In their last match against No. 8 Washington, Arizona established season-lows in eight team statistical categories.

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Rejected:

Arizona ranks second 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 18 matches thus far, Arizona has posted double-figures in blocks 13 times, including six of the last nine matches.? As a squad, Arizona averages 3.32 blocks per game, which if it holds up, will be the fourth-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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Blocked Out:

Despite Arizonaˇ?s prevalence at blocking the shots of opponents at the net, the Wildcats struggled mightily (to their standards) last week against the Washington schools.? Arizona finished with eight blocks against Washington State, and a season-low three blocks against Washington.? The mark of three blocks against the Huskies was the Wildcatsˇ? lowest block total since finishing with three against Oregon on Sept. 25, 2005.

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Further more, Arizona failed to post double-figures in back-to-back matches for the first time since failing to do so against Tennessee Tech last season on Sept. 1, 2006, and against Dayton on Sept. 2, 2006, a span of 42 matches.

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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 472 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 35 more blocks to pass Charita Johnson (506, 1991-94) for second all-time.? Her current career average of 1.35 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 472 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 61 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 413 block assists, and needs 24 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 2.52 kills per game average, while hitting .273 (159-63-352).? She is also averaging a team-high 1.65 blocks per game, which is the top mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in 12 of the Wildcatsˇ? 18 matches this season.

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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 105 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 294 consecutive games played, which ranks sixth all-time at Arizona.? She is 2 games shy of passing Jill Talbot (1999-2001) for fifth all-time (295).? 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 4.10 kills per game average, the eighth-best mark in the Pac-10, ranks second on the team with a 1.16 blocks per game average, and is third on the team with a 2.55 digs per game average.? She also leads the team with eight double-doubles.? Against Washington State last Thursday, Goodenough finished with a match-high 15 kills and 14 digs.

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In 18 matches this season, Goodenough has led the team in kills 12 times.

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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 254 kills on 673 attacks and 158 digs through 18 matches.? She also has 72 blocks so far this year, only 20 off of the 92 she owned in her career before this season.

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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 ninth in the Pac-10 with a team-high .352 hitting percentage (116-33-236), while averaging 2.19 kills and 1.15 blocks per game, the third-best mark on the team.?

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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 4.33 digs per game, and has posted double figures in digs in seven of her last eight, and nine of her last 11 matches.? On the season, Resch leads the team with a 3.68 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 each of the last eight matches, averaging 4.76 digs a game over that span.

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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 774 assists over that span for a 12.29 assists per game average, the fifth-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 82.8 percent (774-935) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.38 service aces per game average.

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Weber is averaging 11.82 assists, and 1.82 digs per game in Pac-10 play.

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Compared to the Best:

There is no argument that the best setter (if not the best player) in Arizona history is Dana Burkholder (1998-2001), the schoolˇ?s all-time career assists leader with 5,424.? Although freshman Paige Weber has a long way to go in her career, she has started on a path very similar to Burkholderˇ?s freshman debut back in 1998.? Through her first 18 matches as a freshman, Burkholder averaged 11.82 assists, 1.10 kills, 2.66 digs and 0.40 blocks, numbers similar to Weberˇ?s marks of 12.29 assists, 0.70 kills, 1.79 digs and 0.78 blocks per game through 18 matches this season.

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Fresh Frosh:

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 2.74 kills per game average, including a 2.82 kills per game mark in Pac-10 play.? The San Bernardino, Calif., native has posted double-figures in kills nine times this season, including 10 kills against Washington State last week.

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She Can Dig It:

Senior Katie Jackels has been holding down the Arizona back line, averaging 3.21 digs per game, the second-best mark on the team.? Through 18 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 303-164 record (.649) 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 425-230 (.649) career record.

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Up Next:

Arizona will return home and host a huge week of volleyball in McKale Center.? The Wildcats will take on No. 2 Stanford on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., and No. 10 California on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

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