Dec. 9, 2002
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Wildcats Advance: The Arizona volleyball program advanced to the regional semifinals with a pair of opening round victories over Texas-Arlington and Texas. The Sweet Sixteen appearance is the fourth consecutive for the Wildcats and the sixth in 11 seasons under head coach David Rubio. The Wildcats will take on seventh-seeded Minnesota in the regional semifinal match.
First and Second Round Schedule
Thursday, Dec. 12
Match #1 - No. 10 Seed Arizona vs. No. 7 Seed Minnesota - 5 p.m. PST
Match #2 - No.15 Seed Ohio State vs. No. 2 Seed Stanford - 7:30 p.m. PST
Friday, Dec. 13
Winner Match #1 vs. Winner Match #2 - 9 p.m. PST
A Glimpse At The Wildcats: Arizona heads into the regional semifinals with a 19-11 overall record. The Wildcats finished the challenging Pac-10 season tied for third with 12th-seeded Washington State with an 11-7 conference mark.
Arizona faced a tough schedule both in conference play and in non-conference action this season. UA played 13 matches against teams ranked in the top 25 at the time of the match and 14 schools that qualified for the 64-team postseason tournament.
The Wildcats feature a mix of veteran seniors and talented freshmen. Newcomer Kim Glass paces Arizona with a team-leading and UA freshman record 517 kills this season. A candidate for All-America honors Glass was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was Arizona's lone representative on the All-Pac-10 team.
Joining her in the front row is senior Lisa Rutledge. A veteran of now four Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights and a Final Four, Rutledge has played in a school record-tying 14 NCAA postseason matches and has tallied a school record 142 kills in tournament action.
Classmate Shannon Torregrosa is a multidimensional player that has spent time this season at outside hitter, middle blocker and her current right side position. Torregrosa has also seen considerable postseason action in her four seasons at Arizona, recording 80 kills in 11 career NCAA tournament matches.
Other standouts include senior setter Laurie Gardner (12.27 apg), freshmen middle blockers Bre Ladd (2.48 kpg, 1.10 bpg) and Angie Ayers (1.06 bpg) and libero Kelli Mulvany (2.86 dpg).
Probable Starting Lineup
OH Lisa Rutledge - Sr. 3.68 kpg, .224 hitting %, 2.69 dpg
OH Kim Glass - Fr. 4.92 kpg, .291 hitting %, 2.46 dpg
RS Shannon Torregrosa - Sr. 2.17 kpg, 1.65 dpg, 0.95 bpg
S Laurie Gardner - Sr. 12.27 apg, 2.24 dpg, 0.98 kpg
MB Bre Ladd - Fr. 2.48 kpg, .300 hitting %, 1.10 bpg
MB Angie Ayers - Fr. 0.70 kpg, 1.06 bpg
L Kelli Mulvany - So. 2.86 dpg
Arizona in the Postseason: Including this season, Arizona has appeared in 18 postseason tournaments dating back to 1981 ... The 18 appearances are 10th most among all Division I teams ... The Wildcats are 21-17 (.553) all-time in the tournament ... Under head coach David Rubio, the Wildcats are 17-8 (.680) in the postseason in nine appearances ... Including this season, Rubio has taken Arizona to seven consecutive postseasons and nine times in 11 seasons as head coach ... Rubio has led Arizona to one Final Four (2001), two Elite Eights (2000, 2001) and six Sweet Sixteens (1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) ... The Wildcats went 10-11 this year against teams that qualified for the postseason ... Arizona has lost to either the eventual national champion or national runner up in the tournament each of the last four seasons.
First and Second Round Notes: The Wildcats defeated Texas-Arlington for the second time this season to open their NCAA Tournament ... UTA both opened and closed its year with a loss to UA ... Freshman Kim Glass broke her own three-game school record with 28 kills against the Mavericks. She set the previous three-game mark of 25 kills earlier this season in a 3-0 loss to California on Oct. 12 ... Arizona has swept its opening round opponent in the tournament in each of the last five seasons ... Arizona's victory over Texas was just the second five-game second round match in UA's tournament history ... The Wildcats also won in five games at Arizona State in the second round of the 1993 tournament ... Arizona is now 6-2-1 all-time against UT and is 2-0 in NCAA tournament play against the Longhorns ... After committing 27 errors in the first four games combined against UT, Arizona played the decisive fifth game with zero hitting errors for an impressive .571 hitting percentage ... Glass led all players with 26 kills in the second round match.
Pac 'em In: Eight teams from the Pacific-10 conference garnered bids to play in the 2002 tournament and four schools were selected among the top 16 seeds. Conference champion USC and runner up Stanford were selected as the top two seeds in the postseason, respectively, while Arizona received a No. 10 seed and Washington State a No. 12 seed. California, Washington, Arizona State and UCLA also all received bids to play as well. All eight schools won their respective opening round matches and four schools (WSU, Stanford, Arizona, USC) all advanced to the regional semifinals. The eight teams selected for the postseason was an all-time record for the conference and tied the Big Ten for the most schools in the tournament this season.
Regional Tidbits: Arizona faced five of the 15 other teams advancing to the Sweet Sixteen this season ... The Wildcats are one of four Pac-10 teams in the Sweet Sixteen ... The four Pac-10 schools are the most for any conference, the Big Ten sent three teams to regionals ... Arizona and Ohio State are in the same region for the third straight season. In 2000 the Wildcats and Buckeyes both traveled to Lincoln, Neb., and last season were both in Los Angeles ... Despite playing in the same region the past two seasons, OSU and Arizona have never met in the postseason ... The Pacific Region is the only one of the four where the seeding held true. In the other three regions an un-seeded team pulled off an upset to advance.
Arizona's 2001 Road To The Final Four: Last season the Wildcats advanced to their first ever Final Four. Led by senior All-Americans Dana Burkholder and Jill Talbot, Arizona took to the road and became the only team to advance to San Diego and the national semifinals without playing a single postseason match on its home floor. Arizona opened the postseason with victories over Eastern Illinois and Illinois in Champaign, Ill. The Wildcats then swept Pacific in the regional semifinals in Los Angeles to move on to their second consecutive Elite Eight appearance. With a trip to the Final Four on the line against host school USC, Arizona overcame a 12-9 deficit in the decisive fifth game to win 15-12 and advance to San Diego. The Wildcats' dream season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to eventual national runner up Long Beach State in the national semifinals.
Pac-10 Season: Arizona closed out its 2002 Pac-10 season finished tied for third with Washington State in the standings with an 11-7 record. The season marked the seventh consecutive time that the Wildcats have finished the conference schedule with double digit wins. The third place finish tied for the second-highest finish in conference play. Arizona shared the 2000 Pac-10 title with USC.
Out of the Pac: Arizona faced a tough slate outside of the conference this season in order to prepare itself for the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats went 6-4 in non-Pac-10 action in the regular season and played seven matches against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona Non-Conference vs. Pac-10 Stats
Record KPG Ht% APG SAPG DPG BPG
Non Conference 6-4 15.66 .230 13.77 1.83 13.09 2.69
Pac-10 11-7 15.66 .244 14.19 1.55 14.75 2.85
Minnesota: 2002 Big Ten champion and No. 7 seed Minnesota heads to Palo Alto with a 32-5 overall record after defeating New Hampshire and Georgia Tech in the opening two rounds in Minneapolis... The Golden Gophers feature a pair of players with 400-plus kills this season... Junior Cassie Busse has a team-leading 532 kills and a .322 hitting percentage on the right side... Sophomore outside hitter Erin Martin has 437 kills in 128 games this year... Freshman libero Paula Gentil leads the way in the back row for UM with 552 digs and a 4.60 dpg average... The Gophers are coached by Mike Hebert... Now is his seventh season on the bench in Minneapolis, Hebert has guided the Gophers to a 172-65 record... Minnesota and Arizona have met twice prior to the pending Sweet Sixteen match... UA is 2-0 all-time against the Gophers, having last played them in 1991.
Arizona-Minnesota Common Opponents In 2002
Opponent Minnesota Result Arizona Result
Pepperdine W, 3-0 L, 3-0
Stanford L, 3-1 W, 3-2; L, 3-0
UCLA W, 3-0 W, 3-1; W, 3-1
Oregon State W, 3-0 W, 3-0; W, 3-0
Arizona-Minnesota 2002 Stats
Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona (19-11) 15.70 .243 14.09 1.63 14.15 2.78
Minnesota (32-5) 16.00 .256 14.54 1.87 16.30 2.84
Stanford: Defending national champion and 2002 Pac-10 runner up Stanford will serve as the host of the Pacific regional ... No. 2 seed Stanford advanced to the regional semifinals after defeating Sacramento State and Pacific in the opening two rounds in Palo Alto ... Stanford is 29-4 overall and has won 15 of its last 16 matches ... The Cardinal features a well-balanced attack led by 2001 National Player of the Year Logan Tom ... Tom, who has amassed 461 kills this season, averages 4.96 kpg while hitting an impressive .324 ... Fellow outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani leads Stanford with 468 kills this season and is right behind Tom with a .322 hitting percentage ... Middle blocker Sara McGee averages 1.35 bpg and has recorded 367 kills on a conference-best .435 hitting ... 2001 AVCA National Coach of the Year John Dunning is in his second season in Palo Alto and has a 62-6 record with the Cardinal ... Arizona split its Pac-10 season series with Stanford in 2002 and is 4-30 all-time against the Cardinal.
Arizona-Stanford Common Non-Conference Opponents In 2002
Opponent Stanford Result Arizona Result
St. Mary's W, 3-0 W, 3-0
Utah W, 3-0 L, 3-1
Pepperdine W, 3-0 L, 3-0
Pacific W, 3-0; W, 3-1 W, 3-1
Arizona-Stanford 2002 Stats
Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona (19-11) 15.70 .243 14.09 1.63 14.15 2.78
Stanford (29-4) 16.53 .311 15.08 1.5 14.41 3.56
Ohio State: The 15th-seeded Buckeyes enter the Sweet Sixteen with a 21-10 overall record after defeating Robert Morris and Louisville in the first and second rounds of the tournament ... After a rocky start (11-10) due to key injuries, the Buckeyes have won 10 straight matches ... OSU is led by sophomore outside hitter Stacey Gordon and her 716 kills ... Gordon averages a team-leading 5.97 kpg and 3.36 dpg ... Senior setter Katie Virtue averages 13.69 apg ... Head coach Jim Stone is in his 21st season in Columbus and put together a 430-239 record ... 2002 marks the third consecutive season that Arizona and Ohio State will play in the same NCAA regional, but the two have not played each other since in 1995 ... That match, won by Arizona, is the only contest the two schools have ever played against each other.
Arizona-Ohio State Common Opponents In 2002 Opponent Ohio State Result Arizona Result UCLA L, 3-0 W, 3-1; W, 3-1 Texas L, 3-0 W, 3-2 Louisville W, 3-0 L, 3-0 Arizona-Ohio State 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona (19-11) 15.70 .243 14.09 1.63 14.15 2.78 Ohio State (21-10) 15.98 .241 14.73 1.35 13.90 2.28
Pac-10 Honors For Arizona: Freshman Kim Glass highlighted the postseason accolades for Arizona. The outside hitter became the first player in school history to garner Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors. In addition to the top freshman award, she was also named first team All-Pac-10 and to the Freshman All-Pac-10 team. Joining her with recognition from the conference were honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections Bre Ladd, Laurie Gardner and Lisa Rutledge. Ladd joined Glass on the Freshman All-Pac-10 team and redshirt freshman Angie Ayers garnered honorable mention freshman honors.
Shattering Glass: Freshman Kim Glass is putting together the most prolific offensive season in school history. The first-year Wildcat is already tied with former freshman All-American Barb Bell for second on the single season kills list with 517 (1996) and needs just four more to eclipse Terry Lauchner's all-time record of 520 set in 1988. Glass already smashed Bell's freshman mark of 417 kills earlier this season (see note below). The three are the only players in school history to tally 500 or more kills in a single season.
Lauchner's 1988 Season
MP GP K E TA Pct. KPG
33 120 520 * 246 1,338* .205 4.33
Bell's 1996 Season
MP GP K E TA Pct. KPG
30 111 517 218 1,241 .241 4.66
Glass' 2002 Season
MP GP K E TA Pct. KPG
30 105 517 178 1,163 .291 4.92
* Denotes School Single Season Record
Top Newcomer Ever: Glass smashed former Freshman All-American Barb Bell's Arizona rookie kills record with 23 kills against UCLA on Nov 22. Glass has racked up 517 kills in her first season in the Cardinal and Navy, 100 more than Bell did in her freshman year. Impressively, it took Glass two fewer matches and six fewer games to surpass Bell in the record books.
Totally, Bell played in 28 matches and 110 games her freshman season (including NCAA Tournament matches). So far Glass has played in 30 matches and only 105 games (29 matches and 104 games if you discount the Oregon match in which she did not play a single point, but still got credit for participating) and still has the NCAA Tournament in which to pad her record numbers.
Kim Glass' Current Freshman Numbers (Through 30 Matches)
Player MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs
Kim Glass (2002) 30 105 517 178 1,163 .291 4.92 258
Barb Bell's Final Freshman Numbers
MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs
Barb Bell (1993) 28 110 417 158 1,030 .251 3.79 127
Breaking Glass: Glass, who has 13 20-plus kill matches this season, broke Terry Lauchner's 14-year old school record of ten when she posted 21 kills at Brigham Young on Nov. 29. Arizona is 10-3 when she hits for 20 or more kills in a match.
Her prowess for being Arizona's go-to player was never more evident than in the middle part of the regular season. Beginning on Oct. 3 at Washington State and wrapping up a scoring spree on Oct. 17 at Oregon, she posted a school record five consecutive matches with 20 or more kills, breaking Laucher's 1988 mark of three straight. Glass averaged 6.14 kpg during the span and amassed a grand total 129 total kills on .345 hitting.
Currently, she has gone over 20 kills in four of Arizona's last five matches.
Glass' String Of Hits
Date Opponent, Games, Reult K-E-Att Pct. KPG
Sept. 7 vs. Pepperdine, 3 games, L 20-4-45 .356 6.67 kpg
Sept.14 at Pacific, 4 games , W 21-5-46 .348 5.25 kpg
Oct. 3 at Washington State, 5 games, L 30-8-52 .423 6.00 kpg
Oct. 4 at Washington, 5 games, W 26-9-62 .279 5.20 kpg
Oct. 11 vs. Stanford, 5 games, W 28-11-61 .279 5.60 kpg
Oct. 12 vs. Cal, 3 games, L 25-6-51 .373 8.33 kpg
Oct. 17 at Oregon, 3 games, W 20-4-39 .410 6.67 kpg
Nov. 2 vs. Washington State, 5 games, W 28-10-70 .257 5.60 kpg
Nov. 8 at Cal, 3 games, W 21-5-38 .421 7.00 kpg
Nov. 22 at UCLA, 4 games, W 23-11-56 .214 5.75 kpg
Nov. 29 at Brigham Young, 4 games, W 21-9-45 .267 5.25 kpg
Dec. 5 vs. Texas-Arlington , 3 games, W 28-4-43 .558 9.33 kpg
Dec. 6 vs. Texas , 5 games, W 26-10-62 .258 5.20 kpg
Totals 13 Matches, 52 Games 317-96-669 .330 6.10 kpg
20/20 Vision: For the third consecutive season an Arizona player has added to UA's 20 kill-20 dig match list. Senior Lisa Rutledge etched her name on the list for a second time with her 22 kill-21 dig match at UCLA on Nov. 22. Her first career 20-20 match came last season on Nov. 3 when she tallied 22 kills and a career-high 25 digs at Arizona State. Including Rutledge's effort this season, there have been 19 20-20 matches in school history.
The Only Good Thing About Freshmen...: ... is that they'll soon be sophomores. Arizona's freshmen are certainly dispelling that old saying this season. In addition to Kim Glass breaking the freshman kills record this season, classmate Bre Ladd has stepped up her game in the second half of her first year at Arizona. In her first 13 matches, Ladd tallied 83 kills for a 1.77 kpg average and hit at a .196 clip.
However, since Arizona's come-from-behind win over Stanford on Oct. 11, Ladd has shown remarkable improvement. In the last 17 matches she has racked up 182 kills for an average of 3.03 kpg and has hit a team-high .360. Her continued improvement helped Arizona to go 12-5 over the 17-match stretch and improved her season totals from 1.77 kpg through 13 matches to its current average of 2.48. Her hitting percentage has also improved from .196 through UA's first 13 matches to a solid .300 to date.
Bre Ladd's First 13 Matches vs. Last 17
Matches K KPG Hitting %
First 13 83 1.77 .196
Last 17 182 3.03 .360
Rutledge Has Third All To Her Own: Senior Lisa Rutledge has been a productive four-year starter for the Wildcats during her career. Against Arizona State on Oct. 25 she moved into third on the all-time kills list at Arizona. Only two other players, Barb Bell and Terry Lauchner, have recorded more kills in an Arizona uniform than Rutledge has.
1. Barb Bell 1993-96 1,859 2. Terry Lauchner 1987-90 1,636 3. Lisa Rutledge 1999-Present 1,450
Rutledge In The Postseason: Senior Lisa Rutledge's appearance in the upcoming Sweet Sixteen against Minnesota will be her 15th career NCAA postseason match at Arizona, breaking her tie with former Wildcat All-American's Dana Burkholder and Jill Talbot ... Rutledge's opening two matches in the tournament this season vaulted her past Talbot's 134 kills for the most career kills in the postseason at Arizona. Rutledge has racked up 142 in 14 career matches.
Other Rutledge Milestones To Watch For: In addition to moving up the career kills list, Rutledge also became the career leader in matches started last weekend against Texas-Arlington. She broke former teammate Dana Burkholder's one-year-old record of 117 matches started ... She also has a chance to become just the fourth player in school history to amass over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. She already has well over 1,000 kills and has posted 995 digs with at least one more NCAA postseason match ahead of her.
1,000 Career Kills and Digs At Arizona
Terry Lauchner (1987-90) 1,636 Kills - 1,297 Digs
Barb Bell (1993-96) 1,859 Kills - 1,046 Digs
Jill Talbot (1998-2001) 1,022 Kills - 1,111 Digs
Lisa Rutledge (1999-Present) 1,450 Kills - 995 Digs
We're #1: The 2002 freshman class at Arizona is easily the most highly regarded incoming crop of athletes in the program's 31-year history. Ranked the top recruiting class in the nation by Volleyball Magazine, all four players in the class are in the publication's Fab 50 for 2002, including the top two and three of the top six freshmen players in the country. The class is composed of Jennifer Abernathy and Meghan Cumpston from California, Kim Glass from Pennsylvania, and Bre Ladd who opted to stay in Southern Arizona after attending Canyon Del Oro High School.
Arizona and Volleyball Magazine's 2002 Fab 50
1. Bre Ladd
2. Kim Glass
6. Jennifer Abernathy
34. Meghan Cumpston
Freshman and Senior Similarities: The 2002 freshmen class is contributing heavily towards Arizona's efforts this season. Four of the newcomers (including redshirt Angie Ayers) have started at least one match this season. Freshmen contributions have not been so prevalent in the Arizona lineup since this season's senior class came to Arizona. Lisa Rutledge, Rachel Williams and Shannon Torregrosa all started and played right away as freshmen for Coach Rubio in 1999. In the last two years combined, only Kelli Mulvany has broken into the starting lineup as a freshman.
Getting 200: With UA's 3-0 win over New Mexico on Sept. 6, head coach David Rubio became the fastest coach in Arizona volleyball history to record his 200th win for the Wildcats. The win over the Lobos came in Rubio's 298th match on the Wildcat bench. Rosie Wegrich, who is UA's all-time leader in coaching victories with 258, picked up her 200th Arizona victory in her 341st match as head coach. Ironically, Coach Wegrich also got her milestone win against New Mexico in 1988.
Head Coach David Rubio: Now in his 11th season as the top man at Arizona, Rubio has elevated the Wildcat volleyball program to one of the elite in all of Division I. Taking a team that did not win a conference match the season prior to his arrival, he has built a 216-108 record (.667) in 10-plus years. He has led the Wildcats to nine NCAA Tournament berths, including the last seven straight, 17 tournament victories, six Sweet Sixteens ('93, '94, '99, 2000, '01, '02), two Elite Eights (2000, '01) and Arizona's first-ever Final Four (2001). His efforts last season earned him Volleyball Magazine National Coach-of-the-Year honors.