Sept. 30, 2003
Arizona State Trip Quick Hits
The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead on their instate rivals, but couldn't hold on they dropped their third straight match and their fourth in the last five ... Kim Glass was the only the offensive threat Arizona had as the sophomore tallied a career-high 31 kills against the Sun Devils ... Glass' 31-kill night was over half of Arizona's 60 kill team total in the match ... No other Wildcat posted more than eight kills on the night ... Middle blockers Jolene Killough and Bre Ladd each finished with a match-high eight total blocks ... The loss to the Sun Devils was the second straight five-game defeat for Arizona.
Struggling to Close It Out
The Wildcats are still searching for a way to close out their matches. Countless times, Arizona has either held an advantage or been tied late in games this season only to have the frame slip away. Poor passing and serving have been the primary causes in many of the late game losses.
Wins vs. Losses
As is the case with any team, Arizona's statistics in the matches it has won vs. lost are quite far apart. The statistics show that offensively (kills, assists, aces), Arizona's numbers drop dramatically in the losses, while defensively (digs) the numbers go up.
UA Wins vs. Loses K KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Wins 318 16.74 .280 14.63 2.16 12.63 2.61 Losses 452 15.07 .204 13.37 1.73 13.47 2.47
Sisyphus Could Probably Relate
The volleyball team's upcoming schedule is about as tough a four-game stretch as there has ever been in school history for any of the 19 varsity sports. Don't blame the Wildcats if they feel much like the ancient king of Corinth, Sisyphus, who was condemned to roll a boulder up a hill every day, only to have it fall back to the bottom as it neared the top. Arizona's task ahead of it is formidable and, added to recent struggles encountered on the court, it might feel like each time the task of rolling the boulder is complete, it just falls back to the bottom. Arizona's "boulder" over the next four matches comes in the form of No. 4-ranked Stanford on Friday and No. 9 California on Saturday, which will be followed by a trip to Los Angeles to take on No. 8 UCLA and finally capped off with a meeting against undefeated and No. 1-ranked USC.
More Schedule Notes
Arizona has played four consecutive matches against top 25 teams in the regular season four times (1992-1995) since David Rubio took over in 1992, but never against four teams ranked in the top 10 ... In 1993 Arizona went 3-1 in a four-match stretch against ranked teams ... The closest Arizona has come to playing in such a tough stretch came in 2000 when UA played four top 10 teams over five matches. The Wildcats faced No. 9 Florida, No. 6 USC, No. 7 UCLA and No. 6 Colorado State with just a match against unranked ASU sandwiched in between.
Pac-10 Home Openers
Arizona will open its 2003 home Pac-10 schedule this weekend against Stanford. Since 1986, when the Pac-10 first began conference volleyball play, Arizona is 8-9 in its first home conference match of the season and has won four straight conference home openers ... The Oct. 3 date for the home opener is the latest in a season Arizona has ever started the Pac-10 schedule in McKale.
The Race To 1,000
Sophomore Kim Glass, who recorded a single-season school record 556 kills in her freshman year, is on pace to become the fastest Arizona player to reach 1,000 kills in a career. After posting 266 kills in her first 13 matches this season, Glass has accumulated 822 career kills in 45 matches played. Should she knock down the remaining 178 kills needed to reach the mark in 2003, Glass would become the first sophomore in school history to do so. Currently she's averaging 20.5 kpm this season, and should she continue at that pace Glass would reach 1,000 kills during Arizona's road trip to the Bay Area in late October. Former Wildcat All-American Barb Bell is currently the fastest to 1,000, having achieved the milestone in the 10th match of her junior year, her 65th career match.
Leading The Way
Sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass has picked up right where she left off after her record setting freshman season. In Arizona's 13 matches this season Glass has led the Wildcats in kills each time. She already has eight 20-plus kill matches this season to push her career total to 22, third all-time at Arizona, and has finished in double digit kills in all 13 matches.
Kim Glass' 31 kills effort against Arizona State on Sept. 26 was the 14th time an Arizona player has tallied 30 or more kills in a match and the second time in her career ... The effort tied for the eighth-best single match kill total and was just the second time that player who finished with 30 or more kills also accounted for over half of the team kill total in the match. Glass' 31 kills was 52 percent of Arizona's kill total against the Sun Devils. Melissa McLinden's school record 41-kill effort against BYU in the 1985 NCAA tournament was 55 percent of UA's 75 kills in the five game loss ... Arizona has lost seven of the 14 matches in school history in which a player has 30 or more kills.
A Year Later, A Year Better
Bre Ladd's first season as a Wildcat got off to a slow start. In her first 12 matches as a freshman in 2002 Ladd had tallied only 83 kills (1.77 kpg) and was hitting just .196. Flash forward to the first 13 matches this season and a more experienced Ladd has stepped forward. Now in her sophomore season, Ladd is second on the team with 141 kills (2.94 kpg) and trails only fellow middle blocker Jolene Killough in hitting percentage at .287 for the year.
The Wildcats feature a decidedly youthful team in 2003. Arizona's roster of 14 includes just one senior and three juniors. The other 10 spots consist of four sophomores and six freshmen (including redshirt Meghan Cumpston). Arizona's starting lineup through the first 12 matches have consisted of two freshmen, three sophomores and a junior.
Arizona's loss to the Sun Devils last week knocked UA out of the top 25 poll for the first time since 1998, a string of 83 consecutive polls. Arizona is still listed among the teams receiving votes ... The complete poll can be found on pg. 4.
The Current Streak
Arizona's current losing streak matches last season's high of three straight losses ... Arizona has not lost four consecutive matches since 1996. That was also the last time Arizona has dropped four-straight Pac-10 matches ... Arizona last started the Pac-10 season 0-3 in 1992. That '92 team earned its first Pac-10 win in its seventh conference match of the year and finished 4-14 in the Pac.
Setting Them Up
Stephanie Butkus is Arizona's first true freshman to fill the starting setter role since Dana Burkholder took the floor as a first-year Wildcat in 1998. Although Butkus has had her ups and downs this season, her numbers aren't much different from two-time All-American Burkholder's first 13 matches in a Wildcat uniform.
Player Year G Assists APG Team Hitting %
Burkholder 1998 48 588 12.25 .231
Butkus 2003 48 561 11.69 .233
Killough In The Middle
With the injury to Angie Ayers in the summer, it was no secret that junior Jolene Killough was going to need to step up her game this season. A candidate to redshirt in 2001 and '02, Killough had played sparingly in her first two seasons in the Cardinal and Navy. Now with a starting role all to her own, the 6-foot-5 Killough has responded in a positive way. Through Arizona's first 13 matches this season, Killough has already surpassed her previous two-year career numbers across the board.
Killough's Numbers - 2001 and '02 vs. 2003
Years G K Hit % KPG SA BA SB TB BPG
2001 & '02 78 53 .278 0.68 4 22 2 30 0.38
2003 49 97 .349 4.98 13 42 5 47 0.96
Odds and Ends
Sophomore Bre Ladd is on pace to finish with the second-most service aces in a single season at Arizona ...Classmate Jennifer Abernathy has doubled her kill output of all of last season in 13 matches this year.
Arizona opens its tough four-match stretch this weekend at home against the Bay Area schools. Stanford in ranked fourth in the nation and is undefeated in conference play. Cal has yet to lose a match this season and is ranked ninth in the country.
Upcoming Opponent Series Data
All-Time Record Stanford leads 41-5 Arizona leads 29-7
UA Streak Lost 2 Won 1
at home against (since 1986) 3-14 13-4
Last Five Matches 1-4 4-1
Last 10 Matches 3-7 9-1
David Rubio Against 18-4 19-3
The Cardinal comes to Tucson with a 10-2 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the Pac-10 ... No. 4 Stanford's two losses this season have come at the hands of No. 2 Hawaii and No. 3 Florida ... The Cardinal returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from last season's 32-5 NCAA national runner-up team ... As a team Stanford ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage, sixth in opp. hitting percentage, third in assists, fourth in kills, first in blocks and eighth in digs ... Although stung by the graduation of 2002 national player of the year Logan Tom, Stanford still has an enviable amount of firepower in its line up ... Paced by junior Ogonna Nnamani, the SU offense has four players that have tallied over 100 kills this season ... Nnamani leads all Stanford players with 211 kills (5.55 kpg) on .324 hitting ...Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey is averaging a Pac-10 leading 1.81 blocks per game this season ... The Cardinal are led by third-year head coach John Dunning. In his two plus seasons on the Bench he has guided Stanford to an impressive 75-9 record, the 2001 national title and last season's second-place finish ... Arizona and Stanford met three times last year, twice in the regular season and again in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
Arizona-Stanford Team Stats Head-to-Head
Team G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 49 15.71 .233 13.86 1.90 13.14 2.52
Stanford 42 16.50 .297 15.43 1.57 14.90 3.57
The Golden Bears
Cal, off to a perfect 12-0 start, comes to town with a No. 9 ranking the AVCA poll and a 4-0 record in the Pac-10 ... The Bears have won nine of their 12 matches this season in three games and have not been pushed to a full five yet ... Cal, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, returns four starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's 20-12 team ... As a team, Cal ranks third in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage, second in opp. hitting percentage, second in assists, third in kills, fifth in blocks, first in service aces and first in digs ... Leading the way on offense is reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Mia Jerkov. The third-year outside hitter leads the Pac-10 with 6.15 kills per game and 6.87 points per game. Jerkov has already racked up 240 kills this season ... Classmate Camille Leffall is averaging 1.49 bpg and has posted 58 total stuffs this season ... Head coach Rich Feller is in his fifth season on the bench in Berkeley and has recorded a 68-60 record heading into play against Arizona State on Friday ... Last season Cal snapped a 12-match losing streak to the Wildcats in a 3-0 win in Tucson, but ended up splitting the season series with UA.
Arizona-Cal Team Stats Head-to-Head
Team G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 49 15.71 .233 13.86 1.90 13.14 2.52
Cal 39 17.13 .298 15.95 2.18 16.72 2.55
Abernathys To Slug It Out
Arizona's match up with Cal this weekend will be the first collegiate meeting between the Abernathy sisters. Gabrielle redshirted last season, missing the potential match up in 2002, Jennifer's first year in college.
The Abernathy Tale of Tape
Jennifer Gabrielle (/b>
Height 5-11 5-10
Year So. Jr.
Games 43 37
Kills 107 134
KPG 2.49 3.62
Hit % .134 .268
DPG 1.70 1.46
BPG 0.30 0.41