Sept. 3-4, 1999
THIS WEEK: No. 15 Arizona plays host to the Embassy Suites Wildcat Classic in Tucson Sept. 3-4. Kent State, Sacramento State, 18th-ranked San Diego and Santa Clara comprise the rest of the five-team tournament field. The Cats are 14-0 all-time against their first five 1999 opponents after sweeping UTEP in their season-opener Wednesday in El Paso, Texas.
WILDCAT NOTES: Shannon Torregrosa became the first Arizona freshman ever to post a double-double in her collegiate debut at Texas-El Paso (9/1) ... She is also only the fifth Wildcat freshman ever to start her first match under David Rubio ... The Cats' opening match at Texas-El Paso was the 200th of David Rubio's Arizona career ... Arizona is scheduled to make three television appearances this season on Fox Sports Net: at UCLA (9/24); vs. Washington State (10/8); and at Stanford (10/15) ... Seven of the Cats' 1999 opponents are ranked in the AVCA preseason poll, including three of the top four: Stanford (No. 2); Nebraska (3); Hawaii (4); BYU (7); UCLA (10); San Diego (18); and USC (21) ... Arizona is third in the Pac-10 in league victories over the last three years with 34, trailing only Stanford (52) and USC (41).
JUNIOR NATIONALS: Sophomore Dana Burkholder and freshman Lisa Rutlege will miss the Cats' first five matches representing the United States at the Junior World Games in Saskatoon and Edmonton, Canada, Aug. 28-Sept. 5. Arizona is one of only two schools (Stanford) with two players on the US Junior National Team. Sixteen nations are competing for the 10th Junior World Championship. The team has qualified for the quarterfinals by winning three of its first four matches and will take on Korea in the quarterfinals Friday. Burkholder has started each contest at setter.
PRESEASON RANKINGS: Pac-10 coaches voted Arizona third in their annual
preseason poll. That is the Cats' best ever finish in the coaches' poll.
Arizona has finished better than predicted in five of head coach David
Rubio's seven seasons. Here's where the Cats have been picked in the past,
along with their finish:
Year Prediction Record Finish
1989 6th 8-10 6th
1990 4th 8-10 t-5th
1991 7th 0-18 10th
1992 10th 4-14 8th
1993 t-6th 11-7 t-4th
1994 4th 10-8 5th
1995 5th 6-12 t-7th
1996 6th 10-8 5th
1997 6th 12-6 t-4th
1998 6th 12-6 4th
PRESEASON RANKINGS II: Arizona has been voted No. 15 in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Preseason Top 25. That is the Wildcats' top preseason ranking under head coach David Rubio. In 1994, the Cats were ranked 16th prior to the season, while in '97, they came in 20th. Arizona's best preseason ranking came in 1987, when it started the season at No. 11.
HEAD COACH DAVID RUBIO: David Rubio (Cal State Northridge '82) is in his eighth season as head coach of the Cats and his 13th year overall. He is 124-76 (.620) with Arizona and 244-141 (.634) overall.
ARIZONA VS. UTEP: Arizona is 2-0 all vs. Santa Clara and Sacramento State and 5-0 against San Diego. The Cats have never faced Kent State ... Arizona won its only match with the Hornets in Tucson and is also 1-0 against USD at home.
Last Meeting with Each Opponent
Date Site W/L Results Scores
9/5/92 N* W 3-2 15-8, 15-1, 13-15, 5-15, 15-9
10/29/94 H W 3-0 15-12, 15-11, 15-12
9/5/97 H W 3-0 15-6, 15-7, 15-13
*---at Fresno, Calif.