Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Volleyball Hosts Pair of Top-Five Teams
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 05, 2011
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Oct. 5, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. -

Arizona head coach David Rubio and the Wildcat volleyball team (10-5, 2-4) host a pair of top-five teams in No. 5 USC (11-3, 6-1) and No. 2 UCLA (13-2, 6-1) this weekend. The Wildcats will take on the Trojans on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. and the Bruins on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.

So far this season, freshman Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) leads Arizona in kills with 194, while senior Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) leads in hitting percentage (.341) and blocks (54). Freshman Chloe Mathis (La Jolla, Calif.) has taken over setting duties and leads with 321 and senior Marketa Hanzlova (Liberec, Czech Republic) leads in service aces and digs with 12 and 149, respectively.

The Wildcats lost both matches on the road last weekend to No. 4 California, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21) and No. 6 Stanford, 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18).


Date: Oct. 7
Match Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Arena: McKale Center
Series: USC leads, 52-17

In 2010: USC took both matches, first as the No. 5 team in Tucson on Oct. 16 with a score of 3-2 (19-25, 25-17, 25-18, 21-25,18-16) and then on Nov. 12 in Los Angeles as the No. 6 team with a score of 3-0 (25, 14, 25-9, 25-21).

Series History vs. USC
California has won the last three matches in the series. Arizona’s last victory came in 2009 where it won, 3-1(25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21) in Tucson.

Scouting the Trojans

USC has won six consecutive conference matches in 3-0 fashion from September 16 through October 2, the first time that has happened since the 2003 national championship season. Lauren Williams is ranked ninth nationally with a .412 hitting percentage.  Kendall Bateman is 13th for assists (11.57 aps), Alex Jupiter is ranked ninth for points (5.23 pps) and 19th for kills (4.44 kps) and Natalie Hagglund is 25th for digs (5.15 dps).  Hannah Schraer is ranked 23rd for hitting percentage (.386). USC is ranked seventh in the nation for kills (14.67 kps), ninth for hitting percentage (.276) and 17th for assists (13.24 aps). Among Pac-12 Conference teams, USC is second for kills (14.67 kps) and second for assists (13.24 aps), and third for hitting percentage (.276).


Date: Oct. 8
Match Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Arena: McKale Center
Series: UCLA leads, 52-18

In 2010: UCLA won both matches. First, the No. 10 Bruins came to Tucson and defeated Arizona, 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-15, 16-14) and then UCLA beat Arizona in Palo Alto, 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-17, 25-14).

Series History vs. UCLA

The Wildcats have not beaten the Bruins since Nov. 19, 2005, giving UCLA the edge on the last 10 matchups.

Scouting UCLA
The Bruins’ 6-1 start to Pac-12 play is their best record to open conference action since 2006 when they won their first seven before a five-set loss to Stanford. UCLA went 15-3 in the then-Pac-10 that season, tying for second, and advancing to the National Semifi\nals ... the Bruins are a perfect 6-0 on Fridays ... UCLA is 13-0 this season when heading into intermission with a second set win, but 0-2 when it loses the second ... the Bruins hold a 6-0 record when hitting better than .250 in a match. On the flip side, UCLA is 12-0 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... the Bruins have not lost this year when out-killing their opponent (13-0) or out-aceing them (8-0).


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