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010-1-2007 Volleyball at WSU, UW Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/01/2007
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This Week:

The Arizona volleyball team continues Pac-10 play this week with a trip up to the Pacific Northwest.? The Wildcats will face Washington State (9-8, 0-3 Pac-10) on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., and No. 8 Washington (14-0, 3-0 Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.?

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the week with an 11-5 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the Pac-10 after splitting its home series with win over Oregon State and a loss to Oregon last week.? So far this season, Arizona is hitting .231 as a team (847-347-2166), while averaging 15.12 kills, 15.84 digs, and 3.54 blocks per game (second in the Pac-10 and the nation).? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .152 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 4.22 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.61 kills and 1.75 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.43 assists per game.

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Oregon State , Oregon Recap:

Arizona opened up its Pac-10 Conference home slate by hosting Oregon State and No. 21 Oregon in McKale Center this past week.? The Wildcats swept the Beavers in three to earn their first Pac-10 victory of the season, but turned around and got swept by the Ducks, dropping their record against ranked opponents to 0-3.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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Washington State ?C The Washington State Cougars enter Thursdayˇ?s match with a 9-8 overall record and a 0-3 mark in the Pac-10.? The Cougs are riding a six-match losing streak, having been swept in their last two outings by Oregon and Washington.? WSU is 4-1 at home.? As a team, Washington State hits .186 (821-390-2320) from the floor while averaging 14.40 kills, 15.72 digs and 2.75 blocks a game, and holds opponents to a .180 hitting percentage.? Individually for the Cougars, senior Adetokunbo Faleti leads the team with 3.81 kills per game, and sophomore Jackie Albright adds 3.33 kills and 2.42 digs per game.? Sophomore Kelly Hyder is fourth in the Pac-10 with a 4.98 digs per game average.? Head coach Brian Heffernan is in his third season at the helm of the WSU program.

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Washington ?C The University of Washington Huskies enter the week with a perfect 14-0 record, a 3-0 mark in the Pac-10, and a No. 8 national ranking.? UW has posted sweeps in 12 of their 14 victories, and owns a 3-0 record at home.? As a team, Washington ranks first in the Pac-10 with a .339 hitting percentage (756-197-1647), and averages 16.80 kills, 15.02 digs and 3.12 blocks per game.? The Huskies are also holding opponents to a Pac-10 low .101 hitting percentage.? Individually for UW, senior Stevie Mussie leads the team with a 4.45 kills per game average, the third best mark in the Pac-10.? Freshman Jenna Hagglund is second in the Pac-10 averaging 13.68 assists per game, and sophomore Tamari Miyashiro is second in the Pac-10 with a 5.44 digs per game average. Head coach Jim McLaughlin is in his seventh season at the helm of the UW program.

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Series History:

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Washington State ?C Thursdayˇ?s match will be the 63rd all-time meeting between the Cougs and the Cats. Arizona leads the series with WSU with a mark of 50-12 (.806), the Wildcatsˇ? second-best winning percentage against a Pac-10 opponent. Arizona won five-consecutive matches against the Cougars before losing to WSU at home last season on Oct. 19, but beat WSU last season in Pullman, Wash., on Nov. 17. ?Arizona has won 16 of the last 19 in the series.

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Washington ?C Fridayˇ?s matchup with No. 8 UW will mark the 47th meeting between the

Wildcats and the Huskies. Arizona leads the all-time series 25-21, but has dropped eight of the

last nine matches to Washington, including six-straight, with the Wildcats only win during that span coming at home in 2003. ?Arizona last beat the Huskies in Seattle in 2002.

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Put Them Away:

Arizona has five losses on the season, but in four of those five defeats the Wildcats were not beat by the opposition ?C the Wildcats were beat by themselves.? Against Oregon on Friday, Arizona couldnˇ?t recover from a slow start or shaky play late in games, falling to the Ducks in three.? In game two of that match, the Wildcats held a 10-point advantage at 23-13 and had full control of the game before giving up a crushing 11-1 run to the Ducks that tied the game at 24-24.? Oregon outscored the Wildcats 18-6 down the stretch for a 31-29 win.? In game three, Arizona seemed to take control of the game and was up 24-20 on the Ducks, but got outscored 11-5 down the stretch for a 31-29 loss.

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Arizona also gave leads away at UCLA and at USC two week ago.? At UCLA, Arizona held a 1-0 game advantage before dropping game two, 33-31.? In game four against the Bruins, Arizona was up 26-24, but allowed a 6-1 UCLA run at the end to give the Bruins the win.? Against USC, Arizona held a 2-1 game advantage over the Women of Troy, only to run out of gas at the end of the match, giving USC a 30-22 game four win, and a 15-10 game five win.

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In three of Arizonaˇ?s five losses this season, the Wildcats have held either a 1-0 game lead, or a 2-1 games lead, only to see them slip away.

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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 11 wins this season, the Wildcats are hitting .268 (567-209-1335) from the floor, and averaging 15.75 kills and 3.69 blocks per game, while holding opponents to a .108 hitting percentage.? In Arizonaˇ?s five losses, the Wildcats are hitting .171 (280-138-831), and averaging 14.00 kills and 3.25 blocks per game, while allowing opponents to hit .225.

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Rank This:

So far this season, Arizona is 0-3 against ranked teams.? Against ranked opposition, the Wildcats are hitting .170 (172-87-499) from the floor, and averaging 14.33 kills and 3.50 blocks per game, while giving up 16.75 kills per game to ranked opponents.

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Rejected:

Arizona ranks second in the Pac-10 and second in the nation in blocks because the Wildcats have no problem providing plenty of rejections at the net.? In 16 matches thus far, Arizona has posted double-figures in blocks 13 times, including six of the last seven.? As a squad, Arizona averages 3.54 blocks per game, which if it holds up, will be the second-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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Block-By-Block:

Senior middle blocker Dominique Lamb is working her way up the school career record block charts at Arizona. With 466 total stuffs, Lamb is now tied for third all-time with former Wildcat Bre Ladd with 466 career blocks, needing one more for sole possession.? Lamb needs 41 more blocks to pass Charita Johnson (506, 1991-94) for second all-time.? Her current career average of 1.36 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 466 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 66 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 with 407 block assists, as she moved past Bre Ladd (400) this past week with nine blocks.? Lamb needs 30 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 2.61 kills per game average, while hitting .279 (146-56-323).? She is also averaging a team-high 1.75 blocks per game, which is the second-best mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in 11 of the Wildcatsˇ? 16 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 103 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 287 consecutive games played, which ranks sixth all-time at Arizona.? She is 9 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 4.22 kills per game average, the sixth-best mark in the Pac-10, ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with a 1.25 blocks per game average, and is third on the team with a 2.51 digs per game average.? She also leads the team with seven double-doubles.? Against Oregon State and Oregon, Goodenough posted game highs of 19 kills and 14 kills respectively.

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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 seventh in the Pac-10 with a team-high .363 hitting percentage (101-27-204), while averaging 2.20 kills and 1.24 blocks per game, the ninth-best mark in the Pac-10.?

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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, Resch is averaging 4.34 digs per game, and has posted double figures in digs in five of her last six, and seven of her last nine matches.? On the season, Resch leads the team with a 3.60 digs per game average, the eighth-best mark in the Pac-10.

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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 696 assists over that span for a 12.43 assists per game average, the fourth-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 82.2 percent (696-847) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.41 service aces per game average.

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Weber is averaging 12.13 assists, 1.13 kills and 1.60 digs per game in Pac-10 play.

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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 2.76 kills per game average, including a 2.93 kills per game mark in Pac-10 play.? This past week, Owens posted 12 kills against Oregon State and 11 kills against Oregon.

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She Can Dig It:

Senior Katie Jackels has been holding down the Arizona back line, averaging 3.31 digs per game, the 10th-best mark in the Pac-10.? Through 16 matches this season, the Playa Del Rey, Calif., native has posted double-figures in digs six 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 302-163 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 424-229 (.649) career record.

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Up Next:

Arizona will stay on the road and travel up Interstate-10 for a matchup against archrival Arizona State on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.

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