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09-10-2007 Arizona Invitational Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/10/2007
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This Week:

The Arizona volleyball team returns home to McKale Center after a two week hiatus to host the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Invitational Friday-Saturday, Sept. 14-15.? The Wildcats will host Cal State Bakersfield (10 a.m.) and UC Irvine (7 p.m.) on Friday, and Davidson on Saturday (12 p.m.).? The complete tournament schedule is as follows:

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Friday, Sept. 14 ??????? Arizona vs. Cal State Bakersfield??????? ??????? 10 a.m.

???????????????????????????????? UC Irvine vs. Davidson?????????????????????????????? 12:30 p.m.

???????????????????????????????? Davidson vs. Cal State Bakersfield????????????? 5 p.m.

???????????????????????????????? Arizona vs. UC Irvine???????????????????????????????? 7 p.m.

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Saturday, Sept. 15 ??? UC Irvine vs. Cal State Bakersfield????? ??????? 10 a.m.

???????????????????????????????? Arizona vs. Davidson???????????????????????????????? 12 p.m.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the weekend with a season-best three-match winning streak and a 7-2 overall record after posting a 3-0 mark at the Regency Suites Classic in Atlanta this past weekend.? The Wildcats notched a win against Kentucky on Friday and a pair of sweeps against host Georgia Tech and Western Carolina on Saturday.? So far on the season, Arizona is hitting .235 as a team (472-190-1202), while averaging 14.16 kills, 15.77 digs, and 3.61 blocks per game.? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .141 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 4.10 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.74 kills and 1.68 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.58 assists per game.

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Regency Suites Classic Recap:

Arizona wrapped up its six-match road swing with a perfect 3-0 record at the Regency Suites Classic hosted by Georgia Tech.? The UA dropped Kentucky in four games on Friday powered by junior Randy Goodenoughˇ?s 17 kills and 11 digs.? The Wildcats then put together a pair of sweeps over the host Yellow Jackets and Western Carolina on Saturday.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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Cal State Bakersfield ?C The Roadrunners enter this weekendˇ?s tournament with a 3-7 overall record and a 0-3 mark on the road.? CSU Bakersfield is currently on a five-match losing streak, including losses to the two teams that beat Arizona ?C Saint Maryˇ?s and Pepperdine.? As a team, the Roadrunners hit .229 (535-220-1378) and average 14.46 kills, 14.70 digs and 1.39 blocks per game.? Individually for CSUB, junior Sarah Norman leads the team with a 5.06 kills per game average.? Head coach John Prince is in his 11th season at the helm of the CSU Bakersfield program.

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UC Irvine ?C The UCI Anteaters enter the Arizona Invitational with an 8-2 overall record and a 2-0 mark on the road.? The ˇ®Eaters have swept their last two matches, and are 4-0 away from Irvine, Calif.? As a team, UCI hits .266 (584-213-1394) and averages 15.78 kills, 13.84 digs and 2.55 blocks per game.? Individually for the Anteaters, junior Lauren Kellerman leads the way with a 3.34 kills per game average, and freshman Kari Pestolesi adds 3.25 kills per game.? Head coach Charlie Brande is in his eighth year at the helm of the UCI program.

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Davidson ?C The Wildcats from Davidson, N.C., enter this weekend with a 5-3 overall mark, including a 0-1 record on the road, but a perfect 4-0 mark on neutral courts.? As a team, the Wildcats hit .188 (406-193-1134) from the floor, and average 14.00 kills, 15.10 digs and 2.95 blocks per game.? Freshman Sarabeth Peele leads Davidson with a 3.76 kills per game average.? Head coach Tim Cowie is in his six season at the helm of the Davison program.

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Series History:

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Cal State Bakersfield ?C Fridayˇ?s matchup will be the second all-time between Cal State Bakersfield and Arizona on the hardwood.? The Roadrunners won the previous meeting between the schools on Sept. 7, 1991, a 3-2 win over the Wildcats in Tucson.? That CSU Bakersfield team was coached by none other than current Arizona head coach Dave Rubio.

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UC Irvine ?C Fridayˇ?s matchup will be the sixth meeting all-time between Arizona and UC Irvine with the Wildcats owning a 3-2 advantage.? These two teams last squared off in 2004, a 3-1 win for the Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in San Diego, Calif.

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Davidson ?C Saturdayˇ?s matchup between Arizona and Davidson will be the first between the two schools.

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Two Wˇ?s Away:

Arizona head coach Dave Rubio enters this weekendˇ?s tournament just two wins away from 300 as the head man of the Wildcat program.? Rubio owns a 298-160 record (.651) in his 16 seasons in Tucson, as he is the winningest coach in school history.

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Odds and Ends:

This weekend, Arizona will face a couple of familiarities (so to speak) from last week in Atlanta.? This will be the second-consecutive week Arizona will face a team whoˇ?s mascot is the Wildcats.? UA beat the Kentucky Wildcats last week and will play the Davidson Wildcats on Saturday.? This will also be the second-straight week Arizona will face a team from North Carolina.? The UA beat Western Carolina from Cullowhee, N.C., on Saturday, and will face the Wildcats from Davidson, N.C., this Saturday.? This will also be the third-straight week Arizona will face an opponent for the first time.? The Wildcats played Nevada and Lipscomb for the first time ever at the Asics Classic in Malibu, Calif., and faced Western Carolina for the first time ever last weekend.? This week, UA will face Davidson for the first time in school history.

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On the Other Side:

For Fridayˇ?s match against Cal State Bakersfield, Arizona will have Dave Rubio at its bench as opposed to how things were the last time these two teams met.? The last (and only) time the Wildcats faced CSU Bakersfield was Sept. 7, 1991.? The Roadrunners, led by Rubio, beat Arizona in Tucson, 3-2.? Rubio coached at CSU Bakersfield for five seasons before coming to Arizona in 1992.

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September Summations:

In 16 seasons under head coach Dave Rubio, Arizona is 121-49 (.711) in the month of September.? Arizona is 4-1 so far this season in the month.? The Wildcatsˇ? top record in September under Rubio is 12-1, which happened in 2000.? Arizona has achieved an 11-1 record in the month of September twice (1998, 2005).

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Alarm Clock Check:

Maybe the Wildcats should play all their matches before noon.? So far this season, the Wildcats are 4-0 in matches that start at or before noon.? This past weekend, The Wildcats played two early matches in the Regency Suites Classic, one on Friday at 12 p.m. EST, and one on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. EST, which felt more like 9 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. for the Wildcats. Interesting enough, Arizona has posted sweeps in three of their four early matches.? UA plays Cal State Bakersfield at 10 a.m., and Davidson at 12 p.m. this weekend.

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On Fire:

The Wildcatsˇ? dominating performance this week at the Regency Suites Classic was in large part thanks to an explosive offense.? In the three matches in Atlanta, Arizona hit .324 (173-52-374) from the floor, raising its team average from .194 entering the week to .235.? The Wildcats averaged 17.30 kills per game this past weekend compared to a 12.10 kills per game mark for their opponents, while limiting the opposition to a .114 (121-78-376) clip.

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Arizonaˇ?s numbers were powered by a .400 (52-12-100) hitting percentage against Georgia Tech, and a season-high .439 (51-8-98) mark against Western Carolina.

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Perfecto:

Itˇ?s not easy to do, but Arizona was able to accomplish perfection in the second game of the match against Western Carolina.? In game two against the Catamounts, the Wildcats were perfect from the floor, hitting .654 (17-0-26) without recording an attack error.? The last time Arizona finished a game without recording an attack error: Nov. 21, 2003 against No. 11 Washington in Tucson.? The then No. 25-ranked Wildcats posted a .609 (14-0-23) hitting percentage in the first game which helped lead to an upset win over the Huskies.

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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 420 total stuffs, Lamb is now fourth all-time at Arizona, as she passed Marisa DaLee (1997-2000) and her 415 career blocks this past weekend with 18 blocks. Lamb now needs 47 blocks to pass former Wildcat Bre Ladd (466) for third all-time.? Her current career average of 1.32 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 420 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 113 blocks from breaking the 18-year-old school record of 532 career blocks held Kelly Waage.?

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So far on the season, Lamb is second on the squad with a 2.74 kills per game average, while hitting .266.? She is also averaging a team-high 1.68 blocks per game, which is the third-best mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in seven of the Wildcatsˇ? nine matches this season, and finished with a season-best 10 blocks against Kentucky to go with 12 kills.

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She Is Goodenough:

Not even a 1,700 mile trip to Atlanta and a three-hour time change could prevent Arizona junior Randy Goodenough from having a monster weekend at the Regency Suites Classic.??In three matches, the Coronado, Calif., native averaged 4.30 kills, 2.90 digs and 1.30 blocks per game, while hitting a .252 (43-16-107) clip.? Against Kentucky, Goodenough posted 17 kills, 11 digs and nine blocks, one block away from her first career triple-double, to lead Arizona to a tournament opening victory.? In the second matchup against Georgia Tech, Goodenough finished with a match-high 14 kills to go with six digs and two blocks.? In the finale against Western Carolina, Goodenough tallied 12 kills and 12 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.?

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So far on the year, Goodenough leads the Wildcats with a 4.10 kills per game average, the seventh-best mark in the Pac-10, and is second on the team with a 2.77 digs per game average while averaging 1.27 blocks per game.

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Ms. Versatility:

Sophomore Alanna Resch showed she can do it all on the floor this past weekend, as she moved from the outside hitter position to the back line for the Wildcats.? In the three matches, the San Diego, Calif., native led the team with a 3.10 digs per game average.? She finished with a career-high 15 digs against Kentucky on Friday, and posted 11 digs against Georgia Tech.? On the season, Resch is averaging 1.13 kills and 2.68 digs per game, the third best mark on the squad.

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Norton at the Net:

Sophomore Jacy Norton has become a model of consistency for Arizona on the front line.? So far this season, Norton is averaging 2.26 kills per game with a team-best .492 hitting percentage, which ranks second in the Pac-10.? She is also second on the team with a 1.32 blocks per game mark, the ninth-best mark in the Pac-10.?

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This past weekend, Norton played extremely well, averaging 3.30 kills per game on an absurd .660 (33-2-47) hitting percentage to go with a 1.20 blocks per game average.? Nortonˇ?s best match was against Western Carolina, as she posted a career-high 13 kills on .750 (13-1-16) hitting to go along with a match-high five blocks.

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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 each of the first nine matches for Arizona, registering 390 assists over that span for a 12.58 assists per game average, the fourth-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 82.6 percent (390-472) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.52 service aces per game average.

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Against Kentucky, Weberˇ?s play was outstanding as she finished with 61 assists and nine digs.

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Fresh Frosh:

Freshman Tiffany Owens has also started off her career at Arizona in impressive fashion.? Through her first nine matches, Owens is third on the team with a 2.69 kills per game average.? This past weekend, Owens averaged 3.20 kills per game, posting a career-high 13 kills against Kentucky.

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More Than A Blog:

Junior Brooke Buringrud, resident Arizona blogger, showed this weekend that her writing skills are similar her volleyball skills ?C superb.? Against Kentucky, Buringrud posted a season-high 15 kills and six digs.? Against Georgia Tech, the Escondido, Calif., native finished with 11 kills on a career-high .455 (11-1-22) hitting percentage.? On the season, Buringrud averages 2.04 kills and 1.15 digs per game.

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Double-Impact:

It doesnˇ?t happen often, in fact, it might not ever happen again, but senior Dominique Lamb and freshman Tiffany Owens accomplished a rare feat on Saturday against Western Carolina.? The two players had exactly the same stat line, finishing with nine kills on .571 hitting.? Both players went 9-1-14 from the floor, and combined for eight blocks in the match.

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Instant Impact:

Freshman Elise Hendrickson made a nice contribution in Arizonaˇ?s win over Western Carolina on Saturday.? After making her collegiate debut against Nevada, the Long Beach, Calif., native posted her first career stats against the Catamounts.? Hendrickson finished with 4 kills on .375 (4-1-8) hitting while registering two digs.

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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 298-160 record (.651) 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 420-226 (.650) career record.

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Pac-10 Active Leaders:

Senior Dominique Lamb ranks first among active players in the Pac-10 in blocks with 402, while senior Amy Dyck is fifth in assists with 1,412. ?Junior Brittany Leonard is fifth in the Pac-10 with 797 career digs.

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Up Next:

Arizona opens Pac-10 Conference play when the Wildcats travel to Los Angeles to take on No. 5 UCLA and No. 4 USC.? UA plays the Bruins on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., and will face the Women of Troy on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

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