Nov. 26, 2002
NCAA Selection Show: The 2002 NCAA Volleyball Selection Show will take place this Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. MST. The show can been seen live on ESPNEWS.
Last Time Out: Arizona closed out its 2002 Pac-10 season with a split against top-ranked USC and No. 21 UCLA ... The Wildcats fell in three game to the Women of Troy and rallied to defeat UCLA 3-1 a night later ... Arizona's win over UCLA gave them a season sweep of the Bruins, marking just the second time an Arizona team has won both meetings in a single season ... Kim Glass broke Barb Bell's freshman kills record with an impressive performance against UCLA. The freshman outside hitter had a match-high 23 kills and also posted 18 digs ... Classmate Bre Ladd chipped in with nine kills against the Bruins and a team-high seven total blocks, including a career-high three solo stuffs ... Teammate Lisa Rutledge finished the match in Westwood with just the 19th 20-20 match in school history with 22 kills and 21 digs. It was her second career 20-20 match at Arizona ... Senior setter Laurie Gardner finished with 56 assists and 13 digs against the Bruins ... Sophomore Libero Kelli Mulvany finished with 17 digs at UCLA ... The match against the Trojans was a different story. The Wildcats hit a season-low .091 against top-ranked USC, giving the Torjans a season sweep over the Cats ... Rutledge and Ladd had stand out matches despite the Wildcat struggles ... Rutledge finished with a match-high 15 kills on .323 hitting, while Ladd added eight kills on .312 hitting and three block assists.
Polling Place: The Wildcats jumped up four spots, from 16th to 12th, in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. Upcoming opponent Utah remained No. 24.
Shattering Glass: Freshman Kim Glass smashed former Freshman All-American Barb Bell's Arizona rookie kills record this past weekend with 23 kills against UCLA. Glass has racked up 425 kills in her first season in the Cardinal and Navy, eight more than Bell did in her freshman year. Even more impressive is the fact that it took Glass two fewer matches and six fewer games to surpass her. Bell played in 28 matches her freshman season (including NCAA Tournament matches). So far Glass has played in 26 matches (25 if you discount the Oregon match in which she did not play a single point, but still got credit for participating) and still has two regular season matches and the NCAA Tournament in which to pad her record numbers.
Bell/Glass Comparison (Through 26 Matches) Player MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs Barb Bell (1993) 26 95 390 146 947 .258 4.11 118 Kim Glass (2002) 26 89 425 146 968 .288 4.78 19820/20 Vision: For the third consecutive season an Arizona player has added to UA's 20 kill-20 dig match list. Senior Lisa Rutledge etched her name on the list for a second time with her 22 kill-21 dig match at UCLA last weekend. Her first career 20-20 match came last season on Nov. 3 when she tallied 22 kills and a career-high 25 digs at Arizona State. Including Rutledge's effort this season, there have been 19 20-20 matches in school history.
Bell's Final Freshman Numbers MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs Barb Bell (1993) 28 110 417 158 1,030 .251 3.79 127
The Good Thing About Freshmen...: ... is that they'll soon be sophomores. Arizona's freshmen are dispelling that old saying this season. In addition to Kim Glass breaking the freshman kills record last weekend, classmate Bre Ladd has certainly stepped up her game in the second half of the 2002 season. In her first 13 matches, Ladd tallied 83 kills for a 1.77 kpg average and hit at a .196 clip. However, since Arizona's come-from-behind win over Stanford on Oct. 11, Ladd has shown remarkable improvement. In the last 13 matches she has racked up 141 kills for an average of 3.20 kpg and has hit a team-high .371. Her continued improvement has helped Arizona to go 9-4 over the 13-match stretch and has improved her season totals from 1.77 kpg through 13 matches to its current average of 2.46. Her hitting percentage has also improved from .196 through UA's first 13 matches to a solid .295 to date.
Bre Ladd's First 13 Matches vs. Last 13 Matches K KPG Hitting % First 13 83 1.77 .196 Last 13 141 3.20 .320
Pac-10 Season Ends: Arizona closed out its 2002 Pac-10 season last weekend and finished tied for third with Washington State in the standings with an 11-7 record. The season marked the seventh consecutive time that the Wildcats have finished the conference schedule with double digit wins. The third place finish ties for the second-highest finish in conference play. Arizona shared the 2000 Pac-10 title with USC. Out of the Pac: Arizona's finish to the Pac-10 season paves the way for the final two non-conference matches of the regular season. As noted, Arizona has faced a tough slate outside of the conference this season and its final two matches against BYU and Utah will be no exception. The Wildcats are 5-3 in non-Pac-10 action this season and are 1-1 on the road. This weekend's matches will be Arizona's first non-conference matches since Sept. 14. Arizona is 1-0 vs. Mountain West teams this season, having defeated New Mexico 3-0 in September.
Arizona Non-Conference vs. Pac-10 Stats Record KPG Ht% APG SAPG DPG BPG Non Conference 5-3 15.59 .246 13.63 1.89 13.00 2.63 Pac-10 11-7 15.66 .244 14.19 1.55 14.75 2.85
Rutledge Has Third All To Her Own: Senior Lisa Rutledge has been a productive four-year starter for the Wildcats during her career. Against Arizona State on Oct. 25 she moved into third on the all-time kills list at Arizona. Only two other players, Barb Bell and Terry Lauchner, have recorded more kills in an Arizona uniform than Rutledge has.
1. Barb Bell 1993-96 1,859 2. Terry Lauchner 1987-90 1,636 3. Lisa Rutledge 1999-Present 1,399
Upcoming Opponent BYU: The Cougars made a mad dash to qualify for the postseason with a Cinderella run through the Mountain West Championship Tournament ... BYU's efforts fell just short in a 3-0 championship match loss to intrastate rival Utah ... The Cougars are led by senior Allison Larsen's 328 kills this season ... Head coach Karen Lamb is in her first year on the BYU bench ... BYU owns a 14-11 advantage in the series that dates back to 1977, however the Wildcats have won the last two matches between the two to narrow the lead.
Arizona-BYU in 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.70 .255 14.10 1.68 14.01 2.78 BYU 14.22 .190 12.91 1.15 14.07 3.14
Utah: The Utes dispatched any thought of BYU upsetting things in the Mountain West Conference with a 3-0 win over the Cinderrella Cougars in last week's MWC Tournament championship match ... The Utes are 24-7 overall this season and won the MWC regular season title with a 10-4 record ... Utah features a pair of 400-plus kill players on its roster ... Junior Kim Turner leads UU with 423 kills, but senior teammate Sylva Strzinkova is not far behind with 411 ... Setter Kelsie Kartchner has dished out 1,172 assists this season (10.85 apg) and Libero Jakie Morrill averages 3.18 digs per game ... The Utes are led by head coach Beth Launiere, who in 12-plus seasons has amassed a 252-160 record in Salt Lake City ... Arizona owns a 12-3 advantage in the series dating back to 1977 and have won the last four meetings between the two, including a 3-0 win in Tucson last season.
Arizona-Utah 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.70 .255 14.10 1.68 14.01 2.78 Utah 15.42 .227 13.99 1.80 13.54 3.38
Smooth As Glass: Freshman Kim Glass arguably completed the best string of individual performances in school history this season. Beginning on Oct. 3 at Washington State and wrapping up a five-match stretch on Oct. 17 at Oregon, Glass averaged 6.14 kpg during the span. She had 20 or more kills in each of the five matches for a grand total 129 total kills on .345 hitting. In Arizona's five-game loss to Washington State on Oct. 3 she recorded just the 13th 30-kill match in school history. A night later she put down 26 kills in a five-game win at Washington. Then, a night after leading all-players with 28 kills in UA's come-from-behind win against No. 4 Stanford on Oct. 11, she recorded a three-game school record 25 kills against the Golden Bears. She closed out the scoring spree with 20 kills in UA's 3-0 win at Oregon on Oct. 17. For her efforts against Cal and Stanford she was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, her second such honor this season.
Glass' String Of Hits Date Opponent K-E-Att Pct. KPG Oct. 3 at Washington State, 5 games 30-8-52 .423 6.00 kpg Oct. 4 at Washington, 5 games 26-9-62 .279 5.20 kpg Oct. 11 vs. Stanford, 5 games 28-11-61 .279 5.60 kpg Oct. 12 vs. Cal, 3 games 25-6-51* .373 8.33 kpg Oct. 17 at Oregon, 3 games 20-4-39 .410 6.67 kpg Totals Five Matches, 21 Games 129-38-264 .345 6.14 kpg * The 25 kills against Cal set a three-game school record.
Other Rutledge Milestones To Watch For: In addition to moving up the career kills list, Rutledge needs just three more starts this season to become the all-time school leader in matches started ... She also has a chance to become just the fourth player in school history to amass over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. She already has well over 1,000 kills and has posted 955 digs with two matches remaining to be played in the regular season and the NCAA postseason ahead of her.
A Tough Slate: Head coach David Rubio knows from firsthand experience how tough the Pac-10 is. In an effort to prepare the 2002 team for conference play and the NCAA postseason, he put together a very competitive schedule. Beginning on Sept. 7 and ending Oct. 11, Arizona faced top 25 teams at least once in five of six weekends. The Wildcats have already taken on No. 1 USC (twice), No. 2 Nebraska, No. 4 Stanford (twice), No. 11 and No. 21 UCLA, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 17 and No. 19 Washington State and No. 21 Pacific this season. Arizona will close out the regular season against No. 24 Utah in Salt Lake City.
Stepping Up: Freshman Kim Glass has been impressive in every match of the season thus far. She has tallied double digit kills in 21 of UA's 26 matches and leads the team with 425 kills. However, in Pac-10 she bumped up her already impressive game. In the last 18 matches, all conference contests, she has averaged 4.95 kpg and 2.48 dpg. Glass accumulated 307 kills on 703 attempts with 112 errors for a .277 hitting percentage in conference play this year.
Glass Non-Conference vs. Pac-10 MP K E Att Ht% KPG Digs DPG Non-Conf. 8 118 34 265 .317 4.37 66 2.44 Pac-10 18 307 112 703 .277 4.95 154 2.48
Attendance: Bolstered by a Pac-10 record crowd of 9,141, the Wildcats averaged 2,178 fans per match in 12 home contests this season. The mark represents the highest average attendance in the Pac-10 this year and is ranked seventh nationally among all Division I schools.
We're #1: The 2002 freshman class at Arizona is easily the most highly regarded incoming crop of athletes in the program's 31-year history. Ranked the top recruiting class in the nation by Volleyball Magazine, all four players in the class are in the publication's Fab 50 for 2002, including the top two and three of the top six freshmen players in the country. The class is composed of Jennifer Abernathy and Meghan Cumpston from California, Kim Glass from Pennsylvania, and Bre Ladd who opted to stay in Southern Arizona after attending Canyon Del Oro High School.
Arizona and Volleyball Magazine's 2002 Fab 50 1. Bre Ladd 2. Kim Glass 6. Jennifer Abernathy 34. Meghan Cumpston
Freshman and Senior Similarities: The 2002 freshmen class is contributing heavily towards Arizona's efforts this season. Four of the newcomers (including redshirt Angie Ayers) have started at least one match this season. Freshmen contributions have not been so prevalent in the Arizona lineup since this season's senior class came to Arizona. Lisa Rutledge, Rachel Williams and Shannon Torregrosa all started and played right away as freshmen for Coach Rubio in 1999. In the last two years combined, only Kelli Mulvany has broken into the starting lineup as a freshman.
Midnight Madness: October 11's match against Stanford was the fourth contest Arizona has played prior to basketball's Midnight Madness ... The victory over the Cardinal improved Arizona's record to 4-0 in such matches ... The 9,141 fans in attendance smashed the previous Pac-10 record crowd of 7,298 established by Arizona in 2000 ... Stanford was the first team to take a game from Arizona in a pre-Midnight Madness match.
Midnight Madness Results Date Opponent Score Result Attendance Oct. 17, 1997 vs. Oregon State 3-0 W 4,927 Oct. 13, 2000 vs. #4 USC 3-0 W 7,298 Oct. 12, 2001 vs. Washington St. 3-0 W 3,711 Oct. 11, 2002 vs. #4 Stanford 3-2 W 9,141
Getting 200: With UA's 3-0 win over New Mexico on Sept. 6, head coach David Rubio became the fastest coach in Arizona volleyball history to record his 200th win for the Wildcats. The win over the Lobos came in Rubio's 298th match on the Wildcat bench. Rosie Wegrich, who is UA's all-time leader in coaching victories with 258, picked up her 200th Arizona victory in her 341st match as head coach. Ironically, Coach Wegrich also got her milestone win against New Mexico in 1988.
Saragosa's Out: Citing a three-year string of injuries, senior Stefani Saragosa has ended her playing career at Arizona. An instrumental player in helping to raise Arizona to an elite level, she was a member of the three Sweet Sixteen teams, two Elite Eight squads and last season's Final Four club. She finished her career second on Arizona's hitting percentage list and tied for sixth in block assists.
Head Coach David Rubio: Now in his 11th season as the top man at Arizona, Rubio has elevated the Wildcat volleyball program to one of the elite in all of Division I. Taking a team that did not win a conference match the season prior to his arrival, he has built a 213-107 record (.667) in 10-plus years. He has led the Wildcats to eight NCAA Tournament berths, including the last six straight, 15 tournament victories, five Sweet Sixteens ('93, '94, '99, 2000, '01), two Elite Eights (2000, '01) and Arizona's first-ever Final Four (2001). His efforts last season earned him Volleyball Magazine National Coach-of-the-Year honors.