Oct. 10, 2001
Upcoming: The Wildcats return home for a weekend match-up with the Pac-10 schools from Washington. Arizona will face Washington State in a pre-Midnight Madness match on Friday and Washington on Saturday. The match time against the Cougars has been changed from the original 7 p.m. start to 8:00. The Washington match is still scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve.
The Opposition: WASHINGTON STATE- The Cougars come to the Old Pueblo having defeated Washington ,3-0, in a cross-state match on Monday. The victory snapped a two-match losing streak suffered to USC and UCLA in Pullman. WSU returns all six starters and nine letterwinners from last season's NCAA second round team. The Wildcats own a 21-9 record against the Cougars and swept the season series last season. Arizona is 12-6 against Washington State under the guidance of David Rubio and have won the last six meetings between the two schools. WASHINGTON- The Huskies, under the direction of first-year head coach Jim McLaughlin, have already matched their win total from a season ago. However, UW heads to Arizona under the cloud of a three match losing streak and will face the Sun Devils in Tempe before coming south to Tucson. Washington returns five starters and nine letterwinners from last season's 8-19 team. Arizona swept the season series last season and own a 21-13 record in the all time series. UA has won the last seven matches between the two schools.
The Polls: The Arizona volleyball held steady at seventh in the latest edition of the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll. The Volleyball Magazine had not come out as of Wednesday. See page five of the notes for the complete polls.
Arizona's Last Action: The Wildcats tallied two wins and one loss in a flurry of activity over the weekend. Arizona defeated nemesis Arizona State in four games at McKale Center last Friday, fell to Stanford in five games at Maples Pavilion and defeated California in four games in Haas Pavilion.
Midnight Madness Magic: For the third time ever, the Arizona volleyball program will play a match prior to the basketball team's Midnight Madness celebration. The Cats are 2-0 in pre-midnight madness action and have recorded the two largest crowds in school history in those matches. A season ago the Wildcats defeated the USC Women of Troy, 3-0, in front of a Pac-10 record crowd of 7,298. USC was undefeated heading into the match and had not lost a single game all season. Arizona utilized a stingy line at the net, out-blocking USC 19.5-to-9, and five different Wildcat players finished with double digit kills and digs. The other pre-midnight madness match came during the 1997 season. Oregon State fell victim to UA, 3-0. The Wildcats hit .359 as a team that night while limiting Oregon State to a .170 attack percentage.
Diggin Up the Record Book: Setter Dana Burkholder, already Arizona's career leader in assists, needs only 24 more digs to reach 1,000 for her career. Upon reaching the milestone, Burkholder will become just the fifth Arizona player to record over 1,000 digs in a career and just the second player ever to have over 1,000 digs and 1,000 assists. Lindsey Hahn, who played for UA from 1986-89, recorded a final career total of 1,155 digs (second all time) and 1,939 assists (sixth all time). Currently, Burkholder is fifth on Arizona's career list for digs with 976.
300-Plus: Arizona head coach David Rubio won his 300th career match as a coach last week against Arizona State. Rubio joins a long list of active Pac-10 coaches with 300 or more career victories.
Active Pac-10 Coaches with 300+ Career Wins* 1. Andy Banakowski, UCLA 907(NCAA All Time Leader) 2. Mick Haley, USC 532 3. John Dunning, Stanford 450 4. Rich Feller, California 330 5. Cindy Fredrick, Washington St. 322 6. David Rubio, Arizona 301 * Win totals through Oct. 8.
Turning It Up a Notch: Junior Lisa Rutledge opened up her offensive game last weekend. Against Arizona State, Stanford and California, the outside hitter tallied a team-high 59 kills on .254 hitting. She averaged 4.54 kills in 13 games. Against Arizona State, she recorded a team-high 17 kills and also chipped in 11 digs. Two nights later she chalked 18 kills against Stanford, including seven in a row in a come-from-behind win in game four. But she saved her best for California. Against the Golden Bears Rutledge led all players with a career-high tying 24 kills on .358 hitting.
Outlook for 2001: The Wildcats return four starters from last seasons's team. All-American setter Dana Burkholder, right-side hitter Jill Talbot, outside hitter Lisa Rutledge and defensive specialist Rachel Williams all return to the floor for the Cats in 2001. Joining them in the starting rotation will be middle blockers Erin Sebbas and Stefani Saragosa and outside hitter Shannon Torregrosa. The loss of NCAA hitting percentage leader and All-Pac-10 middle blocker Marisa DaLee is significant, but will be offset by the return of Saragosa, who played in 30 of Arizona's 33 matches last season with an ailing shoulder that has been surgically repaired, and the spring emergence of Sebbas. Coach Rubio is counting on Torregrosa to have a breakout season in the outside hitter spot vacated by the departure of All-Pac-10 performer Allison Napier. Others returning players that are expected to see extensive floor time are Christina Frost and setter/right side hitter Lauren Benward. Arizona has also added a number of newcomers that the coaching staff figure will see playing time, including setter Rochelle Ruen, right side hitter Kellie Burton and defensive specialist Kelli Mulvany.
Starting Lineup Possibilities Setter - Dana Burkholder Right Side- Jill Talbot Outside - Lisa Rutledge / Shannon Torregrosa Middle Blocker- Stefani Saragosa / Erin Sebbas Defensive Specialist- Rachel Williams / Kelli Mulvany
A Look Back: The 2000 season was one of the finest in school history. The Wildcats finished the season 28-5, matching the school record for wins in a season. 20 of Arizona's 28 victories were 3-0 sweeps and of Arizona's five loses only one was in three game, two were in four games and two went all five. Arizona was an outstanding 14-1 in home matches, 11-2 on the road and 3-2 in neutral court contests. (More) They advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the deepest an Arizona team has ever gone. UA won its first Pac-10 title, sharing it with USC. 2000 marked the first time a team other than UCLA or Stanford had won the Pac-10 championship since conference play began in 1986. The 16-2 Pac-10 record shattered the school record for conference wins by four. Individually, returning setter Dana Burkholder became one of the most recognized athletes in school history. She was named both AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-America (the first, first-team member since 1985), to the NCAA Central Region All-Tournament Team, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, First-Team All-Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region. She set numerous school records, including single-match (84), single-season (1,562) and career marks (4,068) for assists, while guiding the Arizona offense to a NCAA Division I leading .320 attack percentage, the best in school history and the second-best ever in the Pac-10. Departed seniors Marisa DaLee and Allison Napier, both 1,000 career kill members, each tallied First-Team All-Pac-10 honors. Giving the Cats three for the season, the most in any single year. DaLee led the nation in hitting percentage (.437) and was also named AVCA All-Pacific Region. Jill Talbot and Lisa Rutledge, who both return in 2001, each garnered Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors as well.
2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year David Rubio: In nine years as Arizona's head coach, David Rubio has taken the Cats from the abyss of a winless Pac-10 season to the pinnacle of a conference championship. Inheriting a team that did not win a single match in the conference the year before he arrived, he has turned the Wildcats into a club that has made seven postseason appearances in eight years, won a Pac-10 Championship and 11 NCAA Tournament matches. Rubio has recruited and coached two All-Americans, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, 13 All-Pac-10 performers, six All-Pac-10 freshman players and eight academic all-conference athletes at Arizona. Also, UA athletes have earned 13 Pac-10 Player of the Week honors under his guide. During his tenure at Arizona, Rubio has led the Wildcats to 181 victories and a winning league mark over the last eight seasons. Last year's 16-2 Pac-10 record smashed the school mark for conference victories.
Rule Changes in 2001: Into play in 2001 is the faster paced "rally scoring". In a departure from the previous scoring format, a team may score a point whether it is the serving or receiving team, there are no longer "side-outs" in which the service receiving teams cannot score. Simply stated, every time the ball is put in play, each team will have an opportunity to score. Now, in order for a team to win a non-deciding game (the first four games of the match) it must be the first to reach 30 points and lead by at least two using rally scoring. In a match deciding game (the fifth game of the match) the first team to reach 15, again in rally scoring format (i.e. no side-outs), and lead by two or more points is the winner of that game. Another change is that served balls that touch the net and continue on to the opponent's side will remain in play. Balls that strike the net and fall on the serving team's side or out of play will result in a point for the opposition. Previously, any ball that struck the net on a serve was ruled dead and resulted in a side-out.
New Statisitc: With implementation of the new rules comes a new stat. Players responsible for socring a point for their team are also credited with a point of their own. Points are a combination of kills+service aces+solo blocks+1/2 block assists. For example, Lisa Rutledge leads the team with 206.5 points. This is derived from her 178 kills + her 14 service aces + her eight solo blocks + her 13 block assists (1/2 point each)= 206.5 points. Arizona's point totals are included in the stats on the final page of the release.