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Arizona Volleyball Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/13/2004
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THIS WEEK: The No. 22 Arizona volleyball team (10-6, 2-4) hosts Washington State (3-14, 0-5) and No. 1 Washington (13-0, 5-0) this weekend. The Wildcats face the Cougars at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, and the Huskies at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

Friday’s match will be broadcast live on KAMP 1570 AM and over the Internet at www.kamp.arizona.edu. The match will also be broadcast tape delayed at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, on FSN (Channel 649 on DIRECTV, 415 on DISH, 26 on Cox and 45 on Comcast). Live video streaming and live stats of both matches is available at www.arizonaathletics.com.

A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats picked up their first Pacific-10 victories last weekend, going 2-0 on the road. On Friday, Arizona extended its win streak over Oregon State to 16 straight with a 3-1 (25-30, 30-24, 30-28, 30-27) victory over the Beavers. The following night, the Wildcats swept past Oregon (30-26, 30-16, 30-14) for their 11th win in a row over the Ducks.

On the season, Arizona is led by junior Kim Glass, who averages 4.55 kills, 2.95 digs and 0.91 blocks per game. Junior Jennifer Abernathy adds 3.90 kills and 2.31 digs per game, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston averages 3.82 kills and 2.56 digs per game. Setter Stephanie Butkus is averaging 11.39 assists per game, while libero Kelli Mulvany averages 2.77 digs per game.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:

Washington State - The Cougars fell at No. 1 Washington 3-0 (15-30, 17-30, 20-30) last Friday to fall to 3-14 on the season. Washington State is led by Kelly Rosin and Jennifer Todd, who average 3.76 and 3.69 kills per game, respectively. Todd also adds a team-high 1.13 blocks per game. Setter Nicole Martin dishes out 11.21 assists per game, while Stacey Holbrook leads the team in digs with 3.76 per game.

Washington - The Huskies swept past Washington State last Friday to remain unbeaten. Ranked No. 1 for the second week in a row, Washington is led by Sanja Tomasevic, who averages 4.68 kills and 2.85 digs per game, and Christal Morrison, who averages 4.02 kills and 2.29 digs per game. Darla Myhre boasts a 1.45 blocks per game average, while setter Courtney Thompson averages 14.10 assists per game. Candace Lee and Danka Danicic average 4.88 and 3.10 digs per game, respectively.

SERIES SHORTS:

Washington State - Arizona is 25-11 all-time against the Cougars. The last time the two teams met, on Nov. 22, 2003, the Wildcats defeated Washington State 3-1 in Tucson. Arizona is 15-3 at home and 10-8 away vs. the Cougars.

Washington- Arizona is 25-15 all-time vs. the Huskies. The two teams last faced each other on Nov. 21, 2003, with the Wildcats winning 3-1 at home. Arizona is 12-6 at home, 10-8 away and 3-1 at a neutral site vs. Washington.

USA Today/CSTV Coaches Poll Oct. 11, 2004

Rank  School Total                     2004     Last
(1st-place Votes) Points Record Week
1     Washington (63)         1,623    13-0     1
2     Minnesota               1,496    16-2     3
3     Hawai’i (2)             1,475    14-0     4
4     Nebraska                1,411    13-1     5
5     Penn State              1,324    14-1     6
6     Southern California     1,288    9-3      2
7     Colorado State          1,219    13-1     7
8     Ohio State              1,208    16-0     9
9     Texas                   1,111    15-0     11
10    Florida                 1,102    14-2     8
11    UCLA                    923      11-4     10
12    Stanford                870      11-4     14
13    California              761      8-6      17
14    Saint Mary’s (Calif.)   661      15-1     19
15    Santa Clara             634      11-3     12
16    Kansas State            621      11-5     16
17    Tennessee               602      16-1     18
18    Utah                    498      13-2     20
19    UC Santa Barbara        434      10-3     13
20    Texas A&M               379      8-5      15
21    Louisville              311      14-2     22
22    Arizona                 282      10-6     21
23    Illinois                199      12-3     24
24    Florida A&M             169      10-2     25
25    San Diego               84       10-4     NR
Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Rice 79, Missouri 69, Ohio 68, Pacific 65, Long Beach State 64, Georgia Tech 20,
Michigan 17, UC Irvine 16, Colorado 14, Loyola Marymount 14, Wichita State 13.

 

Pac-10 Standings

                     Pac-10           Overall
                   W-L   Pct.        W-L   Pct.
Washington         5-0   1.000       13-0  1.000
Stanford           4-1   .800        11-4  .733
USC                4-2   .667        9-3   .750
UCLA               4-2   .667        11-4  .733
California         3-2   .600        8-6   .571
Oregon State       2-3   .400        8-6   .571
Arizona            2-4   .333        10-6  .625
Arizona State      2-4   .333        7-7   .500
Oregon             1-4   .200        9-6   .600
Washington State   0-5   .000        3-14  .176
 

POLL FACTS: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 94 of the last 103 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred last year.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Junior Jennifer Abernathy leads the Wildcats with six double-doubles this season, while sophomores Stephanie Butkus and Meghan Cumpston have five apiece. Junior Kim Glass has four in just six matches played, while junior Bre Ladd has one.

REACHING MILESTONES: Senior Kelli Mulvany recorded her 1,000th career digs last Saturday at Oregon, becoming just the eighth Wildcat ever to eclipse the 1,000-dig mark. She now has 1,005. Junior Kim Glass recorded her 1,300th career kill vs. Oregon on Saturday, moving her into fourth place all-time at Arizona. She is 553 away from first place.

CLOSING IN: Sophomore Kristina Baum is 18 kills away from 300 on her career, while setter Stephanie Butkus is 22 kills away from 150, 16 digs away from 300 and 93 assists shy of 2,000 on her career. She also needs just 33 more assists to move into sixth place all-time at Arizona. Senior Cassidy Crum is two assists away from 50 and 10 digs away from 350 on her career, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston is nine digs away from 150 on her career. Junior Kim Glass is 18 digs away from 700 and 33 blocks away from 200 on her career, and junior Bre Ladd is seven blocks away from 300 on her career. Senior Jolene Killough is 19 kills away from 400 on her career.

RANKING IN THE PAC-10: Junior Jennifer Abernathy ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in kills per game and 10th in points per game, while sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus ranks seventh in assists per game. Senior Jolene Killough is seventh and sophomore Kristina Baum is ninth in hitting percentage. Freshman Dominique Lamb is ninth in blocks per game.

As a team, the Wildcats rank in the top half of the conference in hitting percentage, blocks and opponent hitting percentage.

GLASS’ STREAKS: Junior Kim Glass has several remarkable streaks during her career. She has at least three kills and three digs in each of the last 45 matches and 69 of 70 on her career. What’s more, she has recorded double-digit kills in all but seven (63 of 70) matches during her three-year career.

BLOCKING MACHINE: Junior Bre Ladd has been a consistent defensive threat at the net ever since she arrived on campus in the fall of 2002. The middle blocker has at least one block in 76 of 80 career matches, including 17 in a row, dating back to last season.

MULVANY DIGGING IT UP: Senior Kelli Mulvany has been a steady defensive player for the Wildcats this season. Not only did she surpass the 1,000-dig mark last Saturday, but she has reached double-digit digs nine times on the season and has led the team in digs in eight times this season, including five of the six Pac-10 matches.

WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks 25th nationally in home attendance with an average of 1,042 over five matches. Hawaii ranks first nationally with an average of 6,812.

RUBIO APPROACHING ARIZONA WINS RECORD: Head Coach David Rubio currently has 244 wins in his 13 seasons at the helm. He needs just 15 more to become the winningest coach in Arizona volleyball history. Rosie Wegrich, who coached from 1977-1991, compiled 258 wins in 15 seasons for an average of 17 per year.

NEXT UP: Arizona hosts instate rival Arizona State at 7 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 23.

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