A Look at the Cats:
The 10th-ranked Wildcats opened the conference schedule last Wednesday with a five-game victory over Arizona State in Tempe. The Cats battled back from a two-game defecit to win the match over its intrastate rival. Arizona then swept through Utah, downing then 10th-ranked BYU 3-1 and 18th-ranked Utah 3-0. The Wildcats outhit the Cougars, who had knocked off No.1 Stanford and No. 5 Long Beach State a week earlier, .356 to .234. Arizona used a .365 attack percentage, while limiting Utah to .112, to knock off the previously unbeaten Utes.
A Look at the Cougars and Huskies:
Washington State got off to a red-hot start winning its first eight games in a row before falling to UCLA and USC in its Pac-10 opening weekend in Los Angles. The Cougars fell 3-0 to both the Bruins and Women of Troy. WSU ranks second in the Pac-10 with a 17.00 dig per game average and is fifth with a .237 hitting percentage. The Cougars have ammassed 514 kills in 10 matches this season, its 15.58 kills per game average is sixth best. Leading hitter, sophomore Holly Harris, is tied for seventh in the conference with an attack percentage of .371. Sophomore Chelsie Schafer is second in the Pac-10 with 0.54 service aces per game and is sixth in digs per game with a 3.08 average. The two schools have met 28 times with Arizona holding a 19-9 advantage over the Cougars. Arizona swept the Cougars a season ago, winning 3-0 in both Tucson and Pullman.The Huskies shared a similar fate in their conference opener, falling 3-0 to USC and UCLA last weekend. Washington currently ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a .233 hitting percentage and sixth with a 14.75 dig per game average. Junior Lisa Underhill leads the Huskies with a .364 hitting percentage, good enough for 10th in the Pac-10. Arizona won both matches last season, scoring a 3-0 victory in Seattle and a 3-2 triumph in Tucson. UW and UA have met have 32 times with Arizona winning 19 times.
Pac-10 Player of the Week Part II:
Fresh off teammate Dana Burkholder winning the conference honor comes fifth-year senior Marisa DaLee. The Phoenix, Ariz., native had 47 kills on 79 attempts with only 10 errors against Arizona State, 10th-ranked Brigham Young and 18th-ranked Utah. Her .468 hitting percentage helped Arizona go 3-0 for the week and extend its win streak to eight games. She also led UA with 17 total blocks for the week. She tallied four block solos and 13 block assists. In the Wildcats' five game victory at Arizona State on Sept. 13, she tallied 20 kills on 37 attempts with only five errors. She also collected six total blocks and four digs. At 10th-ranked BYU on Friday, DaLee hit a game-high .462 with 16 kills on 26 attempts and three errors. She led both teams with six blocks. At Utah on Saturday, she hit a season-high .625. She rapped home 11 kills on 16 attempts with only a single error. DaLee has now hit .400 or better in six straight matches and seven times in nine games this season. It is the third such award for DaLee, who also earned the honor last season and in 1998, and the 12th overall in school history. Burkholder claimed the award a week ago.
Arizona in the Pac-10:
The Wildcat season-long hot hitting has placed them atop the conference with a .360 team hitting percentage and 18.30 kills per game average. UA has failed to hit over .300 as a team in just two matches this season. Individually, Arizonas Marisa DaLee and Stefani Saragosa rank 1-2 in the Pac-10 with hitting percentages of .479 and .413, respectively. Allison Napier is fifth at .389. The Cats also top all Pac-10 teams with a 16.73 assist per game average. Setter Dana Burkholders Pac-10-best 14.27 assist per game average would place the junior fifth in the confernce among the team averages. Arizona ranks third as a team with 3.00 blocks per game. Leading the way for the Cats is Saragosa, the sophomore ranks fifth with 1.28 blocks per game.
The Arizona volleyball team posted impressive numbers in last weeks three match sweep of Arizona State, Brigham Young and Utah. The Cats hit .327 as team while limiting their opponents to .185. Arizona had 228 kills on 486 swings with 69 errors. Leading the way was fifth-year senior Marisa DaLee who hit .468 in the three wins with 47 kills. Sophomore Lisa Rutledge had a team-high 53, including 23 in UAs five-game win at Arizona State and 21 more at BYU. In all, five Wildcat players hit .300 or better for the week (DaLee .468, Saragosa .425, Napier .403, Talbot .348, Rutledge .336).
The one hour, 22 minute victory at Utah was Arizonas second-fastest win this season. Arizona needed just an hour and 10 minutes to subdue San Diego State Sept. 2.
Thrice as nice:
Junior setter Dana Burkholder collected her second career triple-double Sept. 2, against San Diego. Her 10 kill, 54 assist, 10 dig performance was the 19th triple-double in Arizona history, and just the fifth by a Wildcat setter. Burkholder tallied her first triple-double a season ago in Arizonas five game loss to UCLA on Oct. 11 when she had a career-high 11 digs, 70 assists and 14 digs against the Bruins.
Keep it to a Minimum:
San Diego States 14 points in three games was the fourth lowest point total for an Arizona opponent in a three game match in school history. Cal State Fullerton mustered only 10 points in a 1983 meeting with the Cats.
The Arizona volleyball team has already matched or bettered a number of school records this season. In Arizonas victory over Arizona State on Sept. 13, the Wildcats had 101 kills, breaking the previous school best for a five game match of 96 set in 1986 against Oklahoma. The 91 assists in that same match tied Arizonas best team effort set in 1987, again against Oklahoma. Junior Dana Burkholder had 84 of the 91 assists to take over the top spot in the record book, breaking Heather McCormacks 1991 mark of 77. Arizonas team hitting percentage of .483 in its win at San Diego State, Sept. 2, set a school record for accuracy in a three game match. The Cats had 52 kills on 89 attempts while committing only nine errors. The previous mark was held by the 1994 squad who hit .461 against California.
Senior Marisa DaLees on-going streak of 256 games played is the third-best run in Arizona history. She trails Barb Bells 383 and current Arizona Associate Head Coach Charita Johnsons 348. Her 969 career kills are ninth-best for the program and only 47 away from Kiyomi Morinos eighth-place 1,016 . Junior Dana Burkholder has started 63 career matches, tied for 16th-best at Arizona and tops among current team members. Her 12.89 career assist per game average is the best all-time at Arizona.
6-0 * Jr. * S
Starts: 0 Games: 7
Ranks 10th on the Arizona career assists list with 311 ... Is second on the team with a 3.00 assists per game average ... Picked up 10 assists in three games at the Wildcat Classic ... Collected eight assists in three games at SDSU Diggin It tournament ... Set a career high in assists in 1999 with 51 against Sacramento State (9/4).
Pct.: .222 KPG: 0.29 APG: 2.57 SAPG: 0.00 DPG: 0.57 BPG: 0.29
5-8 * Jr. * S
Starts: 9 Games: 33
Starting setter ... Leads the Pac-10 with a 14.27 assists per game average ... Broke Heather McCormacks nine-year-old school record with an 84 assist performance at Arizona State (9/13) ... Recorded second career triple-double on Sept. 2 with a 10 kill, 54 assist, 10 dig performance in Arizonas four game win over San Diego (9/2) ... Had 194 assists over a three match stretch Sept. 13-16 (84 at ASU, 65 at BYU, 45 at Utah) ... September 5-11 Pac-10 Player of the Week ... Named Wildcat Classic MVP for her 126 assist, 22 dig, 22 kill, .606 hitting percentage performance in the three match tournament ... Had a career-high 13 kills against Santa Clara (9/9) ... Garnered all-tournament honors at SDSUs Diggin It 2000 Tournament Sept. 1-2 ... Arizonas all-time leader in assists per game, averaging 12.89 ... Third on Arizonas career assist list with 2,977 ... 1999 AVCA All-District 8 and All-Pac-10 honoree ... 1998 and 99 Junior National team member ... Has started 63 career matches, tied for 16th all-time at Arizona and most among current team members.
Pct.: .323 KPG: 1.45 APG: 14.27 SAPG: 0.06 DPG: 2.76 BPG: 0.52
5-6 * Sr. * DS
Starts: 1 Games: 27
Primary defensive specialist ... Had a career high 11 digs at Arizona State (9/13) and BYU (9/15) ... Redshirted in 1998 with a dislocated shoulder.
Pct.: KPG: APG: 0.00 SAPG: 0.00 DPG: 1.81 BPG: 0.00
6-3 * Sr. * MB
Starts: 5 Games: 33
Starting middle blocker ... Leads the Pac-10 with a .479 hitting percentage ... Is first on team with a 3.88 kills per game average ... Hit .462 with 16 kills at BYU (9/15) ... Had 20 kills on 37 attempts and a .405 hitting percentage at Arizona State (9/13) ... Named to all-tournament team at Wildcat Classic Sept. 8-9, with a .510 hitting percentage and 29 kills in three matches ... Had a career high 24 kills while hitting .500 (24-5-38) in Arizonas four game victory over San Diego (9/2) ... Hit .586 (19-2-29) against 14th-ranked UC Santa Barbara (9/1) ... Garnered all-tournament honors at SDSUs Diggin It 2000 Tournament Sept. 1-2, with 52 kills and a .471 hitting percentage in three matches ... Has appeared in 256 consecutive games, third-most in Arizona history ... Has hit .400 or better in a match an Arizona record 51 times ... Holds top two spots on UA single-season hitting percentage list ... Is just the third Wildcat player to earn All-Pac-10 honors twice (1998 and 99) in a career.
Pct.: .479 KPG: 3.88 APG: 0.12 SAPG: 0.00 DPG: 0.36 BPG: 0.82
5-10 * R-Fr. * OH
Starts: 2 Games: 14
Redshirted in 1999 ... Made first career start at BYU (9/15) ... Recorded first career kill in Arizonas three-game sweep of San Diego State ... Had a career-high two kills against New Mexico State (9/8).
Pct.: .000 KPG: 0.21 APG: 0.07 SAPG: 0.07 DPG: 1.0 BPG: 0.07
6-1 * Fr. * OH
5-8 * So. * DS
Transferd from Oregon State where she did not particpate in volleyball ... will sit out 2000 season due to transfer rules.
6-2 * Sr. * OH
Starts: 9 Games: 16
Ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with a .389 hitting percentage ... Recorded a career-high .462 hitting percentage with 15 kills on 26 attempts and three errors at BYU (9/15) ... Had a team-high 12 kills at Utah (9/16) ... Had seven kills on 16 attempts and one error in UAs win over Santa Clara (9/9) ... Hit .444 (5-1-9) against No. 19 Baylor (9/8) ... Hit .409 (11-2-22) against 14th-ranked UC Santa Barbara (9/1) ... 1997 honorable mention Freshman All-Pac-10 selection.
Pct.: .389 KPG: 2.71 APG: 0.14 SAPG: 0.11 DPG: 1.14 BPG: 0.54
6-2 * Fr. * MB
First-team East Valley and second-team all-state her senior year at Mountain Veiw High School in Phoenix.
6-2 * So. * OH
Starts: 9 Games: 33
Has a team-high seven matches with double figure kills ... Ranks 10th in the Conference with 114 kills ... Had a team-high 23 kills, 15 digs and hit .352 for her third double-double of the season at Arizona State (9/13) ... Named to all-tournament team at Wildcat Classic Sept. 8-9 with three-game totals of 26 kills and a .444 hitting percentage ... Hit .667 (13-1-18) at San Diego State (9/2), tied for ninth-best on Arizonas single-match list ... Recorded double-doubles vs. San Diego (12 kills-14 digs) and UC Santa Barbara (10 kills-10 digs) ... 1999 Freshman All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-Pac-10 honoree.
Pct.: .320 KPG: 3.56 APG: 0.12 SAPG: 0.12 DPG: 2.00 BPG: 0.84
6-2 * So. * MB
Starts: 6 Games: 32
Ranks second in the Pac-10 with a .413 hitting percentage and is fifth in blocks per game with a 1.28 average ... Had 13 kills and a team-high .429 attack percentage at Arizona State (9/13) ... Led Arizona with a career-high 16 kills and had a .609 hitting percentage in the Wildcats win over New Mexico State (9/8) ... Tied a career high seven block assists against No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (9/1) and No. 19 Baylor (9/8) ... hit .833 (5-0-6) in two games at San Diego State (9/2) ... 1999 honorable mention Freshman All-Pac-10 honoree.
Pct.: .413 KPG: 2.38 APG: 0.12 SAPG: 0.19 DPG: 0.84 BPG: 1.28
6-2 * Jr. * MB
Starts: 0 Games: 14
Had three kills on five attempts with no errors (.600) against New Mexico State (9/8) ... Hit .500 (3-0-6) and recorded five blocks in one game at San Diego State ... 1999 honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 honoree.
Pct.: .321 KPG: 0.86 APG: 0.21 SAPG: 0.00 DPG: 0.29 BPG: 0.50
6-0 * Jr. * OH
Starts: 9 Games: 33
Had eight kills and 10 digs at Utah (9/16) ... Chipped in with 10 kills and eight digs at BYU (9/15) ... Recorded her second double-double of the season with a 13 kill-14 dig performance at Arizona State (9/13) ... Named to Wildcat Classic all-tournament team after leading Arizona with 2.22 digs per game ... had 10 kills (.381 hitting) and nine digs against Santa Clara (9/9) ... Hit .556 (11-1-18) with seven digs vs. No. 14 UC Santa Barbara ... recorded a double-double (11 kills-11 digs) vs. San Diego ... hit .417 (6-1-12) in three-game sweep of San Diego State ... leads team with seven service aces.
Pct.: .361 KPG: 2.42 APG: 0.97 SAPG: 0.24 DPG: 2.33 BPG: 0.58
6-2 * So. * OH
Starts: 0 Games: 18
Picked up her first double-double of the season with 16 kills and 10 digs at Arizona State (9/13) ... Had 25 kills in three matches at Wildcat Classic Sept. 8-9 ... Had 12 kills on 18 attempts with one error (.611) in UAs win over New Mexico State (9/8) ... Hit .727 (9-1-11) at San Diego State (9/2) ... had 10 kills vs. San Diego (9/2) ... Was just the fifth freshman to start her first career match under head coach David Rubio in 1999.
Pct.: .248 KPG: 3.56 APG: 0.17 SAPG: 0.28 DPG: 2.00 BPG: 0.50
5-5 * So. * DS
Starts: 4 Games: 26
Picked up a season-high 11 digs at Arizona State (9/13) despite playing with a broken thumb ... Fifth on team with 43 digs ... has five service aces, third for Arizona.
Pct.: 1.000 KPG: 0.04 APG: 0.12 SAPG: 0.19 DPG: 1.65 BPG: 0.00