With its first Pac-10 victory of the season in the books, the Arizona women’s volleyball team (10-9, 1-6 Pac-10) looks to move up in the conference standings this week as the Wildcats host Washington State (13-8, 1-6 Pac-10) on Thursday, and No. 6 Washington (15-3, 5-2 Pac-10) on Friday at 7 p.m. in McKale Center. Thursday night’s match with the Cougars will open a four-match home stand for the Wildcats.
A QUICK LOOK AT
The Wildcats deleted their goose egg in the Pac-10 win column with a 3-0 road sweep over Oregon State last Thursday, ending a six-match losing skid.
On the season, sophomore Brooke Buringrud leads the team with 3.78 kills per game, 0.41 service aces per game, and is second on the team with 2.62 digs per game. Freshman Whitney Dosty posts 3.21 kills per game, and junior Dominique Lamb adds 2.57 kills per game, a .315 hitting percentage, and a team-best 1.56 blocks per game average. Sophomore libero Brittany Leonard averages a team-high 3.67 digs per game.
As a team,
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
START HOW YOU FINISH:
RANKING IN THE PAC-10 AND NCAA:
Junior Dominique Lamb ranks third in the Pac-10 and 19th nationally in blocks (1.56). Senior Stephanie Butkus is seventh in the conference in assists (11.35), while sophomore Brooke Buringrud is third in service aces (0.41). Freshman Jacy Norton is fifth in the conference and 26th nationally in blocks (1.48), and sophomore Brittany Leonard is ninth in the Pac-10 in digs (3.67 dpg).
Last week was a huge week for
The Wildcats have steadily been moving up the leaderboard in blocks. Currently first among the Pac-10 Conference schools with a 3.36 BPG average, a figure that ranks 12th in the nation, the Wildcats have posted double-digit team stuffs in 13 of their last 14 matches.
Junior middle blocker Dominique Lamb is working her way up the block charts at UA. With 305 total stuffs, Lamb needs 19 more to move into a tie with former All-American Barb Bell for 10th all-time at
In just her third year playing volleyball, freshman outside hitter Whitney Dosty has demonstrated her athleticism in the young season as she is averaging 3.21 kills per game, second-best on the team. She had a career-high 18 kills in
DYCK IN A NEW ROLE:
After spending the majority of last season as the starting setter for
LEONARD AT LIBERO:
As a freshman last season, Brittany Leonard set the
NORTON AT THE NET:
With the loss of MB Kristina Baum for the year, the Wildcats will need someone to step up. True freshman Jacy Norton has made an early bid to be that player. In the 12 matches since Baum went down with her knee injury, Norton is averaging 1.51 blocks per game, 1.68 kills and is hitting at a .220 clip, numbers that are very similar to Baum’s prior to her injury (1.00 BPG, 1.59 KPG, .237 hitting percentage)
Head Coach Dave Rubio boasts a 288-150 record (.658) in 15 seasons at the helm of the Wildcat program. Last year, he not only became the winningest coach in
BUTKUS BECOMES FOURTH PLAYER TO REACH 3,000:
When she dished out her 3,000th career assist at
LAMB GOES 4-FOR-4 WITH ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS:
After going two years without being picked, junior Dominique Lamb went a perfect 4-for-4 this season on all-tournament team selections. In the first week of the season, during the Arizona Invitational, she averaged 2.20 kills, 1.60 blocks, 0.50 digs and 0.40 service aces over the three matches. At
A BUMMER FOR BAUMER:
Senior middle blocker Kristina Baum will miss the remainder of the 2006 season after injuring her right knee in the first game of
BIG SHOES TO FILL:
With the graduation of all-time kills leader and three-time All-American