THIS WEEK: The No. 21 Arizona volleyball team (15-8, 7-6) faces No. 1 Washington (20-0, 12-0) and Washington State (4-21, 1-11) this week. The Wildcats face the Huskies at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, and the Cougars at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12.
A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats are riding a three-match winning streak after sweeping past Oregon (30-17, 30-19, 30-19) and Oregon State (30-18, 30-20, 30-17) last week. Arizona has won seven of its last nine matches.
On the season, Arizona is led by junior Kim Glass, who averages 4.56 kills and 2.93 digs per game. Sophomore Meghan Cumpston adds 3.88 kills and 2.38 digs per game, while junior Jennifer Abernathy averages 3.67 kills and 2.24 digs per game. Setter Stephanie Butkus is averaging 12.10 assists per game, while libero Kelli Mulvany averages 3.32 digs per game.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
No. 1 Washington -The Huskies needed five games (30-11, 30-27, 26-30, 27-30, 15-9) to defeat Washington State last Friday for their 20th consecutive win of the season. Washington out-hit the Cougars .249 to .145 and held advantages in kills (80-55), assists (79-52) and digs (83-70). WSU out-blocked Washington 16-12.5 and had seven services aces to the Huskies’ six. Washington had 14 service errors in the match.
Washington is led by Christal Morrison and Brie Hagerty, who averages 4.39 and 4.08 kills per game, respectively. Setter Courtney Thompson dishes out 14.84 assists per game, while libero Candace Lee boasts a team-high 5.62 digs per game average. Darla Myhre averages 1.39 blocks per game.
Washington State - The Cougars took No. 1 Washington to five games last Friday but went down in defeat. Washington State is led by Kelly Rosin and Jennifer Todd, who averages 3.75 and 3.70 kills per game, respectively. Todd adds a team-high 1.11 blocks per game. Setter Nicole Martin dishes out 10.79 assists per game, while Stacey Holbrook leads the team in digs with 3.56 per game.
Washington-Arizona is 25-16 all-time vs. the Huskies. The two teams last faced each other on Oct. 16, 2004, with the Wildcats falling 3-1 at home. Arizona is 12-7 at home, 10-8 away and 3-1 at a neutral site vs. Washington.
Washington State - Arizona is 26-11 all-time against the Cougars. The last time the two teams met, on Oct. 15, 2004, the Wildcats swept Washington State in Tucson. Arizona is 16-3 at home and 10-8 away vs. the Cougars.
USA Today/CSTV Coaches Poll Nov. 8, 2004
Rank School Total 2004 Last
(1st-place Votes) Points Record Week
1 Washington (60) 1,620 20-0 1
2 Hawai’i (2) 1,537 21-0 2
3 Nebraska (3) 1,513 22-1 3
4 Penn State 1,415 21-2 6
5 Minnesota 1,298 22-4 5
6 USC 1,243 15-4 4
7 Florida 1,235 21-2 8
8 Ohio State 1,219 22-2 7
9 Texas 1,053 20-2 10
10 Colorado State 1,012 20-3 9
11 Stanford 1,004 17-6 12
12 Saint Mary’s 838 21-2 13
13 Texas A&M 764 16-5 14
14 California 673 12-9 11
15 Tennessee 661 24-2 15
16 UCLA 657 15-8 16
17 Utah 577 20-3 17
18 UC Santa Barbara 498 19-3 19
19 San Diego 449 17-4 21
20 Kansas State 446 15-8 18
21 Arizona 288 15-8 T-22
22 Santa Clara 266 16-5 20
23 Louisville 277 22-2 T-22
24 Florida A&M 160 20-2 24
25 Illinois 140 17-6 25
Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Rice 79, Ohio 60, Georgia Tech 53, Wisconsin 23, Missouri 22, Long Beach
State 15, UC Irvine 5, Wichita State 5.
W-L Pct. W-L Pct.
Washington 12-0 1.000 20-0 1.000
USC 10-3 .769 15-4 .789
Stanford 9-3 .750 17-6 .739
UCLA 8-5 .615 15-8 .652
California 7-5 .583 12-9 .571
Arizona 7-6 .538 15-8 .652
Oregon State 4-9 .308 10-12 .455
Arizona State 4-9 .308 9-13 .409
Washington State 1-11 .083 4-21 .160
Oregon 1-12 .077 9-14 .391
POLL FACTS: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 97 of the last 106 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred last year.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Juniors Kim Glass and Jennifer Abernathy lead the Wildcats with seven double-doubles each this season, while sophomores Meghan Cumpston and Stephanie Butkus have six apiece. Rounding out the group is junior Bre Ladd with two.
REACHING MILESTONES: Sophomore Kristina Baum recorded her 300th career kill against Oregon State, while senior Cassidy Crum recorded her 50th career assist last Friday against Oregon. Sophomore Meghan Cumpston recorded her 300th career kill vs. Oregon, while junior Kim Glass notched her 1,400th career kill against Oregon State and her 100th service ace against Oregon. Senior libero Kelli Mulvany recorded her 1,100th career dig vs. Oregon last Friday.
CLOSING IN: Setter Stephanie Butkus is nine kills away from 150 on her career, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston is 17 digs away from 200. Freshman Amy Dyck is 13 assists away from 100 on her career, while junior Kim Glass is 19 blocks away from 200. Senior Jolene Killough is five blocks away from 250 on her career, while junior Bre Ladd is 10 kills shy of 800.
RANKING IN THE PAC-10: Sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus ranks third in the Pac-10 in assists per game, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston is seventh in kills. Senior Jolene Killough is second in hitting percentage and eighth in blocks per game. Meanwhile, sophomore Kristina Baum is eighth in hitting percentage and junior Bre Ladd is ninth in blocks.
In conference matches only, Killough leads the league in hitting percentage and ranks 10th in blocks. Junior Kim Glass is second in points and third in kills, while Butkus is third in assists. Senior Kelli Mulvany is eighth in digs and ninth in service aces, while Ladd ranks seventh in both blocks and hitting percentage.
As a team, the Wildcats rank in the top half of the conference in every category but digs.
KILLOUGH COMMITS ONE ERROR IN SIX MATCHES: Senior Jolene Killough has committed just one attack error over the last six matches. During this time, she has 54 kills on 80 attempts with one error for a .663 hitting percentage. Killough currently ranks seventh nationally in hitting percentage.
BUTKUS ENTERS ELITE STATUS: Sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus is just the sixth Wildcat ever to eclipse the 2,000-assist mark. She now has 2,225 on her career, 467 away from fifth place.
GLASS’ STREAKS: Junior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 75 of 77 matches on her career. What’s more, she has recorded double-digit kills in all but nine (68 of 77) matches during her three years.
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 83 of 87 career matches, including 24 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. She has reached double-digit digs 15 times on the season and has led the team in digs 14 times, including 10 of the 12 Pac-10 matches. She is currently fourth all-time in career digs at Arizona with (1,112), 34 digs away from third and 43 away from second place.
WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks 19th nationally in home attendance with an average of 1,458 over 10 matches.
RUBIO APPROACHING ARIZONA WINS RECORD: Head Coach David Rubio currently has 249 wins in his 13 seasons at the helm. He needs just 10 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 travels to instate rival Arizona State next weekend. The Wildcats face the Sun Devils at 7 p.m. next Friday, Nov. 19.