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20070827 8-27-2007 Volleyball Heads to Asics Classic
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/27/2007
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This Week:

The Arizona volleyball team will make its first road trip of the 2007 season, as the Wildcats (2-1) travel to Malibu, Calif., for the Asics Classic Friday-Saturday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, in the Firestone Fieldhouse.? The Wildcats will take on Lipscomb, Nevada and host Pepperdine in the two-day tournament.? The complete Tournament schedule is as follows:

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Friday, Aug. 31 ???????? Pepperdine vs. Nevada?????????????????????? ??????? 5 p.m.

???????????????????????????????? Lipscomb vs. Arizona???????????????????????? ??????? 7:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Sept. 1 ????? Pepperdine vs. Lipscomb?????????????????? ??????? 10 a.m.

???????????????????????????????? Arizona vs. Nevada??????????????????????????????????? 12 p.m.

???????????????????????????????? Nevada vs. Lipscomb???????????????????????????????? 5 p.m.

???????????????????????????????? Pepperdine vs. Arizona????????????????????????????? 7:30 p.m.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the weekend with a 2-1 overall record after hosting the Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic.? The Wildcats opened the season with wins over Utah State and Eastern Washington before dropping a five-game decision to Saint Maryˇ?s on Saturday.? So far on the young season, Arizona is hitting .215 as a team (165-69-447), while averaging 15.00 kills, 17.09 digs, and 3.27 blocks per game.? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .155 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 4.30 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 3.27 kills and 1.73 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 13.09 assists per game.

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Wildcat Classic Recap:

Arizona opened the 2007 season last Friday with a pair of sweeps past Utah State and Eastern Washington in the Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic.? The Wildcats then took on a youthful and upstart Saint Maryˇ?s team on Saturday in what proved to be an exciting and hard-fought match.? Arizona fell to the Gaels in five games, despite owning a 2-1 game advantage.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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Lipscomb ?C The Lady Bison from Nashville, Tenn., enter this weekendˇ?s match against Arizona with a 1-1 record after defeating Samford but losing to UAB in the Magic-Music City Invitational.? Junior Sarah Snider is averaging 5.67 kills per game to lead the Bison, as she posted 17 kills against both Samford and UAB.? Last season, Lipscomb went 14-17 overall with a 6-3 record in the Atlantic Sun Conference.? Head coach Brandon Rosenthal is in his fifth year at the helm of the Lady Bison program.

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Nevada ?C The Wolf Pack heads into this weekendˇ?s tournament with a 0-1 record after dropping its opening match of the season, 0-3, at home to Pacific.? Nevada will take on Pepperdine Friday night before meeting up with the Wildcats on Saturday morning.? Seniors Teal Ericson and Karly Sipherd posted 12 kills apiece for the Wolf Pack against Pacific.? Last season, Nevada owned a 15-15 record with a 9-5 mark in the WAC.? Head coach Devin Scruggs is in his 11th year at the helm of the Wolf Pack program.

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Pepperdine ?C The Pepperdine Waves play host to this weekendˇ?s action with a 2-1 overall record.? The Waves participated in the Arkansas Invitational this past weekend, notching wins over Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech, before falling to Arkansas in five games.? As a team, the Waves hit .342 (211-57-450), while averaging 17.58 kills, 14.00 digs, and 2.08 blocks per game.? Pepperdine is led by junior Julie Rubenstein who is averaging 4.75 kills and 3.58 digs per game.? Last season, Pepperdine went 16-12 with an 11-3 mark in the WCC, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.? Head coach Nina Matthies is in her 25th year at the helm of the Pepperdine program.

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Series History:

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Lipscomb ?C Fridayˇ?s matchup will be the first between Lipscomb and Arizona.

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Nevada ?C Saturdayˇ?s matchup will be the first between Nevada and Arizona.

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Pepperdine ?C Arizona is tied with Pepperdine 6-6 in the all-time series which began in 1978.? The Wildcats and the Waves have not met since 2004, a 3-1 Wildcat win over the ninth-ranked Pepperdine team on Sept. 10 in McKale Center.

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It ainˇ?t 3-0:

Arizonaˇ?s loss to Saint Maryˇ?s on Saturday prevented the Wildcats from opening the season with a perfect 3-0 mark for the first time since 2004.? In the previous 15 seasons under head coach Dave Rubio, the Wildcats have started a season 2-1 seven times.? In those seven seasons, the Wildcats have gone on to average 18 wins and 12 losses in a season, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in six of those seven occasions.

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August Appeal:

In 16 seasons under head coach Dave Rubio, Arizona is 15-3 (.833) in the month of August.

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Road Openers:

Under Dave Rubio, the Wildcats own a 29-8 (.784) mark on their first road trips of the season.

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Rubio vs. Pepperdine:

In his 16-year career at Arizona, head coach Dave Rubio owns a 3-2 mark against Pepperdine.? The Wildcats have won the previous two matches in the series against the Waves, knocking off the fifth-ranked Waves, 3-1, on Aug. 30, 2003 in Malibu, Calif., and taking out the ninth-ranked Waves, 3-1, on Sept. 10, 2004 in Tucson.?

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It is worth noting that Rubio notched his first career win at Arizona against the 20th-ranked Pepperdine Waves on Sept. 4, 1992, in Stockton, Calif., in his first match at the helm of the Wildcats to open the 1992 season.

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Block-By-Block:

Senior middle blocker Dominique Lamb is working her way up the school career record block charts at Arizona. With 387 total stuffs, Lamb is now fifth all-time at Arizona, as she moved past Trina Smith (1989-90, 92-93 - 375) with 19 blocks in the opening weekend.? Her next target is to move past Marisa DaLee (1997-2000) and her 415 career blocks for fourth all-time. Her current career average of 1.30 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 387 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 146 blocks from breaking the 18-year-old school record of 532 career blocks held Kelly Waage.?

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So far on the season, Lamb is second on the squad with a 3.27 kills per game average, while hitting .321.? She is also averaging a team-high 1.73 blocks per game.? She finished with a career-high 19 kills on a career-high 42 attempts against Saint Maryˇ?s on Saturday.

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She Is Goodenough:

Junior Randy Goodenough had a monster opening weekend for the Wildcats, earning Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic All-Tournament honors.? On Saturday against Saint Maryˇ?s, the Coronado, Calif., native posted a career-high 26 kills to go with a career-best 16 digs.? Through the first three matches, she is averaging a team-best 4.30 kills per game on .250 hitting, and is second on the team with a 1.20 blocks per game average.? She is also averaging 2.40 digs per game, the third best mark on the team.

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In The Books:

Senior Katie Jackels proved that the old adage ˇ?records are made to be brokenˇ± does hold some validity .? On Saturday against Saint Maryˇ?s, Jackels posted a school record 37 digs in the match, as she broke the previous record mark of 33 digs set by Anita Moss on Nov. 4, 1983.? She also became the first Wildcat to post over 30 digs in a match since 1988.? Through three matches, Jackels is averaging a team-best 5.27 digs per game.

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Norton at the Net:

Sophomore Jacy Norton picked up where she left off last season with some consistent play during the first three matches.? So far this season, Norton is averaging 1.64 kills per game with a team-best .405 hitting percentage.? She is also third on the team with a 1.09 blocks per game mark.

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What a Resch:

Sophomore Alanna Resch showed her athletic versatility this past weekend for the Wildcats.? The San Diego, Calif., native posted two double-doubles in the first three matches of the season.? She finished with a career-high 11 kills and 11 digs against Utah State in the opener on Friday, and had 11 kills and a career-high 12 digs against Saint Maryˇ?s on Saturday.? Resch finished with four career-high marks against Saint Maryˇ?s, including kills (11), digs (12), attempts (42), and assists (3).? Through three matches, she is averaging 2.18 kills and 2.91 digs per game, the second best mark on the team.

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Set ˇ®Um Up:

Freshman Paige Weber began her career at Arizona in impressive fashion, earning Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic All-Tournament honors.? The Indianapolis, Ind., native started her first career match at the setter position against Utah State on Friday and tallied 46 assists, a kill, two service aces, three digs, and two blocks in her debut.? She followed that performance up with 35 assists and five blocks against Eastern Washington.? Against Saint Maryˇ?s on Saturday, Weber posted 63 assists to go along with 10 digs and five kills on .500 hitting.? So far on the season, Weber is averaging 13.09 assists per game, as she accounted for 144 of the teamˇ?s 156 assists (92.3 percent) through the first three matches.

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Compared to the Best:

There is no argument that the best setter (if not the best player) in Arizona history is Dana Burkholder (1998-2001), the schoolˇ?s all-time career assists leader with 5,424.? Although freshman Paige Weber has a long way to go in her career, she has started on a path very similar to Burkholderˇ?s freshman debut back in 1998.? In Burkholderˇ?s first three matches of her career, she averaged 13.55 assists (149 assists), 1.36 kills, 2.09 digs, and 0.73 blocks per game.? In Weberˇ?s first three matches of her career, she owns averages of 13.09 assists (144 assists), 0.64 kills, 1.27 digs, and 0.91 blocks per game.

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Burkholderˇ?s First Three Matches of her Career:

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Sept. 1, 1998???????????????? 3????????? 2????????? 0????????? 6?????????.333????? 47???????? 8????????? 2

Sept. 4, 1998???????????????? 3????????? 7????????? 1????????? 8?????????.750????? 39???????? 6????????? 3

Sept. 5, 1998???????????????? 5????????? 6????????? 1????????? 14????????.357????? 63???????? 9????????? 3

Total?????????????????????????? 11???????? 15???????? 2????????? 28????????.464????? 149?????? 23???????? 8

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Weberˇ?s First Three Matches of her Career:

??????????????????????????????????? G????????? K????????? E????????? TA??????? Pct.????? A????????? DIG????? TB

Aug. 24, 2007??????????????? 3????????? 1????????? 1????????? 6?????????.000????? 46???????? 3????????? 2

Aug. 24, 2007??????????????? 3????????? 2????????? 1????????? 7?????????.143????? 35???????? 1????????? 5

Aug. 25, 2007??????????????? 5????????? 4????????? 0????????? 8?????????.500????? 63???????? 10???????? 3?????????

Total??????????????????????????? 11???????? 7????????? 2????????? 21????????.238????? 144?????? 14???????? 10

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Nice Debut:

Freshman Tiffany Owens found herself in the starting lineup in her collegiate debut against Utah State on Friday.? Against the Aggies, the San Bernardino, Calif., native finished with a match-high 13 kills on .407 hitting to go with eight digs.? In her first three matches, Owens is averaging 2.11 kills and 1.67 digs per game.

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Pac-10 Preseason Poll:

Arizona was selected to finish sixth in the Pac-10 Conference in a preseason vote by the conferenceˇ?s head coaches.? The Wildcats garnered 46 points in the vote, as defending champion Stanford was chosen as the favorite to win this yearˇ?s Pac-10 volleyball title.? Stanford claimed 89 points, 12 more than second-place USC, including eight of the 10 first-place votes.? USC and third-place UCLA each received one first-place vote, garnering 77 and 75 points, respectively. ??Washington came in fourth with 71 points, followed by California in fifth (57 points), and Arizona.? Rounding out the poll were Oregon, Arizona State, Oregon State, and Washington State, respectively.

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Stacked Schedule:

As always, Arizona will be faced with the challenge of playing some of the best teams in the country in 2007.? The Wildcats will participate in four non-conference tournaments before competing in the Pac-10 Conference, the best volleyball conference in the nation.? Arizona will face 10 teams this season that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.? Matchups with Pepperdine, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Colorado State highlight a tough non-conference slate that will prepare the Wildcats for the ever difficult Pac-10 which features four teams ranked in the this yearˇ?s preseason top-10 rankings, including two Final Four teams in Washington and Stanford.

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Rubioˇ?s Record:

Head coach Dave Rubio boasts a 293-159 record (.648) in his 16 seasons at the helm of the Wildcat program. In 2005, he not only became the winningest coach in Arizona history, he also notched his 400th career victory in the teamˇ?s win over Ohio in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In 21 years as a head coach, Rubio has a 415-225 (.648) career record.

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Career Marks:

This past weekend, junior Brooke Buringrud notched her 400th career kill in the match against Saint Maryˇ?s, and junior Randy Goodenough tallied the 200th kill of her career in the match against Utah State.? Senior Amy Dyck is 88 assists away from 1,500 in her career.

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Pac-10 Active Leaders:

Senior Dominique Lamb ranks first among active players in the Pac-10 in blocks with 387, while senior Amy Dyck is fifth in assists with 1,412.

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Up Next:

Arizona travels to Atlanta for the Regency Suites Classic, Friday, Sept. 7- Saturday, Sept. 8, hosted by Georgia Tech.? The Wildcats will face Kentucky on Friday at 3 p.m., and Georgia Tech (2 p.m.) and Western Carolina (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday.

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