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011-13-2007 Volleyball at Cal, Stanford Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/13/2007
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T his Week:

The Arizona volleyball team (13-14, 3-11 Pac-10) hits the road for the final time during the regular season with a daunting trip to the Bay Area.? To keep their postseason hopes alive, the Wildcats will have to beat No. 6 California (20-6, 10-5 Pac-10) on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. (PST), and No. 4 Stanford (24-2, 13-2 Pac-10) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. (PST).

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the week with a 13-14 overall record and a 3-11 mark in the Pac-10, looking start a winning streak at the most crucial time of the season after dropping two straight and 12 of its last 15.? So far this season, Arizona is hitting .213 as a team (1392-613-3650), while averaging 14.81 kills, 15.72 digs, and 2.99 blocks per game (third in the Pac-10).? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .187 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 3.81 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.43 kills and 1.51 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.27 assists per game, and freshman Tiffany Owens is averaging 3.37 kills per game.

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Arizona State , Colorado State Recap:

Arizona closed out its four-match home stand with matchups against archrival Arizona State and No. 18 Colorado State in a non-conference tilt.? The Wildcats got swept in both contests, playing both the Sun Devils and the Rams close, losing each game in the final frames down the stretch.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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California ?C The No. 6 California Golden Bears enter Fridayˇ?s match with a 20-6 overall record and a 10-5 mark in the Pac-10.? Cal won four-straight matches before losing at No. 4 Washington in four games on Friday.? The Golden Bears are 10-3 at home this season.? As a team, Cal hits .261 from the floor (1475-573-3456), and averages 15.53 kills, 13.86 digs and a Pac-10 leading 3.71 blocks per game. Cal also leads the Pac-10 in opponent hitting percentage (.137) and service aces per game (1.81).? Individually for the Golden Bears, senior Angie Pressey leads the team with 3.94 kills per game and sophomore Hana Cutura adds 3.91 kills per game.? Head coach Rich Feller is in his ninth season at the helm of the Cal program.

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Stanford ?C The No. 4 Stanford Cardinal enters the week with a 24-2 overall record and a first-place mark of 13-2 in the Pac-10.? Stanford has won four-straight and is 8-1 at home so far this season.? The Cardinal faces Arizona State on Friday night before taking on the Wildcats.? As a team, Stanford hits .311 from the floor (1552-427-3615), while averaging a Pac-10 best 17.24 kills per game, 17.52 digs per game and 2.69 blocks per game.? Individually for the Cardinal, freshman Alix Klineman leads the team with 4.16 kills per game and junior Cynthia Barboza adds 4.01 kills per game.? Junior Foluke Akinradewo posts 3.94 kills a game on a Pac-10 best .480 hitting percentage.? Head coach John Dunning is in his seventh season at the helm of the Stanford program.

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Series History:

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California ?C Friday's match will mark the 46th meeting in the all-time series between the two

schools. ?Arizona owns a 32-13 series lead dating back to 1984. Cal has won four-straight in the series against Arizona, last losing to the Wildcats back in 2005.? Cal beat Arizona in five games after being down 2-0 to the Wildcats on Oct. 19.

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Stanford ?C Saturdayˇ?s match will be the 56th meeting all-time between Stanford and Arizona on the hardwood, with the Cardinal owning a 48-7 series lead over the Wildcats.? Stanford swept the Wildcats in both matches last season, and earned a sweep of the Cats on Oct. 18. ?Arizona last beat Stanford on The Farm in 2005.

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Stay Alive:

Simply put, Arizona needs some wins down the final stretch of the season.? Why does Arizona need some wins?? Well, because the Wildcats still have a shot at the NCAA Tournament.? Despite being 13-14 overall, a couple of wins against some ranked opponents late in the season will do wonders for their tournament resume.? To make the NCAA Tournament all Arizona has to do is finish over .500.? To do so, the Wildcats MUST win three (3) of their last four (4) matches to be mathematically alive for postseason play.

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In The Pac-10:

If Arizona is to improve upon its 3-11 mark in the Pac-10, the Wildcats will have to step up their game on the offensive and defensive end.? During the non-conference schedule, Arizona posted a 10-2 record while hitting .246 from the floor and averaging 15.22 kills and 3.63 blocks per game, and holding opponents to a .126 hitting percentage.? In Pac-10 play, Arizona is hitting .199 from the floor, while averaging 14.58 kills and 2.53 blocks per game, and giving up a .237 hitting percentage to opponents, numbers all down from the Wildcatsˇ? hot start to the season.

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Break a Broom:

Arizona has been swept in its last two consecutive matches, something that is worth taking note of.? Before this season, the Wildcats had not dropped two-straight matches in three games since 2002, when the Cats got swept by No. 1 USC and at Arizona State.? Arizona had not been swept in three-straight matches since 1992, Dave Rubioˇ?s first season as the Wildcatsˇ? head coach, until losing to Washington, Arizona State and Stanford earlier this season.? The last time Arizona had two streaks of getting swept three-straight times in a season: 1991.? The last time Arizona was swept four-straight times: 1991.

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Rank This:

Two more ranked powerhouses, No. 6 Cal and No. 4 Stanford, will match up against the Cats this week, as Arizona will look to break a recent skid against ranked opponents.? So far this season, Arizona is 0-9 against ranked teams, losing to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 21/16 Oregon (twice), No. 8/4 Washington (twice), No. 3 Stanford, No. 9 California, and No. 18 Colorado State.? Over the last two seasons, the Wildcats are 2-18 against ranked opposition.? Arizona has not defeated a top-10 team since Nov. 11, 2005, when the Wildcats defeated No. 4 Stanford, 3-2, on the road in Maples Pavilion.

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Rejected:

Arizona ranks third in the Pac-10 and is one of the top teams in the nation when it comes to blocks because the Wildcats have no problem providing plenty of rejections at the net.? In 27 matches thus far, Arizona has posted double-figures in blocks 15 times.? As a squad, Arizona averages 2.99 blocks per game, which if it holds up, will be the seventh-best mark in school history.? The top blocks per game average in school history is 3.56, which was set in 1988.? Last yearˇ?s team posted 3.42 blocks per game, the third best mark in school history.?

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This and That:

Arizona isˇ? 0-4 when playing five gamesˇ? 13-3 when winning game oneˇ? 0-11 when losing game oneˇ? 0-4 when splitting the first two gamesˇ? 12-2 when leading in killsˇ? 12-0 when leading in attack percentageˇ? 1-14 when trailing in attack percentage.

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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 510 total stuffs, Lamb is now second all-time in school history, as she recently passed Charita Johnson (506, 1991-94) for the No. 2 spot.? Her current career average of 1.34 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 510 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 23 blocks from breaking the 18-year-old school record of 532 career blocks held Kelly Waage. ?Lamb also needs 18 more blocks to pass her career-high for blocks in a season of 169 which she set last season.? She currently has 142 blocks this season.

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Against Washington on Nov. 1, Lamb posted three block assists in the match to break the 18-year-old Arizona career block assists record (436), and is now first all-time in school history with 449 career block assists and counting.? Lamb notched two block assists in the first game to pass the former record.? Waage ended her career at Arizona in 1989, and her school record of 436 block assists stood for 18 years until Thursday night.? Against Arizona and Colorado State, Lamb combined for nine block assists.

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So far on the season, Lamb is third on the squad with a 2.43 kills per game average, while hitting .277 (228-88-506).? She is also averaging a team-high 1.51 blocks per game, which is the second-best mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in 15 of the Wildcatsˇ? 27 matches this season.

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Still Going:

Senior Dominique Lamb has enjoyed a stellar career at Arizona, and will go down as one of the most consistent Wildcats in school history.? Not only is she a beast at the net, she has been a regular in the Arizona lineup the last four seasons.? Lamb has played in 114 career matches, and at the rate she has been going will rank sixth all-time with 118 matches played as a Wildcat.? Lambˇ?s most impressive feat is her current streak of 325 consecutive games played, which ranks fifth all-time at Arizona (in the Dave Rubio era).? Lamb has not missed a game since playing in just one of three games against Stanford on Nov. 27, 2004.

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She Is Goodenough:

Junior Randy Goodenough has proven that she is indeed good enough to carry this Wildcat club on the offensive end.??So far on the year, Goodenough leads the Wildcats with a 3.81 kills per game average, ranks third on the team with a 1.01 blocks per game average, and is third on the team with a 2.39 digs per game average.?

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In 27 matches this season, Goodenough has led the team in kills 15 times, and has posted double figures in kills 21 times.

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Double the Pleasure:

Randy Goodenough is becoming a double-double machine on the offensive end.??So far this season, Goodenough has posted a team-best 12 double-doubles, including doubling up in four of the last eight matches.

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Picking up the Workload:

Randy Goodenough has been looked upon this season to pick up the offensive workload and she has stepped up to the challenge.??In two seasons prior to 2007, the Coronado, Calif., native owned career totals of 198 kills, 621 attacks and 114 digs.? She has already more than matched those numbers in this season alone as she has posted 354 kills on 948 attacks and 222 digs through 27 matches.? She also has 94 blocks so far this year, two more than the 92 she owned in her career before this season.

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Set ˇ®Um Up:

Freshman Paige Weber has become the stable force that drives the Arizona offense.? The Indianapolis, Ind., native has started every match for Arizona, registering 1,153 assists for a 12.27 assists per game average, the seventh-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 82.8 percent (1153-1392) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.36 service aces per game average.

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Weber is averaging 12.16 assists, and 1.82 digs per game in Pac-10 play.

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At Oregon State (Oct. 26), Weber posted a season-high in Pac-10 play with 55 assists, and also had a career-high four service aces to go with nine digs.? Against Arizona State last week, Weber finished with 48 assists and nine digs.

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1,000 and Counting:

Paige Weber collected her 1,000th assist on the season against Washington on Nov. 1, which was her 24th career match as a Wildcat.? As a freshman in 1998, Arizonaˇ?s all-time assist leader Dana Burkholder posted her 1,000th assist in her 22nd match as a Wildcat, finishing with 1,346 assists for a 12.46 apg average.? Weber only needs 193 assists to smash Burkholderˇ?s freshman school record.

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T.O. Stepping Up:

Freshman Tiffany Owens has been a solid force offensively for Arizona at the outside hitter position and it seems that she is getting better and better as the season goes on.? So far on the year, Owens is second on the team with a 3.37 kills per game average, including a team-high 3.86 kills per game mark in Pac-10 play.? The San Bernardino, Calif., native has also posted double-figures in kills 17 times this season.

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In the last eight matches, Owens has been on fire.? Against the Stanford (10/18), Owens finished with 11 kills on. 409 hitting (11-2-22), to go with had six digs and three blocks.? Against California (10/19), Owens had her best match of the season, posting a then-career-high 17 kills and a career-best six blocks.

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On the Oregon road trip, Owens topped those performances by finishing with a team-high 16 kills on .324 hitting (16-5-34) at Oregon (10/25), and a career-high 25 kills on a career-high 61 attempts (.246 hitting, 25-10-61) against Oregon State (10/26).? She was one kill shy of matching Randy Goodenoughˇ?s team-best 26 kills on the season.

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Against Washington (11/1), Owens finished with a team-high 19 kills, and posted 11 kills on .348 hitting (11-3-23) against Washington State (11/2).

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Against Arizona State, Owens tied a career-high 25 kills in just three games, hitting .435 (25-5-46) against the Sun Devils, which was good for an absurd 8.33 kills per game average.? She followed that performance up with her first career double-double with a team-high 12 kills and a career-best 10 digs.

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In the last eight matches, Owens is averaging a team-best 4.86 kills per game on .265 hitting (136-51-321), finishing with double figures in kills in each match.? Owens has also led the team in kills in five of the last six matches.

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25 in 3:

Owens has posted 25 kills in two matches so far this season, once at Oregon State in five games and against Arizona State in three games.? Just how hard is it to post 20 or more kills in three games?? Well, that feat hasnˇ?t been accomplished since Kim Glass did it as a senior in 2005, finishing with 24 kills on .367 hitting (24-6-49) against the Sun Devils (Nov. 4).

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Sheˇ?s Back:

Sophomore Alanna Resch returned to her digging ways this past week against ASU and Colorado State.? The San Diego, Calif., native posted 12 digs against Arizona State and a team-high 19 digs against Colorado State.? Since moving to the back row (vs. Kentucky, 9/7), Resch is averaging 4.03 digs per game, and has posted double figures in digs in 14 of those 20 matches.? On the season, Resch leads the team with a 3.67 digs per game average, the ninth-best mark in the Pac-10, and has posted 20 or more digs in a match five different times, finishing with 19 digs twice.? At Oregon State (Oct. 26), Resch finished with a career-best 28 digs.? She has led the team in digs in 13 of the last 17 matches, averaging 4.19 digs a game over that span.? In Pac-10 play, Resch is averaging 3.86 digs a game.

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Leonard Still Can Dig It:

Junior Brittany Leonard, Arizonaˇ?s dig record holder in a few categories, has shown she can still dig it with the best of them in her recent move back to libero.? Against Washington (11/1), the San Jose, Calif., native posted a then-season-high 12 digs, and then notched 10 digs against Washington State (11/2).? She also finished with a team-best and season-high 13 digs against ASU.? Leonard has posted 12 or more digs on five different occasions this season, and double-figures in digs six times for a season average of 1.84 digs per game.? She is averaging 2.10 digs per game in Pac-10 play and has registered double figures in digs in the four of the last five matches.

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Nice Work:

Junior Audrey Bockerstette saw career-high action against No. 18 Colorado State on Friday.? The Tucson native posted a career-best seven digs and a service ace against the Rams in three games.

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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 304-172 record (.639) 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 426-238 (.642) career record.

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Up Next:

The Wildcats will return home to close out the regular season by hosting No. 8 USC on Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., and No. 10 UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.

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