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011-5-2007 Arizona vs. ASU, CSU Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/05/2007
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T his Week:

The Arizona volleyball team (13-12, 3-10 Pac-10) continues the second half of its four-match home stand while trying to put some more Ws in the column for a run at a postseason berth.? The Wildcats host archrival Arizona State (14-12, 6-7 Pac-10) on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and No. 18 Colorado State (17-5, 10-2 Mountain West) in a nonconference match on Friday, Nov. 9.? Both matches are set for 7 p.m. first serves in McKale Center.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the week with a 13-12 overall record and a 3-10 mark in the Pac-10, looking start a winning streak of its own after snapping a season-long seven match losing skid on Friday against Washington State.? So far this season, Arizona is hitting .219 as a team (1296-560-3368), while averaging 14.73 kills, 15.57 digs, and 3.04 blocks per game (third in the Pac-10).? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .183 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 3.92 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.40 kills and 1.51 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.20 assists per game, and freshman Tiffany Owens is averaging 3.17 kills per game.

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Washington , Washington State Recap:

Arizona opened its four-match home stand on Thursday against No. 4 Washington, falling to the Huskies in three.? The Wildcats busted out the brooms on Friday night, sweeping the Cougars to end a seven-match losing skid.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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Arizona State ?C The Arizona State Sun Devils enter Wednesdayˇ?s match with a 14-12 overall record and a 6-7 mark in the Pac-10.? The Sun Devils have been on a bit of a hot streak, winning five of their last eight Pac-10 matches, including three of their last four.? ASU is 4-4 on the road so far this season.? As a team, the Sun Devils hit .219 (1478-625-3887) from the floor, and average 15.89 kills, 16.25 digs and 2.40 blocks per game.? Individually for ASU, freshman Sarah Reaves leads the way with a 4.34 kill per game average, and junior Margie Giordano adds 3.57 kills per game.? Senior Sidney Donahue, the Pac-10ˇ?s all-time digs leader, is a digs machine and averages a conference-best 6.17 digs per game.? Head coach Brad Saindon is in his fifth season at the helm of the Sun Devils program.

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Colorado State ?C The No. 18 Colorado State Rams enter the week with a 17-5 overall record and a 10-2 first-place mark in the Mountain West.? CSU will play at Wyoming on Wednesday.? After starting the season 0-3, the Rams have won 17 of the last 19, including 10 of the last 11.? CSU is 5-3 on the road so far this season.? The Rams hit .280 from the floor (1363-468-3194) and average 17.30 kills per game, 14.40 digs per game and 3.50 blocks per game.? Individually for CSU, junior Jaime Strauss leads the team with a 4.22 kills per game average, and junior Mekana Barnes adds 4.03 kills per game.? Head coach Tom Hilbert is in 11th season at the helm of the CSU program.

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Series History:

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Arizona State ?C Wednesdayˇ?s match will mark the 73rd match in the all-time series between the two schools. Arizona is now tied with ASU 36-36 in the all-time series that dates back to 1977. The Wildcats had won five straight matches against the Sun Devils, and 11 of the last 13, before dropping the last three-straight to ASU. The Sun Devils swept Arizona on Oct. 12. ?Last year, ASU swept the season series from Arizona, the Sun Devilsˇ? first season-sweep of the Wildcats since 1995. Head coach Dave Rubio is 17-15 all-time against Arizona State.

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Colorado State ?C Fridayˇ?s match will mark the 16th meeting between Arizona and Colorado State on the court with the Wildcats holding an 8-7 series advantage.? The Wildcats and the Rams have not played since Nov. 24, 2000, a 3-1 loss for the Wildcats to the No. 6-ranked Rams.

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Spank Sparky:

Arizona needs to beat ASU on Wednesday not only for a little payback from suffering a sweep on Oct. 12, but to prevent something that hasnˇ?t happened in 12 years.? Arizona has not been swept by Arizona State in back-to-back years since 1994-95.

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CSU Who?:

No, Colorado State didnˇ?t join the Pac-10 Conference, the Wildcats are just dipping back into their nonconference schedule one more time before the home stretch of the season.? Wednesdayˇ?s match will be Arizonaˇ?s latest nonconference match since facing UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 29, 2003 (a 0-3 loss for the Wildcats in Santa Barbara, Calif.).? Hopefully the Wildcats can continue their nonconference success against the Rams as Arizona owns a 10-2 record versus non-Pac-10 teams this season.

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In The Pac-10:

If Arizona is to improve upon its 3-10 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 .195 from the floor, while averaging 14.30 kills and 2.52 blocks per game, and giving up a .232 hitting percentage to opponents, numbers all down from the Wildcatsˇ? hot start to the season.

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Chipping Away:

Despite Arizonaˇ?s Pac-10 struggles, the Wildcats had a solid week against the Washington schools.? As a team, Arizona hit .274 (90-28-226) from the floor in the two matches, while limiting Washington and Washington State to a combined .198 mark (80-36-222).? The Wildcats also averaged 15.00 kills per game in the two matches.? Against Washington State, Arizona hit a Pac-10 season high .362 (48-10-105), posting a mark of .300 or better for the first time in 15 matches.? That percentage was powered by a .581 hitting percentage (19-1-31) against the Cougars in game three.? Arizona increased its attack percentage four percentage points this past week.

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Snap This:

Arizona snapped its season-long seven match losing streak against the same team it beat before the skid started.? The Wildcats dropped Washington State in four games on Oct. 4, and went winless until sweeping the Cougars last Friday, a span of 29 days.

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UAˇ?s seven-match skid was the longest for the program since enduring a six-match losing streak and a seven-match skid last season.? Since head coach Dave Rubio arrived to Arizona in 1992, the Wildcats have endured losing streaks of five or more consecutive matches just six times, three coming in the last two seasons.

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Rank This:

Another ranked team, No. 18 Colorado State, 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 0-8 against ranked teams, losing to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 21/16 Oregon (twice), No. 8/4 Washington (twice), No. 3 Stanford, and No. 9 California.? Over the last two seasons, the Wildcats are 2-17 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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Home Cookˇ?n:

There ainˇ?t nothing better than home cooking, and the Wildcats are hungry to expand on their 7-5 record in McKale Center.? Arizona plays the last half of its four-match home stand this week, and will play four of its final six matches of the season in the friendly confines of McKale Center.

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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 25 matches thus far, Arizona has posted double-figures in blocks 15 times.? As a squad, Arizona averages 3.04 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? 0-9 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? 1-12 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 501 total stuffs, Lamb is now third all-time in school history, as she passed Bre Ladd (466) for the No. 3 spot.? Lamb needs 5 more blocks to tie Charita Johnson (506, 1991-94) for second all-time .? Her current career average of 1.34 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 501 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 32 blocks from breaking the 18-year-old school record of 532 career blocks held Kelly Waage.

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This past week against Washington, 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 438 career block assists.? 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.

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So far on the season, Lamb is third on the squad with a 2.40 kills per game average, while hitting .275 (211-83-466).? 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 14 of the Wildcatsˇ? 25 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 112 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 319 consecutive games played, which ranks fifth all-time at Arizona, as she passed Jill Talbot (1999-2001, 295) for the spot.? 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 3.92 kills per game average, the 10th-best mark in the Pac-10, ranks third on the team with a 1.03 blocks per game average, and is third on the team with a 2.49 digs per game average.?

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In 25 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.??This past week, the Coronado, Calif., native posted her team-best 12th double-double of the season against Washington State, and has now posted a double-double in four of the last six matches.? Against the Cougars, Goodenough finished with 16 kills on a season-best .452 hitting (16-2-31) and 12 digs to go with two blocks.

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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 341 kills on 905 attacks and 217 digs through 25 matches.? She also has 90 blocks so far this year, only 2 off of 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 1,074 assists for a 12.20 assists per game average, the sixth-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 82.9 percent (1074-1296) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.36 service aces per game average.

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Weber is averaging 11.91 assists, and 1.74 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.

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1,000 and Counting:

Paige Weber collected her 1,000th assist on the season against Washington on Thursday, 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.

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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 3.17 kills per game average, including a team-high 3.57 kills per game mark in Pac-10 play.? The San Bernardino, Calif., native has also posted double-figures in kills 15 times this season.

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In the last six 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, Owens finished with a team-high 19 kills, and posted 11 kills on .348 hitting (11-3-23) against Washington State.

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In the last six matches, Owens is averaging a team-best 4.50 kills per game, finishing with double figures in kills in each match.

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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, the San Jose, Calif., native posted a season-high 12 digs, and then notched 10 digs against Washington State.? She has posted 12 digs on four different occasions this season, and double-figures in digs five times for a season average of 1.74 digs per game.? She is averaging 1.96 digs per game in Pac-10 play and has registered double figures in digs in the last three-straight matches.

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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 304-170 record (.641) 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 426-236 (.644) career record.

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Up Next:

The Wildcats will travel to the Bay Area to face No. 9 California on Friday, Nov. 16, and No. 5 Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

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