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20070904 9-4-2007 Arizona at Regency Classic Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/04/2007
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This Week:

The Arizona volleyball team extends its road swing with a trip to Atlanta for the Regency Suites Classic Friday-Saturday, Sept. 7-8, hosted by Georgia Tech.? The Wildcats will take on Kentucky on Friday at 12 p.m. (EST), and Georgia Tech (10:30 a.m. EST) and Western Carolina (5:30 p.m. EST) on Saturday.? The complete Tournament schedule is as follows:

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Friday, Sept. 7 ????????? Georgia Tech vs. Western Carolina???? ??????? 10 a.m.

???????????????????????????????? Kentucky vs. Arizona??????????????????????????????? 12 p.m.

???????????????????????????????? Georgia vs. Western Carolina???????????????????? 2:30 p.m.

???????????????????????????????? Georgia vs. Georgia Tech?????????????????????????? 8 p.m.

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Saturday, Sept. 8 ????? Kentucky vs. Western Carolina?????????? ??????? 9 a.m.

???????????????????????????????? Georgia Tech vs. Arizona?????????????????????????? 10:30 a.m.

???????????????????????????????? Arizona vs. Western Carolina???????????????????? 5:30 p.m.

??????????????? ???????????????? Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky??????????????????????? 8 p.m.

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Live Stats:

Live statistics will be available for all of the matches of the Regency Suites Classic this weekend.? Please visit Georgia Techˇ?s official athletic website at www.ramblinwreck.com to access Game Trackerˇ?s live stats.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the weekend with a 4-2 overall record after posting a 2-1 mark at the Asics Classic in Malibu, Calif., this past weekend.? The Wildcats notched wins against Lipscomb and Nevada before falling to host Pepperdine in three games on Saturday.? So far on the season, Arizona is hitting .194 as a team (299-138-828), while averaging 14.24 kills, 16.00 digs, and 3.52 blocks per game.? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .152 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 4.00 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.76 kills and 1.62 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 11.76 assists per game.

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Asics Classic Recap:

Arizona made its first road trip of the 2007 season with a trip to Malibu, Calif., to participate in the Asics Classic hosted by Pepperdine.? The Wildcats opened the weekend with a win over Lipscomb in four games, led by junior Randy Goodenoughˇ?s 15 kills and 14 digs.? On Saturday, the UA earned its third sweep of the season with a win over Nevada, but was swept by Pepperdine in the tournament finale Saturday night.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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Kentucky ?C The Wildcats from Lexington, Ky., enter the week with a 6-1 overall record.? UK is riding on a five-match win streak entering Tuesday nightˇ?s matchup at home with Eastern Kentucky.? The Wildcats are led by senior Nicole Britenrikerˇ?s 4.04 kills per game and 1.58 blocks per game average.? As a team, UK hits .255 (371-138-912) and averages 15.46 kills, 16.62 digs and 3.50 blocks per game.? Head coach Craig Skinner is in his third season at the helm of the Kentucky program, and led the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

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Georgia Tech ?C The Yellow Jackets enter the week with a 2-1 mark after taking last week off from competition.? Georgia Tech opened the season at the Arkansas Invitational and posted wins over Pittsburgh and Arkansas, before losing to Pepperdine in four games.? GT takes on Western Carolina and Georgia on Friday before facing the Wildcats on Saturday morning.? As a team, the Yellow Jackets hit .205 (172-82-440) and average 14.33 kills, 13.33 digs and 2.25 blocks per game.? Individually for GT, junior Talisa Kellogg leads the team with a 3.42 kills per game average, and senior Ulrike Stegemann adds 3.00 kills per game.? Head coach Bond Shymansky is in his six season at the helm of the Ramblinˇ? Wreck.

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Western Carolina ?C The Western Carolina Catamounts of Cullowhee, N.C., enter this week with a 3-3 overall record, but are riding a three-match winning streak.? The Catamounts will take on Georgia Tech, Georgia, and Kentucky before playing the Wildcats on Saturday night.? As a team, WCU hits .176 (243-120-697) and averages 12.8 kills, 13.7 digs, and 1.8 blocks per game.? Freshman Ali Rook leads the team with a 2.84 kills per game average.? Head coach Stephanie Dragan is in her third year at the helm of the Catamount program.

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Series History:

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Kentucky ?C Fridayˇ?s matchup will be the second all-time between Kentucky and Arizona on the hardwood.? Kentucky won the previous matchup between the Wildcats with a sweep back on Sept. 13, 1991 in Palos Heights, Ill.

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Georgia Tech ?C Saturdayˇ?s matchup will be the second all-time between Georgia Tech and Arizona, with the Wildcats owning the only win in the series.? The then No. 20-ranked Yellow Jackets traveled to Tucson for the Wildcat Classic on Sept. 2, 2005 and were swept by the Wildcats in McKale Center.

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Western Carolina ?C Saturdayˇ?s matchup between Arizona and Western Carolina will be the first between the two schools.

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4-2 = Record Rarity:

Arizona is off to a respectable 4-2 record so far on the season which comes worth noting.? Since 1977, the Wildcats have posted 4-2 records after the first six matches only twice.? Arizona opened the 1983 season at 4-2, and only once under head coach Dave Rubio in 2004.?

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September Summations:

In 16 seasons under head coach Dave Rubio, Arizona is 118-49 (.707) in the month of September.? Arizona is 1-1 so far this season in the month with a win over Nevada and a loss to Pepperdine.? The Wildcatsˇ? top record in September under Rubio is 12-1, which happened in 2000.? Arizona has achieved an 11-1 record in the month of September twice (1998, 2005).

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Alarm Clock Check:

The Wildcats might want to pack an extra alarm clock this weekend for their trip to Atlanta to combat the switch over to Eastern Standard Time.? The Wildcats play two early matches in the Regency Suites Classic, one on Friday at 12 p.m. EST, and one on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. EST.? That means the Cats will get things going when Tucson will still be eating breakfast at 9 a.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.?

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Never Say Die:

Even more impressive than Arizonaˇ?s sweep over Nevada on Saturday might have been the Wildcatsˇ? game one comeback against the Wolf Pack.? The Wildcats trailed Nevada almost the entire game, and the Wolf Pack put the UA on the verge of a game one loss with a 29-24 advantage.? But Arizona battled back, using a 6-0 scoring run to take a 30-29 lead.? The teams then traded points until Arizona put it away on a kill by senior Dominique Lamb and a Nevada hitting error for a 34-32 win.

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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 402 total stuffs, Lamb is now fifth all-time at Arizona, and 14 blocks away from passing Marisa DaLee (1997-2000) and her 415 career blocks for fourth all-time. Her current career average of 1.31 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 402 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 131 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 2.76 kills per game average, while hitting .239.? She is also averaging a team-high 1.62 blocks per game, which is the fifth-best mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in five of the Wildcatsˇ? six matches this season.

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She Is Goodenough:

Junior Randy Goodenough has been an offensive force for the Wildcats on the early season.? After earning Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic All-Tournament honors in the opening weekend, the Coronado, Calif., native followed that performance up with Asics-Classic All-Tournament honors this past weekend.? At the Asics Classic, Goodenough averaged a team-best 3.70 kills per game, 3.00 digs per game, and 1.30 blocks per game in three matches.? Goodenough posted double-figures in kills in all three matches, including 15 kills to go with 14 digs against Lipscomb for her second double-double of the season.

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So far this season, Goodenough is averaging a tem-high 4.00 kills per game, the sixth best mark in the Pac-10, while averaging 2.70 digs and 1.25 blocks per game.

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Can You Dig It?:

Senior Katie Jackels has continued her historic digging ways through the first six matches of the season, as her 4.62 digs per game average is the fifth-best mark in the Pac-10.? After setting a new school record with 37 digs against Saint Maryˇ?s on Aug. 25, Jackels followed that performance up with 20 digs against Lipscomb and 12 digs against Nevada.? Her total of 57 digs through those two matches is the highest mark in Arizona history, and her 69 digs over the course of those three matches is also the highest mark in Arizona history.?

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The previous Arizona record for digs over two matches was 51 set by Kiyomi Morino in 1986, and junior Brittany Leonard in 2005.? The previous Arizona record for digs over three matches was 65 set by Leonard in 2005 as well.?

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Norton at the Net:

Sophomore Jacy Norton has become a model of consistency for Arizona on the front line.? So far this season, Norton is averaging 1.76 kills per game with a team-best .384 hitting percentage.? She is also second on the team with a 1.38 blocks per game mark, the seventh-best mark in the Pac-10.? Through six matches, Norton has posted four or more kills four times and four or more blocks five times.

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Set ˇ®Um Up:

Freshman Paige Weber has started her career at Arizona off in impressive fashion, earning Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic All-Tournament honors and Asics Classic All-Tournament honors through the first six matches of her career.? The Indianapolis, Ind., native has started each of the six matches for Arizona, registering 247 assists over that span for an 11.76 assists per game average, the fifth-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 82.6 percent (247-299) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.48 service aces per game average.

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Fresh Frosh:

Freshman Tiffany Owens has also started off her career at Arizona off in impressive fashion.? Through her first six matches, Owens is third on the team with a 2.42 kills per game average.? On Friday against Lipscomb, the San Bernardino, Calif., native tied a season high with 13 kills.? Owens also averages 1.84 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 295-160 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 417-226 (.648) career record.

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Pac-10 Active Leaders:

Senior Dominique Lamb ranks first among active players in the Pac-10 in blocks with 402, while senior Amy Dyck is fifth in assists with 1,412.

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Up Next:

Arizona returns home to host the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Invitational Friday-Saturday, Sept. 14-15 in McKale Center.? Arizona will face Cal State Bakersfield (10 a.m.) and UC Irvine (7 p.m.) on Friday, and Davidson on Saturday (12 p.m.).

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