THIS WEEK: The No. 22 Arizona volleyball team (16-9, 8-7) travels to instate rival Arizona State (10-14, 5-10) for a 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19. The match will be aired on tape replay at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, on FSN, leading into the telecast of the UA men’s basketball game at Virginia, which airs that day at 3 p.m.
A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats went 1-1 last week, falling to No. 1 Washington in three games (20-30, 27-30, 23-30) before sweeping (30-17, 30-19, 30-28) Washington State.
On the season, Arizona is led by junior Kim Glass, who averages 4.69 kills and 3.04 digs per game. Sophomore Meghan Cumpston adds 3.79 kills and 2.33 digs per game, while junior Jennifer Abernathy averages 3.58 kills and 2.20 digs per game. Setter Stephanie Butkus is averaging 12.24 assists per game, while libero Kelli Mulvany averages 3.38 digs per game.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: The Sun Devils also went 1-1 last weekend, defeating Washington State in three games (30-27, 30-22, 31-29) before being swept (28-30, 17-30, 23-30) by No. 1 and undefeated Washington.
Arizona State is led by Nicole Morton, who averages 3.59 kills per game. Colette Meek boasts a team-high 1.26 blocks per game average, while setter Rachel Mittelstaedt dishes out 10.63 assists per game. Sydney Donahue leads the team in digs with 4.52 per game.
SERIES SHORTS: Arizona is 33-33 all-time against the Sun Devils. The last time the two teams met, on Oct. 22, the Wildcats swept Arizona State 3-0 in Tucson. Arizona is 17-12 at home, 11-19 away and 5-2 at a neutral site vs. the Sun Devils.
RUBIO RECORDS 250TH WIN AT ARIZONA: With the Wildcats’ win over Washington State last Friday, Head Coach David Rubio recorded his 250th win at Arizona. The 13-year coach is now 250-133 (.653) at Arizona and 372-199 (.651) in 18 years as a head coach.
POLL FACTS: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 98 of the last 107 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred last year.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Junior Kim Glass leads the Wildcats with eight double-doubles this season, while junior Jennifer Abernathy has seven. Sophomores Stephanie Butkus and Meghan Cumpston have six and five, respectively. Rounding out the group is junior Bre Ladd with two.
REACHING MILESTONES: Setter Stephanie Butkus reached 2,300 assists last Friday at Washington State, while senior Jolene Killough recorded her 250th career block vs. Washington State last Friday. Junior Bre Ladd tallied her 800th career kill last Thursday at Washington and freshman Dominique Lamb notched her 50th kill at Washington State on Friday.
CLOSING IN: Junior Jennifer Abernathy is 17 digs away from 450 on her career, while setter Stephanie Butkus is four kills away from 150 on her career. Senior Cassidy Crum needs 21 digs to reach 400, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston is six digs away from 200. Freshman Amy Dyck is eight assists away from 100 on her career, while junior Kim Glass is 18 blocks away from 200. Freshman Dominique Lamb is six blocks shy of 50.
RANKING IN THE PAC-10: Sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus ranks third in the Pac-10 in assists per game, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston is eighth in kills. Senior Jolene Killough is second in hitting percentage and eighth in blocks per game. Meanwhile, sophomore Kristina Baum is ninth in hitting percentage and senior Kelli Mulvany is 10th in digs.
In conference matches only, Killough is second in hitting percentage and ranks seventh in blocks. Junior Kim Glass is second in points and kills, and ninth in service aces. Meanwhile, Butkus is third in assists and Mulvany is seventh in digs. Junior Bre Ladd ranks fourth in hitting percentage.
As a team, the Wildcats rank in the top half of the conference in every category but digs.
BUTKUS ENTERS ELITE STATUS: Sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus is just the sixth Wildcat ever to eclipse the 2,000-assist mark. She now has 2,309 on her career, 384 away from fifth place.
GLASS’ STREAKS: Junior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 77 of 79 matches on her career. What’s more, she has recorded double-digit kills in all but nine (70 of 79) matches during her three years. With 1,436 career kills, the junior is just 36 away from third place, currently held by Lisa Rutledge (1999-2002).
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 85 of 89 career matches, including 26 in a row, dating back to last season. What’s more, the Tucson native currently has 321 total blocks on her career, good for 10th place all-time at Arizona and just four away from ninth place, currently held by Barb Bell (1993-96).
MULVANY DIGGING IT UP: Senior Kelli Mulvany has been a steady defensive player for the Wildcats this season. She has reached double-digit digs 17 times on the season and has led the team in digs 15 times, including 12 of the 15 Pac-10 matches. She is currently fourth all-time in career digs at Arizona with (1,137), 10 digs away from third and 19 away from second place.
WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks 20th nationally in home attendance with an average of 1,458 over 10 matches.
RUBIO APPROACHING ARIZONA WINS RECORD: Head Coach David Rubio currently has 250 wins in his 13 seasons at the helm. He needs just nine 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 closes out regular-season play with home matches against California and Stanford next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27. Both matches start at 7 p.m.