Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcat Volleyball Notes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Arizona State (6-4, 2-2) vs. #14 Arizona (9-3, 3-1)
Oct. 1, 1999
Match #13

THIS WEEK: No. 14 Arizona (9-3, 3-1) returns home to take on cross-state rival Arizona State (6-4, 2-2) in the Cats' only match of the week. Though the Wildcats own a five-match winning streak in the series, seven of the last eight contests between the two schools have gone five games. The traveling partners are coming off the Los Angeles trip which UA split, while ASU was swept.

WILDCAT NOTES: Arizona is off to a 3-1 start in Pac-10 play for the fifth time (1993, '94, '97, '98). With a win Friday, the Cats would match 1993 and '98 for their best five-match league start ever ... Arizona's win at USC (9/25) was David Rubio's first road victory against the Trojans after seven defeats ... Lisa Rutledge's 22 kills at USC were the most by a Wildcat since Keisha Johnson's 25 at OSU (11/16/97) ... The Cats' sweep of Oregon (9/17) marked the sixth time they had held a Pac-10 opponent below a .100 hitting percentage in each game of a match ... The Cats' 21 blocks vs. Santa Clara (9/3) are a Pac-10 season-high ... Arizona has won 24 straight matches in which it has won the first game ... Raelene Elam posted her career-best hitting percentage mark (.556) vs. Oregon (9/17) ... The 3,874 people in attendance at the Arizona-Nebraska match (9/11) marked the sixth-largest crowd ever to see a Wildcat volleyball contest ... Marisa DaLee came within one dig of posting Arizona's 18th triple-double vs. Santa Clara (9/3), and her 11 block assists tied her for third on the Cats' single-match list ... Shannon Torregrosa became the first Arizona freshman ever to post a double-double in her collegiate debut at UTEP (9/1) ... She is also only the fifth Wildcat freshman ever to start her first match under David Rubio ... Seven of the Cats' 1999 opponents were ranked in the AVCA preseason poll, including three of the top four (No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Nebraska, No. 4 Hawaii).


DaLEE PASSES ALDRICH: Junior middle blocker Marisa DaLee passed the 1,000-attempt plateau for her career at Nebraska (9/11), qualifying her for Arizona's hitting percentage leaders list. Her career mark of .364 easily bests former teammate Erin Aldrich's (1996-97) previous standard of .300. Here are Arizona's career hitting percentage leaders:

    Player               Years    Pct.
1.  Marisa DaLee         1997-99  .364
2.  Erin Aldrich         1996-97  .300
3.  Melissa McLinden     1982-85  .289
4.  Caren Kemner         1983-84  .256
5.  Stephanie Murry      1984-87  .248

SERVING SUCCESS: Senior outside hitter Raelene Elam became the fifth player in Wildcat history to pass the 100-service ace mark with a team season-high four vs. Oregon State (9/16). Here are Arizona's career leaders:

   Player            Years    Aces
1. Kiyomi Morino     1984-87  160
2. Terry Lauchner    1987-90  154
3. Brooke Saunders   1981-84  116
4. Laura Bartsch     1992-95  104
5. Raelene Elam      1996-99  102

HEAD COACH DAVID RUBIO: David Rubio (Cal State Northridge '82) is in his eighth season as head coach of the Cats and his 13th year overall. He is 132-79 (.626) with Arizona and 252-144 (.636) overall. Arizona's win vs. Oregon State (9/16) was the 250th of his career.

ARIZONA VS. ASU: The Cats and Sun Devils will be meeting for the 56th time, with ASU leading the series, 30-25 ... In matches played in Tucson, Arizona leads, 12-10 ... The Cats are 8-18 vs. ASU in Pac-10 play, 5-8 at home ... Head coach David Rubio is 6-9 vs. the Sun Devils (5-9 in regular-season play), 3-4 in Tucson (2-4 in regular-season action) ... The Cats have won five consecutive matches from Arizona State ... Seven of the last eight contests between these two schools have gone five games.

Five-Match Winning Streak vs. Arizona State
Date       Site  W/L  Results Scores
11/8/96    H     W    3-2     15-8, 15-11, 8-15, 9-15, 15-10
9/26/97    H     W    3-2     7-15, 9-15, 15-2, 16-14, 15-9
10/24/97   A     W    3-1     15-7, 6-15, 17-15, 15-5
10/16/98   A     W    3-2     15-9, 9-15, 14-16, 15-13, 15-9
11/13/98   H     W    3-2     16-14, 10-15, 15-6, 15-17, 15-7
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