Oct. 1, 1999
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