THIS WEEK: The No. 12 Arizona volleyball team (11-2, 3-1) travels to Tempe, Ariz., for a 7 p.m. match at instate rival Arizona State (6-8, 1-3) this Friday, Oct. 7. The match will air on tape delay at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, on FSN Arizona.
A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: Arizona swept past Washington State (37-35, 30-22, 30-15) last Friday before falling in three games (23-30, 17-30, 19-30) at No. 2 Washington on Saturday.
On the season, the Wildcats are led by senior Kim Glass, who averages 4.55 kills, 3.12 digs and 0.86 blocks per game. Senior Jennifer Abernathy adds 4.12 kills, 3.17 digs and 0.40 service aces per game, while senior Bre Ladd averages 2.36 kills and 1.07 blocks per game. Sophomore Dominique Lamb leads the team with 1.19 blocks per game, while freshman Brittany Leonard has a team-high 3.68 digs per game average. Setter Amy Dyck is averaging 10.49 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: The Sun Devils went 0-2 last week, falling at No. 2 Washington (17-30, 18-30, 14-30) and Washington State (30-28, 28-30, 30-32, 16-30).
Arizona State is led on the season by Margie Giordano, who averages 3.02 kills and 2.68 digs per game. Sydney Donahue averages a Pac-10-leading 6.50 digs per game. As a team, the Sun Devils are hitting .227, compared to the .205 of their opponents.
SERIES SHORTS: Arizona is 34-33 all-time against the Sun Devils. The last time the two teams met, on Nov. 19, 2004, the Wildcats swept Arizona State 3-0 in Tempe. Arizona is 17-12 at home, 12-19 away and 5-2 at a neutral site vs. the Sun Devils.
POLL POSITION: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 108 of the last 117 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred during the 2003 season.
RANKING IN THE PAC: Individually, several Wildcats rank in the Top 10 in the conference in various statistical categories. Senior Kim Glass ranks second in points per game (5.48), third in kills per game (4.55) and ninth in service aces per game (0.36). Senior Bre Ladd is sixth in both hitting percentage (.395) and service aces per game (0.40). Senior Jennifer Abernathy ranks sixth in service aces per game (0.40), ninth in kills per game (4.12) and 10th in points per game (4.81). Sophomore Dominique Lamb ranks eighth in blocks per game (1.19) and 10th in hitting percentage (.350). Sophomore Amy Dyck is sixth in assists per game (10.49), while freshman Brittany Leonard is eighth in digs per game (3.68).
CONFERENCE ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: Arizona boasts several of the Pac-10’s active career statistical leaders. Senior Kim Glass is the current leader in kills (1,717) and ranks second in service aces (133) and fifth in digs (942). Fellow senior Bre Ladd is the leader in blocks (382), ranks third in service aces (97) and sixth in kills (958). Jennifer Abernathy ranks ninth in kills (894), while setter Stephanie Butkus ranks third in assists (2,680).
SWEEPING AWAY AT McKALE: In each of its home matches this season, Arizona has not just come out victorious, but it has swept all five opponents. What’s more, the Wildcats have won each of their home games by an average of seven points.
REACHING MILESTONES: Senior Jennifer Abernathy recorded her 600th career dig at Washington State last Friday. Junior Kristina Baum notched her 150th career block at Washington State last Friday and her 400th career kill at Washington last Saturday. Sophomore Amy Dyck recorded her 500th career assist at Washington last Saturday. Senior Kim Glass tallied her 1,700th career kill and senior Bre Ladd recorded her 950th career kill vs. Washington State last Friday. Sophomore Dominique Lamb notched her 100th career block at Washington State last Friday.
CLOSING IN: Senior Jennifer Abernathy is six kills shy of 900 and three blocks away from 100 on her career, while junior Kristina Baum is seven assists shy of 100 and 13 digs shy of 300 on her career. Sophomore Amy Dyck is 13 digs away from 100 on her career, while junior Stephanie Butkus is three digs shy of 400 on her career. Senior Kim Glass is eight digs away from 950 on her career, while senior Bre Ladd is three service aces away from 100 and 18 blocks shy of 400 on her career.
THREE WILDCATS COULD SURPASS 1,000 KILLS: With senior Kim Glass well on her way to the Arizona career kills record, two other seniors, Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy should surpass the 1,000-kill mark this season. Ladd currently has 958 kills, while Abernathy has 894. With 14 matches left this season, it looks as if Arizona will have three active players with 1,000 or more kills on their careers at some point this season.
GLASS’ STREAKS: Senior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 95 of the 97 matches on her career. She has recorded double-digit kills in all but 10 (87 of 97) matches during her four years. In fact, she’s the only player in the Pac-10 to have 10 or more kills in every match this season. With 1,717 career kills, she is 142 away from the school record, currently held by Barb Bell (1993-96).
BLOCKING MACHINE: Senior Bre Ladd has been a consistent defensive threat at the net ever since she arrived on campus in the fall of 2002. She has at least one block in 102 of 107 career matches, including 29 of 33 last season and all 13 matches this season. What’s more, the Tucson native currently has 382 total blocks on her career, good for fourth place all-time at Arizona.
RUBIO BECOMES ALL-TIME WINS LEADER: With the Wildcats’ victory over Connecticut on Sept. 16, Head Coach Dave Rubio notched his 259th career win at Arizona, making him the all-time winningest coach in Arizona volleyball history. The win moved him ahead of Rosie Wegrich, who coached from 1977-1991 and compiled a 258-229-9 record (.531) in 15 seasons. Rubio now boasts a career record of 264-137 (.658) in 14 years at the helm.
STACKED SCHEDULE: As always, Arizona faces a tough schedule in 2005. Included on the slate are 14 matches against teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will also face seven teams (Stanford, Washington, USC, UCLA, Georgia Tech, California and UC Santa Barbara) that were ranked in the preseason Top 25 in the AVCA/CSTV Coaches Poll.
TELEVISION TIME: Two of Arizona’s matches this season will be televised on a tape-delay basis on FSN. The Wildcats’ Oct. 7 match at Arizona State (which will air on Oct. 9) and the team’s home match on Nov. 18 vs. USC (which will air on Nov. 19) can be seen by a national audience on FSN.
PAC-10 POTPOURRI: With Stanford capturing the NCAA title last season, the Pac-10 has now won four consecutive national championships (Stanford in 2004 and 2001, USC in 2003 and 2002). What’s more, Pac-10 teams have claimed 12 of the sport’s 24 NCAA championships.
UP NEXT: Arizona hosts No. 3 Stanford and No. 13 California next Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13-14, at McKale. Both matches start at 7 p.m.