A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The 2005 Wildcat volleyball team went 25-6 on the season, with all six losses coming at the hands of ranked teams. Arizona finished second in the Pac-10 with a 14-4 record, its best conference mark since 2001, and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, where it lost in five games to then-No. 11 Santa Clara.
The Wildcats were led by senior first team All-American Kim Glass, who averaged 5.48 kills, 3.04 digs, 0.80 blocks and 0.39 service aces per game. Senior Jennifer Abernathy, a third team All-American, added 4.11 kills and 3.33 digs per game. Sophomore Dominique Lamb led the team with 1.25 blocks per game and a .334 hitting percentage, while freshman libero Brittany Leonard had a team-high 3.70 digs-per-game average. Setter Amy Dyck averaged 11.84 assists per game.
As a team, Arizona out-hit its opponents .269 to .178. The Wildcats also averaged better than their opponents in kills (16.44 to 13.75), assists (15.11 to 12.51), digs (15.63 to 14.30) and blocks (2.99 to 1.92).
RUBIO NOTCHES 400TH CAREER WIN: In his team’s win over Ohio on Dec. 9, Head Coach David Rubio notched his 400th career victory. In 19 years as a head coach, Rubio has compiled a 400-207 (.659) record. He is 278-141 (.663) at Arizona and was 122-66 (.649) at Cal State Bakersfield from 1987-1991.
SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS: Several Wildcats ranked in the Top 10 in the Arizona single season record books in 2005. Senior Kim Glass ranked tied for first in 10+ kill matches (31), second in kills (625), kills per game (5.48) and total attempts (1,508), tied for second in 20+ kill matches (14), tied for ninth in service aces (44), and tied for 10th in both digs (347) and service aces per game (0.39). Senior Jennifer Abernathy was second in digs (380), fourth in 10+ kill matches (27), seventh in kills (468), attempts (1,143) and digs per game (3.33), and 10th in kills per game (4.11). Sophomore Dominique Lamb was second in block assists (130) and fifth in total blocks (143), while setter Amy Dyck ranked eighth in assists (1,279) and 10th in assists per game (11.84). Freshman Brittany Leonard set the record for digs per game (3.70) and ranked eighth in digs (355).
As a team, the 2005 squad ranked second in assists (1,723), third in assists per game (15.11), kills per game (16.44) and hitting percentage (.269), fourth in kills (1,874) and points per game (20.95), fifth in digs (1,782) and points (2,388), sixth in total blocks (341.0) and blocks per game (2.99), eighth in block assists (478), and ninth in digs per game (15.63), attempts (4,431) and block solos (102).
GLASS, ABERNATHY EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Senior outside hitter Kim Glass was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America first team. Meanwhile, fellow senior Jennifer Abernathy was named to the third team. It was the third such honor for Glass (third team in 2003, second team in 2002) and the first for Abernathy. They were the sixth and seventh AVCA All-Americans in Arizona volleyball history.
GLASS, ABERNATHY EARN ALL-REGION HONORS: For the third time in her career, senior outside hitter Kim Glass was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Pacific Region Team. Fellow senior Jennifer Abernathy was an honorable mention selection.
GLASS, ABERNATHY NAMED ALL-PAC-10: Arizona seniors Kim Glass and Jennifer Abernathy were named to the 15-member All-Pacific-10 team. Meanwhile, senior Bre Ladd, junior Kristina Baum and sophomore Dominique Lamb were honorable mention selections, and libero Brittany Leonard was named honorable mention All-Freshman.
BUTKUS, LAMB NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-PAC-10: Junior Stephanie Butkus and sophomore Dominique Lamb were named honorable mention Academic All-Pacific-10. Butkus, a setter, boasts a 3.115 GPA as an engineering management major, while the middle blocker Lamb, a pre-health education major, has a 3.000 GPA.
POLL POSITION: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 118 of the last 127 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Polls, dating back to the 1998 season. The nine-week lapse occurred during the 2003 season.
RANKING IN THE PAC: Individually, several Wildcats ranked in the Top 10 in conference matches in various statistical categories. Senior Kim Glass led the Pac-10 in points per game (6.66) and kills per game (5.78), and ranked third in service aces per game (0.40). Senior Jennifer Abernathy ranked sixth in kills per game (4.13), seventh in points per game (4.85) and eighth in service aces per game (0.36). Sophomore Dominique Lamb ranked fifth in blocks per game (1.28) and seventh in hitting percentage (.318). Sophomore Amy Dyck was second in assists per game (13.18), while freshman Brittany Leonard was eighth in digs per game (3.92).
RANKING NATIONALLY: As a team, Arizona ranked 20th nationally in hitting percentage (.269), 22nd in assists per game (15.11), and 23rd in blocks per game (2.99), kills per game (16.44) and win/loss percentage (.806). Senior Kim Glass ranked sixth in kills per game (5.48).
IN THE ARIZONA RECORDS BOOKS: Senior Kim Glass rewrote the Arizona career record books. She closed out her career ranked first in kills (2,151), kills per game (5.27), 10+ kill matches (105), 20+ kills matches (54), attempts (5,173) and service aces (162), third in digs (1,158), digs per game (2.84) and service aces per game (0.40), fifth in matches started (109) and eighth in block solos (77).
Senior Bre Ladd ranked first in matches played (125), matches started (123), games played (447) and consecutive games played (447), second in block assists (400), third in total blocks (466), fifth in service aces (116) and blocks per game (1.04), sixth in hitting percentage (.305), seventh in service aces per game (0.26), and 10th in kills (1,080) and block solos (66).
Senior Jennifer Abernathy finished her career ranked sixth in kills per game (3.28) and service aces per game (0.27), seventh in 10+ kill matches (64) and 20+ kill matches (10), eighth in kills (1,189) and attempts (2,869) and 10th in service aces (97).
Junior Stephanie Butkus, who missed a large portion of the season with a knee injury, ranked fourth in assist per game (10.59) and fifth in assists (2,775). Junior Kristina Baum ranks ninth in hitting percentage (.277), while sophomore Amy Dyck is 10th in assists (1,373).
GLASS ENTERS PAC-10 ELITE: In the match against UCLA on Nov. 19, senior Kim Glass tallied her 2,000th career kill, making her the first Wildcat and just the fourth Pac-10 player ever to do so. The Pennsylvania native finished her career ranked second all-time in the Pac-10 record books in total attacks (5,173), third in kills (2,151) and kills per game (5.27), tied for fourth in service aces (162) and seventh in service aces per game (0.40).
WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona ranked 17th nationally in attendance with an average of 1,699. Only Washington (2,888) and Stanford (2,133) from the Pac-10 ranked higher.
20-WIN MARK: The Wildcats reached the 20-win plateau this season for the 15th time in program history and the ninth time under Head Coach David Rubio. It was also the third time in Rubio’s tenure that Arizona tallied 25 or more wins.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior Kim Glass led the Wildcats with 21 double-doubles, while senior Jennifer Abernathy had 17. Sophomore Amy Dyck had six, while junior Kristina Baum had three. Senior Bre Ladd and sophomore Dominique Lamb had one apiece.
TRIO OF SENIORS TALLY 1,000 KILLS EACH: While senior Kim Glass captured the Arizona career kills record against Washington State on Oct. 28, two other seniors, Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy surpassed the 1,000-kill mark, becoming just the 14th and 15th Wildcats ever to do so.
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 278-141 (.663) in 14 years at the helm.
GLASS JOINS 1,000-KILL, 1,000-DIG CLUB: Against USC on Oct. 22, senior Kim Glass became just the fifth Wildcat ever to surpass the 1,000-kill and 1,000-dig mark. She finished her career with 2,151 kills and 1,158 digs. The Pennsylvania native joined Terry Lauchner (1987-1990), Barb Bell (1993-96), Jill Talbot (1998-2001) and Lisa Rutledge (1999-2002) as the only Arizona players ever to accomplish the feat. Lauchner finished her career with 1,636 kills and 1,297 digs. Bell tallied 1,859 kills and 1,046 digs. Talbot finished with 1,022 kills and 1,111 digs. Rutledge notched 1,471 kills and 1,006 digs.
DOMINATING AT McKALE: Arizona won 11 of its 12 home matches this season, with its only loss at McKale coming in five games to then-undefeated and eventual national champion Washington. What’s more, the Wildcats swept eight of their 11 matches at home.
STACKED SCHEDULE: As always, Arizona faced a tough schedule in 2005. Included on the slate were 15 matches against teams that participated in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats also faced eight teams (Santa Clara, Washington, Stanford, California, USC, UCLA, Utah and Ohio) that were ranked in the Top 25 in the final AVCA/CSTV Coaches Poll.
PAC-10 POTPOURRI: With Washington capturing the 2005 NCAA title, the Pac-10 has now won five consecutive national championships (Washington in 2005, Stanford in 2004 and 2001, USC in 2003 and 2002). What’s more, Pac-10 teams have claimed more than half (13 of 25) of the sport’s NCAA championships.