Nov. 12, 2002
Last Time Out: The Wildcats split their two matches last week, falling to No.4 Stanford in Palo Alto on Thursday before defeating California 3-0 a night later in Berkeley ... Freshman Kim Glass rebounded from a tough night against the Cardinal (12 kills, nine errors) with a match-high 21 kills on .421 hitting against the Golden Bears ... Freshman Bre Ladd had one of her finest weekends in conference play. The first-year Wildcat averaged 3.33 kpg against the Cardinal and Bears ... She also tallied a 1.33 bpg average in the two matches, while hitting a team-high .325 ... Senior Lisa Rutledge put together a nice weekend with 27 total kills for a 4.50 kpg average. Rutledge also led all Arizona players with 3.33 dpg ... Setter Laurie Gardner dished out 93 assists for the weekend for a season-best 15.50 apg average ... Arizona's win over Cal was its 13th in the past 14 matches between the two and avenged a 3-0 sweep earlier this season ... The Cardinal swept Arizona, Arizona State and top-ranked and undefeated Hawaii to take over the top spot in the AVCA poll this past weekend.
Polling Place: Arizona's split with the Bay Area schools last week held the Wildcats firm in this week's AVCA poll at 16th.
End of the Home Season: Arizona will close out the home portion of its 2002 season this weekend with a pair of matches against the Oregon schools. Seniors Lisa Rutledge, Shannon Torregrosa, Laurie Gardner and Rachel Williams, along with redshirt junior Christina Frost, will all play their final matches in McKale Center this weekend. The Wildcats will honor the four players in a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday's match against Oregon State.
Calling All Fans: With two home matches remaining, Arizona is on pace to shatter the school record for total attendance in a single season. Through 10 home matches this season, Arizona has had 23,798 fans come and watch the Wildcats play. The current record of 24,525, set in 2000, is safe by only 727 fans and will likely fall against Oregon on Friday. Arizona's average attendance of 2,380 this season is nearly 600 more fans per match than the school record of 1,788 established last season.
Wildcats Are Wildcards: The Pac-10 Office and Fox Sports Net announced this week that Arizona's match Nov. 21 at USC has been selected as the wildcard television match. Please check back next week for air dates and times.
Rutledge Has Third All To Her Own: Senior Lisa Rutledge has been a productive four-year starter for the Wildcats during her career. Against Arizona State on Oct. 25 she moved into third on the all-time kills list at Arizona. Only two other players, Barb Bell and Terry Lauchner, have recorded more kills in an Arizona uniform than Rutledge has.
1. Barb Bell 1993-96 1,859 2. Terry Lauchner 1987-90 1,636 3. Lisa Rutledge 1999-Present 1,334
Upcoming Opponents Oregon: The Ducks are coming off a weekend that saw them get swept by USC and UCLA in Eugene ... UO enters the weekend with an 11-17 overall record and a 1-13 mark in Pac-10 play ... Its victory over Oregon State on Nov. 1 snapped Oregon's 33-match Pac-10 losing streak ... The Ducks are led by senior Lindsay Closs' 370 kills and .305 hitting percentage ... Freshman Dariam Acevedo and Closs each turned in 20-kill performances in the 3-1 loss to UCLA ... Acevedo had a match-high 21 kills with 20 digs, while Closs notched 20 kills on .350 hitting ... Closs also added 10 kills on .500 hitting in a 3-0 loss to USC ... Head coach Carl Ferreira has tallied a 30-58 record in his two-plus seasons on the Oregon bench ... Arizona owns a 25-8 record all-time against the Ducks and have won the last seven straight matches between the two.
Arizona-Oregon 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.46 .251 13.391 1.67 13.99 2.76 Oregon 14.15 .202 12.32 1.69 14.63 1.98
Oregon State: The Beavers were also swept by the Los Angeles schools last weekend in Corvallis ... After making it to the second round of the 2001 NCAA tournament the Beavers have struggled in 2002, losing 16 of their last 18 matches ... OSU is led by sophomore Allison Lawrence's 284 kills and 3.55 kpg average ... Senior Nikki Neuburger is eight digs away from becoming just the eighth Beaver player to amass 1,000 digs in a career ... Head coach Nancy Somera is 48-62 in three-plus seasons on the OSU bench ... The Wildcats own a 24-9 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools and have won 12-straight matches, the longest current winning streak against any Pac-10 opponent.
Arizona-Oregon State 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.46 .251 13.391 1.67 13.99 2.76 Oregon State 15.45 .203 14.13 1.18 17.26 1.73
A Fond Farewell: This weekend will mark the final home matches for five Arizona players. Seniors Rachel Williams, Lisa Rutledge, Shannon Torregrosa and Laurie Gardner will all exhaust their playing eligibility at season's end. Redshirt junior Christina Frost is also playing her final season at UA. Despite having another season of eligibility remaining, she will be graduating in the spring and will not play in 2003.
2002 Senior's Career Stats At Arizona (Thru 11/14) Player MP MS GP K E TA Pct. SA D BS BA TB KPG DPG Rutledge 112 111 382 1334 508 3281 .252 95 914 60 163 223 3.49 2.39 Torregrosa 109 55 318 816 451 1636 .223 75 482 42 155 197 2.57 1.52 Gardner 22 22 78 77 34 178 .242 942* 176 7 46 53 12.08* 2.26 Frost 56 10 121 65 24 161 .255 10 99 1 8 9 0.54 0.82 * Assists and assists per game
Smooth As Glass: Freshman Kim Glass arguably completed the best string of individual performances in school history this season. Beginning on Oct. 3 at Washington State and wrapping up a five-match stretch on Oct. 17 at Oregon, Glass averaged 6.14 kpg during the span. She had 20 or more kills in each of the five matches for a grand total 129 total kills on .345 hitting. In Arizona's five-game loss to Washington State on Oct. 3 she recorded just the 13th 30-kill match in school history. A night later she put down 26 kills in a five-game win over Washington. Then, a night after leading all-players with 28 kills in UA's come-from-behind win against No. 4 Stanford on Oct. 11, she recorded a three-game school record 25 kills against the Golden Bears. She closed out the scoring spree with 20 kills in UA's 3-0 win over Oregon on Oct. 17. For her efforts against Cal and Stanford she was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, her second such honor this season.
Glass' String Of Hits Date Opponent K-E-Att Pct. KPG Oct. 3 at Washington State, 5 games 30-8-52 .423 6.00 kpg Oct. 4 at Washington, 5 games 26-9-62 .279 5.20 kpg Oct. 11 vs. Stanford, 5 games 28-11-61 .279 5.60 kpg Oct. 12 vs. Cal, 3 games 25-6-51* .373 8.33 kpg Oct. 17 at Oregon, 3 games 20-4-39 .410 6.67 kpg Totals Five Matches, 21 Games 129-38-264 .345 6.14 kpg * The 25 kills against Cal set a three-game school record.
Other Rutledge Milestones To Watch For: In addition to moving up the career kills list, Rutledge needs just seven more starts this season to become the all-time school leader in matches started ... She also has a chance to become just the fourth player in school history to amass over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. She already has well over 1,000 kills and has posted 914 digs with six matches remaining in the regular season.
Freshman Record List: With Glass' impressive run of kills over the past two months she has already moved into second on the freshmen records list. To date Glass has 390 kills in her first season in the Cardinal and Navy, 94 more than teammate Lisa Rutledge and former Wildcat and Olympian Caren Kemner had as freshmen. She now trails Barb Bell's rookie mark of 417 by just 27 kills.
Stuck In The Middle: Ranking third in the Pac-10 in bpg, the Arizona middle blockers have more than held their own defensively this season. However, head coach David Rubio and his staff have made a concerted effort at improving the offensive production from the position over the last month, and the hard work has begun to pay off. In Arizona's last nine matches, freshman Bre Ladd has improved her kpg average by over one per game and redshirt freshman Angie Ayers has doubled her season total in kills and has been a wall at the net on the block. Not surprisingly, this added dimension of the Arizona offense has helped UA go 6-3 over the nine-match stretch.
Middle Blocker's First 13 Matches vs. Last Nine Bre Ladd K KPG Hitting % First 13 83 1.77 .196 Last Nine 96 3.10 .363 Angie Ayers K KPG Hitting % BPG First 13 10 0.40 .304 0.60 Last Nine 17 0.63 .237 1.26
A Tough Stretch: Head coach David Rubio knows from firsthand experience how tough the Pac-10 is. In an effort to prepare the 2002 team for conference play and the NCAA postseason, he put together a very competitive schedule. Beginning on Sept. 7 and ending Oct. 11, Arizona faced top 25 teams at least once in five of six weekends. The Wildcats have already taken on No. 1 USC, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 4 Stanford (twice), No. 11 UCLA, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 17 and No. 19 Washington State and No. 21 Pacific this season. In its final eight matches this season Arizona will get to play rematch contests against No.2 USC and No. 19 UCLA, as well as a regular season ending match against No.21 Utah.
Stepping Up: Freshman Kim Glass has been impressive in every match of the season thus far. She has tallied double digit kills in 20 of UA's 22 matches and leads the team with 390 kills and a .303 hitting percentage. However, since Pac-10 play began over two months ago, she has bumped up her already impressive game. In the last 12 matches, all conference contests, she has averaged 5.33 kpg and 2.51 dpg. Glass has accumulated 272 kills on 609 attempts with 91 errors for a .297 hitting percentage in conference play.
Glass Non-Conference vs. Pac-10 MP K E Att Ht% KPG Digs DPG Non-Conf. 8 118 34 265 .317 4.37 66 2.44 Pac-10 12 239 77 534 .303 5.31 117 2.60
Sudden Impact: Not since Barb Bell first stepped on the floor for Arizona in 1993 has a freshman outside hitter made as big an impact for the Wildcats as Kim Glass has this season. Glass has led or shared the team lead in kills in 16 of Arizona's 22 matches this season, including a streak of 10 straight matches. She leads the Wildcats in kills, kills per game, aces and points. Through 22 matches and 78 games, she has tallied 390 kills on 874 attempts with just 125 errors for an impressive .303 hitting percentage. Looking back to Bell's freshman season, it is found that Glass is putting up better numbers than that which earned Bell 1993 Volleyball Magazine Freshman All-America honors. Bell posted 347 kills on 846 swings with 133 errors for a .253 hitting percentage in her first 22 matches.
Bell/Glass Comparison (Through 22 Matches) Player MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs Barb Bell (1993) 22 89 347 133 846 .253 3.90 99 Kim Glass (2002) 22 78 390 125 874 .303 5.00 194Attendance: Bolstered by a Pac-10 record crowd of 9,141, the Wildcats are averaging 2,380 fans per match through 10 home contests this season. The mark represents the highest average attendance in the Pac-10 this year and is ranked fifth nationally among all Division I schools.
We're #1: The 2002 freshman class at Arizona is easily the most highly regarded incoming crop of athletes in the program's 31-year history. Ranked the top recruiting class in the nation by Volleyball Magazine, all four players in the class are in the publication's Fab 50 for 2002, including the top two and three of the top six freshmen players in the country. The class is composed of Jennifer Abernathy and Meghan Cumpston from California, Kim Glass from Pennsylvania, and Bre Ladd who opted to stay in Southern Arizona after attending Canyon Del Oro High School.
Arizona and Volleyball Magazine's 2002 Fab 50 1. Bre Ladd 2. Kim Glass 6. Jennifer Abernathy 34. Meghan Cumpston
Freshman and Senior Similarities: The 2002 freshmen class is contributing heavily towards Arizona's efforts this season. Four of the newcomers (including redshirt Angie Ayers) have started at least one match this season. Freshmen contributions have not been so prevalent in the Arizona lineup since this season's senior class came to Arizona. Lisa Rutledge, Rachel Williams and Shannon Torregrosa all started and played right away as freshmen for Coach Rubio in 1999. In the last two years combined, only Kelli Mulvany has broken into the starting lineup as a freshman.
Midnight Madness: October 11's match against Stanford was the fourth contest Arizona has played prior to basketball's Midnight Madness ... The victory over the Cardinal improved Arizona's record to 4-0 in such matches ... The 9,141 fans in attendance smashed the previous Pac-10 record crowd of 7,298 established by Arizona in 2000 ... Stanford was the first team to take a game from Arizona in a pre-Midnight Madness match.
Midnight Madness Results Date Opponent Score Result Attendance Oct. 17, 1997 vs. Oregon State 3-0 W 4,927 Oct. 13, 2000 vs. #4 USC 3-0 W 7,298 Oct. 12, 2001 vs. Washington St. 3-0 W 3,711 Oct. 11, 2002 vs. #4 Stanford 3-2 W 9,141
Getting 200: With UA's 3-0 win over New Mexico on Sept. 6, head coach David Rubio became the fastest coach in Arizona volleyball history to record his 200th win for the Wildcats. The win over the Lobos came in Rubio's 298th match on the Wildcat bench. Rosie Wegrich, who is UA's all-time leader in coaching victories with 258, picked up her 200th Arizona victory in her 341st match as head coach. Ironically, Coach Wegrich also got her milestone win against New Mexico in 1988.
Saragosa's Out: Citing a three-year string of injuries, senior Stefani Saragosa has ended her playing career at Arizona. An instrumental player in helping to raise Arizona to an elite level, she was a member of the three Sweet Sixteen teams, two Elite Eight squads and last season's Final Four club. She finished her career second on Arizona's hitting percentage list and tied for sixth in block assists.
Head Coach David Rubio: Entering his 11th season as the top man at Arizona, Rubio has elevated the Wildcat volleyball program to one of the elite in all of Division I. Taking a team that did not win a conference match the season prior to his arrival, he has built a 210-106 record (.665) in 10-plus years. He has led the Wildcats to eight NCAA Tournament berths, including the last six straight, 15 tournament victories, five Sweet Sixteens ('93, '94, '99, 2000, '01), two Elite Eights (2000, '01) and Arizona's first-ever Final Four (2001). His efforts last season earned him Volleyball Magazine National Coach-of-the-Year honors.
Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll: The Pac-10 coaches placed Arizona third in their annual preseason poll. The Wildcats garnered 73 votes in the poll, trailing only defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford and USC. The coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own team, have correctly named the conference champion eight times in 13 tries. The full poll can be found on page 10 of the notes.