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Arizona Volleyball Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/23/2004
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THIS WEEK: The No. 21 Arizona volleyball team (17-9, 9-7) closes out regular-season play with 7 p.m. matches against No. 14 California (15-10, 10-6) and No. 7 Stanford (21-6, 13-3) this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27. Live video and stats of both matches are available at www.arizonaathletics.com.

As is custom at the last home match of the season, Arizona’s three seniors - Cassidy Crum, Jolene Killough and Kelli Mulvany - will be honored prior to the match on Saturday.

A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats went 1-0 last week, completing the season sweep of rival Arizona State by defeating the Sun Devils in three games (30-16, 30-25, 30-27) in Tempe last Friday.

On the season, Arizona is led by junior Kim Glass, who averages 4.81 kills and 3.08 digs per game. Sophomore Meghan Cumpston adds 3.65 kills and 2.31 digs per game, while junior Jennifer Abernathy averages 3.53 kills and 2.18 digs per game. Setter Stephanie Butkus is averaging 12.36 assists per game, while libero Kelli Mulvany averages 3.36 digs per game.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:

California - The Golden Bears went 1-1 last weekend, sweeping Washington State (30-23, 30-21, 30-18) on Thursday before falling in four games (21-30, 30-26, 23-30, 20-30) to No. 1 Washington on Friday.

California is led by Angie Pressey, who averages 3.90 kills and 2.95 digs per game. Gabrielle Abernathy, the older sister of Arizona’s Jennifer, adds 3.48 kills and a team-high 1.17 blocks per game, while setter Samantha Carter dishes out 13.67 assists per game. Jillian Davis leads the team in digs with 5.43 per game.

Stanford - The Cardinal went 2-0 last week, handing then-No. 1 Washington its first loss of the season, a 3-2 defeat (28-30, 11-30, 30-27, 34-32, 20-18) on Thursday before sweeping past Washington State (30-19, 30-22, 30-22) on Friday.

Stanford is led by reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Ogonna Nnamani, who averages 5.89 kills per game. Kristen Richards adds 3.76 kills and a team-high 3.69 digs per game. Setter Bryn Kehoe averages 12.12 assists per game, while Lizzie Suiter boasts a 1.54 blocks per game average.

SERIES SHORTS:

California - Arizona is 30-9 all-time vs. the Golden Bears. The two teams last faced each other on Sept. 24, with the Wildcats falling 3-2 in Berkeley. Arizona is 14-5 at home, 15-4 away and 1-0 at a neutral site vs. California.

Stanford - Arizona is 5-44 all-time against the Cardinal. The last time the two teams met, in both teams’ Pac-10 opener on Sept. 23, the Wildcats fell in three games in Palo Alto, Calif. Arizona is 3-18 at home, 1-25 away and 1-1 at a neutral site vs. Stanford.

USA Today/CSTV Coaches Poll Nov. 22, 2004

Rank   School             Total    2004     Last
(1st-place Votes) Points Record Week
1      Hawai’i (37)       1,570    26-0     2
2      Nebraska (23)      1,559    25-1     3
3      Washington (5)     1,505    23-1     1
4      Penn State         1,450    25-2     4
5      Minnesota          1,335    26-4     5
6      USC                1,285    18-4     6
7      Stanford           1,210    21-6     9
8      Ohio State         1,172    25-3     7
9      Colorado State     1,120    25-3     8
10     Tennessee          997      29-2     12
11     Texas              963      23-3     11
12     Florida            860      25-4     10
13     San Diego          773      21-4     15
14     California         714      15-10    14
15     Saint Mary’s       660      23-3     16
16     UCLA               627      17-9     17
17     UC Santa Barbara   589      23-3     18
18     Texas A&M          579      17-7     13
19     Utah               416      23-5     19
20     Louisville         396      26-2     21
21     Arizona            300      17-9     22
22     Florida A&M        243      26-2     24
23     Kansas State       228      18-9     20
24     Missouri           172      18-7     25
25     Santa Clara        117      18-7     23
Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Ohio 103, Rice 32, Georgia Tech 31, Wisconsin 28, Long Beach State 25, 
Wichita State 23, Illinois 12, Loyola Marymount 11.
 

Pac-10 Standings

                     Pac-10          Overall
                    W-L   Pct.      W-L    Pct.
Washington          15-1  .938      23-1   .958
USC                 13-3  .813      18-4   .818
Stanford            13-3  .813      21-6   .778
UCLA                10-6  .625      17-9   .654
California          10-6  .625      15-10  .600
Arizona             9-7   .563      17-9   .654
Arizona State       5-11  .313      10-15  .400
Oregon State        4-13  .235      10-16  .385
Washington State    1-15  .063      4-25   .138
Oregon              1-16  .059      9-18   .333
 

POLL FACTS: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 99 of the last 108 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred last year.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Junior Kim Glass leads the Wildcats with nine double-doubles this season, while junior Jennifer Abernathy has seven. Sophomores Stephanie Butkus and Meghan Cumpston have six and five, respectively. Rounding out the group is junior Bre Ladd with two.

RANKING NATIONALLY: As a team, the Wildcats rank 26th nationally in hitting percentage (.267) and 28th in kills per game (16.43). Individually, senior Jolene Killough ranks eighth in the nation in attack percentage (.417).

CLOSING IN: Junior Jennifer Abernathy is 12 digs away from 450 on her career, while setter Stephanie Butkus is one kill away from 150 and 10 digs shy of 350 on her career. Senior Cassidy Crum needs 11 digs to reach 400, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston is one dig away from 200. Freshman Amy Dyck is eight assists away from 100 on her career, while junior Kim Glass is 17 blocks away from 200 and 23 digs shy of 800. Senior Jolene Killough is 29 kills away from 500 and 12 digs shy of 100, while freshman Dominique Lamb is four blocks shy of 50.

RANKING IN THE PAC-10: Sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus ranks third in the Pac-10 in assists per game, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston is ninth in kills. Senior Jolene Killough is second in hitting percentage and eighth in blocks per game. Meanwhile, sophomore Kristina Baum is 10th in hitting percentage and senior Kelli Mulvany is 10th in digs.

In conference matches only, Killough leads the league in hitting percentage and ranks ninth in blocks. Junior Kim Glass is second in points and kills, and seventh in service aces. Meanwhile, Butkus is third in assists and Mulvany is seventh in digs. Junior Bre Ladd ranks sixth in hitting percentage.

As a team, the Wildcats rank in the top half of the conference in every category but digs.

.300 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: All 12 matches during which the Wildcats have hit .300 or better have been wins. Arizona is hitting .346 in its nine league victories, while posting a .178 attack percentage in the seven league defeats.

KILLOUGH KILLING IT: Last Friday at Arizona State, senior middle blocker Jolene Killough posted her sixth error-free match over the last nine matches. During that time, she is hitting .545 with 87 kills (3.22 kpg) on 145 attempts and just eight errors.

BUTKUS ENTERS ELITE STATUS: Sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus is just the sixth Wildcat ever to eclipse the 2,000-assist mark. She now has 2,357 on her career, 336 away from fifth place.

GLASS’ STREAKS: Junior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 78 of the 80 matches on her career. What’s more, she has recorded double-digit kills in all but nine (71 of 80) matches during her three years. With 1,456 career kills, the junior is just 16 away from third place, currently held by Lisa Rutledge (1999-2002).

BLOCKING MACHINE: Junior Bre Ladd has been a consistent defensive threat at the net ever since she arrived on campus in the fall of 2002. The middle blocker has at least one block in 85 of 90 career matches, including 25 of 26 this season. What’s more, the Tucson native currently has 322 total blocks on her career, good for 10th place all-time at Arizona and just three away from ninth place, currently held by Barb Bell (1993-96).

MULVANY DIGGING IT UP: Senior Kelli Mulvany has been a steady defensive player for the Wildcats this season. She has reached double-digit digs 17 times on the season and has led the team in digs 15 times, including 12 of the 16 Pac-10 matches. She is currently tied for third all-time in career digs at Arizona with (1,146), 10 away from second place.

WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks 20th nationally in home attendance with an average of 1,458 over 10 matches.

RUBIO APPROACHING ARIZONA WINS RECORD: Head Coach David Rubio currently has 251 wins in his 13 seasons at the helm. He needs just eight more to become the winningest coach in Arizona volleyball history. Rosie Wegrich, who coached from 1977-1991, compiled 258 wins in 15 seasons for an average of 17 per year.

NEXT UP: Arizona will find out its postseason fate during the NCAA Selection Show at 4:40 p.m. next Sunday, Nov. 28. It will be broadcast live on ESPNews.

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