Nov. 13, 2001
Upcoming: The Wildcats play their final two Pac-10 Conference matches of the season this weekend against California and third-ranked Stanford. The match against the Cardinal will be the last home Pac-10 Conference match for five Arizona seniors. Linda McCullagh, Lauren Benward, Erin Sebbas, Jill Talbot and Dana Burkholder will be honored in a ceremony prior to the match with Stanford.
The Opposition: CALIFORNIA- The Golden Bears head to the desert southwest on the heals of a three match losing streak. California fell, 3-0, in both of its matches last week against USC and UCLA. The Wildcats defeated the Golden Bears in their previous match this season in Berkeley. Powered by Lisa Rutldege's career high tying 24 kills, Arizona downed Cal 3-1 on Oct. 8. The victory improved Arizona's record to 27-6 all-time against the Bears. UA has now won 11 straight matches against Cal, the longest winning streak against any conference opponent. The Golden Bears rank near the bottom of the conference in most statistical categories, but are fifth in service aces among Pac-10 teams this season. Gabriella Abernathy leads the Bear attack with 240 kills on the season.
Arizona - California Season Stats Head-To-Head
KPG Pct. APG SAPG BPG DPG
Arizona 17.53 .302 15.75 1.62 2.62 15.39
California 13.9 .188 12.41 1.58 1.92 15.01
STANFORD- The Pac-10 leading Cardinal come to Tucson in the midst of a nine match winning streak. Stanford defeated UCLA 3-0 and USC 3-1 in Maples Pavilion last weekend to take control of the Pac-10 race. The win over the Women of Troy avenged SU's lone conference loss of the season. The Wildcats fell to Stanford earlier this season, dropping a 3-2 match in Palo Alto. The loss dropped Arizona's all-time record against the Cardinal to 4-38 and snapped a two match winning streak for UA in the series. Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, Logan Tom, an unprecedented FOUR time selection this season, leads the Cardinal into the Old Pueblo. Tom tops the conference in kills (4.87) and service aces per game (0.55) and is second in digs per game (3.49).
Arizona - Stanford Season Stats Head-To-Head
KPG Pct. APG SAPG BPG DPG
Arizona 17.53 .302 15.75 1.62 2.62 15.39
Stanford 16.55 .308 15.06 1.64 3.65 14.12
Arizona's Last Action: The Wildcats won both their matches last weekend, defeating Washington, 3-1, in Seattle, and Washington State, 3-0, in Pullman. Senior Dana Burkholder had an award worthy weekend, posting a triple double in the win over the Huskies and narrowly missing another trifecta against the Cougars a night later. Friday night, Arizona played with a balanced attack as six players finished the match against the Huskies in double digit kills. Jill Talbot nearly equaled Burkholder's triple-double in the match with a team-high 19 kills, nine assists and nine digs. The victory boosted UA's all-time record against the Huskies to 23-13 and was Arizona's ninth straight win over UW. Across the state and night later, Burkholder and crew easily handled the Cougars in Bohler Gym. The Cats hit an impressive .347 for the evening while limiting WSU to a .148 attack percentage. Jill Talbot and Lisa Rutledge each posted 12 kills to lead the way for the Cats.
Seeing With Triple-Double Vision, Again: Senior setter Dana Burkholder has taking a liking to playing Washington this season. The Arizona floor leader tallied her second triple-double of the season against the Huskies last Friday night, the school-record fifth trifecta of her career. The versatile senior had the Huskies on their heals all night long, finishing the match with 12 kills, 64 assists and 13 digs. She also got the rest of the offense involved, distributing the ball evenly enough for five other players to record double digit kills in the match. A night later, in Pullman, she almost tripled up the Cougars. She finished the match at Washington State with nine kills, 42 assists and nine digs. Her previous triple-double this season came on Oct.13 in the form of 10 kills, a season high 68 assists and 14 digs. Burkholder has nearly a quarter of the triple-doubles in school history (five of 22).
Burkholder's Career Triple-Doubles 1. vs. UCLA 10/22/1999 11 kills, 70 assists, 14 digs 2. vs. San Diego 09/02/ 2000 10 kills, 54 assists, 10 digs 3. vs. UCLA 10/12/2000 15 kills, 67 assists, 22 digs 4. vs. Washington 10/13/2001 10 Kills, 68 assists, 14 digs 5. at Washington 11/09/2001 12 Kills, 64 assists, 13 digs
Home Sweet Home: The Arizona volleyball team has always found McKale Center a nice to place to call home, but never more so than now. After finishing 9-7 at home in 1999, the Cats have since gone 23-1 (.958). A year ago, Arizona lost only a single match on its home floor en route to a 14-1 record and are a perfect 9-0 this season. UA currently has a 18-match winning streak at home that started with a 3-0 sweep over fourth-ranked USC in 2000. Arizona owns a 170-88 (.659) record in McKale since it first started playing in the building in 1983 and have gone 100-36 (.735) in nine-plus seasons under Coach Rubio.
On A Roll: The Wildcats have won 10 straight conference matches, establishing a new school record. Beginning with a 3-1 win at California and holding current through the Washington State win, Arizona has continued to get better as the season has progressed. During the winning streak, the Wildcats are hitting .304 as a team while averaging 18.3 kills per game and have out-blocked their opponents 88-53. Arizona has lost only five games during the streak and have gone five games only once. The previous school record of seven straight was established twice last season
Career Milestones: Senior Jill Talbot recorded her 1,000th career dig in Arizona's match against Washington State on Nov. 10. She is just the sixth player in school history to top the 1,000 mark in school history. Classmate Dana Burkholder joined the group earlier in this season (see the note below)... Burkholder became just the fourth player in Pac-10 history to record 5,000 career assists this past weekend when she dished out 106 of them against Washington and Washington State... Junior Lisa Rutledge needs only 51 more kills to become just the 11th player in school history to tally 1,000 career kills, Talbot needs only 75 more to join her on the list.
The Polls: Arizona held steady at fourth in the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cats continue to trail only top-ranked Long Beach State, defending national champions Nebraska and upcoming Pac-10 foe Stanford in the rankings. Arizona has been ranked among the top seven in the poll all season, reaching as high as no. 3. The Volleyball Magazine held firm with Cats remaining in the no. 4 spot there as well. See page six of the notes for the complete polls.
Torregrosa Tore It Up: Junior Shannon Torregrosa's impressive performances in matches against top 10 opponents USC and UCLA earned the first-year starter AVCA National and Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. The national honor is the first for any Arizona volleyball player in school history. The outside hitter averaged a team-high 5.83 kills, two digs and one block per game against the Bruins and Women of Troy. She finished the two matches with 35 kills on 67 attempts and only seven errors for a .418 hitting percentage.
Leader of the Pac: Arizona continues to rank among the top teams in the Pac-10 in nearly every category. The Wildcats are hitting .302 as a team for the season, third in the conference, and have seen that percentage increase steadily over the past three weeks. Senior Jill Talbot continues to lead all conference players in the individual hitting percentage category with a .434 attack effort, but teammates Dana Burkholder and Erin Sebbas are close behind in third at .378. See the stats to the left to find where Arizona ranks among the Pac-10 teams and individuals.
Diggin' Up the Record Book: Setter Dana Burkholder, already Arizona's career leader in assists, topped 1,000 career digs in the fifth game against Washington. Upon reaching the milestone, Burkholder became just the fifth Arizona player to record over 1,000 digs in a career and just the second player ever to have over 1,000 digs and 1,000 assists. Lindsey Hahn, who played for UA from 1986-89, recorded a final career total of 1,155 digs (second all time) and 1,939 assists (sixth all time). Currently, Burkholder is fifth on Arizona's career list for digs with 1,067. See page five of the notes to see where Dana and other Wildcat players rank in the career record books.
Coaching Milestones: Arizona head coach David Rubio has doubled up on coaching milestones this season. First he won his 300th career match as a coach against Arizona State (10/5) and most recently added his 100th career Pac-10 coaching win in Eugene vs. Oregon (10/19).
With the victory over the Sun Devils, Rubio joined a long list of active Pac-10 coaches with 300 or more career victories.
Active Pac-10 Coaches with 300+ Career Wins*
1. Andy Banachowski, UCLA 913 (NCAA All Time Leader)
2. Mick Haley, USC 540
3. John Dunning, Stanford 460
4. Rich Feller, California 333
5. Cindy Fredrick, Washington St. 328
6. David Rubio, Arizona 310
* Win totals through Nov. 11.
And the win over the Ducks made Rubio just the sixth Pac-10 women's coach ever to reach 100 or more conference victories.
Pac-10 Coaches With 100+ Conference Wins
Andy Banachowski, UCLA *
Cindy Fredrick, WSU *
Lisa Love, USC
David Rubio, Arizona *
Don Shaw, Stanford
Patti Snyder, ASU *
* Active (Don Shaw is now the coach of the Stanford men's team)
20/20 Vision: Junior Lisa Rutledge became just the 10th Arizona player in school history to record a 20 kill - 20 dig match. The outside hitter finished Arizona's match against Arizona State (11/3) with a match-high 22 kills and a career-high 25 digs. The feat, which has been accomplished now 18 times, was the first for Arizona since Allison Napier finished with 29 kills and 21 digs in a five-game loss to UCLA last season. Arizona has had a played finish with a 20/20 match against Arizona State seven times.
Tidy Talbot: Senior Jill Talbot is not a player that misses her mark very often. In fact, she has only 51 errors on 438 swings for a conference leading .434 hitting percentage this season. The right side player is averaging 11 kills, 20 attempts and only two errors per match. She leads Arizona with 234 digs, an average of 3.25 per game - fourth best in the conference thus far, and has recorded a team-high eight double-doubles this season.
Puttin' em In The Stands: With a large crowd at this weekends matches, Arizona should regain the attendance lead in the Pac-10 only recently surrendered to Stanford. The Wildcats currently rank 11th nationally with an average crowd of 1,840 fans. In nine home dates this year, the Wildcats have attracted 16,558 followers. With four home dates remaining on the schedule (excluding possible NCAA Tournament matches), and using the current average, the Wildcats are projected to have 23,918 fans at their home matches.
Outlook for 2001: The Wildcats return four starters from last seasons's team. All-American setter Dana Burkholder, right-side hitter Jill Talbot, outside hitter Lisa Rutledge and defensive specialist Rachel Williams all return to the floor for the Cats in 2001. Joining them in the starting rotation will be middle blockers Erin Sebbas and Stefani Saragosa and outside hitter Shannon Torregrosa. The loss of NCAA hitting percentage leader and All-Pac-10 middle blocker Marisa DaLee is significant, but will be offset by the return of Saragosa, who played in 30 of Arizona's 33 matches last season with an ailing shoulder that has been surgically repaired, and the spring emergence of Sebbas. Coach Rubio is counting on Torregrosa to have a breakout season in the outside hitter spot vacated by the departure of All-Pac-10 performer Allison Napier. Others returning players that are expected to see extensive floor time are Christina Frost and setter/right side hitter Lauren Benward. Arizona has also added a number of newcomers that the coaching staff figure will see playing time, including setter Rochelle Ruen, right side hitter Kellie Burton and defensive specialist Kelli Mulvany.
Starting Lineup Possibilities
Setter - Dana Burkholder - 13.28 apg
Right Side- Jill Talbot - .434 hitting , 3.35 kpg, 3.25 dpg
Outside - Lisa Rutledge - 4.37 kpg / Shannon Torregrosa - 3.93 kpg
Middle Blocker- Stefani Saragosa - .378 hitting, 1.11 bpg / Erin Sebbas - .343 hitting
Defensive Specialist- Rachel Williams - 1.54 dpg / Kelli Mulvany - 2.10 dpg
2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year David Rubio: In nine years as Arizona's head coach, David Rubio has taken the Cats from the abyss of a winless Pac-10 season to the pinnacle of a conference championship. Inheriting a team that did not win a single match in the conference the year before he arrived, he has turned the Wildcats into a club that has made seven postseason appearances in eight years, won a Pac-10 Championship and 11 NCAA Tournament matches. Now in his 10th season, Rubio has recruited and coached two All-Americans, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, 13 All-Pac-10 performers, six All-Pac-10 freshman players and eight academic all-conference athletes at Arizona. Also, UA athletes have earned 14 Pac-10 Player of the Week honors under his guide. During his tenure at Arizona, Rubio has led the Wildcats to 190 victories and a winning league mark over the last six seasons. Last year's 16-2 Pac-10 record smashed the school mark for conference victories.
A Look Back: The 2000 season was one of the finest in school history. The Wildcats finished the season 28-5, matching the school record for wins in a season. 20 of Arizona's 28 victories were 3-0 sweeps and of Arizona's five loses only one was in three game, two were in four games and two went all five. Arizona was an outstanding 14-1 in home matches, 11-2 on the road and 3-2 in neutral court contests. They advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the deepest an Arizona team has ever gone. UA won its first Pac-10 title, sharing it with USC. 2000 marked the first time a team other than UCLA or Stanford had won the Pac-10 championship since conference play began in 1986. The 16-2 Pac-10 record shattered the school record for conference wins by four. Individually, returning setter Dana Burkholder became one of the most recognized athletes in school history. She was named both AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-America (the first, first-team member since 1985), to the NCAA Central Region All-Tournament Team, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, First-Team All-Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region. She set numerous school records, including single-match (84), single-season (1,562) and career marks (4,068) for assists, while guiding the Arizona offense to a NCAA Division I leading .320 attack percentage, the best in school history and the second-best ever in the Pac-10. Departed seniors Marisa DaLee and Allison Napier, both 1,000 career kill members, each tallied First-Team All-Pac-10 honors. Giving the Cats three for the season, the most in any single year. DaLee led the nation in hitting percentage (.437) and was also named AVCA All-Pacific Region. Jill Talbot and Lisa Rutledge, who both return in 2001, each garnered Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors as well.