After playing four of the top seven teams in the AVCA Coaches Poll the past two weeks, the Arizona volleyball team (9-8, 0-5 Pac-10) will head out to the Pacific Northwest this week to take on a pair of unranked schools, Oregon State (3-11, 0-5 Pac-10) in Corvallis on Thursday and Oregon (12-3, 2-3 Pac-10) in Eugene on Friday. The trip marks UA’s second conference road series of the season.
A QUICK LOOK AT
The Wildcats dropped both conference matches at home last weekend, falling 3-1 to No. 3 UCLA on Friday and 3-0 to No. 4 USC on Saturday. The loses extended UA’s losing streak to six straight matches.
On the season,
As a team, the Wildcats are hitting .178 on the season, compared to the .152 of their opponents.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
DOING THE STREAK
A BUMMER FOR BAUMER:
Senior middle blocker Kristina Baum will miss the remainder of the 2006 season after injuring her right knee in the first game of
RANKING IN THE PAC-10 AND NCAA:
Junior Dominique Lamb ranks third in the Pac-10 and 19th nationally in blocks (1.55). Senior Stephanie Butkus is seventh in the conference in assists (11.05), while sophomore Brooke Buringrud is third in service aces (0.40). Freshman Jacy Norton is fourth in the conference and 26th nationally in blocks (1.50bpg), and sophomore Brittany Leonard is ninth in the Pac-10 in digs (3.55 dpg).
The Wildcats have steadily been moving up the leaderboard in blocks. Currently second among the Pac-10 Conference schools with a 3.31 BPG average, a figure that ranks 12th in the nation, the Wildcats have posted double-digit team stuffs in 11 of their last 12 matches.
Junior middle blocker Dominique Lamb is working her way up the block charts at UA. With 295 total stuffs, D needs 29 more to move into a tie with former All-American Barb Bell for 10th all-time at
LAMB GOES 4-FOR-4 WITH ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS:
After going two years without being picked, junior Dominique Lamb went a perfect 4-for-4 this season on all-tournament team selections. In the first week of the season, during the Arizona Invitational, she averaged 2.20 kills, 1.60 blocks, 0.50 digs and 0.40 service aces over the three matches. At
BUTKUS BECOMES FOURTH PLAYER TO REACH 3,000:
When she dished out her 3,000th career assist at
In just her third year playing volleyball, freshman outside hitter Whitney Dosty has demonstrated her athleticism in the young season as she is averaging 3.15 kills per game, second-best on the team. She had a career-high 18 kills in
DYCK IN A NEW ROLE:
After spending the majority of last season as the starting setter for
LEONARD AT LIBERO:
As a freshman last season, Brittany Leonard set the
NORTON AT THE NET:
With the loss of MB Kristina Baum for the year, the Wildcats will need someone to step up. True freshman Jacy Norton has made an early bid to be that player. In the 10 matches since Baum went down with her knee injury, Norton is averaging 1.54 blocks per game, 1.54 kills and is hitting at a .191 clip, numbers that are very similar to Baum’s prior to her injury (1.00 BPG, 1.59 KPG, .237 hitting percentage)
Head Coach Dave Rubio boasts a 287-149 record (.658) in 15 seasons at the helm of the Wildcat program. Last year, he not only became the winningest coach in
Sophomore Brooke Buringrud is nine kills shy of 250 for her career and needs three more blocks for 40. Senior Stephanie Butkus is 40 assists away from 3,500 and is 25 digs shy of 600. Freshman Whitney Dosty is five kills south of 200 early in her career, while junior Katie Jackels is 18 digs shy of 275 . Junior Dominique Lamb is five blocks away from 300 on her career, 21 digs away from 100 and 17 kills away from 425. Sophomore libero Brittany Leonard needs 32 digs for 600 in her career, and classmate Randy Goodenough is 11 kills away from 100 in her career and five blocks short of 50.
BIG SHOES TO FILL:
With the graduation of all-time kills leader and three-time All-American Kim Glass, third-team All-American Jennifer Abernathy and four-time All-Pac-10 selection