Nov. 12, 2003
LA Home Stand Quick Hits
The Wildcats split the weekend series against the LA schools in McKale Center, sweeping the season series with No. 6 UCLA before falling to top-ranked USC for the second time this season ... As a team Arizona hit .186 and averaged 16.29 kpg, 14.86 apg, 19.57 dpg and 3.29 bpg ... The win over the Bruins marked just the third time in school history that the Wildcats have swept the season series ... Arizona's victory also gave the Wildcats a five-match winning streak over the Bruins, the longest ever against UCLA ... Sophomore Kim Glass paced the Wildcat attack against UCLA with 21 kills on .260 hitting and also posted a career-high 19 digs ... Classmates Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy added 11 and 13 kills, respectively ... Ladd also finished .588 hitting percentage with just one error on 17 swings ... Junior libero Kelli Mulvany tallied 18 digs in the win and classmate Jolene Killough finished with eight block assists ... A night later, Arizona became just the third team this season to take a game from the defending national champs inn the 3-1 loss ... Arizona's passing broke down in the third and fourth games to hand USC its 23rd win of the year ... Glass led Arizona in kills for the 23rd match this season with 22 and also recorded 18 digs in the four-game loss ... Abernathy added 17 kills ... The Wildcats have now lost four straight to the Women of Troy.
The Wildcats are slowly climbing their way back into the rankings. With four victories against top 10 teams, including three in the past month, Arizona is just outside the top 25 rankings, receiving 49 votes in this week's poll. Arizona's 13 losses are the most for any team in the poll or receiving votes. The Wildcats fell out of the top 25 for the first time since 1998 earlier this season.
The Wildcats are coming alive at the net. Since Arizona posted a season-high 20 team blocks in a 3-2 loss at Hawaii on Oct. 19, the Cats have averaged an impressive 3.55 bpg in six matches. What makes the feat even more impressive is that the Wildcats are have been able to post the numbers against five top 10 teams. Individually, junior Jolene Killough has been the main culprit in the recent surge on the block with a 2.00 bpg average. Killough has racked up a team-high 44 total blocks in the last six matches. Sophomore classmates Kim Glass and Bre Ladd are chipping in to the tune of 1.55 and 1.00 bpg during the same time span.
The Second Time Around
Heading into this week's return matches with Oregon and Oregon State, the Wildcats have faced five Pac-10 opponents twice this season - Arizona State, Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA - and have fared much better the second time around. Arizona went 1-4 against the five in the first half of the conference season, but have since avenged the losses to the Sun Devils and the Golden Bears and defeated UCLA for a second time. Arizona's improvement as a team since the first meeting is clearly evident in the statistics from the second matches.
The Second Time Around
(vs. ASU, Stanford, Cal, UCLA, USC)
Record KPG Ht% APG DPG BPG
First Meetings 1-4 13.84 .200 12.63 12.68 2.37
Second Meetings 3-2 17.60 .255 16.06 17.47 3.41
Here We Go Again
Sophomore Kim Glass, who established a school single season record 556 kills in her freshman year, is on pace to shatter the record again for the second straight season. Her 510 kills this season is already the fourth-best effort in school history and just 46 away from her single season mark. Withe six matches left to play and an average of 20.4 kills per match, her 2002 record is sure to fall in the up coming weeks. Glass' 1,066 career kills places her eighth all-time at UA in just her second season ... In addition, her 14 matches with 20 or more kills has already tied the single season school record she established last season and her 25 matches with 10 or more kills is seventh all-time in a single year. Her career total of 28 matches with 20 or more kills is second all-time and her 54 contests with 10 or more is the eight-best effort in a career at UA.
Glass's Freshman vs. Sophomore Years in Kills
MP GP Kills KPG 20+ match 10+ match
Frosh 32 112 556 4.96 14 27
Soph 25 91 510 5.60 14 25
Fastest To 1,000
With her 16th kill in the third game at Stanford on Oct. 30, sophomore Kim Glass became the fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career kill and the second-fastest in Pac-10 history. Glass, who reached the milestone in her 54th career match, passed former UA All-American Barb Bell by a full 11 matches and in 47 less games played for the Arizona record. Former UCLA All-American Kristee Porter is the fastest player in conference history, reaching the century mark in her 50th match and 183rd game played. (Thanks to UCLA SID Amy Symons Hughes for her exhaustive research.)
The Fastest To 1,000 Kills at Arizona
Player MP GP Attempts
Kim Glass (2002-03) 54 192 2,330
Barb Bell (1993-96) 65 239 2,432
Glass Continues To Shatter
Almost from the minute Kim Glass first stepped on the court in Tucson her assault on Arizona history began. She continued her record setting ways against Oregon State on Oct. 17. In the 3-0 win over the Beavers, she became the first player in school history to knock down 30 kills in three games, snapping her previous three-game match record of 28 she established last season against UT-Arlington in the NCAA Tournament. The outing against OSU was her third match with 30 or more kills, placing her second all-time at Arizona behind Melissa McLinden's four set over four season (1982-85).
Glass' Matches With 30 or more kills
Date Opponent K-E-ATT Hit. %
10/3/02 at Washington State 30-8-52 .423
9/26/03 at Arizona State 31-11-74 .270
10/17/03 Oregon State 30-8-53 .415
Kim Glass' two 30-plus kill efforts this season are the 14th and 15th times an Arizona player has tallied 30 or more kills in a match .. The 31-kills effort against ASU tied for the eighth-best single match kill total and was just the second time that a player who finished with 30 or more kills also accounted for over half of the team kill total in the match. Glass' 31 kills were 52 percent of Arizona's final total against the Sun Devils. She repeated the feat in her second 30-kill match of the year against Oregon State, racking up exactly half of UA's 60 team kills against the Beavers. Melissa McLinden's school record 41-kill effort against BYU in the 1985 NCAA tournament was the only other time a 30-kill night was half of the team kill total in a match, accounting for 55 percent of UA's 75 kills in the five game loss. Arizona has won eight of the 15 matches in school history in which a player has 30 or more kills.
A Tale of Two Halves
Sophomore Jennifer Abernathy has enjoyed a second-half renascence in her game. In Arizona's last 12 matches, the outside hitter has posted nine matches with double digit kills, including a career-high 24 kills in UA's 3-0 win at Cal.
Abernathy's First Half vs. Second Half
K Ht % KPG
First 13 Matches 107 .134 2.94
Last 12 Matches 167 .268 3.98
Junior libero Kelli Mulvany has also elevated her game as of late. The third-year starter has posted 10 or more digs in each of the last seven matches, including a season-high 21 at Stanford on Oct. 30. Her 113 digs in UA's last 25 games has given her a team-best average of 4.52 dpg during the seven-match span and has increased her season average from 2.28 to 2.91.
Killough In The Middle
With the injury to Angie Ayers in the summer, it was no secret that junior Jolene Killough was going to need to step up her game this season. A candidate to redshirt in 2001 and '02, Killough played sparingly in her first two seasons in the Cardinal and Navy. Now with a starting role all to her own, the 6-foot-5 Killough has responded in a positive way., especially on the block In Arizona's 25 matches this season Killough has already surpassed her previous two-year career numbers across the board.
Killough's Numbers - 2001 and '02 vs. 2003
Years G K Hit % KPG SA BA SB TB BPG
2001 & '02 78 53 .278 0.68 4 22 2 30 0.38
2003 91 163 .314 1.79 25 101 9 110 1.21
This week's matches at Oregon and Oregon State will mark just the just the fourth and fifth matches Arizona will have played against unranked teams in its last 14 matches ... Arizona is 4-6 against top 10 teams this season and 4-9 against teams in the top 25 season .... If the schools that are currently ranked in the top 25 stay in the poll for the rest of the season, the Wildcats will face just two more ranked opponents in their final six matches.
The Wildcats feature a decidedly youthful team in 2003. Arizona's roster of 14 includes just one senior and three juniors. The other 10 spots consist of four sophomores and six freshmen (including redshirt Meghan Cumpston).
Arizona's loss to the Sun Devils on Sept. 26 knocked UA out of the top 25 for the first time since 1998, a string of 83 consecutive polls. The complete poll can be found on pg. 5.
The Wildcats head out for the final Pac-10 road trip of the season to the Pacific Northwest against Oregon and Oregon State ... The Wildcats swept the first meeting with both schools earlier this season in Tucson ... The Wildcats have won 10 consecutive matches against the Ducks in Eugene ... Arizona has won 14 straight matches against Oregon State, the longest current winning streak against any Pac-10 opponent for the Wildcats.
Upcoming Opponent Series Data
Oregon Oregon State
All-Time Record UA leads 30-8 UA leads 26-10
UA Streak Won Nine Won 14
on the road (since 1986) 13-4 11-6
Last Five Matches 5-0 5-0
David Rubio Against 21-2 19-4
The Ducks (3-20, 0-14)
The Wildcats and Ducks meet up for the second time this season ... Oregon is mired in a 15-match losing streak and has lost 19 of its last 20 matches ... Offensively, UO is led by Sarah Mason's 242 kills (3.10 kpg) and Kelly Russell's 240 (3.08 kpg) ... The Ducks are hitting a conference-low .197 as a team and have only three players hitting .210 or better ... Arizona head coach David Rubio's older brother, Keith, is an assistant for the Ducks.
Arizona-Oregon Team Stats Head-to-Head
Team G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 91 15.89 .239 14.35 1.74 13.82 2.59
UO 78 13.56 .197 12.27 1.28 11.96 2.08
The Beavers (14-12, 4-10)
The Beavers enter the week of play coming off a split with the Washington schools ... OSU came from behind to defeat Washington State 3-2 before falling to Washington a day later ... The Beavers have lost six of their last eight matches ... OSU is led by Allison Lawrence's 345 kills (3.59 kpg).
Arizona-Oregon State Team Stats Head-to-Head
Team G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 91 15.89 .239 14.35 1.74 13.82 2.59
OSU 97 14.98 .221 13.37 1.64 15.89 1.91