Oct. 28, 2003
Arizona State Quick Hits
The Wildcats opened the second half of the Pac-10 season with a 3-0 win over their rival to the North ASU ... The sweep avenged a 3-2 loss to the Sun Devils earlier this season in which Arizona held a 2-0 advantage but still lost ... Sophomore Kim Glass led all players in the match with 18 kills on .343 hitting ... Glass' effort was the 20th time this season she paced Arizona in kills in a match ... Arizona continued its tough blocking at the net with 10 total blocks on the night. Glass and Classmate Bre Ladd each tallied five block assists against the Devils ... Ladd also finished with 10 kills on .471 hitting ... Jennifer Abernathy posted four of UA's seven service aces ... Freshman Kristina Baum tallied five kills on eight swings with no errors and junior Kelli Mulvany recorded a match-high 14 digs ... The Wildcats hit .326 as a team to ASU's .121 for the match.
Since Arizona's 3-1 win over UCLA in Los Angeles on Oct. 10, the Wildcats have continued to play better and better each week. In the last six matches, Arizona has served, passed, set, attacked and blocked better across the board, but perhaps more importantly the efficiency on offense has been much better. Over the last six matches the Wildcats have been hitting at a .268 clip as compared to its .228 percentage in the first 15 matches of the season. Individually, Arizona's sophomore trio of Kim Glass, Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy have all improved their hitting percentages which has translated into more kills per game.
Team K E Att. Hitting %
First 15 Matches 883 409 2082 .228
Last Six Matches 315 121 724 .268
Individual Abernathy Ladd Glass First 15 Matches .131, 2.66 kpg .266, 2.93 kpg .238, 5.43 kpg Last Six Matches .270, 3.24 kpg .392, 2.43 kpg .248, 5.90 kpg
Around the Block
In addition to its offense coming around, Arizona's effort on the block has shown a turn for the better as well. In their last two matches (at Hawaii and vs. ASU) the Wildcats are averaging over a block more per game then their season average (3.75 bpg to 2.44 bpg) ... UA's 20-blocks at Hawaii were the most for the Wildcats since December 7, 2001, at the NCAA regional in Los Angeles when UA posted 21 team blocks in its five-game win over USC. The school record for total blocks in a match is 32 set at BYU on Dec. 3, 1994 ... Junior Jolene Killough's individual effort of 12 block assists at Hawaii was the most for a Wildcat since Tamika Dennis knocked down 12 attempts on Dec. 3, 1994. Killough's outing tied her with Dennis for the second-most block assists in a match at Arizona. Former Wildcat Beth Raymond assisted on a school record 14 stuffs on Oct. 25, 1986, at Oregon State.
The Race To 1,000
Sophomore Kim Glass, who recorded a single-season school record 556 kills in her freshman year and has amassed another 428 this season, needs just 16 more kills to reach the 1,000 mark for her career. With an average of 5.56 kpg this season, it appears that she'll achieve the milestone on Thursday at Stanford or, at latest, a night later at Cal, making her the first sophomore in school history to reach the century mark. Former All-American Barb Bell is currently the fastest to 1,000 kills, having achieved the milestone in her 65th career match, the 10th match of her junior year.
The Fastest To 1,000
Player MP GP Attempts
Barb Bell (1993-96) 65 239 2,432
Kim Glass (2002-03)* 53 189 2,260
* Glass has 984 career kills
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 player who finished with 30 or more kills also accounted for over half of the team kill total in the match. Glass' 31 kills was 52 percent of Arizona's kill 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.
Other Milestones On Glass' Horizon
In case you didn't notice, Kim Glass is on pace to completely rewrite the Arizona record book. In just her second season at Arizona, she has already posted 25 matches with 20 or more kills, the second-best career total ever at UA behind Barb Bell's four-year total of 30... Her 11 matches with 20 or more kills this year is just three away from tying her single season school record of 14 she established last season ... Should Glass continue to average five kills per game this year, she would become the first player in school history to so in a single season. She is currently averaging 5.56 kpg.
This week's matches against No. 9 Stanford and No. 6 Cal will be the fifth and sixth top 10 teams Arizona will face in its last 10 matches and the sixth and seventh top 25 team in the past 12... Arizona is 2-4 against top 10 teams this season and 2-7 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 four ranked opponents in their final eight matches after this weekend, including three top 10 teams.
Jen's Coming On
Sophomore Jennifer Abernathy has enjoyed a recent renascence in her game. In Arizona's last eight matches, the outside hitter has posted five matches with double digit kills. She recorded a career-high 20 kills in UA's five-game loss at No. 2 Hawaii and became the first player other then classmate Kim Glass to lead the Wildcats in kills in a contest this season when she knocked down a match-high 13 on .409 hitting against Oregon on Oct. 16. During her recent surge she has totaled 94 kills and a 3.36 kpg average.
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. 4.
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. Through Arizona's first 21 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 77 144 .332 1.87 23 74 8 82 1.06
Trick or Treat
So far playing on Halloween for the Wildcats has been more tricks than treats. UA's Oct. 31 meeting with Cal will be the sixth all-time match played on the night for ghosts and goblins and Arizona hopes to even its record after going 2-3 in the five previous Halloween matches.
The Wildcats will head out to the Bay Area for a rematch against Stanford and Cal. Both the Cardinal and Golden Bears won their respective matches in Tucson earlier this season ... Cal handed Arizona its first 3-0 loss sweep of the season ... Arizona has defeated Stanford just once in Maples Pavilion (2000), but has defeated Cal 10 straight times in Berkeley.
Upcoming Opponent Series Data
All-Time Record Stanford leads 42-5 Arizona leads 29-8
UA Streak Lost three Lost one
on the road against (since '86) 1-17* 14-3
Last Five Matches 1-4* 3-2
David Rubio Against 4-21^ 19-4
* Includes 3-0 loss in 2002 NCAA Tournament
^ Includes losses in 1999 and 2002 NCAA Tournaments
The Cardinal (15-5, 8-3)
Stanford is coming off a split on its road trip to the Washington Schools. The Cardinal defeated Washington State in five games after dropping a four-game decision to Washington the night before ... The Cardinal continue to rank as the top blocking team in the conference with an average of 3.13 bpg this season. Individually, Jennifer Harvey leads all Pac-10 players with an impressive 1.57 bpg average ... Stanford is led offensively by junior Ogonna Nnamani. The third-year Cardinal averages 5.35 kpg, fourth-best in the Pac-10, while hitting at a .317 clip.
Arizona-Stanford Team Stats Head-to-Head
Team G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 77 15.56 .238 13.92 1.87 12.91 2.44
Stanford 75 15.91 .283 14.73 1.47 14.04 3.13
The Golden Bears (18-2, 9-2)
The Golden Bears have continued to roll along since their first meeting with Arizona earlier this season. They won their two matches last weekend, defeating Washington State 3-1 and winning 3-2 at Washington a night later ... After winning its first 16-straight, Cal dropped a pair of matches to UCLA and USC, but forced both matches to five games. It was the first time top-ranked USC had been forced to five games all season ... The Golden Bears are led by junior outside hitter Mia Jerkov. The reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week currently leads the conference with a 5.92 kpg average ... Senior Camille Leffall paces Cal with a .377 hitting percentage and a 1.20 bpg average.
Arizona-Cal Team Stats Head-to-Head
Team G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 77 15.56 .238 13.92 1.87 12.91 2.44
Cal 75 16.36 .277 15.31 1.65 16.28 2.27
The Abernathys - Part Deux
Friday's Halloween match up between Arizona and Cal will mark the second meeting between the sisters Abernathy. Jennifer (UA) and Gabrielle (Cal) squared off in Tucson earlier this season for the first time in their collegiate careers. Gabrielle finished with eight kills to Jennifer's nine, but hit .222 to her younger sister's -.103.
The Abernathy Tale of the Tape
Yr. Sophomore Junior
Pos. OH OH
Ht. 5-11 5-10
KPG 2.83 3.05
Hit % .172 .228
SAPG 0.34 0.41
DPG 1.69 1.11
BPG 0.30 0.31