Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Volleyball Notes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 03, 2004
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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THIS WEEK: The No. 22 Arizona volleyball team (13-8, 5-6) hosts Oregon (9-12, 1-10) and Oregon State (9-11, 3-8) this week. The Wildcats face the Ducks at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, and the Beavers at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. Live video streaming and live stats of both matches is available at

Friday’s match is Fan Appreciation Night. Fans wearing a red shirt get in to the match for $2. In addition, the first 100 students will receive free Domino’s Pizza and Pepsi. Finally, Volleyball Magazine, with a cover story on Arizona’s Kim Glass, will be handed out.

A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats went 1-1 last week, falling at No. 5 USC in four games (20-30, 27-30, 32-30, 17-30), before rebounding with an upset sweep (30-28, 30-21, 30-28) of No. 12 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion for the third year in a row. Sophomore Meghan Cumpston tallied a career-high six blocks at USC and 24 kills at UCLA, while senior Jolene Killough was error free on the weekend.

On the season, Arizona is led by junior Kim Glass, who averages 4.57 kills, 2.97 digs and 0.84 blocks per game. Cumpston adds 3.87 kills and 2.48 digs per game, while junior Jennifer Abernathy adds 3.74 kills and 2.21 digs per game. Setter Stephanie Butkus is averaging 12.10 assists per game, while libero Kelli Mulvany averages 3.26 digs per game.


Oregon - The Ducks dropped their seventh and eighth straight matches last weekend, falling at home to Washington State in five games (30-26, 28-30, 30-25, 25-30, 6-15) before being swept (27-30, 19-30, 20-30) by No. 1 Washington on Saturday.

Oregon is led by Lauren Westendorf, who averages 5.06 kills per game. Sarah Mason adds 3.86 kills and 0.54 service aces, while libero Katie O’Neil boasts a team-high 4.93 digs per game average. Setter Heather Madison dishes out 10.56 assists per game.

Oregon State - After taking No. 1 Washington to five games (30-20, 39-37, 16-30, 27-30, 10-15) last Thursday, the Beavers ended an eight-match losing streak on Friday, sweeping Washington State (30-21, 30-27, 30-18).

Oregon State is led by Allison Lawrence, who averages 3.86 kills and 3.26 digs per game. Setter Desma Stovall dishes out 11.68 assists per game, while Nina Baltimore leads the team in digs with 3.55 per game.


Oregon- Arizona is 32-8 all-time vs. the Ducks, including 11 victories in a row. The two teams last faced each other on Oct. 9, with the Wildcats sweeping Oregon in Eugene. Arizona is 15-4 at home, 15-4 away and 2-0 at a neutral site vs. Oregon.

Oregon State - Arizona is 28-10 all-time against the Beavers and has won the last 16 meetings, its longest current Pac-10 winning streak. The last time the two teams met, on Oct. 8, 2004, the Wildcats defeated Oregon State 3-1 on the road. Arizona is 15-3 at home, 13-6 away and 0-1 at a neutral site vs. the Beavers.

USA Today/CSTV Coaches Poll Nov1, 2004

Rank School            Total   2004    Last
(1st-place Votes) Points Record Week
1    Washington (63)   1,623   19-0    1
2    Hawai’i (2)       1,530   20-0    3
3    Nebraska          1,502   19-1    4
4    USC               1,402   14-3    5
5    Minnesota         1,316   21-3    2
6    Penn State        1,287   19-2    6
7    Ohio State        1,280   21-1    7
8    Florida           1,184   20-2    8
9    Colorado State    1,064   19-2    9
10   Texas             1,061   19-2    10
11   California        917     12-7    13
12   Stanford          819     15-6    11
13   Saint Mary's      795     19-2    14
14   Texas A&M         731     14-5    15
15   Tennessee         613     21-2    16
16   UCLA              576     14-7    12
17   Utah              575     18-3    17 
18   Kansas State      488     14-7    18
19   UC Santa Barbara  434     16-3    20
20   Santa Clara       432     16-4    19
21   San Diego         340     16-4    22
T-22 Louisville        262     20-2    23
T-22 Arizona           262     13-8    24
24   Florida A&M       152     20-2    25
25   Illinois          136     15-6    21 

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Wisconsin 99, Rice 76, Ohio 57, Georgia Tech 40, Missouri 30, Long Beach State 18, Notre Dame 6, UC Irvine 5, Loyola Marymount 5, Pacific 5.


Pac-10 Standings
                    Pac-10          Overall
                   W-L   Pct.      W-L   Pct.
Washington         11-0  1.000     19-0  1.000
USC                9-2   .818      14-3  .824
Stanford           7-3   .700      15-6  .714
California         7-3   .700      12-7  .632
UCLA               7-4   .636      14-7  .667
Arizona            5-6   .455      13-8  .619
Oregon State       3-8   .273      9-11  .450
Arizona State      3-8   .273      8-12  .400
Oregon             1-10  .111      9-12  .429
Washington State   1-10  .111      4-20  .167

POLL FACTS: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 96 of the last 105 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred last year.

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

REACHING MILESTONES: Setter Stephanie Butkus recorded her 300th career dig, senior Jolene Killough notched her 400th career kill and 75th career dig, and junior Jennifer Abernathy got her 650th career kill at USC last Friday.

CLOSING IN: Sophomore Kristina Baum is seven kills away from 300 on her career, while setter Stephanie Butkus is 11 kills away from 150. Senior Cassidy Crum is one assist away from 50 on her career, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston is seven kills shy of 300 and 25 digs away from on her career. Junior Kim Glass is 25 kills away from 1,400, 22 blocks away from 200 and one service ace shy of 100 on her career. Senior Jolene Killough is 14 blocks away from 250 on her career, while junior Bre Ladd is 22 kills shy of 800 on her career. Senior libero Kelli Mulvany is 12 digs away from 1,100 on her career.

RANKING IN THE PAC-10: Sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus ranks third in the Pac-10 in assists per game, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston is sixth in kills. Senior Jolene Killough is fourth in hitting percentage and ninth in blocks per game. Meanwhile, sophomore Kristina Baum is 10th in hitting percentage and junior Bre Ladd is 10th in blocks.

In conference matches only, junior Kim Glass is second in kills and points, while Butkus is third in assists. Killough is third in hitting percentage and senior Kelli Mulvany is eighth in digs. Ladd ranks eighth in blocks and 10th in hitting percentage.

As a team, the Wildcats rank in the top half of the conference in kills, hitting percentage, blocks, assists and opponent hitting percentage.

KILLOUGH PERFECT OVER LAST THREE MATCHES: Senior Jolene Killough has posted three-straight error-free matches, collecting nine kills on 10 attempts (.900) against Arizona State, 11 kills on 16 attempts (.688) at USC and eight kills on 15 attempts (.533) at UCLA. During that time, she is hitting .634 with 28 kills in 41 attempts and no errors.

BUTKUS ENTERS ELITE STATUS: Against Washington, sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus became just the sixth Wildcat ever to eclipse the 2,000-assist mark. She now has 2,152 on her career, 540 away from fifth place.

GLASS’ STREAKS: Junior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 73 of 75 matches on her career. What’s more, she has recorded double-digit kills in all but nine (66 of 74) matches during her three years.

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 81 of 85 career matches, including 22 in a row, dating back to last season.

MULVANY DIGGING IT UP: Senior Kelli Mulvany has been a steady defensive player for the Wildcats this season. She has reached double-digit digs 14 times on the season and has led the team in digs 13 times, including nine of the 11 Pac-10 matches. She is currently sixth all-time in career digs at Arizona with (1,088), eight away from fifth place and 24 digs away from fourth.

WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks 13th nationally in home attendance with an average of 1,645 over eight matches.

RUBIO APPROACHING ARIZONA WINS RECORD: Head Coach David Rubio currently has 247 wins in his 13 seasons at the helm. He needs just 12 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 travels to Washington state next weekend. The Wildcats face the Huskies at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 11, and the Cougars at 7 p.m. next Friday, Nov. 12.

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