Nov. 5, 2002
Last Time Out: The Wildcats split their two matches with the schools from Washington last weekend ... Arizona got swept by Washington 3-0 on Friday, but rallied from an 0-2 deficit to defeat #17 Washington State 3-2 a night later ... Freshman Kim Glass had an off night against Washington, managing just eight kills, but bounced back against the Cougars the next night with a match-high 28 kills. She has now finished with double-digit kills in 18 of Arizona's 20 matches this season ... Glass (27 kills, 16 digs) and Lisa Rutledge (13 kills, 18 digs) both tallied double-doubles in the come-from-behind win over the Cougars ... Sophomore libero Kelli Mulvany had a career-high 23 digs against WSU ... Before mounting the comeback, Arizona had nearly as many errors (18) as kills (22) in the first two games alone ... Glass sparked the Arizona rally in the third game with 11 kills in the frame, she had just six kills in the first two games combined ... The 14 points scored in game two against WSU tied the school-low for points in a frame set earlier this season against Pepperdine.
Polling Place: Arizona's split with the Washington schools last week caused the Wildcats to slip two spots in this week's AVCA poll from 14th to 16th. Upcoming opponent Stanford jumped up two spots, from sixth to fourth, after defeating UCLA and USC in Los Angeles. California is listed among the teams receiving votes.
Looking Ahead: Arizona will play a pair of grudge matches against the Bay Area schools this week. The Wildcats upset No.4 Stanford 3-2 in Tucson on Oct. 11 after trailing in the match 0-2. A night later, Cal downed a physically and emotionally spent Wildcat team 3-0.
Rutledge Has Third All To Her Own: Senior Lisa Rutledge has been a productive four-year starter for the Wildcats during her career. Against Arizona State on Oct. 25 she moved into third on the all-time kills list at Arizona. Only two other players, Barb Bell and Terry Lauchner, have recorded more kills in an Arizona uniform than Rutledge has.
1. Barb Bell 1993-96 1,859 2. Terry Lauchner 1987-90 1,636 3. Lisa Rutledge 1999-Present 1,307
Upcoming Opponent Stanford: The Cardinal will be looking to avenge their 3-2 loss to Arizona earlier this season in Tucson ... Stanford is coming off a two victory weekend that saw it down UCLA to sweep the season series with the Bruins and pull out a 3-2 win over previously undefeated and top-ranked USC ... Stanford is 21-3 overall and 11-2 in the Pac-10 ... Arizona's victory over the Cardinal back in October was just the fourth for the Wildcats over Stanford in school history ... Arizona has swept the season series with Stanford just once (2000) ... 2001 National Player of the Year Logan Tom leads the Cardinal attack. The senior Olympian has 291 kills in 61 games played this season for a 4.77 kpg average ... Junior Sara McGee leads the Pac-10 with a .442 hitting percentage ... McGee and fellow middle blocker Jen Harvey are a force at the net. The duo are averaging 1.42 and 1.53 bpg this season, helping Stanford to a conference best 3.73 team bpg average ... Stanford owns a 29-4 advantage all-time against Arizona.
Arizona-Stanford 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.19 .248 13.57 1.67 13.82 2.76 Stanford 16.06 .306 14.58 1.49 14.06 3.73
California: Cal snapped a 12-match losing streak to the Wildcats earlier this season with a 3-0 sweep in Tucson ... The Golden Bears dropped both of their matches last week in Los Angeles, falling 3-0 to both UCLA and USC ... Cal has been without the services of Pac-10 kills leader Mia Jerkov for the last few weeks ... Jerkov averages 6.01 kpg and has tallied an impressive 415 kills this season ... Senior Leah Young has stepped up in place of Jerkov and is second for Cal with 269 kills and a 3.13 kpg average ... Junior setter Caity Noonan has dished out 1,024 assists thus far for an average of 12.05 apg ... California has not swept a season series with Arizona since 1991, the year Arizona went 0-18 in the Pac-10 ... Arizona leads the all-time series with a 26-7 record.
Arizona-California 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.19 .248 13.57 1.67 13.82 2.76 California 15.52 .237 14.17 1.35 16.06 2.28
The Comeback: Arizona's come-from-behind win over No.4 Stanford on Oct. 11 was the first match in nearly two years in which Arizona trailed 0-2 and came back to win. The Wildcats dropped the first two games of their Nov. 7, 2000 match against No. 9 Florida in McKale Center and turned around to win the next three games to steal the win ... Senior Shannon Torregrosa keyed the comeback against the Cardinal this year, both at the net and at the service line. In the momentum swinging third game, she helped Arizona go on a 14-3 scoring run with four consecutive service aces, two kills and three block assists.
The Comeback II: For the second time this season Arizona rallied from an 0-2 deficit to steal a win. The Wildcats trailed Washington State 2-0 heading into the break last Saturday, but managed to put together three straight game wins to stun the dominating Cougars. In the first two games of the match, Arizona tallied 22 kills and 18 errors. WSU on the other hand had 25 kills and just a single error in the first two frames for a .500 hitting percentage. Freshman Kim Glass started the comeback with 11 kills in game three. The Wildcats then held WSU to a .000 hitting percentage in game four and held on to win a tightly contested fifth game.
Calling All Fans: Arizona is on pace to shatter the school record for total attendance in a single season. Through 10 home matches this season, Arizona has had 23,798 fans come and watch the Wildcats play. The current record of 24,525, set in 2000, is safe by only 727 fans and with two home matches remaining will likely fall. Arizona's average attendance of 2,380 this season is nearly 600 more fans per match than the school record of 1,788 established last season.
Smooth As Glass: Freshman Kim Glass arguably completed the best string of individual performances in school history this season. Beginning on Oct. 3 at Washington State and wrapping up a five-match stretch on Oct. 17 at Oregon, Glass averaged 6.14 kpg during the span. She had 20 or more kills in each of the five matches for a grand total 129 total kills on .345 hitting. In Arizona's five-game loss to Washington State on Oct. 3 she recorded just the 13th 30-kill match in school history. A night later she put down 26 kills in a five-game win over Washington. Then, a night after leading all-players with 28 kills in UA's come-from-behind win against No. 4 Stanford on Oct. 11, she recorded a three-game school record 25 kills against the Golden Bears. She closed out the scoring spree with 20 kills in UA's 3-0 win over Oregon on Oct. 17. For her efforts against Cal and Stanford she was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, her second such honor this season.
Glass' String Of Hits Date Opponent K-E-Att Pct. KPG Oct. 3 at Washington State, 5 games 30-8-52 .423 6.00 kpg Oct. 4 at Washington, 5 games 26-9-62 .279 5.20 kpg Oct. 11 vs. Stanford, 5 games 28-11-61 .279 5.60 kpg Oct. 12 vs. Cal, 3 games 25-6-51* .373 8.33 kpg Oct. 17 at Oregon, 3 games 20-4-39 .410 6.67 kpg Totals Five Matches, 21 Games 129-38-264 .345 6.14 kpg* The 25 kills against Cal set a three-game school record.
Freshman Record List: With Glass' impressive run of kills over the past month she has already moved into second on the freshmen records list. To date Glass has 357 kills in her first season in the Cardinal and Navy, 61 more than teammate Lisa Rutledge and former Wildcat and Olympian Caren Kemner had as freshmen. She now trails only Barb Bell's rookie mark of 417.
Stuck In The Middle: Ranking third in the Pac-10 in bpg, the Arizona middle blockers have more than held their own defensively this season. However, head coach David Rubio and his staff have made a concerted effort at improving the offensive production from the position over the last month, and the hard work has begun to pay off. In Arizona's last seven matches, freshman Bre Ladd has improved her kpg average by over one per game and redshirt freshman Angie Ayers has doubled her season total in kills and has been a wall at the net on the block. Not surprisingly, this added dimension of the Arizona offense has helped UA go 5-2 over the seven-match stretch.
Middle Blocker's First 13 Matches vs. Last Seven Bre Ladd K KPG Hitting % First 13 83 1.77 .196 Last Seven 76 3.04 .374 Angie Ayers K KPG Hitting % BPG First 13 10 0.40 .304 0.60 Last Seven 13 0.59 .259 1.23
A Tough Stretch: Head coach David Rubio knows from firsthand experience how tough the Pac-10 is. In an effort to prepare the 2002 team for conference play and the NCAA postseason, he put together a very competitive schedule. Beginning on Sept. 7 and ending Oct. 11, Arizona faced top 25 teams at least once in five of six weekends. The Wildcats have already taken on No. 1 USC, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 4 Stanford, No. 11 UCLA, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 17 and No. 19 Washington State and No. 21 Pacific this season. In its final eight matches this season Arizona will get to play rematch contests against No.2 USC, No.4 Stanford, No. 19 UCLA, as well as a regular season ending match against No.22 Utah.
Stepping Up: Freshman Kim Glass has been impressive in every match of the season thus far. She has tallied double digit kills in 18 of UA's 20 matches and leads the team with 357 kills and a .308 hitting percentage. However, since Pac-10 play began over two months ago, she has bumped up her already impressive game. In the last 12 matches, all conference contests, she has averaged 5.31 kpg and 2.60 dpg. Glass has accumulated 239 kills on 534 attempts with 77 errors for a team-leading .303 hitting percentage in conference play.
Glass Non-Conference vs. Pac-10 MP K E Att Ht% KPG Digs DPG Non-Conf. 8 118 34 265 .317 4.37 66 2.44 Pac-10 12 239 77 534 .303 5.31 117 2.60
Sudden Impact: Not since Barb Bell first stepped on the floor for Arizona in 1993 has a freshman outside hitter made as big an impact for the Wildcats as Kim Glass has this season. Glass has led or shared the team lead in kills in 15 of Arizona's 20 matches this season, including a streak of 10 straight matches. She leads the Wildcats in kills, kills per game, aces and points. Through 20 matches and 72 games, she has tallied 357 kills on 799 attempts with just 111 errors for an impressive .308 hitting percentage. Looking back to Bell's freshman season, it is found that Glass is putting up better numbers than that which earned Bell 1993 Volleyball Magazine Freshman All-America honors. Bell posted 285 kills on 676 swings with 104 errors for a .268 hitting percentage in her first 20 matches.
Bell/Glass Comparison (Through 20 Matches) Player MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs Barb Bell (1993) 20 80 311 112 749 .266 3.89 91 Kim Glass (2002) 20 72 357 111 799 .308 4.96 183Attendance: Bolstered by a Pac-10 record crowd of 9,141, the Wildcats are averaging 2,380 fans per match through 10 home contests this season. The mark represents the highest average attendance in the Pac-10 this year and is ranked fifth nationally among all Division I schools.
We're #1: The 2002 freshman class at Arizona is easily the most highly regarded incoming crop of athletes in the program's 31-year history. Ranked the top recruiting class in the nation by Volleyball Magazine, all four players in the class are in the publication's Fab 50 for 2002, including the top two and three of the top six freshmen players in the country. The class is composed of Jennifer Abernathy and Meghan Cumpston from California, Kim Glass from Pennsylvania, and Bre Ladd who opted to stay in Southern Arizona after attending Canyon Del Oro High School.
Arizona and Volleyball Magazine's 2002 Fab 50 1. Bre Ladd 2. Kim Glass 6. Jennifer Abernathy 34. Meghan Cumpston
Freshman and Senior Similarities: The 2002 freshmen class is contributing heavily towards Arizona's efforts this season. Four of the newcomers (including redshirt Angie Ayers) have started at least one match this season. Freshmen contributions have not been so prevalent in the Arizona lineup since this season's senior class came to Arizona. Lisa Rutledge, Rachel Williams and Shannon Torregrosa all started and played right away as freshmen for Coach Rubio in 1999. In the last two years combined, only Kelli Mulvany has broken into the starting lineup as a freshman.
Midnight Madness: October 11's match against Stanford was the fourth contest Arizona has played prior to basketball's Midnight Madness ... The victory over the Cardinal improved Arizona's record to 4-0 in such matches ... The 9,141 fans in attendance smashed the previous Pac-10 record crowd of 7,298 established by Arizona in 2000 ... Stanford was the first team to take a game from Arizona in a pre-Midnight Madness match.
Midnight Madness Results Date Opponent Score Result Attendance Oct. 17, 1997 vs. Oregon State 3-0 W 4,927 Oct. 13, 2000 vs. #4 USC 3-0 W 7,298 Oct. 12, 2001 vs. Washington St. 3-0 W 3,711 Oct. 11, 2002 vs. #4 Stanford 3-2 W 9,141
Getting 200: With UA's 3-0 win over New Mexico on Sept. 6, head coach David Rubio became the fastest coach in Arizona volleyball history to record his 200th win for the Wildcats. The win over the Lobos came in Rubio's 298th match on the Wildcat bench. Rosie Wegrich, who is UA's all-time leader in coaching victories with 258, picked up her 200th Arizona victory in her 341st match as head coach. Ironically, Coach Wegrich also got her milestone win against New Mexico in 1988.
Saragosa's Out: Citing a three-year string of injuries, senior Stefani Saragosa has ended her playing career at Arizona. An instrumental player in helping to raise Arizona to an elite level, she was a member of the three Sweet Sixteen teams, two Elite Eight squads and last season's Final Four club. She finished her career second on Arizona's hitting percentage list and tied for sixth in block assists.
Head Coach David Rubio: Entering his 11th season as the top man at Arizona, Rubio has elevated the Wildcat volleyball program to one of the elite in all of Division I. Taking a team that did not win a conference match the season prior to his arrival, he has built a 209-105 record (.665) in 10-plus years. He has led the Wildcats to eight NCAA Tournament berths, including the last six straight, 15 tournament victories, five Sweet Sixteens ('93, '94, '99, 2000, '01), two Elite Eights (2000, '01) and Arizona's first-ever Final Four (2001). His efforts last season earned him Volleyball Magazine National Coach-of-the-Year honors.
Another Rutledge Milestone To Watch For: In addition to moving up the career kills list, Rutledge needs just nine more starts this season to become the all-time school leader.
Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll: The Pac-10 coaches placed Arizona third in their annual preseason poll. The Wildcats garnered 73 votes in the poll, trailing only defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford and USC. The coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own team, have correctly named the conference champion eight times in 13 tries. The full poll can be found on page 10 of the notes.