Oct. 8, 2002
Washington Road Trip Quick Hits: Arizona played two five-game matches against Washington State and Washington last week ... The Wildcats went 1-1, downing Washington on Friday after falling to Washington State on Thursday ... The loss to WSU was the first five-game match Arizona has played this season ... Freshman Kim Glass had a noteworthy weekend recording 56 kills on .345 hitting in Arizona's two matches and 26 digs ... Senior Lisa Rutledge returned from the road trip with 43 total kills and a team-high 32 digs against the Huskies and Cougars ... Glass and Rutledge accounted for 99 of Arizona's 138 kills in the two matches (72%) ... Senior setter Laurie Gardner had a season-high 66 assists in the loss to Washington State ... The loss to Washington State snapped an eight match winning streak the Wildcats held over the Cougars ... The victory over the Huskies improved Arizona to 10-0 against UW since 1997.
Polling Place: Arizona's split against Washington State and Washington dropped the Wildcats three spots in this week's AVCA poll from 17th to 20th. Volleyball Magazine dropped Arizona four spots from 16th to 20th. Stanford, Arizona's next opponent, remained fourth in the AVCA Poll.
Smooth As Glass: Freshman Kim Glass has been impressive in every match of the season thus far. She has tallied double digit kills in 12 of UA's 13 matches and leads the team with 220 kills and a .311 hitting percentage. However, since Pac-10 play began three weeks ago, she has bumped up her already impressive game. In the last five matches, all conference contests, she has averaged 5.10 kpg and 3.00 dpg. Glass has accumulated 102 kills on 224 attempts with 34 errors for a team-leading .304 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 5 102 34 224 .304 5.10 60 3.00
Midnight Madness: Arizona will play a pre-midnight Madness match for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time overall ... Friday's match with Stanford has been moved back one hour to 8 p.m. in order to fit in with the extravaganza ... The Wildcats will put a perfect 3-0 Midnight Madness record on the line against the fourth-ranked Cardinal ... Arizona has not dropped a game in matches played prior to Midnight Madness ... The three previous matches held in conjunction with the first basketball practice of the year have drawn a total of 15,936 fans for an average of 5,312. The 2000 match against USC drew a Pac-10 single match record of 7,298 fans alone.
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
Thirty Something: Freshman Kim Glass recorded just the 13th 30-plus kill match in school history last weekend against Washington State. Including Glass' effort, nine different players have accomplished the feat with most recent prior to Glass coming on Allison Napier's 34-kill effort against ASU in 2000.
30-Plus Kill Matches Player Opponent Date Games Kills Anita Moss vs.San Diego St. 1982 5 31 Melissa McLinden at Purdue 09/09/83 5 32 Melissa McLinden vs. Arizona St. 10/09/85 5 31 Melissa McLinden vs. Arizona St. 12/07/85 5 34 Melissa McLinden vs. BYU 12/14/85 5 41 Terry Launchner vs. Stanford 09/22/88 5 32 Caylin Combs at Washington St. 11/04/89 4 30 Kristi Colson vs. Washington St. 10/18/91 4 38 Barb Bell vs. USC 11/10/95 5 31 Barb Bell vs. Oregon 10/25/96 5 30 Carolyn Penfield at Arizona St. 10/24/97 4 33 Allison Napier vs. Arizona St. 11/18/00 4 34 Kim Glass at Washington St. 10/03/01 5 30
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, Arizona will face/have 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. 11 UCLA, No. 14 Pepperdine No. 19 Washington State and No. 21 Pacific in six of their last nine matches and will face No. 4 Stanford on Friday before a three-match respite against unranked, but still dangerous, Pac-10 teams.
Looking Ahead: Arizona returns home for the first matches in McKale Center in two weeks to host No.4 Stanford and California on Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats dropped both matches to the eventual national champion Cardinal in 2001, but took them to five games both times. Arizona swept the season series with Cal in 2001.
Upcoming Opponents Stanford: The defending national champion Cardinal (13-2, 4-1) split their series with the LA schools in the Bay Area last weekend, falling in a hard-fought match with No.1 USC 3-2 and beating No.13 UCLA 3-1 ... Stanford will tangle with Arizona State on Thursday before meeting up with UA on Friday ... Stanford entered the season ranked No.1, but fell in a three-game match to No.6 Florida to drop it to its current No.4 spot ... The Cardinal lead the Pac-10 in a number of categories, including hitting percentage (.318), opp hitting percentage (.151) and blocks (3.64) ... 2001 National Player of the Year Logan Tom returned to the Stanford lineup a little over two weeks ago after helping the US National Team to a silver medal at the World Championships ... Tom leads the Cardinal in kpg with a 4.57 average ... 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Ogonna Nnamani has racked up team-high 203 kills for the Cardinal this season ... Head Coach John Dunning is in the midst of his second season on the bench in Palo Alto and has run up a 46-4 record heading into play this week ... Stanford owns a 39-4 advantage in the all-time series ... Arizona's last victory in the series came during its 2000 Pac-10 championship season.
Arizona-Stanford 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.09 .239 13.53 1.57 13.72 2.72 Stanford 16.33 .318 14.75 1.63 13.55 3.64
California: The Golden Bears (11-3, 2-3 Pac-10) were swept at home by the LA schools last weekend, but made both the Bruins and Trojans sweat ... UCLA downed Cal 3-1 on Friday and the top-ranked Trojans needed five games to beat Cal the next night ... Cal has not been ranked this season, but have hovered just outside the top 25 throughout ... The Golden Bears have limited their opponents to a meager .170 hitting, third best in the Pac-10, thus far in 2002 ... Like Stanford, Cal will face ASU in Tempe before taking on Arizona in Tucson ... The Golden Bears are led offensively by sophomore Mia Jerkov's Pac-10 leading 5.73 kpg average ... That average accounts for over 35-percent of the Cal's team kpg average ... Jerkov has already recorded 275 kills in 48 games played this season ... Head coach Rich Feller is in his fourth year in Berkeley and has a 47-51 record at Cal heading into play this week ... Arizona will put a 12-match winning streak over the Bears on the line this week ... Arizona has not lost to Cal since the 1995 season and own a 28-6 record in the all-time series.
Arizona-California 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.09 .239 13.53 1.57 13.72 2.72 California 16.12 .261 14.53 1.78 16.16 2.38
Moving On Up: Senior Lisa Rutledge's 43 kills in Arizona's trip to Washington last weekend pushed her career total to 1,232 and into fifth on the career kills list.
1. Barb Bell 1993-96 1,859 2. Terry Lauchner 1987-90 1,636 3. Melissa Ferris 1991-94 1,273 4. Marisa DaLee 1997-99 1,243 5. Lisa Rutledge 1999-Present 1,232 6. Melissa McLinden 1982-85 1,213 7. Charita Johnson 1991-94 1,134
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 9 of Arizona's 13 matches this season. She leads the Wildcats in kills, kills per game, aces, digs and points. Through 13 matches and 47 games, she has tallied 220 kills on 489 attempts with just 68 errors for an impressive .311 hitting percentage. Looking back to Bell's first 11 matches, it is found that Glass is putting up similar numbers that earned Bell 1993 Volleyball Magazine Freshman All-America honors. Bell posted 198 kills on 483 swings with 77 errors for a .251 hitting percentage in her first 13 matches. Bell holds the school record for kills by a freshman with 417. With 220 kills this season, Glass is already ninth on the freshman list.
Bell/Glass Comparison (Through 13 Matches) Player MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs Barb Bell (1993) 13 52 198 77 483 .251 3.81 52 Kim Glass (2002) 13 47 220 68 489 .311 4.68 126
Moving to the Middle: With the injury to and departure of classmate Stefani Saragosa, senior Shannon Torregrosa has volunteered her services as Arizona's second middle blocker. Rotating with freshman Bre Ladd, Torregrosa is second on the team with 33 total blocks after moving in from her normal outside spot. She averages just under a block per game (0.89), a number that will certainly go up with more time in her new position.
Chipping In: Led by freshman Kim Glass' 4.68 kpg , five different Wildcats who have played in every match this season are averaging at least one kill per game. The arsenal of attackers makes the Wildcats a difficult team to defend at the net. If a team opts to take away Glass, senior Lisa Rutledge will come at you with her 3.74 kpg average, followed by classmate Shannon Torregrosa's 2.20 kpg effort, and so on.
Attendance: Through five home contests this year, the Wildcats are averaging 1,900 fans per match. The mark represents the second-highest average attendance in the Pac-10 this season and is ranked 10th 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 broke into the starting lineup as a freshman.
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.
Milestones To Watch For: Lisa Rutledge needs 18 starts this season to become the all-time school leader in matches started ... Although Barb Bell's school record of 1,859 career kills appears quite safe, a top three finish for Rutledge is not out of the question. Already sixth on the kills list, the senior outside hitter needs just 85 more to move into third all-time.
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 9 of the notes.
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 204-103 record (.664) 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.
The Libero: The NCAA has instituted a major rule change for the 2002 volleyball season. The position of libero has been added into play this year and will certainly have an impact on the game. The new position is defined as: a back-row player, intended to be used as a ball-control specialist. The libero is allowed to replace any player in the back row without counting as a substitution. The is no limit to the number of libero replacements a team is allowed.
However, there are restrictions on what the libero can and cannot do on the floor:
? The libero plays only in the back row.
? The libero may not serve.
? The libero may not block or attempt to block.
? The libero may not attack the ball if contact is made while the ball is completely above the height of the net.
? A teammate may not attack a ball that is completely above the height of the net IF the libero set that ball to her from the attack zone using an overhand finger pass.