Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 24 Cats Travel To Wolf Pack Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 09, 2010
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Sept. 9, 2010

Ahead This Week for UA Volleyball: No. 24 Arizona heads to Reno, Nev. this weekend for the Wolf Pack Invitational...With a five-match winning streak, the Wildcats will look to keep the momentum going against Pacific, Nevada and NAU...As of late, Whitney Dosty has been UA's go-to player, having what coach Dave Rubio called "her best weekend" in the Wildcat Classic last week...Depth has been one concern for the Cats early on this season, but the team is gaining valuable minutes for freshmen Maddie Lozano, Candace Nicholson and Emily Helm.

Arizona vs. Pacific  - Friday, Sept. 9  - 10 a.m.
Arizona vs. Nevada - Friday Sept. 9 - 7 p.m.
Arizona vs. NAU - Saturday, Sept. 10 - 12 p.m.

Last week: Arizona opened its first home tournament, The Wildcat Classic presented by Marriott University Park, with strong results earning sweeps against Cal Bakersfield and Butler and topping Louisville in five sets...Whitney Dosty came up big for UA, totaling 56 kills through the three matches... Arizona's win streak now stands at five as it heads to play in the Wolf Pack Invitational...

In the rankings: The Wildcats remained stagnant at No. 24 overall in the AVCA poll after earning three wins in Tucson...All 25 teams ranked last week appear in this week's polling...The Pac-10 has seven teams among the top 25 for the third consecutive week...Arizona has been ranked in each of the three polling's this season.

Head Coach Dave Rubio in his 19th season as head coach of Arizona.  In that time span, Rubio has a record of 345-201. Rubio also boasts a career record of 467-267 in 24 career years.  In the last ten seasons, Rubio has guided the Wildcats to five Sweet 16s, four Elite Eights and to Arizona's first-ever Final Four. His teams have won over 200 matches during this ten-year stretch, including 16 in the NCAA Tournament, which is six more than the
previous 14 postseason teams combined.  Rubio is assisted by associate head coach Steve Walker, assistant coach Allison Napier and volunteer coach Melissa Ohta.

Active Wins Leader in the Pac:  Coach Rubio, in his 19th season with the Wildcats, is the active leader in Conference wins with 347.  The "dean" of Pac-10 head coaches, Rubio's been at the helm of UA seven years longer than the second longest tenured coach (Cal's Rich Feller). Rubio also owns a conference winning percentage of .630 in the always tough Pac-10 and has guided the Cats to 13 NCAA appearances.

Tucson's Girl: Outside Hitter Whitney Dosty, who grew up in Tucson and is wildly popular with all the Wildcat fans, looks to finally have her banner season.  In 2009, Dosty posted number of 269 total kills, a hitting percentage of .200 and 50 total blocks.  While hampered by a hand injury early on in the season, Dosty found her stride in the latter half of the season with a much improved attack percentage.  Through the early 2010 season, Dosty in leading the team in kills and points with 98 and 107.5, respectively.

COBRA Magazine Preseason All-Americans: Tiffany Owens was named to this season's COBRA Magazine National Player of the Year Watch List. Owens in 2009 paced the Cats to a team-leading 414 kills and was second in digs with 349.  Also garnering praise from COBRA was hitter Whitney Dosty who was named to the publication's All-American Preseason Second-Team list.
Watch TO's Double-Double's: One particular stat on note during the 2009 season was Tiffany Owens' double-doubles.  When Owens amassed double-digit kills and digs, the Wildcats usually had success.  Let's see if that stat holds true in 2010.   She's already posted two this season including one vs. Louisville last Friday.

Charting the Pac-10 Ranks: On the Pac-10 active career leaders list, three Wildcats are spotlighted in multiple categories.  In terms of kills, Tiffany Owens is third on the career leaders chart with 1,112 kills over her three years.  Whitney Dosty is fifth on that same list with 919 total kills. For digs, Owens fifth among all conference players with 772 while Paige Weber ranks in seventh with 622 career digs.  On the assists charts, Weber is third in the conference with 3,633 assists, trailing only Cal's Carli Lloyd and Washington's Jenna Hagglund.  Other categories which the trio appear include blocks (Dosty, ninth with 182; Weber, 10th, with 170) and service aces (Weber, second, with 96 aces)

Lozano Stepping Up: Last week in the Wildcat Classic, Maddie Lozano posted some solid numbers from the middle blocker position.  The Roseville, Calif. native recorded four blocks against Butler to lead the team, then followed it up one day later against CSU Bakersfield to lead the team again with five total blocks.

Nicholson Serves It:  A few days before the Wildcat Classic, freshman Candace Nicholson was lamenting how her serve was troubling her.  But in set five against Louisville, Nicholson came up clutch for the Cats as they went on to beat the Cardinals 17-15. Getting her into the action is sure to help UA from a depth standpoint as the season progresses.

Quite the Streak: Paige Weber has put together quite an impressive streak.  Weber has played in every set of her Wildcat career.  That amounts to 346 consecutive sets over three years.  The Wildcats will look to Weber's durability again this season to take them to the postseason.  Weber also ranks second on the all-time UA assists list behind only Dana Burkholder

Karst Getting The Minutes:  Courtney Karst looks to weigh heavily on the Wildcats' success in 2010.  An outside hitter out of Aurora, Colo., Karst will be a mainstay in the lineup after putting up 310 kills in 2009.  Appearing in 20 sets so far, Karst has 40 kills and three aces.

Action Jackson: Cursty Jackson is one of six newcomers for the Wildcats in 2010.  A transfer from UNLV by way of Los Angeles, Jackson attacks with force and great leaping ability.  Through six matches, Jackson leads the team in total blocks with 23.

A Few New Faces: In 2010, Arizona Volleyball welcomes in six newcomers to the line-up.  Freshman middle blockers Madeline Lozano and Tarryn Luafalemana will contend for immediate playing time along the front row while freshmen liberos Candace Nicholson and Emily Helm look to provide defensive depth.  Transfers Cursty Jackson (previously mentioned) and Marketa Hanzlova are also new on the roster for Arizona.

Pac-10 Preseason Poll: In this year's Pac-10 Coaches Poll, Arizona was slated to finish fourth overall behind Stanford (1), Washington (2) and USC (3).  It's the Wildcats highest poll position since the 2005 season.  Seven Conference teams are ranked among the nation's top 25.

Up Next: The Wildcats return home next week to host its final non-conference tournament of the year in the Arizona Invitational presented by Lodge on the Desert.  UA will host Pepperdine, Texas State and New Mexico State.  Match times for Saturday's two matches are subject to being played earlier in the day.