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09-24-2007 Arizona hosts OSU, Oregon
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/24/2007
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This Week:

After hanging tough with No. 5 UCLA and No. 4 USC, the Arizona volleyball team returns home to host Oregon State (8-6, 1-1 Pac-10) and No. 21 Oregon (12-2, 1-1 Pac-10).? The Wildcats will take on the Beavers on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., and the Ducks on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.?

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the week with a 10-4 overall record and a 0-2 mark in the Pac-10 after losses to No. 5 UCLA and No. 4 USC, dropping back-to-back matches for the first time this season.? So far on the season, Arizona is hitting .233 as a team (751-304-1915), while averaging 15.02 kills, 15.86 digs, and 3.62 blocks per game (second in the Pac-10 and the nation).? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .144 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 4.06 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.72 kills and 1.78 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.34 assists per game.

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Los Angeles Road Trip Recap:

Arizona opened its Pac-10 Conference slate up with the always daunting trip to Los Angeles against No. 5 UCLA and No. 4 USC.? The Wildcats had both the Bruins and the Women of Troy on the ropes in both matches, and could have walked away with a break-out victory in either.? Instead, Arizona gave up leads in both matches falling 3-1 to UCLA and a dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker to USC.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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Oregon State ?C The Oregon State Beavers enter this week with an 8-6 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the Pac-10.? OSU beat Washington State in five games, and got swept by No. 8 Washington at home.? As a team, the Beavers are hitting .245 (832-314-2116), while averaging 14.60 kills, 14.89 digs and 3.11 blocks per game (third in the Pac-10).? Individually, sophomore Rachel Rourke leads the Beavers with a 4.54 kills per game average, the second-best mark in the Pac-10, and freshman Jill Sawatzky adds 3.16 kills per game.? Head coach Taras Liskevych is in his third season at the helm of the OSU program.

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Oregon ?C The Ducks of Oregon enter this week with a 12-2 overall record, a 1-1 mark in the Pac-10, and a No. 21 national ranking.? The Ducks started 10-0 before going 2-2 in their last four matches.? As a team, Oregon hits .302 (759-255-1671) from the floor, the third-best mark in the Pac-10, and averages 16.87 kills (third in the Pac-10), 15.33 digs and 2.66 blocks per game.? The Ducks are also second in the Pac-10 with a 2.09 service aces per game average.? Individually for the Ducks, junior Gorana Maricic leads the team with a Pac-10 best 4.86 kills per game, and had a 33-kill performance against Washington on Friday night.? Sophomore Sonja Newcombe adds 3.64 kills and 2.61 digs per game.? Head coach Jim Moore is in his third year at the helm of the Oregon program.

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Series History:

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Oregon State ?C Thursdayˇ?s match will be 44th all-time meeting between Arizona and Oregon State.? The Wildcats currently enjoy a 33-10 lead in the all-time series and have won the last 21-straight matches against the Beavers. Arizona is 26-4 against Oregon State since 1992 when Dave Rubio took over as head coach.

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Oregon ?C Friday's match will mark the 46th all-time meeting between Arizona and Oregon. The

Wildcats are 36-9 (.800) all-time against Oregon, marking the second-best winning percentage for the Wildcats against any of the other nine Pac-10 Conference schools (Arizona owns a .803 winning percentage against Washington State). UA has won 15 of the last 16 matches against the Ducks. Oregon beat Arizona on Oct. 13, 2006 to end a 14-match losing streak to the Wildcats. Since 1992, the Wildcats are 27-3 against the Ducks under Rubio. Oregon has not won in Tucson since 1998 (3-2).

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Streaking:

Arizona's 21-match winning streak against Oregon State is the longest for the Wildcats against any of the Pac-10 schools. UA last lost to OSU on Sept. 27, 1996 in Tucson. Since then, Arizona has swept Oregon State 14 times, gone four games five times and has been pushed to five games two times in extending the streak.

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September Summations:

In 16 seasons under head coach Dave Rubio, Arizona is 124-51 (.709) in the month of September.? Arizona is 7-3 so far this season in the month.? The Wildcatsˇ? top record in September under Rubio is 12-1, which happened in 2000.? Arizona has achieved an 11-1 record in the month of September twice (1998, 2005).

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Pac-10 Openers:

With two losses in Los Angeles this past week, Arizona has now opened the Pac-10 schedule at 0-2 in three of the last four seasons.? Slow starts to the Pac-10 season are nothing new to the Wildcats.? The UA opened the Pac-10 season at 0-5 in 2003, 0-4 in 2005, and 0-5 last season.

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Put Them Away:

Although Arizona didnˇ?t register any wins over UCLA or USC, the first two ranked opponents it has faced this season, the Wildcats showed they can hang with the best teams in the nation.? Against UCLA, Arizona held a 1-0 game advantage before dropping game two, 33-31.? In game four against the Bruins, Arizona was up 26-24, but allowed a 6-1 UCLA run at the end to give the Bruins the win.? Against USC, Arizona held a 2-1 game advantage over the Women of Troy, only to run out of gas at the end of the match, giving USC a 30-22 game four win, and a 15-10 game five win.

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In three of Arizonaˇ?s four losses this season, the Wildcats have held either a 1-0 game lead, or a 2-1 games lead, only to see them slip away.

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Rejected:

Arizona ranks second in the Pac-10 and second in the nation in blocks because the Wildcats have no problem providing plenty of rejections at the net.? In 14 matches thus far, Arizona has posted double-figures in blocks 12 times, including the last five-straight.? On Friday against USC, Arizona posted a season-high 18 team blocks.? As a squad, Arizona averages 3.62 blocks per game, which if it holds up, will be a school record at yearˇ?s end.? The top blocks per game average in school history is 3.56, which was set in 1988.? Last yearˇ?s team posted 3.42 blocks per game, the third best mark in school history.

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Block-By-Block:

Senior middle blocker Dominique Lamb is working her way up the school career record block charts at Arizona. With 457 total stuffs, Lamb is now fourth all-time at Arizona, and now needs 10 blocks to pass former Wildcat Bre Ladd (466) for third all-time.? Her current career average of 1.36 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 457 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 76 blocks from breaking the 18-year-old school record of 532 career blocks held Kelly Waage.?

Lamb also ranks third all-time with 399 block assists, and stands two block assists away from moving past Bre Ladd for second all-time (400).? Lamb needs 38 to pass Kelly Waageˇ?s 18-year-old school record of 436 career block assists.

So far on the season, Lamb is third on the squad with a 2.72 kills per game average, while hitting .299 (136-48-294).? She is also averaging a team-high 1.78 blocks per game, which is the second-best mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in 10 of the Wildcatsˇ? 14 matches this season, and finished with a career-high 12 blocks against USC on Friday.

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Still Going:

Senior Dominique Lamb has enjoyed a stellar career at Arizona, and will go down as one of the most consistent Wildcats in school history.? Not only is she a beast at the net, she has been a regular in the Arizona lineup the last four seasons.? Lamb has played in 101 career matches, and at the rate she has been going will rank sixth all-time with 118 matches played as a Wildcat.? Lambˇ?s most impressive feat is her current streak of 281 consecutive games played, which ranks sixth all-time at Arizona.? She is 15 games shy of passing Jill Talbot (1999-2001) for fifth all-time (295).? Lamb has not missed a game since playing in just one of three games against Stanford on Nov. 27, 2004.

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Lamb Chop:

Dominique Lamb was chopping down the Trojans on Friday night, as the Phoenix native posted a career match at the net.? The 6-foot-1 senior tallied a career-high 21 kills on .462 hitting (21-3-39) to go with a career-high 12 blocks.

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Norton at the Net:

Sophomore Jacy Norton returned to the lineup for Arizona after missing the previous week because of an ankle injury.? Nortonˇ?s presence was felt on Friday against USC, as the 6-foot-4 Louisville, Ky., native posted a career-best 14 kills on .429 hitting (14-2-28) to go with five blocks.? On the season, Norton ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with a team-high .407 hitting percentage, while averaging 2.22 kills and 1.25 blocks per game.

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Monsters in the Middle:

Arizona has one of the top front lines in the nation thanks to Dominique Lamb and Jacy Norton patrolling in the middle of the net.? Against USC, the dynamic duo combined for 35 kills on .448 hitting (35-5-67) and 17 blocks.

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She Is Goodenough:

Junior Randy Goodenough has proven that she is indeed good enough to carry this Wildcat club on the offensive end.??This past week, Goodenough posted back-to-back double-doubles against UCLA and USC, and now has a team-leading seven double-doubles on the season.? Against the Bruins, Goodenough posted 11 kills and 10 digs, and followed that performance up with 13 kills and 15 digs to go with eight blocks against USC.

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So far on the year, Goodenough leads the Wildcats with a 4.06 kills per game average, the sixth-best mark in the Pac-10, ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with a 1.31 blocks per game average, and is third on the team with a 2.53 digs per game average.

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Gold Digger:

Sophomore Alanna Reschˇ?s move from outside hitter to the libero position has proved to be golden for the Wildcats, as the San Diego, Calif., native has been anchoring the Arizona back line with her defensive skills.? Against UCLA, Resch tied a career-high mark of 20 digs she set the week before against UC Irvine, and followed that up with a new career-high of 25 digs against USC.? In her last four matches as the Arizona libero, Resch has posted digs totals of 20, 19, 20 and 25, averaging a ridiculous 5.25 digs per game.

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On the season, Resch leads the team with a 3.55 digs per game average, the ninth-best mark in the Pac-10.

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Set ˇ®Um Up:

Freshman Paige Weber has become the stable force that drives the Arizona offense.? The Indianapolis, Ind., native has started every match for Arizona, registering 617 assists over that span for a 12.34 assists per game average, the fourth-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 82.2 percent (617-751) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.40 service aces per game average.

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This past week, Weber averaged 11.44 assists per game in her first taste of Pac-10 competition.

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Fresh Frosh:

Freshman Tiffany Owens has been a solid force offensively for Arizona at the outside hitter position.? So far on the season, Owens is third on the team with a 2.62 kills per game average.? This past week before a hometown crowd in LA, the San Bernardino, Calif., native averaged 2.33 kills per game, and posted a career-high 15 kills against UCLA on Thursday.

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More Than A Blog:

Junior Brooke Buringrud, resident Arizona blogger, continues to show that her writing skills are similar her volleyball skills ?C superb.? This past week in LA, Buringrud averaged 2.11 kills, 1.11 digs and 0.56 blocks per game.? She had 11 kills on .370 hitting to go with eight digs against UCLA, and finished with eight kills against USC.? On the season, Buringrud owns a 2.15 kills per game average and a 1.26 digs per game average.

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She Can Dig It:

Senior Katie Jackels has been holding down the Arizona back line, averaging 3.47 digs per game, the tenth-best mark in the Pac-10.? Through 14 matches this season, the Playa Del Rey, Calif., native has posted double-figures in digs six times, including a school record 37 digs against Saint Maryˇ?s on Aug. 25.?

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Milestone Alert:

A few Wildcats are either closing in on, or have already notched some individual career milestone numbers.? Junior Brooke Buringrud is nine kills away from 500 in her career, and senior Katie Jackels posted her 500th career dig against USC on Friday.? Sophomore Alanna Resch posted her 200th career dig against UCLA on Thursday, and senior Dominique Lamb played in her 100th career match at Arizona on Thursday against the Bruins.

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Pac-10 Preseason Poll:

Arizona was selected to finish sixth in the Pac-10 Conference in a preseason vote by the conferenceˇ?s head coaches.? The Wildcats garnered 46 points in the vote, as defending champion Stanford was chosen as the favorite to win this yearˇ?s Pac-10 volleyball title.? Stanford claimed 89 points, 12 more than second-place USC, including eight of the 10 first-place votes.? USC and third-place UCLA each received one first-place vote, garnering 77 and 75 points, respectively. ??Washington came in fourth with 71 points, followed by California in fifth (57 points), and Arizona.? Rounding out the poll were Oregon, Arizona State, Oregon State, and Washington State, respectively.

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Stacked Schedule:

As always, Arizona will be faced with the challenge of playing some of the best teams in the country in 2007.? The Wildcats will participate in four non-conference tournaments before competing in the Pac-10 Conference, the best volleyball conference in the nation.? Arizona will face 10 teams this season that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.? Matchups with Pepperdine, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Colorado State highlight a tough non-conference slate that will prepare the Wildcats for the ever difficult Pac-10 which features four teams ranked in the this yearˇ?s preseason top-10 rankings, including two Final Four teams in Washington and Stanford.

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Rubioˇ?s Record:

Head coach Dave Rubio boasts a 301-162 record (.650) in his 16 seasons at the helm of the Wildcat program. In 2005, he not only became the winningest coach in Arizona history, he also notched his 400th career victory in the teamˇ?s win over Ohio in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In 21 years as a head coach, Rubio has a 423-228 (.650) career record.

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Pac-10 Active Leaders:

Senior Dominique Lamb ranks first among active players in the Pac-10 in blocks with 457, while senior Amy Dyck is fifth in assists with 1,412. ?Junior Brittany Leonard is fifth in the Pac-10 with 836 career digs.

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Up Next:

Arizona will next travel to Washington State and Washington, as the Wildcats will face the Cougars on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., and the No. 8-ranked Huskies on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

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