Oct. 16, 2001
Upcoming: The Wildcats are off to the Pacific Northwest to play a pair of matches against the Pac-10 schools from Oregon. Arizona will take on Oregon in Eugene on Friday and head to Corvallis and Oregon State on Saturday.
The Opposition: OREGON - The Ducks host the Wildcats mired in an eight match losing streak. Oregon most recently dropped matches to Idaho State and Oregon State. Arizona has already defeated the Ducks once this season, a 3-1 victory in McKale Center. Despite the loss, Oregon was the first team to win a game from the Wildcats in 2001. Lisa Rutledge and Shannon Torregrosa each recorded double-doubles in the win. Arizona now owns a 26-8 record over Oregon and have won the last five matches between the two schools. OREGON STATE - The Beavers stand 1/2 game ahead of Arizona in the Pac-10 standings and are 6-1 on their home floor. OSU currently has a three match winning streak and will face Arizona State before taking on the Wildcats. Arizona has already defeated Oregon State, 3-0, in McKale Center this season. Rutledge and Stefani Saragosa each had double digit kills and Jill Talbot chipped in with nine kills and 11 digs in the UA win. Arizona controls the series advantage 22-10
The Polls: The Arizona volleyball team held steady at seventh in the latest edition of the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll. The Volleyball Magazine poll places the Wildcats ninth. See page five of the notes for the complete polls.
Arizona's Last Action: The Wildcats scored a pair of victories last weekend against the Washington schools. Arizona defeated Washington State, 3-0, in front of 3,711 fans in a pre-Midnight Madness match on Friday and were extended to five games by Washington a night later. The two victories enabled the Wildcats to remain undefeated at home for the season.
Three Cheers For Dana: Senior setter Dana Burkholder tied a school record for triple-doubles with a 10 kill, 68 assist, 14 dig effort against Washington last Saturday. Burkholder has now tallied four trifectas in her career, equaling the school mark of current Associate Head Coach Charita Johnson. The duo have eight of Arizona's 21 triple-doubles in school history.
Johnson and Burkholder's Career Triple-Doubles
1. vs. California 10/10/1992 11 kills, 11 digs, 12 blocks
2. at Cal St. Northridge 11/21/1992 15 kills, 10 digs, 10 blocks
3. at Oregon State 09/16/1994 13 kills, 13 digs, 12 blocks
4. at BYU 12/03/1994 12 kills, 17 digs, 12 blocks
1. vs. UCLA 10/22/1999 11 kills, 70 assists, 14 digs
2. vs. San Diego 09/02/2000 10 kills, 54 assists, 10 digs
3. vs. UCLA 10/12/2000 15 kills, 67 assists, 22 digs
4. vs. Washington 10/13/2001 10 Kills, 68 assists, 14 digs
Diggin' Up the Record Book: Setter Dana Burkholder, already Arizona's career leader in assists, topped 1,000 career digs in the fifth game against Washington. Upon reaching the milestone, Burkholder became just the fifth Arizona player to record over 1,000 digs in a career and just the second player ever to have over 1,000 digs and 1,000 assists. Lindsey Hahn, who played for UA from 1986-89, recorded a final career total of 1,155 digs (second all time) and 1,939 assists (sixth all time). Currently, Burkholder is fifth on Arizona's career list for digs with 1,002. See page four of the notes to see where Dana and other Wildcat players rank in the career record books.
Coaching Milestones: Arizona head coach David Rubio won his 300th career match as a coach earlier this season against Arizona State (10/5). With the win, Rubio joined a long list of active Pac-10 coaches with 300 or more career victories. Up next for the Arizona leader is his 100th career Pac-10 victory. A win over Oregon or Oregon State this weekend would accomplish the feat, as he now stands at 99-72.
Active Pac-10 Coaches with 300+ Career Wins*
1. Andy Banakowski, UCLA 908 (NCAA All Time Leader) 2. Mick Haley, USC 534 3. John Dunning, Stanford 451 4. Rich Feller, California 330 5. Cindy Fredrick, Washington St. 323 6. David Rubio, Arizona 303 * Win totals through Oct. 13.
Rutledge's Rampage: Junior Lisa Rutledge continues to punish the floor on the opposite side of the net. The junior outside hitter completed a week in which she tallied 60 kills on 133 attempts with only 18 errors, a .316 attack percentage. She accounted for 26 percent of Arizona's point total (70.5 points of Arizona's 267) against California, Washington State and Washington. In those three matches, she also recorded 30 digs, five aces and seven total blocks, including four solo efforts. The week's work boosted Rutledge to third in the conference in points scored per game.
Tidy Talbot: Senior Jill Talbot is not a player that misses her mark very often. In fact, she has only 32 errors on 270 swings for a conference leading .456 hitting percentage this season. The right side player is averaging 11 kills, 19 attempts and only two errors per match. Most recently, she pounded the Huskies with a career high 24 kills and near pinpoint accuracy (i.e. a .571 attack percentage).
Puttin' em In The Stands: For the second straight season Arizona leads the conference in average attendance. Without having played Pac-10 favorites UCLA, USC or Stanford at home, the Wildcats currently rank 12th nationally with an average crowd of 1,794 fans. In seven home dates this year, the Wildcats have attracted 12,561 followers. With six home dates remaining on the schedule (excluding possible NCAA Tournament matches), and using the current average, the Wildcats are projected to have 23,325 fans at their home matches this season.
Outlook for 2001: The Wildcats return four starters from last seasons's team. All-American setter Dana Burkholder, right-side hitter Jill Talbot, outside hitter Lisa Rutledge and defensive specialist Rachel Williams all return to the floor for the Cats in 2001. Joining them in the starting rotation will be middle blockers Erin Sebbas and Stefani Saragosa and outside hitter Shannon Torregrosa. The loss of NCAA hitting percentage leader and All-Pac-10 middle blocker Marisa DaLee is significant, but will be offset by the return of Saragosa, who played in 30 of Arizona's 33 matches last season with an ailing shoulder that has been surgically repaired, and the spring emergence of Sebbas. Coach Rubio is counting on Torregrosa to have a breakout season in the outside hitter spot vacated by the departure of All-Pac-10 performer Allison Napier. Others returning players that are expected to see extensive floor time are Christina Frost and setter/right side hitter Lauren Benward. Arizona has also added a number of newcomers that the coaching staff figure will see playing time, including setter Rochelle Ruen, right side hitter Kellie Burton and defensive specialist Kelli Mulvany. Starting Lineup Possibilities
Setter - Dana Burkholder Right Side- Jill Talbot Outside - Lisa Rutledge / Shannon Torregrosa Middle Blocker- Stefani Saragosa / Erin Sebbas Defensive Specialist- Rachel Williams / Kelli Mulvany
A Look Back: The 2000 season was one of the finest in school history. The Wildcats finished the season 28-5, matching the school record for wins in a season. 20 of Arizona's 28 victories were 3-0 sweeps and of Arizona's five loses only one was in three game, two were in four games and two went all five. Arizona was an outstanding 14-1 in home matches, 11-2 on the road and 3-2 in neutral court contests. (More) They advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the deepest an Arizona team has ever gone. UA won its first Pac-10 title, sharing it with USC. 2000 marked the first time a team other than UCLA or Stanford had won the Pac-10 championship since conference play began in 1986. The 16-2 Pac-10 record shattered the school record for conference wins by four. Individually, returning setter Dana Burkholder became one of the most recognized athletes in school history. She was named both AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-America (the first, first-team member since 1985), to the NCAA Central Region All-Tournament Team, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, First-Team All-Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region. She set numerous school records, including single-match (84), single-season (1,562) and career marks (4,068) for assists, while guiding the Arizona offense to a NCAA Division I leading .320 attack percentage, the best in school history and the second-best ever in the Pac-10. Departed seniors Marisa DaLee and Allison Napier, both 1,000 career kill members, each tallied First-Team All-Pac-10 honors. Giving the Cats three for the season, the most in any single year. DaLee led the nation in hitting percentage (.437) and was also named AVCA All-Pacific Region. Jill Talbot and Lisa Rutledge, who both return in 2001, each garnered Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors as well.
2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year David Rubio: In nine years as Arizona's head coach, David Rubio has taken the Cats from the abyss of a winless Pac-10 season to the pinnacle of a conference championship. Inheriting a team that did not win a single match in the conference the year before he arrived, he has turned the Wildcats into a club that has made seven postseason appearances in eight years, won a Pac-10 Championship and 11 NCAA Tournament matches. Rubio has recruited and coached two All-Americans, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, 13 All-Pac-10 performers, six All-Pac-10 freshman players and eight academic all-conference athletes at Arizona. Also, UA athletes have earned 13 Pac-10 Player of the Week honors under his guide. During his tenure at Arizona, Rubio has led the Wildcats to 183 victories and a winning league mark over the last eight seasons. Last year's 16-2 Pac-10 record smashed the school mark for conference victories.