The No. 21 Arizona volleyball team returns home to host the Four Points Sheraton Wildcat Classic next Friday-Saturday, Sept. 8-9. The complete tournament schedule is as follows:
Sept. 8 Fri. Bradley vs.
Sept. 9 Sat. Bradley vs. Rice 10 a.m.
Live stats of all the matches are available at www.arizonaathletics.com under Multimedia. In addition, live video of
A QUICK LOOK AT
The Wildcats were one of three teams to post a 2-1 record at the Courtyard by Marriott Airport East Classic last weekend.
On the season,
As a team, the Wildcats are hitting .210 on the season, compared to the .145 of their opponents.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Bradley - The Braves (3-3) went 2-1 to finish second in their own Radisson Hotel Invitational last weekend, defeating Western Illinois (29-31, 30-26, 28-30, 32-30, 15-8) and Austin Peay (30-23, 30-23, 30-17), before being swept by Cincinnati (16-30, 15-30, 20-30). Seniors Kelly Niemeyer and Jennifer Bohan were named to the all-tournament team. Niemeyer averaged 4.36 kills and 4.82 digs, while Bohan averaged 4.27 digs per game over the three matches.
As a team, Bradley is hitting .187 on the season, compared to the .213 of its opponents. However, the team leads its opponents in nearly every other statistical category - kills (14.19 to 13.86), assists (12.95 to 12.33) and digs (15.81 to 14.57).
Montana State - The Bobcats (2-4) finished in third place at the Varney’s-Kansas State Invitational last weekend with a win over Lipscomb (30-22, 27-30, 30-28, 30-22), and losses to No. 25 Kansas State (30-22, 25-30, 14-30, 7-30) and Wichita State (22-30, 16-30, 18-30). Angela Wiebe was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 1.80 kills and 1.09 blocks per game.
As a team,
Rice - The Owls (3-3) claimed the championship of the Holiday Inn Select/Rice Invitational last weekend. Rice defeated DePaul (30-27, 30-20, 30-19) and
As a team, Rice is being out-hit by its opponents .178 to .166, out-dug 17.52 to 16.78 and out-blocked 2.63 to 2.00. The Owls, however, average more kills (13.87 to 13.52) and assists (12.83 to 12.35).
Bradley - This is the first-ever meeting between
RANKING IN THE PAC-10:
Junior Dominique Lamb ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in service aces (0.43) and eighth in hitting percentage (.364). Senior Stephanie Butkus is sixth in assists (11.33), while sophomore Brooke Buringrud is third in service aces (0.48).
LAMB AND ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS:
After going two years without being picked, junior Dominique Lamb is a perfect 2-for-2 this season on all-tournament team selections. In the first week of the season, during the Arizona Invitational, she averaged 2.20 kills, 1.60 blocks, 0.50 digs and 0.40 service aces over the three matches. Last week, the middle blocker posted averages of 3.27 kills, 0.73 blocks and 0.45 service aces at the Courtyard by Marriott Airport East Classic. In the win over host
BUTKUS BECOMES FOURTH PLAYER TO REACH 3,000 ASSISTS:
When she dished out her 3,000th career assist at
In just her third year playing volleyball, freshman outside hitter Whitney Dosty has demonstrated her athleticism in the young season as she is averaging 3.33 kills per game, second-best on the team. She had a career-high 17 kills in
DYCK IN A NEW ROLE:
After spending the majority of last season as the starting setter for
LEONARD AT LIBERO:
As a freshman last season, Brittany Leonard set the
Senior Kristina Baum is 18 digs away from 500, while freshman Brooke Buringrud is 15 kills shy of 100. Senior Stephanie Butkus is 19 kills away from 200 and four blocks shy of 150. Freshman Whitney Dosty is nine attempts away from 200, while junior Amy Dyck is 12 assists away from 1,400 on her career.
Senior Kristina Baum notched her 600th career kill and 1400th career attempt at
PAC-10 ACTIVE LEADERS:
BIG SHOES TO FILL:
With the graduation of all-time kills leader and three-time All-American
RECRUITING CLASS RANKED FOURTH: