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Arizona Prepares for No. 4 California and No. 6 Stanford
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/28/2011
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Sept. 28, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. -

Arizona head coach David Rubio and the Wildcat volleyball team (10-3, 2-2) travel to Berkeley, Calif. and Palo Alto, Calif. to take on No. 4 California (13-2, 3-2) and No. 6 Stanford (8-3, 2-3) this weekend. The Wildcats will take on the Bears on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. and the Cardinal on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.

So far this season, freshman Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) leads Arizona in kills with 168, while senior Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) leads in hitting percentage (.363) and blocks (48). Freshman Chloe Mathis (La Jolla, Calif.) has taken over setting duties and leads with 246 and senior Marketa Hanzlova (Liberec, Czech Republic) leads in service aces and digs with 12 and 136, respectively.

The Wildcats split matches last weekend with No. 4 Washington and Washington State. They fell to the Huskies, 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-10) and defeated the Cougars 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-19).

CALIFORNIA

Date: Sept. 30
Match Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Arena: Haas Pavilion
Series: California leads, 52-34

In 2010: The Bears won both matchups, winning first as the No. 8 team in Tucson, 3-2 (20-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-22, 17-15) on Sept. 24 and next as the No. 2 team in Berkeley, 3-1 (25-14, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21). California was the 2010 NCAA runner-up.

Series History vs. California
California has won the last two matches in the series. Arizona’s last victory came in 2009 where it won, 3-1(25-17, 25-22, 18-25, 25-21) in Tucson.

Scouting the Bears

The Bears are 13-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play. California’s only losses occurred last weekend when it fell to then-No. 7 UCLA and No. 13 USC on the road. As a team, the Bears are hitting .290 and holding opponents to a .120 hitting percentage. Kat Brown leads Cal in hitting percentage at .422, Elly Barrett leads in assists with 535 and Robin Rostratter leads in digs with 235. The Bears are led by 10th-year head coach, Rich Feller.

STANFORD

Date: Oct. 2
Match Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Palo Alto, Calif.
Arena: Maples Pavilion
Series: Stanford leads, 55-7

In 2010: Stanford won both matches. First, the No. 1 Cardinal came to Tucson and defeated Arizona, 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-23) and then No. 4 Stanford beat Arizona in Palo Alto, 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-23). The Cardinal fell in the NCAA Regional Final in 2010.

Series History vs. Stanford

The Wildcats have not beaten the Cardinal since Nov. 11, 2005, but Arizona has not played a Stanford team ranked outside of the top-six since 2004. The Cardinal have won the last 10 matchups.

Scouting Stanford
The Cardinal are 8-3 overall, 2-3 in conference play, with their only losses coming to ranked Pac-12 teams. Stanford fell to then-No. 7 UCLA and No. 13 USC on the road last weekend and then-No. 1 California in its conference opener. The Cardinal has a couple of wins versus ranked opponents this year, defeating Penn State, 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-18) and Florida, 3-2 (25-17, 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 15-13), both at home. As a team, Stanford is hitting .224 and holding opponents to a .155 hitting percentage. Carly Wopat leads the team in hitting percentage at .350, Karissa Cook leads in assists with 452 and Kyle Gilbert leads in digs with 137. The Cardinal are led by 10th-year head coach, John Dunning.

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