Dec. 3, 2002
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Wildcats To Host First And Second Rounds: The Arizona volleyball program was selected as one of 16 teams that will host the first and second rounds of the 2002 NCAA Volleyball Championship Tournament. The opening round matches will be played on Thursday, Dec. 5 and the second round match on Friday, Dec. 6 in McKale Center on the campus of the university. Tickets can be purchased by calling (520) 621-CATS.
First and Second Round Schedule
Thursday, Dec. 5
Match #1 - Texas vs. Indiana - 5:30 p.m. MST
Match #2 - UT-Arlington vs. Arizona - 7:30 p.m. MST
Friday, Dec. 6
Winner Match #1 vs. Winner Match #2 - 7 p.m. MST
A Glimpse At The Wildcats: Arizona heads into the postseason with a 17-11 overall record. The Wildcats finished the challenging Pac-10 season tied for third with 12th-seeded Washington State with an 11-7 conference record.
Arizona faced a tough schedule both in conference play and in non-conference action this season. UA played 13 matches against teams ranked in the top 25 at the time of the match and 14 schools that qualified for the 64-team postseason tournament.
The Wildcats feature a mix of veteran seniors and talented freshmen. Newcomer Kim Glass paces Arizona with a team-leading and UA freshman record 463 kills this season. A candidate for All-America honors Glass was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was Arizona's lone representative on the All-Pac-10 team.
Joining her in the front row is senior Lisa Rutledge. A veteran of three Sweet 16s, two Elite Eights and a Final Four, Rutledge has played in 12 NCAA postseason matches and has tallied 118 kills in tournament action.
Classmate Shannon Torregrosa is a multidimensional player that has spent time this season at outside hitter, middle blocker and her current right side position. Torregrosa has also seen considerable postseason action in her three previous seasons at Arizona, recording 66 kills in nine career NCAA tournament matches.
Other stand outs include senior setter Laurie Gardner (12.27 apg), freshmen middle blockers Bre Ladd (2.248 kpg, 1.09 bpg) and Angie Ayers (1.04 bpg) and libero Kelli Mulvany (2.81 dpg).
Probable Starting Lineup
OH Lisa Rutledge - Sr. 3.74 kpg, .225 hitting %, 2.70 dpg
OH Kim Glass - Fr. 4.77 kpg, .283 hitting %, 2.54 dpg
RS Shannon Torregrosa - Sr. 2.21 kpg, 1.64 dpg, 0.95 bpg
S Laurie Gardner - Sr. 12.27 apg, 2.21 dpg, 0.97 kpg
MB Bre Ladd - Fr. 2.48 kpg, .390 hitting %, 1.09 bpg
MB Angie Ayers - Fr. 0.64 kpg, 1.04 bpg
L Kelli Mulvany - So. 2.81 dpg
Arizona in the Postseason: Including this season, Arizona has appeared in 18 postseason tournaments dating back to 1981 ... The 18 appearances are 10th most among all Division I teams ... The Wildcats are 19-17 (.528) all-time in the tournament ... Under head coach David Rubio, the Wildcats are 15-8 (.652) in the postseason in eight previous appearances ... Including this season, Rubio has taken Arizona to seven consecutive postseasons and nine times in 11 seasons as head coach ... Rubio has led Arizona to one Final Four (2001), two Elite Eights (2000, 2001) and five Sweet 16s (1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001) ... The Wildcats went 10-11 this year against teams that qualified for the postseason ... Arizona has lost to either the national champion or the national runner up in the tournament each of the last four seasons.
Pac 'em In: Eight teams from the Pacific-10 conference garnered bids to play in the 2002 tournament and four schools were selected among the top 16 seeds. Conference champion USC and runner up Stanford were selected as the top two seeds in the postseason, respectively, while Arizona received a No. 10 seed and Washington State a No. 12 seed. California, Washington, Arizona State and UCLA also all received bids to play as well. The eight teams selected for the postseason is an all-time record for the conference and ties the Big Ten for the most schools in the tournament this season.
McKale Magic: The Wildcats have hosted the NCAA Tournament in McKale Center six times previous to this season and own a perfect 7-0 record in the facility.
Year Opponent (Round) Result
1983 USC (First) W, 3-2
1985 Arizona State (First) W, 3-2
1989 Oregon (First) W, 3-0
1993 Lamar (First) W, 3-0
1994 Loyola Marymount (First) W, 3-1
2000 Alabama A&M (First) W, 3-0
Michigan (Second) W, 3-0
(Arizona defeated Texas A&M 3-0 at home in the first round in 1982, but not in McKale Center)
Arizona's 2001 Run To The Final Four: Last season the Wildcats advanced to their first ever Final Four. Led by senior All-Americans Dana Burkholder and Jill Talbot, Arizona took to the road and became the only team to advance to San Diego and the national semifinals without playing a single postseason match on its home floor. Arizona opened the postseason with victories over Eastern Illinois and Illinois in Champaign, Ill. The Wildcats then swept Pacific in the regional semifinals in Los Angeles to move on to their second consecutive Elite Eight appearance. With a trip to the Final Four on the line against host school USC, Arizona overcame a 12-9 deficit in the decisive fifth game to win 15-12 and advance to San Diego. The Wildcats' dream season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to eventual runner up Long Beach State in the national semifinals.
Pac-10 Season Ends: Arizona closed out its 2002 Pac-10 season finished tied for third with Washington State in the standings with an 11-7 record. The season marked the seventh consecutive time that the Wildcats have finished the conference schedule with double digit wins. The third place finish ties for the second-highest finish in conference play. Arizona shared the 2000 Pac-10 title with USC.
Out of the Pac: As noted, Arizona faced a tough slate outside of the conference this season in order to prepare itself for the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats went 6-4 in non-Pac-10 action this season and played seven matches against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona Non-Conference vs. Pac-10 Stats
Record KPG Ht% APG SAPG DPG BPG
Non Conference 6-4 15.66 .230 13.77 1.83 13.09 2.69
Pac-10 11-7 15.66 .244 14.19 1.55 14.75 2.85
First And Second Round Ties: Arizona has a number of interesting ties with the three schools that will be playing in Tucson to open the postseason. The Wildcats and UT-Arlington have already met once this season. The two schools opened their respective seasons against each other in August at the Louisville Labor Day Invitational. Arizona won the match 3-1 ... The last time Arizona and Texas met was in the second round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats upset the higher-seeded Longhorns in Austin to advance to the Sweet 16. UT is coached by former USC interim head coach Jerritt Elliott. Elliott's 2000 USC team tied with Arizona for the Pac-10 title ... Current Arizona setter Laurie Gardner transferred to Arizona from Indiana after playing three seasons in Bloomington for the Hoosiers
Attendance: Bolstered by a Pac-10 record crowd of 9,141 fans against Stanford, the Wildcats averaged 2,178 fans per match in 12 home contests this season. The mark represents the highest average attendance in the Pac-10 this year and is ranked seventh nationally among all Division I schools.
First and Second Round Opponents
Texas-Arlington: UTA won its second consecutive Southland Conference title to earn one of the 31 automatic berths into the 2002 postseason ... The Mavericks finished the season 26-6 overall and 18-2 in the Southland ... UTA is making its second straight tournament appearance and its eighth overall ... The Mavericks lost in the first round of the 2001 NCAA postseason ... UTA has five different players with 300 or more kills this season ... Sophomore outside hitter Olaya Pazo leads the Mavericks with 365 kills this season and a 3.32 kpg average ... UTA's middle blockers Melissa Robinett and Caley Smith are hitting .357 and .331 for the season and both have over 300 kills ... Robinett also averages 1.25 bpg ... Head coach Janine Smith is in her ninth season in Arlington and has put together a 164-123 record heading into this week's play ... Arizona and UTA are even at 1-1 in the all-time series ... UA won the last meeting between the two earlier this season at Louisville's invitational back in August.
Arizona-UTA 2002 Stats
Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona (17-11) 15.66 .239 14.04 1.65 14.16 2.79
Texas-Arlington (26-6) 16.82 .277 15.00 1.95 17.59 2.26
Indiana: The Hoosiers finished the 2002 regular season with a 20-12 overall record an a 10-10 mark in the Big Ten Conference ... IU, one of eight Big Ten teams in this season's postseason, received an at large berth in the postseason after finishing tied for sixth in the conference ... 2002 is Indiana's fourth postseason appearance all-time and its first since 1999 ... The Hoosiers feature three players that have 400 or more kills this season, including sophomore Christina Archibald who has an impressive 529 kills alone ... Junior middle blocker Melissa Brewer has 470 kills while hitting a team-high .312 in the regular season ... Senior libero Hillary Toivonen carries a 3.27 digs per game average into the tournament ... Head coach Katie Weismiller is in her 10th season in Bloomington and has posted 156 victories with the Hoosiers, two shy of the all-time coaching record ... Arizona and Indiana have met just once prior to the potential second round match ... The Wildcats defeated IU 3-2 in 1998.
Arizona-Indiana 2002 Stats
Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona (17-11) 15.66 .239 14.04 1.65 14.16 2.79
Indiana (20-12) 16.22 .228 14.83 1.40 14.42 2.47
Texas: Texas heads to Tucson with a 22-8 overall record and a 13-7 Big 12 record ... UT finished its conference season in fourth place ... 2002 is Texas' second consecutive appearance in the postseason and its 20th all-time ... The Longhorns are led by sophomore Mira Topic's 475 kills this season. Topic, a 2002 All-Big-12 honoree, averages 4.70 kills per game and is hitting at a .275 clip ... Sophomore middle blocker Kathy Hahn, another All-Big-12 honoree, is hitting a team-high .344 with 354 kills this season and also averages 1.11 blocks per game ... Head coach Jerritt Elliott is in his second season in Austin and has posted a 39-22 record with the Horns heading into the postseason ... Elliott also spent two seasons as the interim head coach at USC where he helped guide the Women of Troy to the 2000 co-Pac-10 title with Arizona and a Final Four berth ... Dating back to 1978, Arizona and Texas have met eight times prior to the potential second round match in this season's tournament ... Arizona holds a 5-2-1 advantage, including a 3-0 sweep of the higher seeded Longhorns in the 1999 NCAA tournament.
Arizona-Texas 2002 Stats
Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona (17-11) 15.66 .239 14.04 1.65 14.16 2.79
Texas (22-8) 16.15 .265 14.58 1.80 14.56 2.68
Shattering Glass: Kim Glass has proven that she is no ordinary freshman. In her first season in the Cardinal and Navy she has recorded a team-leading 463 kills. The figure smashed former Arizona freshman All-American Barb Bell's rookie record of 417 and is the fourth most kills by any Arizona player in school history (School Record - 520 Terry Lauchner 1988). She is averaging 4.77 kpg, to date the best kpg average in school history. Her five match stretch in October with 129 total kills is the best individual string of matches ever at Arizona and her 25 kills against Cal were the most by any Arizona in a three-game match. Her remarkable regular season was capped off by garnering the 2002 Pacific-10 Freshman of the Year honors, a first team All-Pac-10 selection and being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.
Pac-10 Honors For Arizona: Freshman Kim Glass highlighted the postseason accolades for Arizona. The outside hitter became the first player in school history to garner Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors. In addition to the top freshman award, she was also named first team All-Pac-10 and to the Freshman All-Pac-10 team. Joining her with recognition from the conference were honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections Bre Ladd, Laurie Gardner and Lisa Rutledge. Ladd joined Glass on the Freshman All-Pac-10 team and redshirt freshman Angie Ayers garnered honorable mention freshman honors.
Top Newcomer Ever: Freshman Kim Glass smashed former Freshman All-American Barb Bell's Arizona rookie kills record with 23 kills against UCLA on Nov 22. Glass has racked up 463 kills in her first season in the Cardinal and Navy, 46 more than Bell did in her freshman year. Impressively, it took Glass two fewer matches and six fewer games to surpass Bell in the record books. Bell played in 28 matches and 110 games her freshman season (including NCAA Tournament matches). So far Glass has played in 28 matches and only 97 games (27 matches and 96 games if you discount the Oregon match in which she did not play a single point, but still got credit for participating) and still has the NCAA Tournament in which to pad her record numbers.
Kim Glass' Current Freshman Numbers (Through 28 Matches)
Player MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs
Kim Glass (2002) 28 97 463 164 1,058 .283 4.77 246
Bell's Final Freshman Numbers
MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs
Barb Bell (1993) 28 110 417 158 1,030 .251 3.79 127
20/20 Vision: For the third consecutive season an Arizona player has added to UA's 20 kill-20 dig match list. Senior Lisa Rutledge etched her name on the list for a second time with her 22 kill-21 dig match at UCLA on Nov. 22. Her first career 20-20 match came last season on Nov. 3 when she tallied 22 kills and a career-high 25 digs at Arizona State. Including Rutledge's effort this season, there have been 19 20-20 matches in school history.
The Only Good Thing About Freshmen...: ... is that they'll soon be sophomores. Arizona's freshmen are certainly dispelling that old saying this season. In addition to Kim Glass breaking the freshman kills record this season, classmate Bre Ladd has stepped up her game in the second half of her first year at Arizona . In her first 13 matches, Ladd tallied 83 kills for a 1.77 kpg average and hit at a .196 clip.
However, since Arizona's come-from-behind win over Stanford on Oct. 11, Ladd has shown remarkable improvement. In the last 15 matches she has racked up 163 kills for an average of 3.13 kpg and has hit a team-high .352. Her continued improvement helped Arizona to go 10-5 over the 15-match stretch and improved her season totals from 1.77 kpg through 13 matches to its current average of 2.48. Her hitting percentage has also improved from .196 through UA's first 13 matches to a solid .290 to date.
Bre Ladd's First 13 Matches vs. Last 15
Matches K KPG Hitting %
First 13 83 1.77 .196
Last 15 163 3.13 .352
Smooth As Glass: Freshman Kim Glass arguably completed the best string of individual performances in school history this season. Beginning on Oct. 3 at Washington State and wrapping up a five-match stretch on Oct. 17 at Oregon, Glass averaged 6.14 kpg during the span. She had 20 or more kills in each of the five matches for a grand total 129 total kills on .345 hitting. In Arizona's five-game loss to Washington State on Oct. 3 she recorded just the 13th 30-kill match in school history. A night later she put down 26 kills in a five-game win at Washington. Then, a night after leading all-players with 28 kills in UA's come-from-behind win against No. 4 Stanford on Oct. 11, she recorded a three-game school record 25 kills against the Golden Bears. She closed out the scoring spree with 20 kills in UA's 3-0 win at Oregon on Oct. 17. For her efforts against Cal and Stanford she was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, her second such honor this season.
Glass' String Of Hits
Date Opponent K-E-Att Pct. KPG
Oct. 3 at Washington State, 5 games 30-8-52 .423 6.00 kpg
Oct. 4 at Washington, 5 games 26-9-62 .279 5.20 kpg
Oct. 11 vs. Stanford, 5 games 28-11-61 .279 5.60 kpg
Oct. 12 vs. Cal, 3 games 25-6-51* .373 8.33 kpg
Oct. 17 at Oregon, 3 games 20-4-39 .410 6.67 kpg
Totals Five Matches, 21 Games 129-38-264 .345 6.14 kpg
* The 25 kills against Cal set a three-game school record.
Rutledge Has Third All To Her Own: Senior Lisa Rutledge has been a productive four-year starter for the Wildcats during her career. Against Arizona State on Oct. 25 she moved into third on the all-time kills list at Arizona. Only two other players, Barb Bell and Terry Lauchner, have recorded more kills in an Arizona uniform than Rutledge has.
1. Barb Bell 1993-96 1,859 2. Terry Lauchner 1987-90 1,636 3. Lisa Rutledge 1999-Present 1,426
Other Rutledge Milestones To Watch For: In addition to moving up the career kills list, Rutledge needs just one more start this season to become the all-time school leader in matches started ... She also has a chance to become just the fourth player in school history to amass over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. She already has well over 1,000 kills and has posted 974 digs with the NCAA postseason matches ahead of her.
We're #1: The 2002 freshman class at Arizona is easily the most highly regarded incoming crop of athletes in the program's 31-year history. Ranked the top recruiting class in the nation by Volleyball Magazine, all four players in the class are in the publication's Fab 50 for 2002, including the top two and three of the top six freshmen players in the country. The class is composed of Jennifer Abernathy and Meghan Cumpston from California, Kim Glass from Pennsylvania, and Bre Ladd who opted to stay in Southern Arizona after attending Canyon Del Oro High School.
Arizona and Volleyball Magazine's 2002 Fab 50
1. Bre Ladd
2. Kim Glass
6. Jennifer Abernathy
34. Meghan Cumpston
Freshman and Senior Similarities: The 2002 freshmen class is contributing heavily towards Arizona's efforts this season. Four of the newcomers (including redshirt Angie Ayers) have started at least one match this season. Freshmen contributions have not been so prevalent in the Arizona lineup since this season's senior class came to Arizona. Lisa Rutledge, Rachel Williams and Shannon Torregrosa all started and played right away as freshmen for Coach Rubio in 1999. In the last two years combined, only Kelli Mulvany has broken into the starting lineup as a freshman.
Getting 200: With UA's 3-0 win over New Mexico on Sept. 6, head coach David Rubio became the fastest coach in Arizona volleyball history to record his 200th win for the Wildcats. The win over the Lobos came in Rubio's 298th match on the Wildcat bench. Rosie Wegrich, who is UA's all-time leader in coaching victories with 258, picked up her 200th Arizona victory in her 341st match as head coach. Ironically, Coach Wegrich also got her milestone win against New Mexico in 1988.
Head Coach David Rubio: Now in his 11th season as the top man at Arizona, Rubio has elevated the Wildcat volleyball program to one of the elite in all of Division I. Taking a team that did not win a conference match the season prior to his arrival, he has built a 214-108 record (.665) in 10-plus years. He has led the Wildcats to nine NCAA Tournament berths, including the last seven straight, 15 tournament victories, five Sweet Sixteens ('93, '94, '99, 2000, '01), two Elite Eights (2000, '01) and Arizona's first-ever Final Four (2001). His efforts last season earned him Volleyball Magazine National Coach-of-the-Year honors.