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010-15-2007 vs. Stanford, Cal Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/15/2007
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This Week:

The Arizona volleyball team hosts two top-10 programs this week, as the Wildcats close out the first half of the Pac-10 schedule while trying to snap a two-match skid.? UA takes on No. 3 Stanford (17-1, 6-1 Pac-10) on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., and No. 9 California (14-4, 4-3 Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the week with a 12-7 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the Pac-10 after dropping a match in three games to archrival Arizona State last Friday in Tempe.? So far this season, Arizona is hitting .221 as a team (989-423-2559), while averaging 14.98 kills, 15.85 digs, and 3.27 blocks per game (second in the Pac-10).? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .172 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 4.09 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.64 kills and 1.59 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.39 assists per game.?

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Arizona State Recap:

Arizona traveled up Interstate-10 for a key Pac-10 matchup against Arizona State and came up empty handed, falling to the Sun Devils in three games.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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Stanford ?C The No. 3 Stanford University Cardinal enters Thursdayˇ?s match with a 17-1 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the Pac-10.? The Cardinal had its 17-match win streak snapped on Friday night against Washington at home, falling to the Huskies in five games after leading 2-1.? Stanford is 7-0 this season away from The Farm, and has earned 11 wins against ranked opponents.? As a team, Stanford hits .309 from the floor (1065-303-2470), while averaging a Pac-10 best 17.46 kills per game, 17.67 digs per game and 2.84 blocks per game.? Individually for the Cardinal, freshman Alix Klineman leads the team with 4.28 kills per game and junior Cynthia Barboza adds 4.26 kills per game.? Junior Foluke Akinradewo posts 3.95 kills a game on a Pac-10 best .468 hitting percentage.? Head coach John Dunning is in his seventh season at the helm of the Stanford program.

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California ?C The No. 9 California Golden Bears enter the week with a 14-4 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the Pac-10.? Cal heads to ASU on Thursday before Fridayˇ?s match.? Cal has won its last four-straight matches, including a win over Washington in five games last Thursday at home.? The Golden Bears are 3-1 on the road so far this season with a 2-0 mark in Pac-10 play.? As a team, Cal hits .270 from the floor (954-356-2213), and averages 15.14 kills, 13.48 digs and a Pac-10 leading 3.78 blocks per game. Cal also leads the Pac-10 in opponent hitting percentage (.119) and service aces per game (1.97).? Individually for the Golden Bears, sophomore Hana Cutura leads the team with 3.79 kills per game, and senior Angie Pressey adds 3.34 kills per game.? Head coach Rich Feller is in his ninth season at the helm of the Cal program.

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Series History:

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Stanford ?C Thursdayˇ?s match will be the 55th meeting all-time between Stanford and Arizona on the hardwood, with the Cardinal owning a 47-7 series lead over the Wildcats.? Stanford swept the Wildcats in both matches last season, but Arizona won two matches against the Cardinal in 2005.? Stanford has been ranked No. 3 in the nation the last two times it has played in Tucson.

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California ?C Friday's match will mark the 45th meeting in the all-time series between the two

schools. Arizona owns a 32-12 series lead dating back to 1984. Cal has won three-straight in the series against Arizona, last losing to the Wildcats back in 2005.

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In The Pac-10:

If Arizona is to improve upon its 2-5 mark in the Pac-10, the Wildcats will have to step up their game on the offensive and defensive end.? During the non-conference schedule, Arizona posted a 10-2 record while hitting .246 from the floor and averaging 15.22 kills and 3.63 blocks per game, and holding opponents to a .126 hitting percentage.? In Pac-10 play, Arizona is hitting .184 from the floor, while averaging 14.60 kills and 2.68 blocks per game, and giving up a .242 hitting percentage to opponents, numbers all down from the Wildcatsˇ? hot start to the season.

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Rank This:

Two more ranked teams come calling for the Cats this week, as Arizona will look to break a recent skid against ranked opponents.? So far this season, Arizona is 0-4 against ranked teams, losing to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 21 Oregon and No. 8 Washington.? Over the last two seasons, the Wildcats are 2-14 against ranked opposition.

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Break a Broom:

Arizona has been swept in its last two consecutive matches, something that is worth taking note of.? The Wildcats have not dropped two-straight matches in three games since 2002, when the Cats got swept by No. 1 USC and at Arizona State.? Arizona has not been swept in three-straight matches since 1992, Dave Rubioˇ?s first season as the Wildcatsˇ? head coach.? Arizonaˇ?s last three losses have been of the sweep variety.

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Home Cooking:

Arizona will have a chance to start notching some wins in the friendliest place the Wildcats can play ?C McKale Center.? The Wildcats will finish the season playing eight of their final 12 matches at home, including six of their final eight matches to end the regular season.? So far this season, Arizona is 6-2 in McKale Center.

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Stuff This:

Arizona and California should provide plenty of rejections in Fridayˇ?s match. The Golden Bears and the Wildcats rank No.1 and No. 2 respectively in the Pac-10 in team blocks. Cal averages 3.78 blocks per game, while Arizona notches 3.27 blocks per game.

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Vast Improvement:

Arizona has taken a step in the right direction in the wins column, rebounding from a dismal 13-17 overall record last season.? With one more victory, the Wildcats will match their win total from a year ago, as Arizona didnˇ?t record its 13th win of the season in 2006 until Nov. 17.

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Rejected:

Arizona ranks second in the Pac-10 and is one of the top teams in the nation when it comes to blocks because the Wildcats have no problem providing plenty of rejections at the net.? In 19 matches thus far, Arizona has posted double-figures in blocks 13 times.? As a squad, Arizona averages 3.27 blocks per game, which if it holds up, will be the fifth-best mark in school history.? 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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Blocked Out:

Despite Arizonaˇ?s prevalence at blocking the shots of opponents at the net, the Wildcats have struggled mightily (to their standards) in their last three matches.? In the last three outings, Arizona is averaging 1.80 blocks per game, well under its season average of 3.27, while opponents are averaging 3.80 blocks per game.? Arizona had just seven blocks against ASU, after posting a season-low three blocks against Washington in the previous match.

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Further more, Arizona failed to post double-figures in three-consecutive matches for the first time since failing to do so against San Francisco, Tennessee Tech, and Dayton last season (Aug. 26-Sept. 2), a span of 41 matches.

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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 473 total stuffs, Lamb is now third all-time in school history, as she recently passed Bre Ladd (466) for the No. 3 spot.? Lamb needs 34 more blocks to pass Charita Johnson (506, 1991-94) for second all-time.? Her current career average of 1.34 blocks per game places her second in school history behind only Kelly Waage (1.43). Lamb's 473 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 60 blocks from breaking the 18-year-old school record of 532 career blocks held Kelly Waage.

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Lamb also ranks second all-time in Arizona history with 414 block assists, and needs 23 more block assists to pass Kelly Waageˇ?s 18-year-old school record of 436 career block assists.

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So far on the season, Lamb is third on the squad with a 2.64 kills per game average, while hitting .292 (174-65-374).? She is also averaging a team-high 1.59 blocks per game, which is the second-best mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in 12 of the Wildcatsˇ? 19 matches this season.

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Against ASU, Lamb led Arizona with 15 kills on a season-high .591 hitting percentage (15-2-22).

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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 106 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 297 consecutive games played, which ranks fifth all-time at Arizona, as she recently passed Jill Talbot (1999-2001, 295) for the spot.? Lamb has not missed a game since playing in just one of three games against Stanford on Nov. 27, 2004.

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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.??So far on the year, Goodenough leads the Wildcats with a 4.09 kills per game average, the ninth-best mark in the Pac-10, ranks third on the team with a 1.12 blocks per game average, and is third on the team with a 2.51 digs per game average.? She also leads the team with eight double-doubles.? Against ASU, Goodenough posted 12 kills, as she has registered double-figures in kills 17 times this season.

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In 19 matches this season, Goodenough has led the team in kills 12 times.

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Picking up the Workload:

Randy Goodenough has been looked upon this season to pick up the offensive workload and she has stepped up to the challenge.??In two seasons prior to 2007, the Coronado, Calif., native owned career totals of 198 kills, 621 attacks and 114 digs.? She has already more than matched those numbers in this season alone as she has posted 266 kills on 705 attacks and 163 digs through 19 matches.? She also has 73 blocks so far this year, only 19 off of the 92 she owned in her career before this season.

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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.? Against Arizona State, Buringrud posted 10 kills on .280 hitting (10-3-25) to go with three digs.? On the season, Buringrud owns a 2.27 kills per game average and a 1.34 digs per game average.? In 18 matches this season, Buringrud has posted double-figures in kills five times.

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Norton at the Net:

Sophomore Jacy Norton has established herself as one of the most consistent Wildcats with her solid play at the net.? On the season, Norton ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with a team-high .337 hitting percentage (123-37-256), while averaging 2.20 kills and 1.18 blocks per game, the second-best mark on the team.? Against ASU, Norton finished with seven kills and a team-best five blocks.

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Dig This:

Junior Brittany Leonard has her name in the Arizona record books when it comes to digs, and she showed why on Friday against ASU.? Against the Sun Devils, the San Jose, Calif., native led the team with 12 digs, tying her season high.? Leonard averages 1.59 digs per game, and has registered double-figures in digs three times this season.

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Gold Digger:

Sophomore Alanna Reschˇ?s move from outside hitter to the libero position has proven to be golden for the Wildcats, as the San Diego, Calif., native is anchoring the Arizona back line with her defensive skills.? Since moving to libero (vs. Kentucky, 9/7), Resch is averaging 4.21 digs per game, and has posted double figures in digs in seven of her last nine, and nine of her last 12 matches.? On the season, Resch leads the team with a 3.63 digs per game average, the eighth-best mark in the Pac-10, and has posted 20 or more digs in a match four different times.? She has led the team in digs in eight of the last nine matches, averaging 4.56 digs a game over that span.

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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 818 assists over that span for a 12.39 assists per game average, the fifth-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 82.7 percent (818-989) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.36 service aces per game average.

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Weber is averaging 12.16 assists, and 1.80 digs per game in Pac-10 play.

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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 second on the team with a 2.72 kills per game average, including a 2.76 kills per game mark in Pac-10 play.? The San Bernardino, Calif., native has posted double-figures in kills nine times this season.

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She Can Dig It:

Senior Katie Jackels has been holding down the Arizona back line, averaging 3.21 digs per game, the second-best mark on the team.? Through 19 matches this season, the Playa Del Rey, Calif., native has posted double-figures in digs seven times, including a school record 37 digs against Saint Maryˇ?s on Aug. 25.?

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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 303-165 record (.647) 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 425-231 (.648) career record.

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Up Next:

Arizona will open up the second half of the Pac-10 schedule with a trip to Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 25, and a match at Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 26.? Both matches are set for 7 p.m.

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