Nov. 21, 2001
Upcoming: The Wildcats host their semi-annual Four Points University Plaza Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend. San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara and Denver will all travel to the desert southwest to take part. Each school will play one match on Friday and one on Saturday. Denver and Arizona will follow the UCSB-SDSU match on Friday with the winners playing each other on Saturday in the championship match.
The Opposition:DENVER - The Pioneers come to Tucson having finished 1-1 in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament last weekend. Denver defeated Arkansas State, 3-0, before being eliminated by Western Kentucky, 3-1. The Wildcats are the second top 25 team the Pioneers have faced this season. Denver fell to then-eight-ranked Colorado State on Oct. 23. Olympia Hughes and Kellie Savage lead the Pioneer attack with 240 and 328 kills, respectively. Setter Clarice Golesh-Burch has 1,127 assits in 2001, an average of 10.94 per game, and has tallied 125 kills on .309 hitting.The meeting with Arizona will be the first in each school's history.
Arizona - Denver Season Stats Head-To-Head
KPG Pct. APG SAPG BPG DPG
Arizona 17.10 .296 15.32 1.71 2.51 14.99
Denver 14.21 .190 12.42 1.46 2.80 13.46
UC SANTA BARBARA- The Gauchos head to the Old Pueblo with a 16-12 overall record and 14-4 record and third-place finish in the Big West Conference. They have won three of their last four and are led by junior middle blocker Danielle Bauer who enters the match with San Diego State with 409 kills on the season. Senior outside hitter Brie Lampe has 256 kills for UCSB on a team-high .329 attack percentage. Should the Guachos and Wildcats meet it will be the 11th overall meeting. UCSB leads the all-time series 6-4 and handed Arizona one of its five losses last season.
Arizona - UCSB Season Stats Head-To-Head
KPG Pct. APG SAPG BPG DPG
Arizona 17.10 .296 15.32 1.71 2.51 14.99
UCSB 15.56 .229 14.00 1.53 2.30 17.16
SAN DIEGO STATE- The Aztecs recently completed their Mountain West Conference season with a a 9-5 record and fourth place finish. SDSU will come to Tucson burdened witha two-match losing streak having fallen to BYU and UNLV las week. San Diego State has had trouble with top 25 teams this season and could face two this weekend. The Aztecs are 1-7 against the top teams this season, with their lone victory coming recently against Utah on Nov. 9. Should Arizona and SDSU meet it will be the 28th meeting between the two. SDUS owns a large advantage in the all-time series, posting a 19-7-1 record against UA. However, Arizona has never lost to the Aztecs with David Rubio as head coach (6-0).
Arizona - SDSU Season Stats Head-To-Head
KPG Pct. APG SAPG BPG DPG
Arizona 17.10 .296 15.32 1.71 2.51 14.99
SDSU 14.85 .225 12.91 2.10 2.62 11.91
Arizona's Last Action: Arizona's hope of beating both of the Bay Area schools last weekend fell one game short. The Wildcats had little trouble dipatching California, winning 3-0 in a very quick match. However, the next night was a heartbreaking, five-game loss to Stanford. Up 2-0 heading into the break, Arizona's offense struggled to get past a very good Stanford block at the net. The Cardinal took the next three games and the match. The loss snapped UA's season-high 11 match winning streak.
All-Pac-10 Honors Abundant For Arizona: For the second consecutive season, the Arizona volleyball team has three members on the All-Pac-10 squad. Seniors Dana Burkholder and Jill Talbot, along with junior Lisa Rutledge comprise one-fourth of the 12 person team. The honor is the third for Burkholder and the first for both Talbot and Rutledge. Burkholder becomes just the third player in school history to be anmed thrice in a career, joing former teammate Marisa DaLee and Barb Bell. Junior Stefani Saragosa was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10, while first-year Wildcat Kelli Mulvany garnered honorable mention Freshman All-Pac-10 honors.
Closing In On Another Record: Senior setter Dana Burkholder, already the possessor of numerous school records, will look to tie another one this weekend. If, as expected, Burkholder starts both matches this weekend, she will equal Charita Johnson's top mark for match starts in a career. The next two starts will give Burkholder 112 for her distinguished career, matching the number Johnson started from 1991-94.
Countdown To 1,000: For the second straight season, Arizona could add two more names to the 1,000 career kill list. Junior Lisa Rutledge needs only 32 more to become the 11th member of the club, while senior Jill Talbot needs 51 more to join her. Should Talbot break the 1,000 kill barrier for her career, she would be just the second Wildcat ever to have 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in a career. Up to this point only Terry Lauchner (1987-90) is the only Wildcat to have achieved the feat.
An End To The Conference Season: The Wildcats completed their conference season last weekend with their matches against California and Stanford. Arizona finished with a 14-4 conference mark, good enough for third place. The record equals the second-best mark for a conference season and the third place finish trails only the Pac-10 Co-Championship Arizona earned last season in school history.
Seeing With Triple-Double Vision, Again: Senior setter Dana Burkholder has taking a liking to playing Washington this season. The Arizona floor leader tallied her second triple-double of the season against the Huskies last Friday night, the school-record fifth trifecta of her career. The versatile senior had the Huskies on their heals all night long, finishing the match with 12 kills, 64 assists and 13 digs. She also got the rest of the offense involved, distributing the ball evenly enough for five other players to record double digit kills in the match. A night later, in Pullman, she almost tripled up the Cougars. She finished the match at Washington State with nine kills, 42 assists and nine digs. Her previous triple-double this season came on Oct.13 in the form of 10 kills, a season high 68 assists and 14 digs. Burkholder has nearly a quarter of the triple-doubles in school history (five of 22).
Burkholder's Career Triple-Doubles
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
5. at Washington 11/09/2001 12 Kills, 64 assists, 13 digs
Home Sweet Home: The Arizona volleyball team has always found McKale Center a nice to place to call home, but never more so than now. After finishing 9-7 at home in 1999, the Cats have since gone 23-1 (.958). A year ago, Arizona lost only a single match on its home floor en route to a 14-1 record and are 10-1 this season. Arizona owns a 171-89 (.658) record in McKale since it first started playing in the building in 1983 and have gone 101-37 (.732) in nine-plus seasons under Coach Rubio.
On A Roll: The Wildcats won 11 straight Pac-10 Conference matches this season, establishing a new school record. Beginning with a 3-1 win at California on Oct. 8 and ending with a 3-0 win over the Golden Bears on Nov. 16, the streak smashed the previuos best in confernce play by four matches. Four players hit over .300 over the course of the seven week streak. Jill Talbot led all players with 139 kills on .433 hitting. She was follwed by Dana Burkholder's 74 kills on .410 hitting, Erin Sebbas' 71 kills on .393 and Stefani Saragosa's 83 kill, .321 effort. As a team, the Wildcats hit .305 and averaged an impressive 18.11 kills per game. The previous school record of seven straight was established twice last season
Career Milestones: Senior Jill Talbot recorded her 1,000th career dig in Arizona's match against Washington State on Nov. 10. She is just the sixth player in school history to top the 1,000 mark in school history. Classmate Dana Burkholder joined the group earlier in this season (see the note below) ... Burkholder became just the fourth player in Pac-10 history to record 5,000 career assists thisseason when she dished out 106 of them against Washington and Washington State (Nov. 9-10).
The Polls: Despite the loss to Stanford last weekend, the Wildcats held steady at fourth in the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cats continue to trail only top-ranked Long Beach State, defending national champions Nebraska and Pac-10 foe Stanford in the rankings. Arizona has been ranked among the top seven in the poll all season, reaching as high as no. 3. The Volleyball Magazine poll held firm with Cats remaining in the no. 4 spot there as well. See page six of the notes for the complete polls.
Torregrosa Tore It Up: Junior Shannon Torregrosa's impressive performances in matches against top 10 opponents USC and UCLA earned the first-year starter AVCA National and Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. The national honor is the first for any Arizona volleyball player in school history. The outside hitter averaged a team-high 5.83 kills, two digs and one block per game against the Bruins and Women of Troy. She finished the two matches with 35 kills on 67 attempts and only seven errors for a .418 hitting percentage.
Leader of the Pac: Arizona continues to rank among the top teams in the Pac-10 in nearly every category. The Wildcats are hitting .296 as a team for the season, while limiting opponents to a meager .188, both marks are third best in the conference. Senior Jill Talbot continues to lead all conference players in the individual hitting percentage category with a .437 attack effort, but teammates Dana Burkholder, Stefani Saragosa and Erin Sebbas are close behind . See the stats to the left to find where Arizona ranks among the Pac-10 teams and individuals.
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 fourth on Arizona's career list for digs with 1,080. See page five of the notes to see where Dana and other Wildcat players rank in the career record books.
Coaching Milestones: Arizona head coach David Rubio has doubled up on coaching milestones this season. First he won his 300th career match as a coach against Arizona State (10/5) and most recently added his 100th career Pac-10 coaching win in Eugene vs. Oregon (10/19).
With the victory over the Sun Devils, Rubio joined a long list of active Pac-10 coaches with 300 or more career victories.
Active Pac-10 Coaches with 300+ Career Wins*
1. Andy Banachowski, UCLA 913 (NCAA All Time Leader)
2. Mick Haley, USC 540
3. John Dunning, Stanford 460
4. Rich Feller, California 333
5. Cindy Fredrick, Washington St. 328
6. David Rubio, Arizona 310
* Win totals through Nov. 11.
And the win over the Ducks made Rubio just the sixth Pac-10 women's coach ever to reach 100 or more conference victories.
Pac-10 Coaches With 100+ Conference Wins
Andy Banachowski, UCLA *
Cindy Fredrick, WSU *
Lisa Love, USC
David Rubio, Arizona *
Don Shaw, Stanford
Patti Snyder, ASU *
* Active (Don Shaw is now the coach of the Stanford men's team)
20/20 Vision: Junior Lisa Rutledge became just the 10th Arizona player in school history to record a 20 kill - 20 dig match. The outside hitter finished Arizona's match against Arizona State (11/3) with a match-high 22 kills and a career-high 25 digs. The feat, which has been accomplished now 18 times, was the first for Arizona since Allison Napier finished with 29 kills and 21 digs in a five-game loss to UCLA last season. Arizona has had a played finish with a 20/20 match against Arizona State seven times.
Tidy Talbot: Senior Jill Talbot is not a player that misses her mark very often. In fact, she has 265 kills with only 80 errors on 474swings for a conference leading .437 hitting percentage this season. The right side player is averaging 11 kills, 20 attempts and only two errors per match. She leads Arizona with 257 digs, an average of 3.21 per game - fourth best in the conference thus far, and has recorded a team-high eight double-doubles this season.
Puttin' em In The Stands: The Wildcats currently rank ninth nationally with an average crowd of 1,958 fans. In 11 home dates this year, the Wildcats have attracted 21,533 followers. With two home dates remaining on the schedule (excluding possible NCAA Tournament matches) and using the current average, the Wildcats are projected to have 25,454 fans at their home matches in 2001.
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 - 12.99 apg/.371 hitting
Right Side- Jill Talbot - .437 hitting , 3.31 kpg, 3.21 dpg
Outside - Lisa Rutledge - 4.16 kpg / Shannon Torregrosa - 3.93 kpg
Middle Blocker- Stefani Saragosa - .360 hitting, 1.05 bpg / Erin Sebbas - .354 hitting
Defensive Specialist- Rachel Williams - 1.42 dpg / Kelli Mulvany - 2.05 dpg
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. Now in his 10th season, 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 14 Pac-10 Player of the Week honors under his guide. During his tenure at Arizona, Rubio has led the Wildcats to 191 victories and a winning league mark over the last six seasons. Last year's 16-2 Pac-10 record smashed the school mark for conference victories.
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.