THIS WEEK: The No. 6 Arizona volleyball team (20-5, 12-4) closes out the regular season with a pair of matches at Oregon (12-16, 1-15) and Oregon State (10-12, 6-10) this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26. The Wildcats face the Ducks on Friday at 8 p.m. (PST) and the Beavers on Saturday at 7 p.m. (PST).
A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA:The Wildcats notched a pair of key victories last week, defeating No. 14 USC in five games (30-26, 23-30, 34-32, 18-30, 15-13) on Friday, then sweeping (30-26, 30-27, 30-19) No. 16 UCLA on Saturday). The wins kept Arizona tied for second place in the Pac-10 standings with Stanford.
On the season, Arizona is led by senior Kim Glass, who averages 5.29 kills, 3.03 digs, 0.77 blocks and 0.43 service aces per game. Jennifer Abernathy adds 4.07 kills, 3.48 digs and 0.40 service aces per game, while junior Kristina Baum averages 2.34 kills, 1.98 digs and 0.66 blocks per game. Sophomore Dominique Lamb leads the team with 1.16 blocks per game and a .333 hitting percentage, while freshman libero Brittany Leonard averages a team-high 3.81 digs per game. Setter Amy Dyck is averaging 11.92 assists per game. As a team, Arizona is out-hitting its opponents .261 to .179.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Oregon- The Ducks went 0-2 last week, dropping matches at Washington State (21-30, 30-28, 19-30, 38-36, 6-15) last Thursday and at No. 3 Washington (18-30, 17-30, 22-30) on Friday.
Mira Djuric and Kelly Russell pace Oregon with 4.24 and 3.55 kills per game, respectively. Djuric also adds 0.57 service aces per game. Katie Swoboda boasts a team-high 4.65 digs per game average. As a team, the Ducks are averaging 14.60 kills per game on .175 hitting.
Oregon State - The Beavers went 1-1 last week, falling at No. 3 Washington in three games (17-30, 11-30, 23-30) on Thursday before defeating Washington State in four games (30-22, 28-30, 30-26, 30-28) on Friday.
Oregon State has three players that average 2.00 kills per game or better, led by Brittany Cahoon with a 3.21 average. She also adds a team-best 1.08 blocks per game. As a team, the Beavers are hitting .193, compared to the .234 of their opponents.
Oregon- Arizona is 34-8 all-time vs. Oregon, including 13 victories in a row. The two teams last met on Sept. 24, with the Wildcats sweeping the Ducks in Tucson. Arizona is 17-4 at home, 15-4 away and 2-0 at a neutral site vs. Oregon.
Oregon State - Arizona is 30-10 all-time vs. the Beavers and has won the last 18 meetings. The two teams last met on Sept. 23, with Arizona winning 3-0 in Tucson. Arizona is 17-3 at home, 13-6 away and 0-1 at a neutral site vs. Oregon State.
GLASS NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:Outside hitter Kim Glass, a senior from Lancaster, Pa., was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Nov. 14-20 after averaging ... Glass nailed 50 kills last weekend, becoming the first Wildcat and just the fourth player in Pac-10 history to record 2,000 career kills. She posted a career-high 37 kills on a school-record 97 attempts in Arizona’s five-game win over No. 14 USC, the first time the Wildcats have beaten the Women of Troy since 2001. In Arizona’s sweep of No. 16 UCLA, Glass posted her 17th double-double of the season with 13 kills and 12 digs.
POLL POSITION:Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 115 of the last 124 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred during the 2003 season.
The Wildcats’ current No. 6 ranking is the team’s best since being selected No. 6 in the 2002 preseason poll. The last time Arizona was ranked this high during the season was for the last seven weeks of the 2001 season, when the Wildcats were No. 4.
RANKING IN THE PAC:Individually, several Wildcats rank in the Top 10 in conference matches in various statistical categories. Senior Kim Glass leads the Pac-10 in points per game (6.65) and kills per game (5.73), and ranks fourth in service aces per game (0.45). Senior Jennifer Abernathy ranks fifth in points per game (4.91), and sixth in both kills per game (4.17) and service aces per game (0.38). Sophomore Dominique Lamb ranks eighth in hitting percentage (.314) and ninth in blocks per game (1.15). Sophomore Amy Dyck is second in assists per game (13.54), while freshman Brittany Leonard is eighth in digs per game (3.96).
CONFERENCE ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS:Arizona boasts several of the Pac-10’s active career statistical leaders. Senior Kim Glass is the current leader in kills (2,002) and service aces (157), and ranks seventh in digs (1,084). Fellow senior Bre Ladd ranks second in blocks (428), third in service aces (109) and ninth in kills (1,043). Jennifer Abernathy ranks seventh in kills (1,087) and fifth in service aces (91), while setter Stephanie Butkus ranks fourth in assists (2,706).
RANKING NATIONALLY:As a team, Arizona ranks 21st nationally in kills per game (16.46), 24th in hitting percentage (.265) and 25th in assists per game (15.04). Senior Kim Glass ranks 10th in kills per game (5.20).
20-WIN MARK:The Wildcats have reached the 20-win plateau this season for the 15th time in program history and the ninth time under Head Coach David Rubio.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:Senior Kim Glass leads the Wildcats with 17 double-doubles this year, while senior Jennifer Abernathy has 13. Sophomore Amy Dyck has five, while junior Kristina Baum has three. Senior Bre Ladd and sophomore Dominique Lamb have one apiece.
GLASS ENTERS PAC-10 ELITE:In the match against UCLA last Saturday, senior Kim Glass tallied her 2,000th career kill, making her the first Wildcat and just the fourth Pac-10 player ever to do so. The Pennsylvania native also ranks third all-time in kills per game (5.21) and total attacks (4,836), tied for fifth in service aces per game (0.41) and seventh in service aces (157).
DOMINATING AT McKALE:Arizona won 11 of its 12 home matches this season, with its only loss at McKale coming in five games to No. 2 and then-undefeated Washington. What’s more, the Wildcats swept eight of their 11 matches at home. The last time Arizona lost just one home match was during the 2001 season, when it went 12-1 at McKale. The Wildcats’ only home loss that year was a five-game defeat at the hands of No. 3 Stanford.
PUTTING UP BIG NUMBERS:Senior Kim Glass has put up some remarkable numbers in her four seasons at Arizona. She has 99 matches with 10 or more kills, 50 matches with 20 or more kills and seven matches with 30 or more kills. Fellow senior Jennifer Abernathy has 59 matches on her career where she’s posted double-digit kills. She also has eight matches with 20 or more kills.
WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE:Arizona currently ranks No. 18 nationally in attendance with an average of 1,699. Only Washington (2,666) and Stanford (2,133) from the Pac-10 rank higher.
REACHING MILESTONES:Senior Kim Glass recorded her 2,000th career kill vs. UCLA last Saturday. Sophomore Amy Dyck tallied her 75th career kill last Friday against USC and recorded her 1,100th career last Saturday against UCLA. Senior Bre Ladd notched her 300th career dig vs. USC last Friday, while senior Jennifer Abernathy tallied her 125th career block vs. UCLA on Saturday. Junior Kristina Baum recorded her 50th career service ace against UCLA on Saturday.
CLOSING IN:Senior Kim Glass is 13 assists away from 100 and 16 digs shy of 1,100 on her career. Senior Jennifer Abernathy is 13 kills shy of 1,100, 14 digs away from 800 and nine service aces shy of 100. Junior Kristina Baum is 14 blocks shy of 200 and one dig away from 400. Sophomore Amy Dyck is 25 kills away from 100, 19 digs shy of 200 and seven blocks away from 50 on her career. Senior Bre Ladd is six assists away from 75 on her career.
THREE CURRENT WILDCATS HAVE 1,000 KILLS:While senior Kim Glass captured the Arizona career kills record against Washington State on Oct. 28, two other seniors, Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy surpassed the 1,000-kill mark, becoming just the 14th and 15th Wildcats ever to do so.
GLASS JOINS 1,000-KILL, 1,000-DIG CLUB:Against USC on Oct. 22, senior Kim Glass became just the fifth Wildcat ever to surpass the 1,000-kill and 1,000-dig mark. She currently has 1,952 kills and 1,062 digs on her career. The Pennsylvania native joined Terry Lauchner (1987-1990), Barb Bell (1993-96), Jill Talbot (1998-2001) and Lisa Rutledge (1999-2002) as the only Arizona players ever to accomplish the feat. Lauchner finished her career with 1,636 kills and 1,297 digs. Bell tallied 1,859 kills and 1,046 digs. Talbot finished with 1,022 kills and 1,111 digs. Rutledge notched 1,471 kills and 1,006 digs.
BLOCKING MACHINE:Senior Bre Ladd has been a consistent defensive threat at the net ever since she arrived on campus in the fall of 2002. She has at least one block in 113 of 119 career matches, including 29 of 33 last season and 22 of 23 matches this season. What’s more, the Tucson native currently has 428 total blocks on her career, good for third place all-time at Arizona behind Kelly Waage (532) and associate head coach Charita Johnson-Stubbs (506).
GLASS’ STREAKS:Senior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 107 of the 109 matches on her career. She has recorded double-digit kills in all but 10 (99 of 109) matches during her four years. In fact, she’s the only player in the Pac-10 to have 10 or more kills in every match this season.
RUBIO BECOMES ALL-TIME WINS LEADER:With the Wildcats’ victory over Connecticut on Sept. 16, Head Coach Dave Rubio notched his 259th career win at Arizona, making him the all-time winningest coach in Arizona volleyball history. The win moved him ahead of Rosie Wegrich, who coached from 1977-1991 and compiled a 258-229-9 record (.531) in 15 seasons. Rubio now boasts a career record of 273-140 (.661) in 14 years at the helm.
STACKED SCHEDULE:As always, Arizona has faced a tough schedule in 2005. Included on the slate were 14 matches against teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will also faced seven teams (Stanford, Washington, USC, UCLA, Georgia Tech, California and UC Santa Barbara) that were ranked in the preseason Top 25 in the AVCA/CSTV Coaches Poll.
PAC-10 POTPOURRI:With Stanford capturing the NCAA title last season, the Pac-10 has now won four consecutive national championships (Stanford in 2004 and 2001, USC in 2003 and 2002). What’s more, Pac-10 teams have claimed 12 of the sport’s 24 NCAA championships.
UP NEXT:Arizona will find out its postseason fate during the NCAA Selection Show at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. It will be broadcast live on ESPNews.