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Arizona Volleyball Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/02/2004
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THIS WEEK:
The No. 17 Arizona volleyball team (1-0) travels to Hawaii for the American Airlines Wahine Classic this Friday-Sunday, Sept. 3-5. On Friday, the Wildcats face Eastern Washington at 5 p.m. (HST). Arizona plays San Diego at 2 p.m. (HST) on Saturday, followed by a 6 p.m. match against No. 13 Hawaii on Sunday.
 
A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA:
The Wildcats swept San Diego State 3-0 (30-26, 30-26, 32-30) Wednesday night to open the 2004 season. Arizona hit .301 as a team, including a blistering .516 in game two. The Wildcats edged the Aztecs in nearly every statistical category, finishing with more kills (55 to 40), assists (48 to 34), digs (32 to 23) and blocks (10 to 7). Junior Bre Ladd, playing at outside hitter for the first time in her career, put together a well-rounded match, finishing with 13 kills, a team-high 10 digs and six blocks. Junior Jennifer Abernathy led the Wildcats with 16 kills on .538 hitting, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston added 10 kills. Sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus finished with 41 assists and senior Jolene Killough notched six blocks on the night.
 
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Eastern Washington -The Eagles went 22-8 overall and 13-1 in the Big Sky last season, but lost in the Big Sky Championship match and failed to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. Eastern Washington is led by senior Megan Kitterman, who averaged 3.31 kills and 0.72 blocks per game last season. She is one of three starters returning for the Eagles.
 
San Diego - The Toreros return all six starters and the libero from last year’s team that went 17-13 and lost to UC Irvine in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Six All-West Coast Conference performers from a year ago appear on San Diego’s roster, led by setter Lindsey Shurberne and outside hitter Devon Forster. Shurberne last year ranked second in the nation in assists per game with a 14.24 average, while Forster averaged 5.08 kills per game.
 
No. 13 Hawaii - The Rainbow Wahine went 36-2 last season, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Championships. However, Hawaii returns just one starter from last year’s team, setter Kanoe Kamana?'o, the AVCA National Freshman of the Year. The Rainbow Wahine, who have made 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, boast eight freshmen, four sophomores, three juniors and two seniors.
 
SERIES SHORTS:
Arizona leads the all-time series with Eastern Washington 3-0. The last time the two teams met, on Aug. 30, 2003, the Wildcats swept the Eagles at the Pepperdine Classic. Arizona is 1-0 at home and 2-0 at a neutral site vs. Eastern Washington.
 
Arizona is undefeated (7-0) all-time against San Diego. The two teams last met on Sept. 2, 2000, when the Wildcats won 3-1 at the San Diego State Tournament. Arizona is 2-0 at home, 1-0 away and 4-0 at a neutral site vs. the Toreros.
 
Arizona is 0-9 all-time vs. Hawaii. On Oct. 19 of last year, after trailing 0-2, the Wildcats fought back and almost pulled off an upset, but fell to the Rainbow Wahine in five games. Arizona is 0-1 at home, 0-6 away and 0-2 at a neutral site vs. Hawaii.
 
PLAYING WITHOUT GLASS:
Junior outside hitter Kim Glass will likely miss the first 2-3 weeks of the season due to a shoulder injury. The two-time All-American has led Arizona in kills in each of the last two years.
 
USA Today/CSTV Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank  School (1st-place votes)   Total Points   2003 Record   2003 Rank
   1  USC (56)                   1,596          35-0          1
   2  Nebraska (5)               1,417          28-5          13
   3  UCLA                       1,386          24-9          5
   4  Florida                    1,360          36-2          2
   5  Minnesota (1)              1,318          26-11         4
   6  Stanford (2)               1,230          25-7          10
   7  Washington                 1,170          23-9          9
   8  Penn State                 1,160          31-5          7
   9  Pepperdine                 1,091          27-3          6
  10  California (1)             1,082          25-7          12
  11  Colorado State             997            30-5          14
  12  Georgia Tech               931            34-4          8
  13  Hawai’i                    718            36-2          3
  14  Kansas State               658            30-5          11
  15  Texas A&M                  552            23-10         16
  16  UC Santa Barbara           546            19-9          22
  17  Arizona                    500            17-15         NR
  18  Loyola Marymount           438            26-7          17
  19  Illinois                   426            26-7          15
  20  Louisville                 304            25-6          20
  21  Northern Iowa              272            28-6          18
  22  Santa Clara                271            20-11         19
  23  Wisconsin                  260            22-11         21
  24  Utah                       161            22-9          23 
  25  Notre Dame                 136            23-7          24
Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Maryland 112, 
Cincinnati 110, Long Beach State 108, San Diego 105, Texas 88, Kansas 85, 
Missouri 78, Michigan 68, Colorado 59, Brigham Young 58, Michigan State 45, 
UC Irvine 39, Pittsburgh 34, Florida A&M 27, Ohio 20, Arkansas 18, Wichita 
State 13, Fresno State 12, Tennessee 11, North Carolina 8, Ohio State 7, 
Pacific 7, Western Michigan 6, Ball State 3, Florida State 2.
 

Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank   School (1st-place votes)   Points
   1   USC (8)                    89
   2   UCLA (2)                   78
   3   Washington                 71
   4   Stanford                   69
   5   California                 58
   6   Arizona                    55
   7   Arizona State              38
   8   Oregon State               36
   9   Oregon                     23
       Washington State           23
 
POLL POSITION:
Arizona is ranked No. 17 in the USA Today/College Sports Television (CSTV) Preseason Coaches Poll. The Wildcats are the only team in the poll that wasn’t ranked in the final 2003 poll. Arizona collected 546 points in the poll, just six less than 2004 opponent UC Santa Barbara.
 
POLL FACTS:
Arizona has been listed in the Top 25 in 87 of the last 96 AVCA Polls, including a streak of 30 straight weeks in the Top 10 during the 2000-03 season. The Wildcats will take on eight teams ranked in the preseason poll, including six in the Top 10. Arizona is one of six teams from the Pacific-10 Conference in the poll. The Pac-10 is the only conference nationwide with five or more teams ranked in the Top 25.
 
PAC-10 PREDICTIONS:
Arizona was picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 in a vote of the league’s 10 head coaches. The Wildcats received 55 points in the poll. Defending national champion USC was picked to win its third-straight Pac-10 title, receiving eight first-place votes and 89 points. UCLA was second with two first-place votes and 78 points, while Washington was third with 71 points. The coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in nine of the previous 15 polls. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
 
NEXT UP:
Arizona hosts the Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic next Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 9-11. The complete tournament schedule is as follows:
Sept. 9    Thurs.   Nicholls State vs. Louisville    7 p.m.
Sept. 10   Fri.     Nicholls State vs. Arizona       10 a.m.
                   Louisville vs. Pepperdine         noon
                   Pepperdine vs. Arizona            7 p.m.
Sept. 11   Sat.    Pepperdine vs. Nicholls State     10 a.m.
                   Louisville vs. Arizona            noon
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