Nov. 19, 2002
Last Time Out: Arizona won a pair of season series with two 3-0 sweeps over the Oregon schools in the final home weekend of the 2002 regular season ... Freshman Kim Glass was limited in her play against the Beavers and Ducks due to a strained calf muscle ... Classmate Bre Ladd shined in her teammate's absence with a career-high 17-kill outing against Oregon on Friday and 11 kills against Oregon State on Saturday ... For the weekend, the freshman middle blocker had 28 kills on 44 swings with just four errors for a team-high .545 hitting percentage ... She also chipped in with a 1.33 bpg average ... Senior Lisa Rutledge closed out her home career at UA with a combined 28 kills against UO and OSU ... Redshirt junior Christina Frost took Glass' spot in the starting lineup and posted 13 kills in her first two starts of the season ... Senior setter Laurie Gardner dished out 91 assists (15.17 apg), while guiding the Arizona offense to a team .301 hitting percentage ... The Wildcats have won 13-straight matches over the Beavers, the most for UA against any conference opponent, and eight straight over the Ducks ... The two victories allowed Arizona to equal its season high for consecutive matches won at three straight. Arizona is 4-1 in its last five.
Polling Place: Arizona's sweep of the Oregon schools held the Wildcats at No. 16 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. USC, Arizona's next opponent, regained the No. 1 ranking after Stanford was upset by Washington State last weekend in Pullman. UCLA fell two spots to No. 21 after dropping matches to Pepperdine and USC last week.
Arizona vs. No. 1: Since David Rubio took over in 1992, the Wildcats have played the No. 1 team in the nation a total of nine times and are 1-8 in those matches. Arizona's victory against a top-ranked team came in 1993 when the 18th-ranked Cats defeated top-ranked UCLA 3-2 in Tucson.
Wildcats Are Wildcards: The Pac-10 Office and Fox Sports Net announced that Arizona's match Nov. 21 at USC has been selected as the wildcard television match. Jim Watson and Angie Simpson will serve as the play-by-play and color commentators. Due to the addition of TV for the match, first serve has been pushed back a half hour to 7:30 p.m. PST (8:30 Tucson time). Please check your local listings for the taped delayed air dates and times.
Broken Glass?: Freshman Kim Glass was held to a limited role in last week's matches against the Oregon schools. Favoring a strained calf muscle, Glass played all three games against Oregon State, but only in the front row. Despite limited playing time, she made her presence felt out on the floor. The freshman tallied nine kills on just 11 swings against OSU. At one point in the match, she was seven for seven on kill opportunities before committing a pair of attack errors. Her one-game appearance against Oregon the previous night can be pinned on head coach David Rubio's familiarity of writing #86 on the lineup card. Rubio filled out the starting lineup for game three with the inactive Glass in the opening rotation. The miscue was corrected when junior Christina Frost subbed for Glass before the first serve.
Getting Offensive: Glass' slight injury last weekend paved the way for classmate Bre Ladd to show everyone just how much she's improved her offensive game since the beginning of the season. 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 11 matches she has racked up 124 kills for an average of 3.35 kpg and has hit a team-high .399. Her continued improvement has helped Arizona to go 8-3 over the 11-match stretch and has improved her season totals from 1.77 kpg through 13 matches to its current average of 2.46. Her hitting percentage has also improved from .196 through UA's first 13 matches to a solid .302 to date.
Bre Ladd's First 13 Matches vs. Last 11
Matches K KPG Hitting %
First 13 83 1.77 .196
Last 11 124 3.35 .399
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 1,362
USC: The Women of Troy secured at least a share of the Pac-10 title last week with their 3-0 win at UCLA and Stanford's 3-2 loss at Washington State ... Stanford's loss to the Cougars also enabled the Trojans to regain the No. 1 ranking in the polls this week ... USC possesses perhaps the most balanced attack in the nation with six players already with 150 or more kills and an average of two or more kills per game for the season ... Junior Aprils Ross leads USC with 290 kills on .290 hitting ... The Women of Troy swept Arizona in Tucson earlier this season and lead the all-time series between the two schools 22-11.
Arizona-USC 2002 Stats
Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 15.70 .255 14.10 1.68 14.01 2.78
USC 17.74 .288 16.69 1.36 16.76 3.05
UCLA: The Bruins will entertain Arizona State before taking on the Wildcats this Friday ... UCLA dropped a pair of matches last week, falling to No. 9 Pepperdine and No.2 USC in Pauley Pavilion ... The Bruins are 15-12 overall and 8-8 in the Pac-10 ... UCLA is led by Lauren Fendrick on offense. The senior had 340 kills in 93 games this season ... Libero Chrissie Zartman leads the Pac-10 with a 4.54 dgp average ... The Bruins were stung by the season-ending knee injury to Angela Eckmier. The senior was UCLA's leading blocker at 1.17 bpg ... Sophomore Brittany Ringel averages a team-high 3.35 kpg ... The Wildcats defeated the Bruins 3-1 in Tucson earlier this season, but trail in the all-time series race. UCLA is 25-8 all-time against Arizona.
Arizona-UCLA 2002 Stats
Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 15.70 .255 14.10 1.68 14.01 2.78
UCLA 16.70 .210 15.27 1.14 17.41 2.50
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.
Other Rutledge Milestones To Watch For: In addition to moving up the career kills list, Rutledge needs just five more starts 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 928 digs with four matches remaining in the regular season.
Freshman Record List: With Glass' impressive run of kills in her first season with Arizona she has already moved into second on the freshmen records list. To date Glass has 399 kills in her first season in the Cardinal and Navy, 103 more than teammate Lisa Rutledge and former Wildcat and Olympian Caren Kemner had as freshmen. She now trails Barb Bell's rookie mark of 417 by just 18 kills.
A Tough Slate: Head coach David Rubio knows from firsthand experience how tough the Pac-10 is. In an effort to prepare the 2002 team for conference play and the NCAA postseason, he put together a very competitive schedule. Beginning on Sept. 7 and ending Oct. 11, Arizona faced top 25 teams at least once in five of six weekends. The Wildcats have already taken on No. 1 USC, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 4 Stanford (twice), No. 11 UCLA, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 17 and No. 19 Washington State and No. 21 Pacific this season. In its final four matches this season Arizona will get to play rematch contests against No.1 USC and No. 21 UCLA, as well as a regular season ending match against No.24 Utah.
Stepping Up: Freshman Kim Glass has been impressive in every match of the season thus far. She has tallied double digit kills in 20 of UA's 24 matches and leads the team with 399 kills and a .307 hitting percentage. However, since Pac-10 play began over two months ago, she has bumped up her already impressive game. In the last 14 matches, all conference contests, she has averaged 5.11 kpg and 2.40 dpg. Glass has accumulated 281 kills on 620 attempts with 93 errors for a .303 hitting percentage in conference play.
Glass Non-Conference vs. Pac-10
MP K E Att Ht% KPG Digs DPG
Non-Conf. 8 118 34 265 .317 4.37 66 2.44
Pac-10 14 281 93 620 .303 5.11 132 2.40
Sudden Impact: Not since Barb Bell first stepped on the floor for Arizona in 1993 has a freshman outside hitter made as big an impact for the Wildcats as Kim Glass has this season. Glass has led or shared the team lead in kills in 16 of Arizona's 22 matches this season, including a streak of 10 straight matches. She leads the Wildcats in kills, kills per game, aces and points. Through 24 matches and 82 games, she has tallied 399 kills on 885 attempts with just 127 errors for an impressive .307 hitting percentage.
Looking back to Bell's freshman season, it is found that Glass is putting up better numbers than that which earned Bell 1993 Volleyball Magazine Freshman All-America honors. Bell posted 366 kills on 881 swings with 138 errors for a .259 hitting percentage in her first 24 matches.
Bell/Glass Comparison (Through 24 Matches)
Player MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs
Barb Bell (1993) 24 89 366 138 881 .259 3.85 105
Kim Glass (2002) 24 82 399 127 885 .307 4.87 198
Attendance: Bolstered by a Pac-10 record crowd of 9,141, 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.
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.
Midnight Madness: October 11's match against Stanford was the fourth contest Arizona has played prior to basketball's Midnight Madness ... The victory over the Cardinal improved Arizona's record to 4-0 in such matches ... The 9,141 fans in attendance smashed the previous Pac-10 record crowd of 7,298 established by Arizona in 2000 ... Stanford was the first team to take a game from Arizona in a pre-Midnight Madness match.
Midnight Madness Results
Date Opponent Score Result Attendance
Oct. 17, 1997 vs. Oregon State 3-0 W 4,927
Oct. 13, 2000 vs. #4 USC 3-0 W 7,298
Oct. 12, 2001 vs. Washington St. 3-0 W 3,711
Oct. 11, 2002 vs. #4 Stanford 3-2 W 9,141
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.
Saragosa's Out: Citing a three-year string of injuries, senior Stefani Saragosa has ended her playing career at Arizona. An instrumental player in helping to raise Arizona to an elite level, she was a member of the three Sweet Sixteen teams, two Elite Eight squads and last season's Final Four club. She finished her career second on Arizona's hitting percentage list and tied for sixth in block assists.
Head Coach David Rubio: Entering 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 212-106 record (.667) in 10-plus years. He has led the Wildcats to eight NCAA Tournament berths, including the last six 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.
Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll: The Pac-10 coaches placed Arizona third in their annual preseason poll. The Wildcats garnered 73 votes in the poll, trailing only defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford and USC. The coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own team, have correctly named the conference champion eight times in 13 tries. The full poll can be found on page 10 of the notes.