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010-29-2007 Volleyball vs. Washington, WSU Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/29/2007
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This Week:

The Arizona volleyball team (12-11, 2-9 Pac-10) returns to Tucson to open a four-match home stand with a pivotal week of Pac-10 action against No. 4 Washington (20-1, 9-1 Pac-10) and Washington State (9-15, 0-10 Pac-10).? The Wildcats host the first-place Huskies on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., and the last-place Cougars on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in McKale Center.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the week with a 12-11 overall record and a 2-9 mark in the Pac-10, looking to snap a season-long six-match losing streak.? So far this season, Arizona is hitting .215 as a team (1206-532-3142), while averaging 14.71 kills, 15.54 digs, and 3.12 blocks per game (third in the Pac-10).? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .182 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 3.93 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.41 kills and 1.55 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.18 assists per game, and freshman Tiffany Owens is averaging 3.04 kills per game.

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Oregon , Oregon State Recap:

The Wildcats traveled to the Pacific Northwest for a crucial Pac-10 trip against No. 16 Oregon and Oregon State.? Arizona got swept by the Ducks on Thursday night, and lost a heartbreaking 3-2 match to the Beavers on Friday.? OSUˇ?s win over Arizona snapped a 22-match losing streak to the Wildcats, marking the Beaversˇ? first win over the UA since 1996.

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Scouting the Opposition:

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Washington ?C The No. 4 Washington Huskies enter Thursdayˇ?s match with a 20-1 overall record and a first-place mark of 9-1 in the Pac-10.? UW has won its last four-straight since suffering its only loss of the season at California in five games (Oct. 11).? As a team, UW hits .304 (1142-332-2663) from the floor, second in the Pac-10, and averages 16.31 kills a game, 15.64 digs a game and 3.16 blocks a game.? Individually for the Huskies, senior Stevie Mussie leads the team with 4.40 kills per game, and senior Christal Morrison adds 3.98 kills per game.? Sophomore Tamari Miyashiro adds 5.66 digs a game, and freshman setter Jenna Hagglund posts 13.49 assists a game.? Head coach Jim McLaughlin is in his seventh season at the helm of the UW program.

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Washington State ?C The Washington State Cougars enter the week with a 9-15 overall record and a 0-10 mark in the Pac-10.? WSU will face Arizona State on Thursday, and is looking to end a 13-match losing streak.? The Cougars have been swept in seven of their last nine matches.? As a team, WSU hits .169 (1115-560-3276) from the floor, and averages 13.94 kills a game, 15.57 digs a game and 2.83 blocks a game.? Individually for the Cougars, senior Adetokunbo Faleti leads the team with 3.47 kills per game, and sophomore Jackie Albright adds 3.17 kills and 2.46 digs per game.? Sophomore Kelly Hyder is fourth in the Pac-10 with a 4.94 digs per game average.? Head coach Brian Heffernan is in his third season at the helm of the WSU program.

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Series History:

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Washington ?C Thursdayˇ?s matchup with No. 8 UW will mark the 47th meeting between the Wildcats and the Huskies. Arizona leads the all-time series 24-22, but has dropped nine of the

last 10 matches to Washington, including seven-straight, with the Wildcats only win during that span coming at home in 2003. ?The Huskies swept the Wildcats on Oct. 5 in Seattle.

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Washington State ?C Fridayˇ?s match will be the 64th all-time meeting between the Cougs and the Cats. Arizona leads the series with WSU with a mark of 51-12 (.806), the Wildcatsˇ? second-best winning percentage against a Pac-10 opponent. Arizona won five-consecutive matches against the Cougars before losing to WSU at home last season on Oct. 19, 2006, but beat WSU in Pullman, Wash., on Oct. 4 in four games earlier this season (Arizonaˇ?s last win). ?Arizona has won 17 of the last 20 in the series.

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In The Pac-10:

If Arizona is to improve upon its 2-9 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 14.20 kills and 2.60 blocks per game, and giving up a .237 hitting percentage to opponents, numbers all down from the Wildcatsˇ? hot start to the season.

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Rank This:

Another ranked team, No. 4 Washington, will match up against the Cats this week, as Arizona will look to break a recent skid against ranked opponents.? So far this season, Arizona is 0-7 against ranked teams, losing to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 21/16 Oregon (twice), No. 8 Washington, No. 3 Stanford, and No. 9 California.? Over the last two seasons, the Wildcats are 2-16 against ranked opposition.? Arizona has not defeated a top-10 team since Nov. 11, 2005, when the Wildcats defeated No. 4 Stanford, 3-2, on the road in Maples Pavilion.

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Late Night:

Arizona will host Washington State on Friday at a much later time than usual.? The Wildcats and the Cougars will face off at 8 p.m., a break from the teamsˇ? regular 7 p.m. start times.? Arizonaˇ?s latest match this season was at 8:30 p.m. against Western Carolina, a 3-1 win for the Wildcats.

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Look at those Freshmen:

Arizona and Washington have something very much in common: they are two teams that are led by a freshman setter.? Washington employs Jenna Hagglund, a 5-foot-9 setter from West Chester, Ohio.? Arizona, of course, is led by Paige Weber, a 5-foot-11 stud from Indianapolis, Ind.

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Break it Off:

The Wildcats are currently riding a season-long six-match losing streak, and please believe that Arizona is more than ready to post a W on the left-side of the column.? UAˇ?s current skid is the longest for the program since enduring a six-match losing streak and a seven-match skid last season.? Since head coach Dave Rubio arrived to Arizona in 1992, the Wildcats have endured losing streaks of five or more consecutive matches just six times, three coming in the last two seasons.

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Home Cookˇ?n:

There ainˇ?t nothing better than home cooking, and the Wildcats are hungry to expand on their 6-4 record in McKale Center.? Arizona opens a four-match home stand this Thursday against Washington, and will play six of its final eight matches on the season in the friendly confines of McKale Center.

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Rejected:

Arizona ranks third 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 23 matches thus far, Arizona has posted double-figures in blocks 15 times.? As a squad, Arizona averages 3.12 blocks per game, which if it holds up, will be the sixth-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.? The Wildcats posted 17 blocks against Oregon State on Friday after finishing with only four blocks against Oregon in the previous match.

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This and That:

Arizona isˇ? 0-4 when playing five gamesˇ? 12-3 when winning game oneˇ? 0-8 when losing game oneˇ? 0-4 when splitting the first two gamesˇ? 11-2 when leading in killsˇ? 11-0 when leading in attack percentageˇ? 1-11 when trailing in attack percentage.

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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 495 total stuffs, Lamb is now third all-time in school history, as she passed Bre Ladd (466) for the No. 3 spot.? Lamb needs 12 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 495 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 38 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 435 block assists, and needs two (2) 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 2.41 kills per game average, while hitting .272 (198-79-438).? She is also averaging a team-high 1.55 blocks per game, which is the second-best mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in 14 of the Wildcatsˇ? 23 matches this season.

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Against Oregon State, Lamb posted a career-best 13 blocks against the Beavers, finishing with six kills on .333 hitting (6-2-12).

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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 110 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 313 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 3.93 kills per game average, the 10th-best mark in the Pac-10, ranks third on the team with a 1.06 blocks per game average, and is third on the team with a 2.48 digs per game average.? She also leads the team with 11 double-doubles.

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In 23 matches this season, Goodenough has led the team in kills 14 times.

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Double the Pleasure:

Randy Goodenough is becoming a double-double machine on the offensive end.??This past week, the Coronado, Calif., native posted her team-best 11th double-double of the season against Oregon State, and has posted a double-double in three of the last four matches.? Against the Beavers, Goodenough finished with 15 kills and 14 digs to go with seven blocks.

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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 318 kills on 854 attacks and 201 digs through 23 matches.? She also has 86 blocks so far this year, only 6 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.? This past week, Buringrud averaged 2.25 kills per game, finishing with 10 kills against Oregon State.? On the season, Buringrud owns a 2.29 kills per game average and a 1.24 digs per game average.? In 22 matches this season, Buringrud has posted double-figures in kills seven times.

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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 4.14 digs per game, and has posted double figures in digs in 10 of her last 13, and 12 of her last 16 matches.? On the season, Resch leads the team with a 3.70 digs per game average, the eighth-best mark in the Pac-10, and has posted 20 or more digs in a match five different times.? Against Oregon State, Resch finished with a career-best 28 digs.? She has led the team in digs in 12 of the last 13 matches, averaging 4.35 digs a game over that span.? In Pac-10 play, Resch is averaging 4.15 digs a game.

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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 999 assists for a 12.18 assists per game average, the sixth-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 82.8 percent (999-1206) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.37 service aces per game average.

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Weber is averaging 11.83 assists, and 1.76 digs per game in Pac-10 play.

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Against Oregon State, Weber posted a season-high in Pac-10 play with 55 assists, and also had a career-high four service aces to go with nine digs.

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1 More to 1,000:

With one more assist, Paige Weber will collect her 1,000th assist on the season.? It is safe to assume that Weber will earn assist No. 1,000 against Washington on Thursday, which will be her 24th career match as a Wildcat.? As a freshman in 1998, Arizonaˇ?s all-time assist leader Dana Burkholder posted her 1,000th assist in her 22nd match as a Wildcat.

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T.O. Stepping Up:

Freshman Tiffany Owens has been a solid force offensively for Arizona at the outside hitter position and it seems that she is getting better-and-better as the season goes on.? So far on the year, Owens is second on the team with a 3.04 kills per game average, including a 3.37 kills per game mark in Pac-10 play.? The San Bernardino, Calif., native has also posted double-figures in kills 13 times this season.

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In the last four matches, Owens has been on fire.? Against the Stanford (10/18), Owens finished with 11 kills on. 409 hitting (11-2-22), to go with had six digs and three blocks.? Against California (10/19), Owens had her best match of the season, posting a then-career-high 17 kills and a career-best six blocks.

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Last week, Owens topped those performances by finishing with a team-high 16 kills on .324 hitting (16-5-34), and a career-high 25 kills on a career-high 61 attempts (.246 hitting, 25-10-61) against Oregon State.? She was one kill shy of matching Randy Goodenoughˇ?s team-best 26 kills on the season.

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In the last four matches, Owens is averaging a team-best 4.31 kills per game.

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Leonard Still Can Dig It:

Junior Brittany Leonard, Arizonaˇ?s dig record holder in a few categories, has shown she can still dig it with the best of them.? Against Oregon State, the San Jose, Calif., native posted a season-high 12 digs.? She has posted 12 digs on three different occasions this season, and double-figures in digs four times for a season average of 1.59 digs per game.

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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 303-169 record (.642) 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 425-235 (.643) career record.

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Up Next:

The Wildcats will host archrival Arizona State on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., and will step out of Pac-10 play with a match against No. 20 Colorado State on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.

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