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09-17-2007 Arizona at UCLA, USC
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/17/2007
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This Week:

The Arizona volleyball team opens the Pacific-10 Conference schedule this week with a trip to Los Angeles to face No. 5 UCLA (10-1) and No. 4 USC (10-0).? The Wildcats will take on the Bruins on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., and the Women of Troy on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.? UA puts its season-high six-match winning streak on the line against two of the top teams in the nation.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona enters the weekend riding a season-best six-match winning streak with a 10-2 overall record after posting a 3-0 mark at the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Invitational this past weekend in McKale Center.? The Wildcats notched wins against Cal State Bakersfield and UC Irvine on Friday, and a win against Davidson on Saturday.? So far on the season, Arizona is hitting .246 as a team (624-244-1546), while averaging 15.22 kills, 15.66 digs, and 3.63 blocks per game (second in the Pac-10).? The Wildcats are also holding opponents to a .126 hitting percentage.? Junior Randy Goodenough leads Arizona with a 4.38 kills per game average, and senior Dominique Lamb is averaging 2.59 kills and 1.71 blocks per game.? Freshman Paige Weber averages a team-best 12.54 assists per game.

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Arizona Invitational Recap:

Arizona returned home to McKale Center after a two-week hiatus to host the Arizona Invitational.? The Wildcats extended their three-match win streak to six matches with wins over CSU Bakersfield, UC Irvine and Davidson.? As a team, Arizona hit .285 (152-54-344), and held its three opponents to a combined .077 mark (111-82-375).

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Scouting the Opposition:

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UCLA ?C The Bruins of Westwood enter the Pac-10 season as the fifth-ranked team in the nation with a 10-1 record.? UCLA is riding a nine-match win streak (only loss to No. 1 Nebraska), and will play in Pauley Pavilion for the first time this season on Thursday against the Wildcats.? As a team, UCLA averages 16.55 kills and 2.61 blocks per game.? UCLA is the No. 1 team in the Pac-10 in digs, averaging 17.87 digs per game.? Individually for the Bruins, junior Ali Daly averages a team-best 4.00 kills per game to go with a 3.16 digs per game average.? Senior Rachell Johnson adds 3.59 kills per game, and junior Kaitlin Sather chips in with 3.47 kills per game.? Head coach Andy Banachowski is in his 41st season at the helm of the UCLA program.

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USC ?C The Women of Troy start their Pac-10 slate with a perfect 10-0 record and a No. 4 ranking in the nation.? USC owns a 7-0 record at home, losing only three games over that span.? As a team, USC hits .293 (499-187-1404) and averages 16.64 kills, 17.17 digs and 2.61 blocks per game.? Senior Asia Kaczor leads USC with a 4.47 kills per game average, and senior Diane Copenhagen adds 3.70 kills per game.? Head coach Mick Haley is in his sixth year at the helm USC program.

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Series History:

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UCLA ?C Thursdayˇ?s matchup will be the 64th all-time between UCLA and Arizona on the court, with the Bruins owning a 45-17-1 series advantage.? UCLA swept the season-series last year, but Arizona is 9-5 against the Bruins since 2000.? Under head coach Dave Rubio, Arizona is 14-16 against UCLA.

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USC ?C Fridayˇ?s matchup between Arizona and USC will be the 62nd meeting all-time between the two schools, with the Women of Troy owning a 46-15 series advantage.? USC swept the season-series last year, and is 10-4 against Arizona since 2000.? Arizona was able to sweep the series against USC back in 2001.? Under head coach Dave Rubio, the Wildcats are 8-22 against USC.

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Mr. 300:

Arizona head coach Dave Rubio earned his 300th career win at Arizona on Friday night with a 3-1 victory over UC Irvine. In 16 seasons as the head man of the Wildcat program, Rubio has posted a 301-160 record (.653), and is the all-time winningest coach in Arizona volleyball history.? He becomes the eighth coach in Arizona history to accomplish 300 wins in any given sport.

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Arizona ˇ?s 300 win coaches:

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Mike Candrea*?????????????? 1,131??????????????? 228??????????????????.832????????????????? 21

Jerry Kindall????????????????? 860?????????????????? 580??????????????????.595????????????????? 24

Frank Sancet???????????????? 831?????????????????? 283??????????????????.740????????????????? 23

Lute Olson*?????????????????? 589?????????????????? 188??????????????????.758????????????????? 24

Fred A. Enke???????????????? 509?????????????????? 324??????????????????.611????????????????? 36

Jim Gault????????????????????? 390?????????????????? 275??????????????????.586????????????????? 18

J.F. ˇ?Popˇ± McKale^???????? 302?????????????????? 118?????? ???????????.707????????????????? 33

Dave Rubio*?????????????????? 301?????????????????? 160??????????????????.653????????????????? 16

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* - Active

^ - Baseball Only

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September Summations:

In 16 seasons under head coach Dave Rubio, Arizona is 124-49 (.717) in the month of September.? Arizona is 7-1 so far this season in the month.? The Wildcatsˇ? top record in September under Rubio is 12-1, which happened in 2000.? Arizona has achieved an 11-1 record in the month of September twice (1998, 2005).

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Pac-10 Openers:

Under head coach Dave Rubio, Arizona is 9-6 in the opening match of the Pac-10 schedule, including a 16-11 mark during the opening week of Pac-10 play.? When opening the Pac-10 season on the road, Arizona is 6-5 under Rubio.

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The last time Arizona opened the Pac-10 season on the road in Los Angeles was 1997.? That year, the Wildcats posted a 3-2 win over No. 17-ranked UCLA, but lost 0-3 to eighth-ranked USC.

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Alarm Clock Check:

Maybe the Wildcats should play all their matches before noon.? On the season, the Wildcats are 6-0 in matches that start at or before noon.? This past week, Arizona posted a pair of sweeps against CSU Bakersfield and Davidson, playing each team at or before everyoneˇ?s common lunch break. Interesting enough, Arizona has posted sweeps in five of their six early matches.? Arizona will not play another day match for the rest of the regular season.

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On Fire:

Arizona is currently riding a season-best six-match win streak thanks in part to some hot hitting at the net.? In the last six matches, the Wildcats are averaging 16.25 kills per game on .305 hitting (325-106-718), to go with a 2.15 service aces per game average.? Arizona is also averaging 15.30 digs per game and 3.75 block per game, while limiting opponents to a .096 hitting percentage (232-160-751) over that span.

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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 438 total stuffs, Lamb is now fourth all-time at Arizona, as now needs 29 blocks to pass former Wildcat Bre Ladd (466) for third 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 438 total blocks is first among all active Pac-10 players this season, as she is now 95 blocks from breaking the 18-year-old school record of 532 career blocks held Kelly Waage.?

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So far on the season, Lamb is third on the squad with a 2.59 kills per game average, while hitting .281 (106-41-231).? She is also averaging a team-high 1.71 blocks per game, which is the second-best mark in the Pac-10.? Lamb has posted five or more blocks in eight of the Wildcatsˇ? 11 matches this season, and finished with a season-best 10 blocks against Cal State Bakersfield on Friday.

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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.??This past weekend in the Arizona Invitational, the Coronado, Calif., native earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors while leading the Wildcats to a 3-0 record.? In the tournament, Goodenough averaged 5.20 kills per game on .330 hitting (52-17-106), while averaging 1.60 digs and 1.50 blocks per game.? Against CSU Bakersfield, Goodenough posted her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs.? She posted a match-high 25 kills against UC Irvine, and had 15 kills on .423 hitting against Davidson.

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So far on the year, Goodenough leads the Wildcats with a 4.38 kills per game average, the fourth-best mark in the Pac-10, and is third on the team with a 2.47 digs per game average while averaging 1.33 blocks per game.

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Gold Digger:

Sophomore Alanna Reschˇ?s move from outside hitter to the libero position has proved to be golden for the Wildcats, as the San Diego, Calif., native has been anchoring the Arizona back line with her digging skills.? In two matches this weekend, Resch averaged a team-best 5.57 digs per game while earning Arizona Invitational All-Tournament honors.? Against UC Irvine, Resch posted a career-high 20 digs in the match, and followed that performance up with 19 digs against Davidson.? On the season, Resch is second on the team with a 3.21 digs per game average, the 10th-best mark in the Pac-10

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Make it Snow:

Filling in for an injured Jacy Norton, freshman Stephanie Snow was more than impressive in her collegiate debut this past week in the Arizona Invitational.? In her first match as a Wildcat against CSU Bakersfield, the Tempe native got the start at middle blocker and put together a sold performance.? Against the Roadrunners, Snow posted nine kills on .571 hitting (9-1-14), to go with two digs and three blocks.? Against UC Irvine, Snow tallied six kills and five blocks.? In Saturdayˇ?s match against Davidson, the 6-foot-4 recreational swimmer tallied three digs and a match-high seven blocks.? In the three matches, Snow averaged 1.50 kills and 1.50 blocks per 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 each of the first 12 matches for Arizona, registering 514 assists over that span for a 12.54 assists per game average, the fourth-highest mark in the Pac-10.? Weber has assisted on 82.4 percent (514-624) of the teamˇ?s kills, and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a team-high 0.44 service aces per game average.

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This past weekend, Weber averaged 12.40 assists per game.

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Fresh Frosh:

Freshman Tiffany Owens has been a solid force offensively for Arizona as an outside hitter.? Through her first 12 matches, Owens is second on the team with a 2.69 kills per game average.? This past weekend, Owens averaged 2.70 kills per game, posting a career-high 15 kills against UC Irvine on .379 hitting (15-4-29).

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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.? In the Arizona Invitational, the Escondido, Calif., native averaged 2.50 kills and 1.70 digs per game.? Against UC Irvine, Buringrud posted her first double-double of the season with 13 kills and 10 digs.? On the season, Buringrud owns a 2.16 kills per game average and a 1.30 digs per game average.

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She Can Dig It:

Senior Katie Jackels has been holding down the Arizona back line, averaging a team-best 3.65 digs per game, the seventh-best mark in the Pac-10.? Through 12 matches this season, the Playa Del Rey, Calif., native has posted double-figures in digs five times, including a school record 37 digs against Saint Maryˇ?s on Aug. 25.? In her last three matches, Jackels has posted exactly nine digs in each occasion.

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Milestone Alert:

A few Wildcats are closing in on some individual career milestone numbers.? Junior Brooke Buringrud is 28 kills away from 500 in her career, and senior Katie Jackels is 10 digs away from 500 in her career.? Sophomore Alanna Resch is one dig shy of 200, and senior Dominique Lamb is one match short of 100 in her career at Arizona.

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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 301-160 record (.653) 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 423-226 (.651) career record.

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Pac-10 Active Leaders:

Senior Dominique Lamb ranks first among active players in the Pac-10 in blocks with 438, while senior Amy Dyck is fifth in assists with 1,412. ?Junior Brittany Leonard is fifth in the Pac-10 with 817 career digs.

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Up Next:

Arizona returns to McKale Center to host Oregon State and Oregon.? The Wildcats will face the Beavers on Thursday, Sept. 27, and the Ducks on Friday, Sept. 28, both at 7 p.m.

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