THIS WEEK: The No. 12 Arizona volleyball team (12-2, 4-1) hosts No. 3 Stanford (16-2, 5-1) and No. 13 California (12-3, 5-1) this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13-14. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. Live video and free stats of both matches are available at www.arizonaathletics.com. Viewing video requires a subscription to All-Access, Arizona's premium online multimedia service.
Friday’s match leads into McKale Madness, the first practice of the season for the Arizona men’s basketball team. The basketball festivities begin at 9 p.m., but fans interested in getting the best seats are invited to attend the volleyball match, as the team hopes to break the school’s single-match attendance record of 9,141, which was set in 2002.
A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats swept past instate rival Arizona State (30-22, 30-26, 30-26) last Friday in Tempe. Arizona hit .310 on the match and held the Sun Devils to just .099. The Wildcats also out-blocked ASU 10-3.5. Senior Kim Glass led all players with 17 kills and 10 digs, her eighth double-double of the season. Fellow senior Jennifer Abernathy also recorded a double-double, finishing with 14 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Dominique Lamb finished with a career-high 11 kills on .769 hitting. The Chandler native committed just one error on the match. Junior Kristina Baum posted a match-high 13 digs, while sophomore libero Katie Jackels added 11 digs in just two games. Setter Amy Dyck dished out 45 assists in the win.
On the season, the Wildcats are led by Glass, who averages 4.62 kills, 3.13 digs and 0.87 blocks per game. Abernathy adds 4.16 kills, 3.20 digs and 0.40 service aces per game, while senior Bre Ladd averages 2.33 kills and 1.09 blocks per game. Lamb leads the team with 1.20 blocks per game, while freshman Brittany Leonard has a team-high 3.61 digs per game average. Dyck is averaging 10.81 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Stanford -The Cardinal went 1-1 last week, defeating Washington State in three games (30-12, 30-16, 30-24) before falling to No. 2 Washington (24-30, 28-30, 32-30, 15-30). The loss to the Huskies snapped Stanford’s 15-match winning streak, which dated back to Sept. 1.
Stanford has three players - Cynthia Barboza (4.64), Foluke Akinradewo (4.21) and Kristin Richards (4.09) - who average more than 4.00 kills per game. Setter Bryn Kehoe dishes out 14.61 assists per game, while Courtney Schultz averages 3.98 digs per game. Lizzie Suiter leads the team with 1.27 blocks per game. As a team, Stanford is hitting .288, compared to the .145 of its opponents.
California -The Bears went 1-1 last week, falling to No. 2 Washington in five games (30-26, 28-30, 30-27, 20-30, 10-15) before sweeping Washington State (30-16, 30-26, 30-23).
Cal is led on the season by Angie Pressey, who averages 4.50 kills per game. Setter Samantha Carter dishes out 13.41 assists per game and averages 0.56 service aces per game. Libero Jillian Davis leads the team with a 4.48 dig per game average, while Kat Reilly and Ellen Orchard average 1.30 and 1.18 blocks per game, respectively. As a team, the Bears are hitting .267, compared to the .154 of their opponents.
Stanford - Arizona is 5-45 all-time against the Cardinal. The last time the two teams met, on Nov. 27, 2004, the Wildcats fell in three games in Tucson. Arizona is 3-19 at home, 1-25 away and 1-1 at a neutral site vs. Stanford.
California - Arizona is 31-9 all-time vs. the Golden Bears. The two teams last faced each other on Nov. 26, 2004, with the Wildcats winning 3-0 in Tucson. Arizona is 15-5 at home, 15-4 away and 1-0 at a neutral site vs. California.
POLL POSITION: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 109 of the last 118 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred during the 2003 season.
RANKING IN THE PAC: Individually, several Wildcats rank in the Top 10 in the conference in various statistical categories. Senior Kim Glass leads the Pac-10 in points per game (5.53), ranks second in kills per game (4.62) and 10th in service aces per game (0.33). Senior Bre Ladd is sixth in hitting percentage (.382), ninth in service aces per game (0.38) and 10th in blocks per game (1.09). Senior Jennifer Abernathy ranks seventh in service aces per game (0.40), ninth in kills per game (4.12) and ninth in kills per game (4.16). Sophomore Dominique Lamb ranks seventh in both blocks per game (1.20) and hitting percentage (.382). Sophomore Amy Dyck is sixth in assists per game (10.81), while freshman Brittany Leonard is eighth in digs per game (3.61).
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 (1,734) and ranks second in service aces (133) and sixth in digs (952). Fellow senior Bre Ladd ranks second in blocks (386), third in service aces (97) and sixth in kills (964). Jennifer Abernathy ranks ninth in kills (908), while setter Stephanie Butkus ranks third in assists (2,680).
SWEEPING AWAY AT McKALE: In each of its home matches this season, Arizona has not just come out victorious, but it has swept all five opponents. What’s more, the Wildcats have won each of their home games by an average of seven points.
REACHING MILESTONES: Senior Jennifer Abernathy recorded her 900th career kill, while junior Kristina Baum notched her 300th career dig at Arizona State last Friday. Senior Kim Glass tallied her 950th career dig last Friday at Arizona State.
CLOSING IN: Senior Jennifer Abernathy is one block away from 100 and five service aces shy of 50 on her career, while junior Kristina Baum is four assists shy of 100 on her career. Sophomore Amy Dyck is six digs away from 100 on her career, while junior Stephanie Butkus is three digs shy of 400 on her career. Senior Bre Ladd is three service aces away from 100 and 14 blocks shy of 400 on her career.
GLASS APPROACHES ELITE STATUS: With 1,734 career kills and 952 career digs, senior Kim Glass could become one of just four Wildcats ever to surpass the 1,000-kill and 1,000-dig mark. The Pennsylvania native would join Terry Lauchner (1987-1990), Barb Bell (1993-96) 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. Rutledge notched 1,471 kills and 1,006 digs.
THREE WILDCATS COULD SURPASS 1,000 KILLS: With senior Kim Glass well on her way to the Arizona career kills record, two other seniors, Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy should surpass the 1,000-kill mark this season. Ladd currently has 964 kills, while Abernathy has 908. With 13 matches left this season, it looks as if Arizona will have three active players with 1,000 or more kills on their careers at some point this season.
GLASS’ STREAKS: Senior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 96 of the 98 matches on her career. She has recorded double-digit kills in all but 10 (88 of 98) 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. With 1,734 career kills, she is 125 away from the school record, currently held by Barb Bell (1993-96).
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 103 of 108 career matches, including 29 of 33 last season and all 14 matches this season. What’s more, the Tucson native currently has 386 total blocks on her career, good for fourth place all-time at Arizona.
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 264-137 (.658) in 14 years at the helm.
STACKED SCHEDULE: As always, Arizona faces a tough schedule in 2005. Included on the slate are 14 matches against teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will also face 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.
TELEVISION TIME: Two of Arizona’s matches this season are televised on a tape-delay basis on FSN. The Wildcats’ Oct. 7 win at Arizona State (which aired on Oct. 9) and the team’s home match on Nov. 18 vs. USC (which will air on Nov. 19) can be seen by a national audience on FSN.
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 plays at No. 22 UCLA and No. 17 USC next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22. Both matches start at 7 p.m.