Oct. 15, 2002
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Cardinal And Bears Quick Hits: Arizona split its weekend series with the schools from the Bay Area, defeating No. 4 Stanford before falling to Cal the next night... The Wildcats rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win in five games against the Cardinal ... The five-game victory over the Cardinal was the first match since 2000 that Arizona has rallied from a 0-2 deficit to win ... The win was the first over a higher-ranked opponent for Arizona this season ... Freshman Kim Glass was spectacular again for Arizona tallying 53 kills in the two matches ... She averaged an amazing 6.62 kpg against the two schools and accounted for 42-percent of Arizona's 126 kills ... Senior Shannon Torregrosa averaged a team-leading 1.38 bpg over the weekend ... She finished the match against Stanford with six block assists ... The win over Stanford was just the fifth for the Wildcats in school history ... Arizona's loss to Cal snapped a 12-match winning streak the Wildcats held over the Golden Bears ... The loss was the fifth sweep of the season.
Polling Place: Arizona's split against Stanford and Cal bumped the Wildcats up one spot in this week's AVCA poll from 20th to 19th. Volleyball Magazine held Arizona steady at 20th.
A Pain In The Glass: Freshman Kim Glass is arguably in the midst of the best string of individual performances in school history. Over the last two weeks she has posted 109 kills in 18 games for an average of 6.06 kpg and has hit .333 in four matches. 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 over Washington. Then, a night after leading all-players with 28 kills in UA's come-from-behind win against No. 4 Stanford on Friday, she recorded a three-game school record 25 kills against the Golden Bears. For her efforts against Cal and Stanford she was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, her second such honor this season.
Midnight Madness: Last Friday'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
A Tough Stretch: 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 taken on No. 1 USC, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 4 Stanford, No. 11 UCLA, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 19 Washington State and No. 21 Pacific in seven of their last 11 matches.
Sibling Rivalry: Arizona coach David Rubio is familiar with the majority of his peers that he faces during the season, but Friday's match at Oregon will pit the 11th-year coach against a very familiar face. Rubio's older brother, Keith, is a first-year assistant with the Ducks.
The Comeback: Arizona's come-from-behind win over No.4 Stanford was the first match in nearly two years in which Arizona has trailed 0-2 and come back to win. The Wildcats dropped the first two games of their on Nov. 7, 2000 against No. 9 Florida in McKale Center and turned around to win the next three games to steal the win ... Senior Shannon Torregrosa keyed the comeback against the Cardinal this year, both at the net and at the service line. In the momentum swinging third game, she helped Arizona go on a 14-3 scoring run with four consecutive service aces, two kills and three block assists.
Stepping Up: Freshman Kim Glass has been impressive in every match of the season thus far. She has tallied double digit kills in 14 of UA's 15 matches and leads the team with 273 kills and a .313 hitting percentage. However, since Pac-10 play began a month ago, she has bumped up her already impressive game. In the last seven matches, all conference contests, she has averaged 5.54 kpg and 2.57 dpg. Glass has accumulated 155 kills on 336 attempts with 51 errors for a team-leading .310 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 7 155 55 336 .310 5.54 72 2.57
Looking Ahead: Arizona takes to the road to end the first half of the conference season with a pair of matches against Oregon and Oregon State. The Wildcats swept the season series with both schools last season.
Upcoming Opponents Oregon: The Ducks enter the week of play with an 0-7 record in the Pac-10 and a 10-11 overall record ... Oregon was swept last weekend in Los Angeles by top-ranked USC and UCLA, losing both matches 3-0 ... UO returns four starters and 11 letter winners from last season's 9-21 teams This season the Ducks are led by Lindsey Closs and Kelly Russell, both of whom are averaging over three kills per game in 2002 ... Head coach Carl Ferreira is in his third season at Oregon and has put together a 29-52 record during his stay in Eugene ... Arizona owns a 27-8 record in the all-time series and has won the last six straight meetings between the two schools.
Arizona-Oregon 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.18 .243 13.55 1.60 13.53 2.72 Oregon 14.35 .203 12.50 1.90 14.60 2.05
Oregon State: The Beavers fared a similar fate to Oregon on their trip to Los Angeles, UCLA and USC swept the series with a pair of 3-0 wins ... OSU enters play this week 6-10 overall and 1-6 in the Pac-10 ... OSU has lost 10 of its last 11 matches, seven of which have been to top 25 teams ... The Beavers return six starters and nine letter winners from last season's 17-12 NCAA First Round team ... Leading the way for OSU this season is senior outside hitter Megan McMillan who has 189 kills in 57 games played ... Head coach Nancy Somera is in her fourth season at OSU and has a 47-56 overall record heading into play this week ... Arizona has a 23-10 advantage in the all-time series and has won 11-straight matches over the Beavers, the longest current winning streak for UA over any Pac-10 opponent.
Arizona-Oregon State 2002 Stats Team KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG Arizona 15.18 .243 13.55 1.60 13.53 2.72 Oregon State 15.33 .216 14.18 1.23 17.74 1.79
Moving On Up: Senior Lisa Rutledge's 18 kills in Arizona's matches against the Bay Area schools last weekend pushed her career total to 1,250 and into fourth on the career kills list.
1. Barb Bell 1993-96 1,859 2. Terry Lauchner 1987-90 1,636 3. Melissa Ferris 1991-94 1,273 4. Lisa Rutledge 1999-Present 1,250 5. Marisa DaLee 1997-99 1,243 6. Melissa McLinden 1982-85 1,213 7. Charita Johnson 1991-94 1,134
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 11 of Arizona's 15 matches this season. She leads the Wildcats in kills, kills per game, aces, digs and points. Through 15 matches and 55 games, she has tallied 273 kills on 601 attempts with just 85 errors for an impressive .313 hitting percentage. Looking back to Bell's freshman season, it is found that Glass is putting up better numbers than which that earned Bell 1993 Volleyball Magazine Freshman All-America honors. Bell posted 227 kills on 549 swings with 84 errors for a .260 hitting percentage in her first 15 matches. Bell holds the school record for kills by a freshman with 417. With 273 kills this season, Glass is already fourth on the freshman list.
Bell/Glass Comparison (Through 15 Matches) Player MP G K E Att. % KPG Digs Barb Bell (1993) 15 59 227 84 549 .260 3.81 59 Kim Glass (2002) 15 55 273 85 601 .313 4.96 138
Attendance: Bolstered by a Pac-10 record crowd of 9,141, the Wildcats are averaging 2,817 fans per match through seven home contests this season. The mark represents the highest average attendance in the Pac-10 this year and is ranked 10th 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 broke into the starting lineup as a freshman.
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.
Milestones To Watch For: Lisa Rutledge needs 16 starts this season to become the all-time school leader in matches started ... Although Barb Bell's school record of 1,859 career kills appears quite safe, a top three finish for Rutledge is not out of the question. Already fourth on the kills list, the senior outside hitter needs just 24 more to move into third all-time.
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 9 of the notes.
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 205-104 record (.663) 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.
The Libero: The NCAA has instituted a major rule change for the 2002 volleyball season. The position of libero has been added into play this year and will certainly have an impact on the game. The new position is defined as: a back-row player, intended to be used as a ball-control specialist. The libero is allowed to replace any player in the back row without counting as a substitution. The is no limit to the number of libero replacements a team is allowed. However, there are restrictions on what the libero can and cannot do on the floor:
? The libero plays only in the back row.
? The libero may not serve.
? The libero may not block or attempt to block.
? The libero may not attack the ball if contact is made while the ball is completely above the height of the net.
? A teammate may not attack a ball that is completely above the height of the net IF the libero set that ball to her from the attack zone using an overhand finger pass.