Sept. 23, 2003
Washington Trip Quick Hits
The Wildcats opened the Pac-10 season with a pair of hard fought losses on the road in Washington. ... Arizona fell in four games to Washington State and in five to the No. 14 Huskies ... As a team, Arizona was limited to just a .187 hitting percentage and averaged 14.33 kpg, 13.67 apg, 1.67 sapg, 14.56 dpg and 2.89 bpg for the weekend ... Sophomore Kim Glass led the Wildcats in kills for the 11th and 12th-straight matches ... Glass, who finished with 45 kills for the weekend, averaged an even five kills per game, but also hit just .214 ... Classmate Bre Ladd chipped in 28 kills (.311 kpg) while pacing the Arizona effort at the net with 13 total blocks, including four solo efforts ... Despite the loses, the Wildcats fought hard in both matches. Against the Cougars, Arizona's margin of defeat was two points in game one, three in game two and two in game four for a total of seven points. Arizona also pushed the undefeated Huskies to five games after dropping the first two games of the match ... The match against the Huskies was the first five-game match this season for Arizona ... The Wildcats have lost two straight to Washington.
While it appears that the Wildcats are off to a rough start in 2003, one must only look back to last season to see that the year is not yet lost. Twelve matches into the season in 2002 the Wildcats had an identical 6-6 record to the one in 2003. The similarities don't stop at the records though. Just like last season, Arizona is breaking in a setter that has never played in UA's system (2002 Laurie Gardner, 2003 Stephanie Butkus), is struggling with serve (2002 72 service rec. errors, 2003 152 SE) and the passing has yet to find its rhythm. For the record, after Arizona stalled at 6-6 in 2002 the Wildcats went on to win nine of their next 12 matches en route to a seventh-straight 20-win season and a third consecutive Elite Eight appearance.
Arizona 2002-2003 Comparison Through 12 Matches
Year Record Kills Hit. % KPG APG SAPG DPG BPG
2002 6-6, 1-4 Pac-10 646 .241 15.38 13.76 1.60 13.50 2.77
2003 6-6, 0-2 Pac-10 710 .238 16.14 14.27 1.95 12.84 2.40
The Race To 1,000
Sophomore Kim Glass, who recorded a single-season school record 556 kills in her freshman year, is on pace to become the fastest Arizona player to reach 1,000 kills in a career. After posting 235 kills in her first 12 matches this season, Glass has accumulated 791 career kills in 44 matches played. Should she knock down the remaining 209 kills needed to reach the mark in 2003, Glass would become the first sophomore in school history to do so. Currently she's averaging 19.6 kpm this season, and should she continue at that pace Glass would reach 1,000 kills during Arizona's road trip to the Bay Area in late October. Former Wildcat All-American Barb Bell is currently the fastest to 1,000, having achieved the milestone in the 10th match of her junior year, her 65th career match.
Leading The Way
Sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass has picked up right where she left off after her record setting freshman season. In Arizona's 12 matches this season Glass has led the Wildcats in kills each time. She already has seven 20-plus kill matches this season to push her career total to 21, third all-time at Arizona, and has finished in double digit kills in all 12 matches.
A Year Later, A Year Better
Bre Ladd's first season as a Wildcat got off to a slow start. In her first 12 matches as a freshman in 2002 Ladd had tallied only 75 kills (1.79 kpg) and was hitting just .187. Flash forward to the first 12 matches this season and a more experienced Ladd has stepped forward. Now in her sophomore season, Ladd is second on the team with 134 kills (3.12 kpg) and trails only fellow middle blocker Jolene Killough in hitting percentage at .302 for the year.
The Wildcats feature a decidedly youthful team in 2003. Arizona's roster of 14 includes just one senior and three juniors. The other 10 spots consist of four sophomores and six freshmen (including redshirt Meghan Cumpston). Arizona's starting lineup through the first 12 matches have consisted of two freshmen, three sophomores and a junior.
Arizona's 0-2 record in its Pac-10 opening matches last week dropped the Wildcats six spots, from 16 to 22nd, in the latest AVCA Coaches poll. Arizona trails San Diego by 29 points for the No. 21 spot and holds a 92 point lead over Wisconsin which is ranked 24th. Conference foe USC remains the undisputed favorite in the No. 1 spot with all 65 first place votes.
Arizona's week four ranking extends its streak to 83 consecutive polls in the top 25 ... The No. 22 ranking for Arizona is its lowest ranking since it began its 83-week streak in the polls at No. 25 on Sept. 8, 1998 ... A total of 10 of Arizona's 2003 opponents are listed in the top 25 this week ... The Pac-10 Conference continues to have six of its 10 member schools in the top 25... The complete poll can be found on pg. 4.
Setting Them Up
Stephanie Butkus is Arizona's first true freshman to fill the starting setter role since Dana Burkholder took the floor as a first-year Wildcat in 1998. Although Butkus has had her ups and downs this season, her numbers aren't much different from two-time All-American Burkholder's first 12 matches in a Wildcat uniform.
Player Year G Assists APG Team Hitting %
Burkholder 1998 44 525 11.93 .222
Butkus 2003 43 515 11.98 .238
Killough In The Middle
With the injury to Angie Ayers in the summer, it was no secret that junior Jolene Killough was going to need to step up her game this season. A candidate to redshirt in 2001 and '02, Killough had played sparingly in her first two seasons in the Cardinal and Navy. Now with a starting role all to her own, the 6-foot-5 Killough has responded in a positive way. Through Arizona's first 12 matches this season, Killough has already surpassed her previous two-year career numbers across the board.
Killough's Numbers - 2001 and '02 vs. 2003
Years G K Hit % KPG SA BA SB TB BPG
2001 & '02 78 53 .278 0.68 4 22 2 30 0.38
2003 44 89 .354 2.02 12 36 3 39 0.89
Odds and Ends
Redshirt freshman Meghan Cumpston has put together some solid numbers in limited playing time. For the season she has 35 kills in 20 games played for an average of 1.75 kpg ... Sophomore Bre Ladd is on pace to finish with the second-most service aces in a single season at Arizona ...Classmate Jennifer Abernathy has doubled her kill output of all of last season in 12 matches this year.
Arizona heads up Interstate 10 to Tempe to face instate rival Arizona State.
Series Data All-Time Record ASU leads 32-31 UA Streak Won One UA at (since 1986) 6-11 Last Five Matches 4-1 Last 10 Matches 8-2 David Rubio Against 11-11
The Sun Devils
Much like the Wildcats, ASU has gotten off to a roller coaster start. After opening the season with a win over Utah, the Sun Devils lost four their next five matches. A season-high three-match winning streak was snapped this past weekend when, like the Wildcats, ASU lost both of its matches to the Washington schools ... ASU returns six starters and nine total letterwinners from last season's 15-12 NCAA second round team ... As a team, ASU reflects Arizona in many ways. The Devils share with the Wildcats an inconsistency in service. ASU has recorded 171 service errors this season (an average of 15. 5 per match) while the Wildcats have come in just under that at 169 (14.0 SE per match). The team hitting percentages are also close (UA. .238, ASU .227) ... Individually, junior Natalie Harris paces the Sun Devil attack. The 5-foot-11 outside hitter has a team-leading 159 kills in 38 games played (4.18 kpg) ... Senior teammate Julia Escobar follows closely with 138 kills, while leading the Devils 132 digs on the year ... Head coach Brad Saindon is in his frist season on the bench in Tempe. Saindon replaced Patti Sndyer-Park who was head coach at ASU for 15 years.
Arizona-Arizona State Stats Head-to-Head
Team G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPG
Arizona 44 16.14 .238 14.27 1.95 12.84 2.40
Arizona State 39 15.97 .227 14.46 1.90 16.46 2.13