No. 8 Arizona Volleyball Hosts ASU Friday
Wildcats looking for fifth-straight win over Sun Devils.
THIS WEEK: The No. 8 Arizona volleyball team (16-4, 8-3) hosts instate rival Arizona State (7-14, 2-9) at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 4. 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.
A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: Arizona lost a heartbreaking five-game match (19-30, 31-29, 21-30, 34-32, 16-18) to No. 2 Washington last Thursday before defeating Washington State in four games (30-18, 31-33, 30-19, 30-15) on Friday. During the second game of WSU match, senior Kim Glass became the all-time kills leader. Moments later, senior Bre Ladd recorded her 1,000th career kill. Then, in game three, senior Jennifer Abernathy tallied the 1,000th kill of her career.
On the season, the Wildcats are led by Glass, who averages 4.91 kills, 3.19 digs and 0.83 blocks per game. Abernathy adds 4.06 kills and 3.51 digs per game, while junior Kristina Baum averages 2.55 kills, 1.93 digs and 0.68 blocks per game. Sophomore Dominique Lamb leads the team with 1.23 blocks per game and a .348 hitting percentage, while freshman Brittany Leonard has a team-high 3.84 digs per game average. Setter Amy Dyck is averaging 11.76 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Arizona State defeated Washington State 3-1 (32-30, 30-12, 25-30, 30-26) last Thursday, before being swept (14-30, 25-30, 7-30) by No. 2 Washington on Friday.
The Sun Devils are led on the season by Nicole Morton, who averages 3.12 kills and 1.95 digs per game. Sydney Donahue averages 6.08 digs per game. As a team, Arizona State is hitting .210, compared to the .228 of its opponents.
SERIES SHORTS: Arizona is 35-33 all-time against the Sun Devils. The last time the two teams met, on Oct. 7, the Wildcats swept Arizona State 3-0 in Tempe. Arizona is 17-12 at home, 13-19 away and 5-2 at a neutral site vs. the Sun Devils.
POLL POSITION: Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 112 of the last 121 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Polls. The nine-week lapse occurred during the 2003 season.
The Wildcats’ current No. 8 ranking is the team’s best since being selected No. 6 in the 2002 preseason poll. The last time Arizona was ranked this high during the season was on Dec. 3, 2001, when the Wildcats were No. 4.
RANKING IN THE PAC: Individually, several Wildcats rank in the Top 10 in conference matches in various statistical categories. Senior Kim Glass leads the Pac-10 in points per game (6.25) and kills per game (5.30), and ranks seventh in service aces per game (0.43). Senior Jennifer Abernathy ranks eighth in kills per game (4.20), ninth in points per game (4.86) and 10th in digs per game (3.65). Senior Bre Ladd is eighth in blocks per game (1.23), while sophomore Dominique Lamb ranks sixth in blocks per game (1.27) and seventh in hitting percentage (.331). Junior Kristina Baum is fifth in hitting percentage (.339), while sophomore Amy Dyck is third in assists per game (14.05). Freshman Brittany Leonard is eighth in digs per game (4.06).
GLASS NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Outside hitter Kim Glass was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 24-30. Glass, a senior from Lancaster, Pa., posted back-to-back double-doubles last week, giving her 13 for the season. She led the Wildcats in kills in each of their matches vs. the Washington schools, tallying a career-high 32 in a five-game loss to the No. 2 Huskies and 22 in a four-game win over Washington State. She also had 15 digs against Washington, which Arizona held to a .234 hitting percentage. It was only the third time that the Huskies, the conference leader with a .363 hitting percentage, was held under .250 this season. With her performance last week, Glass moved to the top spot on Arizona’s all-time kill list with 1,870 kills. This is Glass’ fourth weekly honor and Arizona’s 24th Player of the Week honor all-time.
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 (1,870) and service aces (147), and ranks seventh in digs (1,034). Fellow senior Bre Ladd ranks second in blocks (418), third in service aces (104) and seventh in kills (1,008). Jennifer Abernathy ranks ninth in kills (1,005), while setter Stephanie Butkus ranks fourth in assists (2,682).
RANKING NATIONALLY: As a team, Arizona ranks 19th nationally in hitting percentage (.273), 25th in assists per game (15.00) and kills per game (16.41) and 30th in blocks per game (2.92). Individually, senior Kim Glass ranks 20th in kills per game (4.91).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior Kim Glass leads the Wildcats with 13 double-doubles this year, while senior Jennifer Abernathy has nine. Sophomore Amy Dyck has five, while junior Kristina Baum has three. Senior Bre Ladd and sophomore Dominique Lamb have one apiece.
DOMINATING AT McKALE: Arizona has won eight of its nine home matches this season, with its only loss at McKale coming in five games to No. 2 and undefeated Washington. What’s more, the Wildcats have swept six of their nine matches at home.
WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks No. 19 nationally in attendance with an average of 1,599. Only Washington (2,377) and Stanford (2,192) from the Pac-10 rank higher.
REACHING MILESTONES: Senior Kim Glass became Arizona’s all-time kills leader vs. Washington State last Friday. She also notched her 250th career block in that match. Senior Jennifer Abernathy recorded her 1,000th career kill and 700th career dig vs. Washington State last Friday. Senior Bre Ladd recorded her 1,000th career kill against Washington State last Friday. Junior Kristina Baum tallied her 350th career dig vs. Washington State last Friday, while sophomore Amy Dyck notched her 150th career dig.
CLOSING IN: Senior Kim Glass is 18 assists away from 100 and three service aces shy of 150 on her career. Senior Bre Ladd is 11 digs shy of 300 on her career. Sophomore Dominique Lamb is 12 kills away from 200 and eight blocks shy of 150 on her career. Junior Stephanie Butkus is three digs shy of 400 on her career. Junior Kristina Baum is three service aces away from 50, 16 kills shy of 500 and 26 blocks away from 200 on her career. Sophomore setter Amy Dyck is 18 assists shy of 900 on her career.
THREE CURRENT WILDCATS HAVE 1,000 KILLS: While senior Kim Glass captured the Arizona career kills record last week, two other seniors, Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy surpassed the 1,000-kill mark, becoming just the 14th and 15th Wildcats ever to do so.
GLASS JOINS 1,000-KILL, 1,000-DIG CLUB: Against USC on Oct. 22, senior Kim Glass became just the fifth Wildcat ever to surpass the 1,000-kill and 1,000-dig mark. She currently has 1,870 kills and 1,009 digs on her career. The Pennsylvania native joined Terry Lauchner (1987-1990), Barb Bell (1993-96), Jill Talbot (1998-2001) 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. Talbot finished with 1,022 kills and 1,111 digs. Rutledge notched 1,471 kills and 1,006 digs.
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 109 of 114 career matches, including 29 of 33 last season and all 20 matches this season. What’s more, the Tucson native currently has 418 total blocks on her career, good for third place all-time at Arizona behind Kelly Waage (532) and associate head coach Charita Johnson-Stubbs (506).
GLASS’ STREAKS: Senior Kim Glass has at least three kills and three digs in 102 of the 104 matches on her career. She has recorded double-digit kills in all but 10 (94 of 104) 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.
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 269-139 (.659) 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 travels to the Bay Area for matches at No. 18 California and No. 4 Stanford next Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10 and 11. Both matches start at 7 p.m. (PDT).