Arizona Volleyball Notes
Oct. 22, 2003
Oregon Home Stand Quick Hits
The Wildcats garnered their first Pac-10 weekend sweep of the season with a pair of 3-0 sweeps over the visiting schools from Oregon ... As a team, Arizona had a break out weekend offensively. UA hit .347 in the two matches while averaging 18.67 kpg and 16.50 apg ... Play from the service line also proved to be a potent weapon as Arizona tallied 21 aces to UO and OSU's combined six in the two matches. Arizona averaged 3.50 sapg in the weekend sweep ... Against the Ducks on Thursday, the Wildcats racked up a season-high 13 service aces .... Sophomore Kim Glass led all players with five aces on the night ... Classmate Jennifer Abernathy became the first Wildcat other than Glass to lead the team in kills with a match-high 13 on .409 hitting ... Glass recorded her 25th match in double figure kills with 11 ... Junior Jolene Killough finished the night with a career-high 12 kills on .471 hitting ... Sophomore Bre Ladd added nine kills on 14 swings without committing a single hitting error for a team-best .643 hitting percentage ... Arizona's win over Oregon was the ninth straight against the Ducks ... Glass ruled the effort against the Beavers the next night with a three-game match school record 30 kills ... The super soph had just eight errors on 53 swings for an impressive .415 hitting percentage in the match .... In game two alone, Glass had 14 kills ... She also led all players in the match with 14 digs to boot ... Abernathy followed up her outstanding match against the Ducks with an 11 kill outing against the Beavers on Friday ... The win on Friday was Arizona 14th-straight over the Beavers, the longest active streak against any Pac-10 opponent.
Hawaii Road Trip
After trailing 0-2, Arizona's come-from-behind upset bid over the No. 2-ranked Rainbow Wahine came up just short in a five game loss in the Islands ... Arizona posted a season-high 20 total blocks in the loss, including a career-high 12 block assists from junior Jolene Killough ... Sophomore Kim Glass recorded her 25th-career match with 20 or more kills, finishing with a team-high 28 in the loss ... Glass also had 13 digs and eight total blocks in the match ... Classmate Jennifer Abernathy tallied a career-high 20 kills for the Wildcats against the Wahine ... The heartbreaking loss kept Arizona from its first ever win over Hawaii in nine all-time meetings.
At the Midpoint
Since the Pac-10 first began playing conference matches in 1986, Arizona has been 3-6 at the midpoint three times, in 1990, 1996 and this season. In the cases of the two previous occasions, the Wildcats improved their standing in the conference race in the second half of the Pac-10 slate. In 1990 Arizona went 5-4 in the second half to finish 8-10 and the 1996 team did a 180 and went 7-2 to finish the Pac-10 season 10-8 and start Arizona's current string of seven straight NCAA appearances.
Around the Block
Arizona's wall at the net against the Rainbow Wahine last Sunday placed the Wildcats into a tie for the 10th-best effort in school history in a single match ... UA's 20-blocks were the most for the Wildcats since December 7, 2001, at the NCAA regional in Los Angeles when UA posted 21 team blocks in its five-game win over USC. The school record for total blocks in a match is 32 set at BYU on Dec. 3, 1994 ... Junior Jolene Killough's individual effort of 12 block assists at Hawaii was the most for a Wildcat since Tamika Dennis knocked down 12 attempts on Dec. 3, 1994. Killough's outing on Sunday tied her with Dennis for the second-most block assists in a match at Arizona. Former Wildcat Beth Raymond assisted on a school record 14 stuffs on Oct. 25, 1986, at Oregon State.
The Race To 1,000
Sophomore Kim Glass, who recorded a single-season school record 556 kills in her freshman year, is more than on pace to become the fastest Arizona player to reach 1,000 kills in a career. After posting 410 kills in Arizona's 20 matches this season, Glass has accumulated 966 career kills in just 52 matches played. Should she knock down the remaining 34 kills needed to reach the mark in 2003, Glass would become the first sophomore in school history to do so. Currently she's averaging 20.5 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 next weekend. 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.
Glass Continues To Shatter
Almost from the minute Kim Glass first stepped on the court in Tucson her assault on Arizona history began. She continued her record setting ways last week against Oregon State. In the 3-0 win over the Beavers, she became the first player in school history to knock down 30 kills in three games, snapping her previous three-game match record of 28 she established last season against UT-Arlington in the NCAA Tournament. The outing against OSU was her third match with 30 or more kills, placing her second all-time at Arizona behind Melissa McLinden's four set over four season (1982-85).
Glass' Matches With 30 or more killsDate Opponent K-E-ATT Hit. %10/3/02 at Washington State 30-8-52 .4239/26/03 at Arizona State 31-11-74 .27010/17/03 Oregon State 30-8-53 .415
Kim Glass' two 30-plus kill efforts this season are the 14th and 15th times an Arizona player has tallied 30 or more kills in a match .. The 31-kills effort against ASU tied for the eighth-best single match kill total and was just the second time that player who finished with 30 or more kills also accounted for over half of the team kill total in the match. Glass' 31 kills was 52 percent of Arizona's kill total against the Sun Devils. She repeated the feat in her second 30-kill match of the year against Oregon State, racking up exactly half of UA's 60 team kills against the Beavers. Melissa McLinden's school record 41-kill effort against BYU in the 1985 NCAA tournament was the only other time a 30-kill night was half of the team kill total in a match, accounting for 55 percent of UA's 75 kills in the five game loss. Arizona has won eight of the 15 matches in school history in which a player has 30 or more kills.
Other Milestones On Glass' Horizon
In case you didn't notice, Kim Glass is on pace to completely rewrite the Arizona record book. In just her second season at Arizona, she has already posted 25 matches with 20 or more kills, the second-best career total ever at UA behind Barb Bell's four-year total of 30... Her 11 matches with 20 or more kills this year is just three away from tying her single season school record of 14 she established last season ... Should Glass continue to average five kills per game this year, she would become the first player in school history to so in a single season. She is currently averaging 5.54 kpg.
Senior Kelly Griffin-Halfaker came off the bench for the Wildcats at UCLA on Oct. 10 and helped spur the Wildcats on to a 3-1 upset win over the No. 8 Bruins. After her relief performance in the UCLA match, Griffin-Halfaker was named the starting setter against USC on Saturday. She and freshman Stephanie Butkus have since shared the setting duties for the past two weeks.
Sunday's match against No. 2 Hawaii was the fourth top 10 team Arizona faced in its last six matches and the fifth top 25 team in the past eight ... Arizona is 2-4 against top 10 teams this season and 2-7 against teams in the top 25 season .... If the schools that are currently ranked in the top 25 stay in the poll for the rest of the season, the Wildcats will face six ranked opponents in their final 10 matches.
Jen's Coming On
Sophomore Jennifer Abernathy has enjoyed a recent renascence in her game. In Arizona's last seven matches, the outside hitter has posted five matches with double digit kills. She recorded a career-high 20 kills in UA's five-game loss at No. 2 Hawaii and became the first player other then classmate Kim Glass to lead the Wildcats in kills in a contest this season when she knocked down a match-high 13 on .409 hitting against Oregon on Oct. 16. During her recent surge she has totaled 88 kills and a 3.52 kpg average.
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 loss to the Sun Devils on Sept. 26 knocked UA out of the top 25 for the first time since 1998, a string of 83 consecutive polls. The complete poll can be found on pg. 4.
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 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 17 matches this season, Killough has already surpassed her previous two-year career numbers across the board.
Killough's Numbers - 2001 and '02 vs. 2003Years G K Hit % KPG SA BA SB TB BPG2001 & '02 78 53 .278 0.68 4 22 2 30 0.382003 74 143 .337 1.93 23 70 8 78 1.05
The Wildcats will open the second half of the conference season with a match against rival Arizona State in Tucson. The Sun Devils rallied from an 0-2 deficit earlier this season to beat UA 3-2 in Tempe.
Upcoming Opponent Series Data Arizona StateAll-Time Record ASU leads 33-31UA Streak Lost oneat home against (since 1986) 8-9Last Five Matches 3-2Last 10 Matches 7-3David Rubio Against 11-12
The Sun Devils (8-10, 3-6)
The Sun Devils closed out the first half of the Pac-10 season with a weekend sweep over the Ducks and Beavers for a 3-6 conference mark... Last Friday's victory over Oregon snapped a four-match losing streak for ASU ... The Sun Devils continue to be led by junior Natalie Harris. The outside hitter ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in kills per game at 4.23, seventh in service aces per game at 0.42 and fifth in points per game with an average of 4.99 ... ASU also has a pair of players that rank in the top 10 in the conference in digs in libero Courtney Blocher (3.55) and Juliana Escobar (3.09).
Arizona-Arizona State Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGArizona 74 15.62 .235 13.96 1.85 12.99 2.40Arizona State 65 15.55 .222 14.12 1.94 15.42 1.82
The Last Meeting
Not even a career-high 31 kills could stop Arizona State from rallying from an 0-2 deficit to knock off the Wildcats in five games. The loss proved costly to the Wildcats in the national rankings as it dropped Arizona out of the top 25 for the first time in 83 consecutive polls. The match was not particularly pretty on either side in the box score. Both teams hit well below 200 and combined for 34 service errors in the match. On the positive side Glass set her career-high in kills, had three aces, 16 digs and four total blocks. ASU finished with four players in double figure kills and had 14 service aces in the match.
Arizona State 3 - No. 22 Arizona 2Sept. 26, 2003Tempe, Ariz. 1 2 3 4 5 Arizona 30 30 24 34 10 Arizona State 26 23 30 36 15Team TotalsTeam K E ATT Pct. Asst. SA Digs TBArizona 60 30 166 .181 51 7 79 18.0ASU 70 36 195 .174 60 14 71 7.0Individual Highs Arizona Arizona StateKills Glass - 31 Harris - 19Assists Butkus - 46 Anglin - 35Aces Glass - 3 Mehlhorn - 7Digs Mulvany -18 Escobar - 15Blocks Ladd, Killough, 8 Stephens, Burnley - 3
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