Arizona Volleyball Notes
Nov. 4, 2003
Bay Area Trip Quick Hits
Arizona earned its second road split of the conference season with a win over No. 6 Cal and a loss at No. 9 Stanford last week ... The Wildcats hit .311 as a team in the split and averaged 19.14 kpg, 18.57 apg, 0.86 sapg, 18.14 dpg and 3.57 bpg .... Arizona out-blocked Stanford and Cal a combined 25-14 for the weekend ... Sophomore Jennifer Abernathy, who hails from Antioch, Calif., enjoyed a pleasant homecoming with 43 kills on .522 hitting in the two matches ... Classmate Kim Glass became the fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career kills with her 16th kill of the 24 she recorded against the Cardinal on Thursday ... Unforced errors returned to bite the Wildcats in the match in Maples Pavilion. UA recorded 11 service errors, including nine in game one alone, missed on 33 attack attempts and were called for blocking errors eight other times ... Glass led all players in the match with 24 kills, but Abernathy finished strong with 19 kills on .455 hitting in the four-game loss ... Libero Kelli Mulvany posted a season-high 21 digs in the loss ... Halloween night it was no tricks all treats for the Wildcats as UA handed Cal its first three-game sweep of the season in Berkeley ... The win was Arizona's 11th-straight in Haas Pavilion .... Abernathy posted a career-high 24 kills on .588 hitting, as she committed only four hitting errors on the night ... Glass chipped in with 15 kills, 12 digs and eight total blocks in the much needed win for the Wildcats ... Abernathy's effort marked just the second time this season that Glass did not lead the team in kills in a match ...UA's middle blockers Jolene Killough and Bre Ladd teamed up for 10 kills on 17 swings with zero errors against the Bears and Mulvany followed up here fine outing against Stanford with 16 digs against Cal.
National, Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sophomore Jennifer Abernathy garnered a pair of honors for her outstanding performance in the homecoming trip to the Bay Area last week. The outside hitter from Antioch, Calif., was named the conference player of the week Monday morning and then was tabbed as the AVCA /Sports Imports National Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. The Pac-10 honor was the first of the season and 19th all-time for an Arizona player and the national award was just the second for any UA player in school history. Abernathy finished the matches against the Cardinal and Golden Bears with 43 kills (6.14 kpg), a .522 hitting percentage and 20 digs (2.86 dpg). She tallied a career-high 24 kills against Cal on Friday.
Since Arizona's 3-1 win over UCLA in Los Angeles on Oct. 10, the Wildcats have continued to play better each week. In the last eight matches, Arizona has served, passed, set, attacked and blocked better across the board, but perhaps more importantly the efficiency on offense has been much improved. Over the last eight matches, the Wildcats have been hitting at a .280 clip as compared to its .228 percentage in the first 15 matches of the season, The more efficient offense has helped Arizona go 5-3 with a pair of wins over top 10 opponents over the last four weeks. Individually, Arizona's sophomore pair of Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy have improved their hitting percentages, which has translated into a more diverse and effective offense.
Team K E Att. Hitting %First 15 Matches 883 409 2082 .228Last Eight Matches 449 166 1010 .280
Individual Abernathy Ladd First 15 Matches .131, 2.66 kpg .266, 2.93 kpgLast Eight Matches .347, 3.96 kpg .402, 2.57 kpg
Around the Block
In addition to its offense coming around, Arizona's effort on the block has shown impressive improvement as well. In their last four matches (at Hawaii , vs. ASU, at Stanford and Cal) the Wildcats are averaging over a block more per game then their season average (3.67 bpg to 2.53 bpg).
The Second Time Around
Heading into this week's return matches with USC and UCLA, the Wildcats have faced three Pac-10 opponents twice this season - Arizona State, Stanford and Cal - and have fared much better the second time around. Arizona went 0-3 against the three in the first half of the conference season, but have since avenged the losses to the Sun Devils and the Golden Bears. Arizona's improvement as a team since the first meeting is clearly evident in the statistics from the second matches.
The Second Time Around(vs. ASU, Stanford and Cal) Record KPG Ht% APG DPG BPGFirst Meetings 0-3 14.42 .187 13.17 13.25 2.42Second Meetings 2-1 17.60 .315 16.90 16.00 3.50
Fastest To 1,000
With her 16th kill in the third game at Stanford on Oct. 30, sophomore Kim Glass became the fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career kill and the second-fastest in Pac-10 history. Glass, who reached the milestone in her 54th career match, passed former UA All-American Barb Bell by a full 11 matches and in 47 less games played for the Arizona record. Former UCLA All-American Kristee Porter is the fastest player in conference history, reaching the century mark in her 50th match and 183rd game played. (Thanks to UCLA SID Amy Symons Hughes for her exhaustive research).
The Fastest To 1,000 Kills at ArizonaPlayer MP GP AttemptsKim Glass (2002-03) 54 192 2,330Barb Bell (1993-96) 65 239 2,432
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 against Oregon State on Oct. 17. 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 26 matches with 20 or more kills, the second-best career total ever at UA behind Barb Bell's four-year total of 30... Her 12 matches with 20 or more kills this year is just two 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 5.56 kpg.
This week's matches against No. 6 UCLA and No. 1 USC will be the seventh and eighth top 10 teams Arizona will face in its last 12 matches and the eighth and ninth top 25 team in the past 14 ... Arizona is 3-5 against top 10 teams this season and 3-8 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 four ranked opponents in their final six matches, including two top 10 teams.
Jen's Coming On
Sophomore Jennifer Abernathy has enjoyed a recent renascence in her game. In Arizona's last 10 matches, the outside hitter has posted seven matches with double digit kills. She recorded a career-high 24 kills in UA's 3-0 win at Cal and is the only player other then classmate Kim Glass to lead the Wildcats in kills in a contest this season. During her current surge she has totaled 137 kills, a 3.36 kpg average and a .293 hitting percentage.
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. 5.
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. In Arizona's 23 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 84 151 .318 1.80 23 87 9 96 1.14
The Wildcats return home for the daunting task of taking on No. 6 UCLA and top-ranked USC ... Arizona split its first meeting between the two, downing UCLA in four games before getting swept by the Women of Troy in early October.
Upcoming Opponent Series Data UCLA USCAll-Time Record UCLA leads 42-13-1 USC leads 40-14UA Streak Won two Lost threeat home against (since 1986) 5-11 8-9Last Five Matches 4-1 2-3*David Rubio Against 10-13 7-17** Includes 3-2 win at USC in 2001 NCAA Tournament
The Bruins (19-4, 10-3)
The Bruins head to Tucson with a six-match winning streak in tow ... UCLA defeated both the Washington schools 3-1 in LA last weekend ... The No. 6 ranking this week is the highest the Bruins have been in the poll this season ... As a team, UCLA ranks in the top three in the Pac-10 in opp. hitting percentage, kills, blocks and digs ... Individually, junior Brynn Murphy paces the UCLA attack with 324 kills (3.81 kpg) and a .312 hitting percentage ... Libero Chrissie Zartman is second in the Pac-10 with a 4.20 dpg average.
Arizona-UCLA Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGArizona 84 15.86 .245 14.31 1.79 13.35 2.53UCLA 86 16.31 .239 14.64 1.36 16.56 2.70
The Women of Troy (22-0, 13-0)
The Women of Troy have played volleyball on a different level then the rest of Division I this season ... The defending national champions have won 34 straight matches dating back to last season, having most recently dispatched the Washington schools in a pair of 3-0 sweeps ... As a team, USC leads the Pac-10 in nearly every statistical category ... Individually, USC's well balanced attack has placed numerous players among the leaders in the Pac-10 ... Senior April Ross leads USC with 250 kills this season (3.62 kpg) while hitting at a .321 clip ... Junior middle blocker Emily Adams has just 34 errors on 432 swings for an outstanding .479 hitting percentage.
Arizona-USC Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGArizona 84 15.86 .245 14.31 1.79 13.35 2.53USC 69 17.57 .359 16.10 1.77 15.49 3.20