Arizona Volleyball Notes
Nov. 18, 2003
Oregon Road Trip Quick Hits
The Wildcats swept the season series with the Oregon schools in a pair of much needed wins last week ... Arizona defeated Oregon 3-0 a night before downing Oregon State for the 15th consecutive time, 3-1 .... For the weekend Arizona hit . 341 as a team while averaging 18.71 bpg, 16.71 apg, 1.86 sapg, 15.57 dpg and 3.43 bpg ... Sophomore Kim Glass led all players with 35 kills in seven games played for a 5.00 kpg average ... Classmate Bre Ladd added 22 kills on .606 hitting and also posted a team-high 12 total blocks in the tow matches .... Arizona won its 10th-straight match over the Ducks overall and the 11th-straight in Eugene with the 3-0 win ... Sophomore Jennifer Abernathy carried the load for the Wildcats with a match-high 18 kills on .355 hitting and 10 digs ... Junior Jolene Killough finished with a career-high four solo blocks and two block assists in the win ... Glass posted her first match of the year in single figure kills, finishing with a season-low seven, but still contributed with four service aces, 11 digs and two total blocks .... Ladd added eight kills on .538 hitting and five block assists .... Glass rebounded from her down night on Thursday with a 28-kill effort against the Beavers on Friday. The 20-plus kill match was her school record setting 15th of the season ... Including Glass' record setting effort, five Arizona players finished the match win double digit kills .... Ladd added 14 on . 650 hitting and seven total blocks, while Abernathy and Killough chipped in with 11 and 10 kills, respectively ...Freshman Kristina Baum posted an impressive all-around match with 12 kills on .417 hitting, four digs and four block assists.
Add One to the Schedule
The Wildcats have added another match to their 2003 regular season schedule. Arizona will take on its instate rival NAU on Monday, Nov. 24, at 10:30 a.m. in McKale Center.
Seven Week Itch
The Wildcats are back in the top 25 after a seven week absence from the poll. Arizona, which has defeated four top 10 teams this season, is ranked No. 25 in this week's AVCA poll. The Wildcats saw their string of 83 consecutive polls in the top 25 snapped earlier this season in the middle of a five-match losing streak. Upcoming opponent Washington remained at No. 11 in this week's ranking. The complete poll can be found on page 5 of the notes.
Since Arizona posted a season-high 20 team blocks in a 3-2 loss at Hawaii on Oct. 19, the Cats have averaged an impressive 3.52 bpg in eight matches. The effort has increased Arizona's season average from 2.26 bpg to its current average of 2.65. What makes the feat even more impressive is that the Wildcats are have been able to post the numbers against five top 10 teams.
Individually, junior Jolene Killough has been the main culprit in the recent surge on the block with a 1.86 bpg average. Killough has racked up a team-high 54 total blocks in the last eight contests. Sophomore classmates Kim Glass and Bre Ladd are chipping in to the tune of 1.34 and 1.17 bpg during the same time span.
The Second Time Around
Heading into the final conference matches of the year, the Wildcats have faced the other seven Pac-10 opponents twice this season and have fared much better the second time around. Arizona went 3-4 against the five in the first half of the conference season, but have since avenged the losses to the Sun Devils and the Golden Bears and defeated UCLA for a second time. 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, Cal, UCLA, USC, Oregon and Oregon State) Record KPG Ht% APG DPG BPGFirst Meetings 3-4 15.00 .237 13.56 12.88 2.08Second Meetings 5-2 17.54 .280 16.25 16.92 3.42
Here We Go Again
Sophomore Kim Glass, who established a school single season record 556 kills in her freshman year, is on pace to shatter the record again for the second straight season. Her 545 kills this season is already the second-best effort in school history and just 11 away from her single season mark. With four matches left to play, her one-year old record is sure to fall in the up coming week. Glass' 1,101 career kills places her eighth all-time at UA in just her second season.
Glass's Freshman vs. Sophomore Years in Kills MP GP Kills KPG Frosh 32 112 556 4.96Soph 27 98 545 5.56
Yet Another Record Falls
It appears that Kim Glass' biggest rival for the Arizona record book is going to be herself. In addition to being on the verge of snapping her single season kills mark, she has already bettered her year-old single season record for matches with 20 or more kills. With a 28-kill outing against Oregon State on Nov. 14, Glass recorded her 15th match of the year with a score or more kills. Her career total of 29 matches with 20 or more kills is just one away from tying Barb Bell's four-year total of 30. Not all went according to plan though as her seven kill night against Oregon on Nov. 13 ended her school record 32 consecutive matches with double digit kills that included UA's first 25 matches this season and seven in 2002.
Year 20+ Kill match 10+ Kill match2002 14 272003 15 * 26Totals 29 ^ 53* School single season record - ^ School record is 30
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 a player who finished with 30 or more kills also accounted for over half of the team kill total in the match. Glass' 31 kills were 52 percent of Arizona's final 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.
A Tale of Two Halves
Sophomore Jennifer Abernathy has enjoyed a second-half renascence in her game. In Arizona's last 14 matches, the outside hitter has posted 11 matches with double digit kills, including a career-high 24 in UA's 3-0 win at No. 6 Cal.
Abernathy's First Half vs. Second Half K Ht % KPG First 13 Matches 107 .134 2.94Last 14 Matches 169 .300 4.02
Junior libero Kelli Mulvany has also elevated her game as of late. The third-year starter has posted 10 or more digs in eight of UA's last nine matches, including a career-high 24 at Oregon State on Nov. 14. Her 143 digs in UA's last 32 games has given her a team-best average of 4.47 dpg during the nine-match span and has increased her season average from 2.28 to 3.01.
Starting To Click
Arizona's inconsistent passing and setting early on and its continued improvement as of late can clearly be shown in sophomore Bre Ladd's hitting percentage. During the first 16 matches of the season, the inconsistent play of the Wildcats allowed the middle block to finish with a hitting percentage over .300 in just four matches, Arizona went just 7-9. However, the improvement of the all-around play of the offense has proven to be to Ladd's benefit. In UA's last 11 matches she has hit over .350 in 10 of those contests and Arizona has gone 7-4.
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., especially on the block In Arizona's 25 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 98 180 .319 1.84 26 107 13 120 1.22
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).
The Wildcats will close out the conference portion of their regular season this weekend with a pair of matches against No. 11 Washington and Washington State ... Arizona lost the first round of matches to the Huskies and Cougars in the Pacific Northwest earlier this season ... Washington defeated WSU in Seattle last weekend to sweep the season series between the in state rivals ... UW is led by Sanja Tomasevic's 448 kills this season (5.40 kpg) and has gotten outstanding play from freshman setter Courtney Thompson. She currently leads the Pac-10 in apg with an average of 14.23 ... WSU's youth, the Cougars feature a lineup dotted with freshmen, has shown. Since defeating Arizona and ASU to conclude a season-high four-match winning streak in September, WSU has lost 13 of its last 16 matches ... The Cougars are led by Zanda Bautre's 337 kills (3.44 kpg).
Upcoming Opponent Series Data Washington Washington StateAll-Time Record UA leads 24-15 UA leads 24-11UA Streak Lost Two Lost Oneat home against (since 1986) 11-6 14-3Last Five Matches 3-2 4-1David Rubio Against 16-7 15-8
Arizona-Washington Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGArizona 98 16.09 .247 14.52 1.74 13.95 2.65UW 87 17.03 .306 15.79 1.71 16.47 2.35
Arizona-Washington State Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGArizona 98 16.09 .247 14.52 1.74 13.95 2.65WSU 104 13.42 .166 11.99 1.36 14.76 2.59