Arizona Volleyball Notes
Nov. 26, 2003
Sophomore Kim Glass was Arizona's lone representative on the All-Pac-10 team this year. The outside hitter finished as the leader in conference play in kpg and points. Classmates Jennifer Abernathy and Bre Ladd were each tabbed with honorable mention recognition and Kristina Baum and Stephanie Butkus each garnered honorable mention all-freshman recognition.
Coming on Strong
Given the preseason ranking and expectations of the Arizona program, there are some that might consider UA's regular season to be somewhat disappointing. However, what many may fail to recognize is that the majority of Arizona's struggles came in the first half of the season. So far Arizona has played 30 matches. In the first 15 contests, Arizona went an uninspired 6-9, including a season-high five match losing streak. However, when one flashes forward to the last 15 matches, which have included eight contests against teams ranked in the top 11, Arizona is a very impressive 11-4. UA has won seven of its last eight matches. The Wildcats have defeated all the un-ranked teams they have faced in the second half of the season, won matches over top 10-ranked UCLA (twice) and Cal, beat No. 11 Washington, forced No. 2 Hawaii to five games on its home floor after trailing 0-2, dropped a four game match to No. 9 Stanford in Palo Alto and lost to undefeated and top ranked USC in four games to become one of just four teams to take a game from the Women of Troy this season.
Pac-10 Season Finale Quick Hits
The Wildcats wrapped up their Pac-10 season with a weekend sweep of the Washington schools ... Arizona downed the No. 11 Huskies and Cougars in four games to help them finish 10-8 and tied for fifth with UW in the conference this season ... In the two matches, Arizona hit .315 as a team while averaging 17.88 kpg, 16.62 apg, 2.38 sapg, 14.62 dpg and 2.25 bpg ... Sophomore Kim Glass paced the Arizona effort with 58 kills (7.25 kpg) on .356 hitting and 18 digs ... Classmate Jennifer Abernathy added 33 kills (4.12 kpg) on .290 hitting and Bre Ladd chipped in with 18 kills on a team-high .382 hitting ... Arizona defeated its fifth top 25-ranked team on Friday in the 3-1 win over the No. 11 Huskies .... Glass led all players in the match with 27 kills on .362 hitting, including 12 on 14 swings in the fourth game alone ... Abernathy added 17 kills on .333 hitting and Ladd added nine on .538 ... Junior Jolene Killough posted a match-high seven blocks and freshman setter Stephanie Butkus dished out 51 assists against the Huskies .... A night later the Wildcats fought off a determined WSU team with a four-game win ... As a team Arizona posted a season-high 16 service aces, including five by Abernathy ... Glass posted her third 30-plus kill match of the season, finishing with a career-high-tying 31 on .351 hitting ... She also finished with 13 digs .... Abernathy complemented Glass' effort with 16 kills of her own and freshman Kristina Baum chipped in with 10 kills, four service aces and seven digs ...The two wins avenged Arizona's conference season opening losses to the two schools in September.
Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sophomore Kim Glass was named the Nov. 24 Pac-10 Player of the Week after her performances against the Washington schools. Glass recorded 58 kills in the two matches (7.25 kpg) on .356 hitting. The weekly award was the third in her career and the second for an Arizona player this season. The Wildcats have garnered weekly honors from the conference 20 times in school history.
NAU Match Quick Hits
The Wildcats closed out the home regular season with a 3-0 win over Northern Arizona on Monday ... The win enabled Arizona to finish 11-6 at home for the season ... Sophomore Bre Ladd led all players with 14 kills on 17 swings with just one error for a school record-breaking .765 hitting percentage. She was 7 for 7 in kills attempts in game one alone ...Classmates Jennifer Abernathy and Kim Glass finished with 12 and 10 kills, respectively ... Glass also finished with a match-high 12 digs ... Arizona improved to 11-2 all-time against the Lumberjacks with the victory.
Pac-10 Season Ends
The Wildcats capped off a remarkable turnaround in conference play with the two wins over the Washington schools. After starting the competitive Pac-10 season 0-5, the Wildcats rallied to go 10-3 over the next 13 conference matches to finished tied for fifth in the standings with Washington at 10-8. The double digit win total marked the eighth straight year Arizona has finished with 10 or more wins in conference play.
Arizona in Pac-10 PlayRecord KPG Hit% APG SAPG DPG BPG10-8 16.18 .256 14.92 1.73 14.79 2.70
Serving Them Up
The Wildcats have posted 193 aces from the service line this season, the fifth most for any team in school history. Included in that total is the season-high 16 that dropped against Washington State on Nov. 22. The serving prowess against the Cougars was tied for the second-best single match total in school history and tied for the third most in Pac-10 history. The school record for service aces in a single season is held by the 1988 team which finished with 234.
The Second Time Around
Arizona's remarkable turnaround in the Pac-10 can be attributed to improved passing and setting during the second half of the conference slate. The Wildcats bettered their statistics across the board the second time they met up with their conference foes, resulting in a 7-2 record in the second half.
The Second Time Around Record KPG Ht% APG DPG BPGFirst Meetings 3-6 14.82 .223 13.59 13.32 2.29Second Meetings 7-2 17.62 .288 16.34 16.34 3.12
For the Record
Arizona's record book will take on a different look next season, thanks in large part to All-America candidate Kim Glass. Glass has already broken one career record, tied another, set four single season marks this year alone and is on pace to set one more. Here is a look at the records Arizona players have set this season:
Career 20+ Kill Matches: Kim Glass - 31Career 30+ Kill Matches: Kim Glass - Tied at 4Single Season Kills: Kim Glass - 613Single Season 10+ Kill Matches: Kim Glass - 29Single Season 20+ Kill Matches: Kim Glass - 17Single Season Attempts: Kim Glass - 1,463Single Season Kills Per Game: Kim Glass - 5.62 * Season avg; not record until year endsSingle Match Hitting Pct: Bre Ladd - .765 (14-1-17)
Here We Go Again
Sophomore Kim Glass has shattered the single season record in kills for the second straight season. Her 613 kills this year has blown her previous mark of 556 she established last season. Glass' 1,169 career kills places her seventh 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 30 109 613 5.62
Yet Another Record Falls
It appears that Kim Glass' biggest rival for the Arizona record book is going to be herself. In addition to snapping her own single season kills mark, she has also 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, one-upping her mark of 14 she set in 2002. Her two 20-plus matches against the Washington schools on Nov. 21-22 improved her record to 17 matches for the year and raised her career total to 31 contests, also a school record. 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. She has posted double digit kills (10+) in a record 29 of UA's 30 matches this season
Year 20+ Kill match 10+ Kill match2002 14 272003 17 * 29 *Totals 31 # 56 ^
* School single season record - # School career record - ^ Eighth all-time at Arizona
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 Attempts Kim 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. In addition to the record-setting OSU match, she has two other contests this season with 30 or more kills to make four in her career. The career total of four ties her with Melissa McLinden's school record
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 .41511/22/03 Washington State 31-11-57 .351
Kim Glass' three 30-plus kill efforts this season are the 14th -16th times an Arizona player has tallied 30 or more kills in a match .. Arizona has won nine of the 16 matches in school history in which a player has 30 or more kills ... 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.
A Tale of Two Halves
Sophomore Jennifer Abernathy has enjoyed a second-half renascence in her game. In Arizona's last 17 matches, the outside hitter has posted 14 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 17 Matches 240 .263 4.00
Junior libero Kelli Mulvany has also elevated her game as of late. The third-year starter has posted 10 or more digs in nine of UA's last 12 matches, including a career-high 24 at Oregon State on Nov. 14. Her 175 digs in UA's last 43 games has given her a team-best average of 4.07 dpg during the 12-match span and has increased her season average from 2.28 to 3.00.
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 14 matches she has hit over .350 in 12 of those contests, including a school match record .765 against NAU, and Arizona has gone 10-4.
Knocking Them Down
Sophomore Bre Ladd tallied the highest hitting percentage in a single match in school history on Nov. 24 when she tallied 14 kills on 17 swings with just one error for a .765 attack percentage. The mark bettered the previous record of .750 shared by four different players. Ladd was 7 for 7 in attack attempts in game one against the Lumberjacks.
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 Her 117 block assists this season are the sixth most in a single year at UA. In Arizona's 30 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 109 193 .311 1.77 29 117 13 130 1.19
The Wildcats jumped up four spots, from 25th to 21st, in the latest AVCA Coaches poll. Arizona returned to the top 25 on Nov. 17 after a seven week absence. UA, which has defeated five top 10 teams this season, saw its string of 83 consecutive polls in the top 25 snapped earlier this season in the middle of a five-match losing streak. Upcoming opponent UC Santa Barbara is ranked 22nd this week. The complete poll can be found on page 6 of the notes.
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 meet up with No. 22-ranked UC Santa Barbara in California this weekend for the final contest of the regular season ... UCSB defeated the Wildcats 3-1 in Tucson at the Arizona Invitational back in September ... Saturday's match with the Gauchos will mark the first time since 1995 that UA will play a non-conference opponent twice in the same regular season (UA faced UT-Arlington twice last season, but one of the matches was in the NCAA tournament) ... UCSB is coming off a disappointing loss to the Cal Poly in its final Big West match of the season. The Gauchos, who have already claimed an NCAA birth, saw their hopes for an undefeated season at home come crashing down with the loss ... UCSB is led by Ericka Menzel's 356 kills (3.67 kpg), but will come at the Wildcats with a balanced attack that features five players that have 200 or more kills this season.
Arizona-UCSB Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGArizona 109 16.28 .254 14.69 1.77 13.91 2.60UCSB 97 16.31 .247 14.30 1.59 17.54 2.34