2007 Pac-10 Volleyball: Arizona
Aug. 1, 2007
After being shut out of the postseason for the first time in 11 seasons, the Wildcats look to bounce back behind the strength of six returning starters led by senior middle blocker Dominique Lamb. Only two coaches have won more matches in the history of Pac-10 play than Arizona coach David Rubio (UCLA's Andy Banachowski and former Stanford coach Don Shaw).
Dominque Lamb (2.54 kpg/1.55 bpg) and sophomore Jacy Norton (1.67 kpg/1.48 bpg) give the Wildcats a quality pair of middle blockers. The two, along with junior opposite Randy Goodenough (2.13 kpg/0.98 bpg), were the major contributors to the team's 3.42 blocks per game, which ranked eighth in the nation. Lamb played in all 109 games last season and ranked second in the league in blocks. In addition, Rubio added a pair of 6-4 freshman middles in Kaylen Bannister and Stephanie Snow.
While Arizona loses starting setter Stephanie Butkus, it will be set with senior Amy Dyck. Dyck, with 1,412 career assists, started 27 matches during the 2005 season in place of the injured Butkus.
Sophomore outside hitter Whitney Dosty (3.39 kpg/3.83 ppg), a Pac-10 All-Freshman selection, and junior Brooke Buringrud (3.52 kpg/2.45 dpg/4.27 ppg) will once a again get a majority of the Arizona attacks. Dosty spent the summer fine tuning her skills with the U.S. Junior National Team.
The Wildcats need to put the ball away. They ranked ninth in the league in hitting percentage (.181).
Junior libero Brittany Leonard set a school single-season record with 411 digs, however she'll need more support from her teammates as the 'Cats posted 170 receptions - second most in the Pac-10.
Depth at outside hitter. Starters Burgingrud and Dosty combined for 2,268 swings from the outside. Next in attack attempts is sophomore Alanna Resch with 61. However, freshman outside hitter Tiffany Owens is one of two FAB 50 recruits that Arizona has added to its roster (also setter Paige Webber) and should get her share of swings.