Arizona Volleyball Notes - 10/30

Oct. 30, 2001

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Upcoming: The Wildcats have only one match slated for this week as they travel north, up I-10, to play rival Arizona State in Tempe on Saturday. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

The Opposition: ARIZONA STATE- The Sun Devils enter the week carrying a two-match losing streak and fallen in eight of their last 10. ASU defeated Northern Arizona in five games last week, but also dropped both matches to UCLA and USC. The Cats and Devils have met once already this season, with UA scoring a 3-1 win in McKale Center. The Arizona victory bumped the Cats one match closer in the all-time series which Arizona State still leads 31-29. Arizona had four players figure in double digit kills in the earlier match and played without current national player of the week Shannon Torregrosa, who had been suspended by Coach Rubio.

Arizona - Arizona State Season Stats Head-To-Head	       KPG	Pct.	APG	SAPG	BPG	DPGArizona	       17.10	.316	15.15	1.79	2.67	14.05Arizona State  15.49	.210	13.85	1.42	2.28	16.86 

The Polls: Arizona leapt up three spots from seventh to fourth in the latest edition of the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. Wins over then no.3 USC and no. 6 UCLA gave the Wildcats a boost into the top four in nation. Arizona has been ranked among the top seven in the poll all season, reaching as high as no. 3. Volleyball Magazine moved Arizona up five spots from ninth to fourth, as well. See page six of the notes for the complete polls.

Arizona's Last Action: Arizona played its best volleyball of the season at the most opportune time. The Cats swept USC and UCLA out of Tucson on consecutive nights last Thursday and Friday. The two wins marked the first time since 1993 that Arizona had beaten the two schools at home and the first time it had swept them both in a series. Arizona blistered the floor against the Women of Troy to the tune of a .395 hitting percentage for the match with 58 kills on 119 attempts while committing only 11 errors. Junior Shannon Torregrosa was nearly unstoppable as she collected 19 kills on career-high .405 hitting. USC struggled against the Arizona block and defense, hitting only .223 on 130 attempts. Senior Jill Talbot continued to be a force as she finished the match with 22 digs and 10 kills on .450 hitting. Against the Bruins, Torregrosa picked up where she left off from the night before. Improving on her one night old attack percentage best, she scored 16 kills on .433 hitting with only three errors. Stefani Saragosa and Lisa Rutledge tallied nine kills a piece and Talbot ended up with eight kills, seven assists and five digs. Saragosa also recorded a match-high eight total blocks. UCLA, playing without the suspended Kristee Porter, could muster only a .165 attack percentage in the match and were out-blocked 11-1.

Torregrosa Tore It Up: Junior Shannon Torregrosa's impressive performances in matches against top 10 opponents USC and UCLA earned the first-year starter AVCA National and Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. The national honor is the first for any Arizona volleyball player in school history. The outside hitter averaged a team-high 5.83 kills, two digs and one block per game last week. She finished the two matches with 35 kills on 67 attempts and only seven errors for a .418 hitting percentage. See the note above for her individual match statistics.

On A Roll: The Wildcats have won seven straight conference matches, equaling the school record established twice last season. Beginning with a 3-1 win at California and holding current through the UCLA win, Arizona has continued to get better as the season has progressed. During the winning streak, the Wildcats are hitting .341 as a team while averaging 17.6 kills per game and have out-blocked their opponents 62-36.5. Arizona has lost only three games during the streak and have gone five games only once.

Home Sweet Home: The Arizona volleyball team has always found McKale Center a nice to place to call home, but never more so than now. After finishing 9-7 at home in 1999, the Cats have since gone 23-1 (.958). A year ago, Arizona lost only a single match on its home floor en route to a 14-1 record and are a perfect 9-0 this season. UA currently has a 18-match winning streak at home that started with a 3-0 sweep over fourth-ranked USC in 2000. Arizona owns a 170-88 (.659) record in McKale since it first started playing in the building in 1983 and have gone 100-36 (.735) in nine-plus seasons under Coach Rubio.

Leader of the Pac: Arizona's outstanding hitting performance against USC and UCLA last week enabled the Cats to take over the top spot in the conference for attack proficiency from the Women of Troy. The Wildcats are hitting .316 as a team for the season and have seen that percentage increase steadily over the past three weeks. Senior Jill Talbot continues to lead all conference players in the individual hitting percentage category with a .456 attack effort, but teammate Stefani Saragosa is close behind in second at .423. See the stats to the left to find where Arizona ranks among the Pac-10 teams and individuals.

Three Cheers For Dana: Senior setter Dana Burkholder tied a school record for triple-doubles with a 10 kill, 68 assist, 14 dig effort against Washington (10/13). Burkholder has now tallied four trifectas in her career, equaling the school mark of current associate head coach Charita Johnson. The pair have a combined eight of Arizona's 21 triple-doubles in school history.

Johnson and Burkholder's Career Triple-DoublesJohnson1. vs. California		10/10/1992	11 kills, 11 digs, 12 blocks2. at Cal St. Northridge	11/21/1992	15 kills, 10 digs, 10 blocks3. at Oregon State		09/16/1994	13 kills, 13 digs, 12 blocks4. at BYU			12/03/1994	12 kills, 17 digs, 12 blocksBurkholder1. vs. UCLA		     10/22/1999	11 kills, 70 assists, 14 digs2. vs. San Diego		09/02/2000	10 kills, 54 assists, 10 digs3. vs. UCLA		     10/12/2000	15 kills, 67 assists, 22 digs4. vs. Washington		10/13/2001	10 Kills, 68 assists, 14 digs

Diggin' Up the Record Book: Setter Dana Burkholder, already Arizona's career leader in assists, topped 1,000 career digs in the fifth game against Washington. Upon reaching the milestone, Burkholder became just the fifth Arizona player to record over 1,000 digs in a career and just the second player ever to have over 1,000 digs and 1,000 assists. Lindsey Hahn, who played for UA from 1986-89, recorded a final career total of 1,155 digs (second all time) and 1,939 assists (sixth all time). Currently, Burkholder is fifth on Arizona's career list for digs with 1,027. See page five of the notes to see where Dana and other Wildcat players rank in the career record books.

Coaching Milestones: Arizona head coach David Rubio has doubled up on coaching milestones this season. First he won his 300th career match as a coach against Arizona State (10/5) and most recently added his 100th career Pac-10 coaching win in Eugene vs. Oregon (10/19). With the victory over the Sun Devils, Rubio joined a long list of active Pac-10 coaches with 300 or more career victories.

Active Pac-10 Coaches with 300+ Career Wins*1. Andy Banachowski, UCLA		909 (NCAA All Time Leader)2. Mick Haley, USC			5373. John Dunning, Stanford		4554. Rich Feller, California		3325. Cindy Fredrick, Washington St.	3266. David Rubio, Arizona		306* Win totals through Oct. 29.

And the win over the Ducks made Rubio just the sixth Pac-10 women's coach ever to reach 100 or more conference victories.

Pac-10 Coaches With 100+ Conference WinsAndy Banachowski, UCLA *Cindy Fredrick, WSU *Lisa Love, USCDavid Rubio, Arizona *Don Shaw, StanfordPatti Snyder, ASU ** Active (Don Shaw is now the coach of the Stanford men's team)

Rutledge Rising: Throughout her career at Arizona, Lisa Rutledge has always racked up a large number of kills for the Wildcats. In fact, the junior needs only 102 more to become the 12th Arizona player to tally 1,000 in a career. While the number of kills are still there for her this season, she definitely is a different player. Her accuracy and shot selection in 2001 have allowed her to increase her career hitting percentage by an amazing 16 points. She started the season seventh on the Arizona career list with a .249 attack percentage and since improved to sixth on the list and .265 for her career. Rutledge is hitting .310 this season and averaging 4.32 kills per game, third best in the Pac-10.

Tidy Talbot: Senior Jill Talbot is not a player that misses her mark very often. In fact, she has only 38 errors on 342 swings for a conference leading .456 hitting percentage this season. The right side player is averaging 11 kills, 19 attempts and only two errors per match. She leads Arizona with 190 digs, an average of 3.11 per game - fifth best in the conference thus far, and has recorded a team-high six double-doubles this season.

Puttin' em In The Stands: For the second straight season Arizona leads the conference in average attendance. The Wildcats currently rank 10th nationally with an average crowd of 1,840 fans. In nine home dates this year, the Wildcats have attracted 16,558 followers. With four home dates remaining on the schedule (excluding possible NCAA Tournament matches), and using the current average, the Wildcats are projected to have 23,918 fans at their home matches.

Outlook for 2001: The Wildcats return four starters from last seasons's team. All-American setter Dana Burkholder, right-side hitter Jill Talbot, outside hitter Lisa Rutledge and defensive specialist Rachel Williams all return to the floor for the Cats in 2001. Joining them in the starting rotation will be middle blockers Erin Sebbas and Stefani Saragosa and outside hitter Shannon Torregrosa. The loss of NCAA hitting percentage leader and All-Pac-10 middle blocker Marisa DaLee is significant, but will be offset by the return of Saragosa, who played in 30 of Arizona's 33 matches last season with an ailing shoulder that has been surgically repaired, and the spring emergence of Sebbas. Coach Rubio is counting on Torregrosa to have a breakout season in the outside hitter spot vacated by the departure of All-Pac-10 performer Allison Napier. Others returning players that are expected to see extensive floor time are Christina Frost and setter/right side hitter Lauren Benward. Arizona has also added a number of newcomers that the coaching staff figure will see playing time, including setter Rochelle Ruen, right side hitter Kellie Burton and defensive specialist Kelli Mulvany.

Starting Lineup PossibilitiesSetter - Dana Burkholder - 12.87 apgRight Side- Jill Talbot - .456 hitting , 3.18 kpg, 3.11 dpgOutside - Lisa Rutledge - 4.32 kpg / Shannon Torregrosa - 4.05 kpgMiddle Blocker- Stefani Saragosa - .423 hitting 1.18 bpg / Erin Sebbas - .332 hittingDefensive Specialist- Rachel Williams - 1.48 dpg / Kelli Mulvany - 1.77 dpg

A Look Back: The 2000 season was one of the finest in school history. The Wildcats finished the season 28-5, matching the school record for wins in a season. 20 of Arizona's 28 victories were 3-0 sweeps and of Arizona's five loses only one was in three game, two were in four games and two went all five. Arizona was an outstanding 14-1 in home matches, 11-2 on the road and 3-2 in neutral court contests. (More) They advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the deepest an Arizona team has ever gone. UA won its first Pac-10 title, sharing it with USC. 2000 marked the first time a team other than UCLA or Stanford had won the Pac-10 championship since conference play began in 1986. The 16-2 Pac-10 record shattered the school record for conference wins by four. Individually, returning setter Dana Burkholder became one of the most recognized athletes in school history. She was named both AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-America (the first, first-team member since 1985), to the NCAA Central Region All-Tournament Team, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, First-Team All-Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region. She set numerous school records, including single-match (84), single-season (1,562) and career marks (4,068) for assists, while guiding the Arizona offense to a NCAA Division I leading .320 attack percentage, the best in school history and the second-best ever in the Pac-10. Departed seniors Marisa DaLee and Allison Napier, both 1,000 career kill members, each tallied First-Team All-Pac-10 honors. Giving the Cats three for the season, the most in any single year. DaLee led the nation in hitting percentage (.437) and was also named AVCA All-Pacific Region. Jill Talbot and Lisa Rutledge, who both return in 2001, each garnered Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors as well.

2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year David Rubio: In nine years as Arizona's head coach, David Rubio has taken the Cats from the abyss of a winless Pac-10 season to the pinnacle of a conference championship. Inheriting a team that did not win a single match in the conference the year before he arrived, he has turned the Wildcats into a club that has made seven postseason appearances in eight years, won a Pac-10 Championship and 11 NCAA Tournament matches. Rubio has recruited and coached two All-Americans, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, 13 All-Pac-10 performers, six All-Pac-10 freshman players and eight academic all-conference athletes at Arizona. Also, UA athletes have earned 14 Pac-10 Player of the Week honors under his guide. During his tenure at Arizona, Rubio has led the Wildcats to 187 victories and a winning league mark over the last six seasons. Last year's 16-2 Pac-10 record smashed the school mark for conference victories.

Rule Changes in 2001: Into play in 2001 is the faster paced 'rally scoring'. In a departure from the previous scoring format, a team may score a point whether it is the serving or receiving team, there are no longer 'side-outs' in which the service receiving teams cannot score. Simply stated, every time the ball is put in play, each team will have an opportunity to score. Now, in order for a team to win a non-deciding game (the first four games of the match) it must be the first to reach 30 points and lead by at least two using rally scoring. In a match deciding game (the fifth game of the match) the first team to reach 15, again in rally scoring format (i.e. no side-outs), and lead by two or more points is the winner of that game and the match. Another change is that served balls that touch the net and continue on to the opponent's side will remain in play. Balls that strike the net and fall on the serving team's side or out of play will result in a point for the opposition. Previously, any ball that struck the net on a serve was ruled dead and resulted in a side-out.

New Statistic: With implementation of the new rules comes a new stat. Players responsible for scoring a point for their team are also credited with a point of their own. Points are a combination of kills+service aces+solo blocks+1/2 block assists. For example, Lisa Rutledge leads the team with 300 points. This is derived from her 259 kills + her 20 service aces + her 12 solo blocks + her 18 block assists (1/2 point each)= 300 points. Arizona's point totals are included in the stats on the final page of the release.

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