Arizona Volleyball Match Notes
Oct. 14, 2003
Los Angeles Road Trip Quick Hits
The Wildcats returned from Los Angeles with their first Pac-10 victory of the season and a split on what is quite possibly the toughest two-match road trip in the nation ... The Wildcats defeated UCLA for the fourth straight match on Friday to garner their first conference victory of the season before falling to a dominant top-ranked USC team on Saturday ... The Win over UCLA, UA's fourth straight over the Bruins, snapped Arizona's longest streak since 1996 at five-straight ... Backed by a 24-kill performance by Kim Glass, the Wildcats upset the No. 8-ranked Bruins to hand Arizona its third win in Westwood in the last four seasons ... Arizona hit .255 for the match while limiting UCLA to a .133 attack percentage, including a .000 hitting percentage in games one and three ... Arizona's middle blockers Jolene Killough and Bre Ladd recorded seven and six total blocks, respectively, against the Bruins ... The defending national champion USC squad proved why it's the consensus No .1 team in the country with a dominating performance on Saturday ... The Women of Troy, who finished with a school-low three attack errors in the entire match, hit a school record .595 against the Wildcats ... Four of the five USC starters that took at least 12 swings in the match finished without an error.
Live On The Net
Friday's match against Oregon State will be shown live on Fox Sports Net Arizona at 7 pm. For other Fox Sports Net regions, the match will be shown on a taped-delay basis on either Saturday or Sunday. Please consult your local listings for air dates and times.
At the Midpoint
This week's matches against Oregon and Oregon State will mark the midpoint of the Pac-10 season. Should the Wildcats win the two conference matches, they would finish the first half with a 3-6 Pac-10 record. Since the Pac-10 first began playing conference matches in 1986, Arizona has been 3-6 at the midpoint twice, in 1990 and 1996. In both cases the Wildcats improved their standing in the conference race in the second half of the Pac-10 slate. In 1990 Arizona went 5-4 in the second half to finish 8-10 and the 1996 team did a 180 and went 7-2 to finish the Pac-10 season 10-8 and start Arizona's current string of seven straight NCAA appearances. The Wildcats have twice been under 3-6 at the midpoint, pulling in at 2-7 in 1992 and 0-9 in the win-less conference season in 1991.
A Rare Non-Conference Match
Sunday's contest at Hawaii will be the first match Arizona has played against a non-conference opponent during the Pac-10 season for nearly four seasons. The Wildcats took a break from conference play in 2000 to beat ninth-ranked Florida 3-2 in McKale Center in Tucson ... This season's trip to Hawaii will mark the first time since 1990 (at Northern Arizona) that UA has left Tucson to take on a non-conference opponent during Pac-10 play
Senior Kelly Griffin-Halfaker came off the bench for the Wildcats at UCLA last Friday and helped spur the Wildcats on to a 3-1 upset win over the No. 8 Bruins. After her relief performance in the UCLA match, Griffin-Halfaker was named the starting setter against USC on Saturday.
Its Own Worst Enemy
Although the rigorous schedule Arizona has played this season has meant that there are have been few breaks for the Wildcats, it appears that UA, not the opposition, is perhaps the biggest foe on the floor. In the matches it has lost, Arizona is nearly a statistical equal its opponents across the board. Arizona is close in total kills, assists, aces, digs, total blocks and points. However, the most telling stats might be the differences in hitting percentage, total attempts and attack errors. UA's inefficient offense (98 more attack errors then its opponents on just 84 more swings) has caused the Wildcats to hit just .200 as a team in their losses while opponents have hit .295.
UA vs. Opponents in Matches Lost G K KPG Hit% APG SAPG DPG BPG PointsArizona 40 597 14.93 .200 13.43 1.58 12.70 2.17 747.0Opp. 40 606 15.15 .295 13.25 1.52 12.30 2.20 755.0
Struggling to Close It Out
The Wildcats are still searching for a way to close out their matches. Countless times, Arizona has either held an advantage or been tied late in games this season only to have the frame slip away. Poor passing, setting and serving have been the primary causes in many of the late game losses.
Sunday's match against No. 2 Hawaii will be the fourth top 10 team Arizona has faced in its last six matches and the fifth top 25 team in the past eight ... Arizona is 2-3 against top 10 teams this season and 2-6 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 seven ranked opponents in their final 13 matches.
The Race To 1,000
Sophomore Kim Glass, who recorded a single-season school record 556 kills in her freshman year, is on pace to become the fastest Arizona player to reach 1,000 kills in a career. After posting 341 kills in Arizona's 17 matches this season, Glass has accumulated 897 career kills in 49 matches played. Should she knock down the remaining 103 kills needed to reach the mark in 2003, Glass would become the first sophomore in school history to do so. Currently she's averaging 20.1 kpm this season, and should she continue at that pace Glass would reach 1,000 kills during Arizona's road trip to the Bay Area in late October. Former Wildcat All-American Barb Bell is currently the fastest to 1,000, having achieved the milestone in the 10th match of her junior year, her 65th career match.
Leading The Way
Sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass has picked up right where she left off after her record setting freshman season. In Arizona's 17 matches this season Glass has led the Wildcats in kills each time. She already has nine 20-plus kill matches this season to push her career total to 23, third all-time at Arizona, and has finished in double digit kills in all 17 matches.
Kim Glass' 31 kills effort against Arizona State on Sept. 26 was the 14th time an Arizona player has tallied 30 or more kills in a match and the second time in her career ... The effort 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. Melissa McLinden's school record 41-kill effort against BYU in the 1985 NCAA tournament was 55 percent of UA's 75 kills in the five game loss ... Arizona has lost seven of the 14 matches in school history in which a player has 30 or more kills.
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. 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. Through Arizona's first 17 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 63 122 .327 1.94 16 53 7 60 0.95
Odds and Ends
Sophomore Bre Ladd and Kim Glass are on pace to finish with the third-most service aces in a single season at Arizona ...Classmate Jennifer Abernathy has doubled her kill output of all of last season in 13 matches this year.
The Wildcats will close out the first half of the Pac-10 season against the schools from Oregon before taking off to face Hawaii.
Upcoming Opponent Series Data UO OSU HawaiiAll-Time Record UA 29-8 UA 25-10 UH 8-0UA Streak Won 8 Won 13 Lost 8at home against (since 1986) 13-4 14-3 0-5*Last Five Matches 5-0 5-0 0-5Last 10 Matches 9-1 10-0 0-8David Rubio Against 20-2 18-4 0-3* Denotes UA's record in Hawaii.
The Ducks (3-12, 0-7)
The Ducks head to Tucson with an eight-match losing streak in tow ... Oregon dropped both of its matches to the Washington schools in three games last week ... UO returns three starters and five letter winners from last seasons's 11-21 team ... As a team Oregon averages 13.96 kpg, 12.65 apg, 1.40 sapg 12.04 dpg and 1.89 bpg ... The Ducks are led by Kelly Russell's 177 kills and .254 hitting percentage ... Russell also averages a team-best 3.22 kpg ... Arizona head coach David Rubio's brother, Keith, is an assistant on the UO bench ... Carl Ferreira is in his fourth season as the head coach in Eugene and has tallied a 33-94 record as the Ducks' head man.
Arizona-Oregon Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGArizona 63 15.44 .227 13.78 1.76 12.79 2.39UO 55 13.96 .201 12.65 1.40 12.04 1.89
The Beavers (12-7, 2-5)
Like the Wildcats, the Beavers split their weekend series, falling to Washington but defeating Washington State ... Arizona's 13-mtach winning streak over the Beavers is the longest active streak for the Wildcats over any Pac-10 opponent ... OSU returns four starters and seven letter winners from last season's 8-20 team ... OSU, which is hitting .228 as a team this season and is averaging 15.35 kills per game, is led individually by Allison Lawrence who has 275 kills and a 3.87 kpg average heading into play this week ... Nancy Somera is in her fifth season as the head coach of the Beavers and has recorded 61-73 record on the bench in Corvallis.
Arizona-Oregon State Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGArizona 63 15.44 .227 13.78 1.76 12.79 2.39OSU 71 1535 .228 13.76 1.80 16.34 1.94
The Rainbow Wahine (17-1, 5-0)
Hawaii's annual run to the WAC championship appears to be in full swing once again as it is coming off a pair of weekend conference wins over UTEP and Boise State ... Hawaii currently has an unprecedented 70-match winning streak against conference opponents ... The No. 2-ranked Wahine return six starters and 10 letterwinners from last season NCAA Final Four team ... Individually, Hawaii packs a massive 1-2 punch with Kim Willougby (345 kills, 6.76 kpg) and Lily Kahumoku (257 kills, 4.51 kpg) ... Not only are the duo's kill numbers impressive, but Willoughby is hitting at .427 clip this season, while Kahumoku comes in at .311 ... For the second straight week, the Wildcats will meet up with one of the Deans of Division I volleyball, trailing only UCLA's Andy Banachowski in numbers of years coached, UH's Dave Shoji is the active leader in career winning percentage among all Division I coaches.
Arizona-Hawaii Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGArizona 63 15.44 .227 13.78 1.76 12.79 2.39Hawaii 59 17.88 .348 16.44 1.98 16.37 2.66
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