Arizona Volleyball Notes - NCAA First and Second Rounds
Dec. 1, 2003
First and Second Round Schedule
G. Rollie White Coliseum - College Station, Texas
Friday, December 5
Match 1 - Arizona (17-14) vs. Wisconsin (21-10) - 5 pm CST/4 pm MST
Match 2 - No. 16-seeded Texas A&M (21-9) vs. Nicholls State (18-14) - 7 pm CST/6 pm MST
Saturday, December 6
Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2 - 7 pm CST/6 pm MST
Arizona At A Glance
The Wildcats wrapped up their rollercoaster 2003 regular season with a 17-14 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the Pac-10 ... The Wildcats finished tied with No. 12 seed Washington for fifth place in the Pac-10 standings ... After starting the season 6-9, Arizona went 11-5 over its final 16 matches to qualify for the postseason ... The Wildcats recorded a season-high five-match winning streak from Nov. 13-24 ... Arizona opened its Pac-10 Conference season win-less at 0-5. The season-high five-match losing streak was the longest for Arizona since 1995 ... The Wildcats feature a roster made up mostly of underclassmen. UA has just one senior, three juniors, four sophomores and six freshmen (including redshirt freshman Meghan Cumpston) ... The Wildcats played a challenging regular season schedule, including 15 matches against top 25 teams.
Probable Starting LineupPosition Name (Yr.) 2003 StatsSetter Stephanie Butkus (Fr.) 0.68 kpg, .266 %, 11.40 apg, 1.57 dpgOutside Kim Glass (So.) 5.62 kpg, .233 %, 0.40 sapg, 2.88 dpgOutside Jennifer Abernathy (So.) 3.39 kpg, .219 %, 0.32 sapg, 1.91 dpgOpposite Kristina Baum (Fr.) 1.54 kpg, .224 %, 0.19 sapg, 1.54 dpgMiddle Blocker Bre Ladd (So.) 2.82 kpg, .335 %, 0.39 sapg, 1.02 bpgMiddle Blocker Jolene Killough (Jr.) 1.80 kpg, .317 %, 0.28 sapg, 1.18 bpgLibero Kelli Mulvany (Jr.) 3.01 dpg
Arizona In the Postseason
The Wildcats are making their 19th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... Arizona is 22-18 (.550) all-time in the postseason ... 2003 marks UA's eighth consecutive trip to the NCAAs and the 10th time in 12 seasons under head coach David Rubio ... Rubio has guided the Wildcats to an 18-9 (.667) record, six Sweet 16s, three Elite Eights and to the 2001 Final Four during his tenure in Tucson ... Arizona is 12-3 in the last four NCAA tournaments ... The Wildcats have reached the Sweet 16 in each of the past four seasons and the Elite Eight in the last three straight ... Arizona has lost to either the eventual national champion or the runner up in each of the last five NCAAs ... The Wildcats return seven players from last season's Elite Eight team, including three starters.
Arizona in the First and Second Rounds
Arizona is 12-7 all-time in tournament opening matches and has won its last five straight. The Wildcats are 3-1 in postseason first round matches on neutral floors... The Wildcats are 6-2 in the second round of the NCAAs and have won four straight. UA is 4-2 as the visiting team in the second round and has never played on a neutral court in round two.
Arizona vs. The Tournament Field
The Wildcats have faced 12 of the 64 teams in the postseason, including top-seeded USC (0-2), No. 2 seed Hawaii (0-1), No. 4 Pepperdine (1-0), No. 5 Stanford (0-2), No. 8 UCLA (2-0), No. 10 California (1-1) and No. 12 Washington (1-1). Arizona is 7-11 this season against tournament teams.
The Pac-10 In the NCAAs
The Pacific-10 Conference had six of its 10 member schools invited to play in the postseason. Five of the six were among the 16 teams seeded (only the Wildcats enter un-seeded). Top-seeded USC, No. 5-seed Stanford, No. 8 UCLA, No. 10 Cal and No. 12 Washington were all selected to host first and second round matches.
Arizona vs. Non-Conference Competition
In an out-of-conference schedule littered with ranked teams, the Wildcats finished with a 7-6 record. Arizona went 1-1 against non-conference opponents in neutral site matches, defeating Eastern Washington 3-0 and losing to NCAA-bound Notre Dame in four games. Both the matches were played on the opening weekend of the season at Pepperdine. The Wildcats went 1-2 vs. non-conference opponents as the visiting team, downing NCAA No. 4 seed Pepperdine in Malibu and losing at No. 2 seed Hawaii in five games and tournament-bound UC Santa Barbara in the final match of the year.
First Round Opponent - Wisconsin
Arizona match-up with the Badgers will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools ... 2003 is Wisconsin's 12th appearance in the postseason ... The Badgers went 1-1 in last season's NCAAs and have an all-time record of 19-11 ... Arizona has played all 10 other schools in the Big Ten Conference and owns a 14-2 record against them... Wisconsin went 21-10 overall this season and 13-7 in conference play ... The Badgers finished fourth in the Big Ten ... Paced by sophomore Aubrey Meirotto's 415 kills, Wisconsin boasts a lineup with four players with recording 300 or more kills this season ... Junior Jill Odenthal leads the Badgers in hitting percentage at .305, senior Morgan Shields has dished out a team-high 1,578 assists (13.60 apg) and senior libero Jill Maier paces the UW effort in digs with 418 (3.60 dpg).
Arizona-Wisconsin Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGWisconsin 116 16.53 .255 15.17 1.88 15.17 2.05Arizona 112 16.31 .252 14.71 1.76 13.87 2.55
Wisconsin-Arizona Common Opponents
The Wildcats and Badgers shared just two common opponents this season - Pepperdine and Washington ... Arizona went 2-1 against the common opponents, downing Pepperdine 3-1 and splitting the Pac-10 regular season series with Washington ... Wisconsin dropped 3-0 matches to both the Waves and the Huskies.
Potential Second Round Opponent - Texas A&M
The No. 16-seed Aggies are the host school for the opening two rounds of the Tournament ... A&M went 21-9 overall this season and finished in a three-way tie for third in the Big 12 at 13-7 ... Arizona and Texas A&M have met six time prior to their potential second round match and have split the series at 3-3 ... The last meeting between the two came in 1990 ... The Aggies are led by All-Big 12 honoree Melissa Munsch's 408 kills (3.68 kpg) this season ... Munsch, a junior, is also second on the team in blocks (115, 1.04 bpg) and third in digs (324, 2.92 dpg) ... Other team leaders are senior Carol Price's ..294 hitting percentage, junior Kendra Felders 122 blocks (1.08 bpg) and Beth Skypala's 327 digs (3.48 dpg)... Setting duties have been split between junior Lexy Beers (8.58 apg) and sophomore Kari Kelly (6.98 apg).
Arizona-Texas A&M Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGTexas A&M 116 16.30 .249 15.01 1.28 17.16 2.58Arizona 112 16.31 .252 14.71 1.76 13.87 2.55
Texas A&M-Arizona Common Opponents
The Aggies and Wildcats have shared just one common opponent this season - top-ranked USC ... A&M fell to the Women of Troy in three games in College Station ... Arizona went 0-2 against Pac-10 rival USC, taking just one game in the two matches played.
Potential Second Round Opponent - Nicholls State
The Lady Colonels enter their first-ever NCAA tournament with an 18-14 record after upsetting the top-three Southland Conference teams in the season-ending tournament ... Nicholls State and Arizona have never met in volleyball ... The Lady Colonels are led by senior Caley Carter who had 518 kills (4.67 kpg) heading into the Southland tournament ... Freshman KaLeigh Butler posted a team-best .317 hitting percentage before the regular season-ending tournament ... Senior setter Jennifer Fukino averaged 10.90 apg in the regular season.
Arizona-Nicholls State Team Stats Head-to-HeadTeam G KPG Pct. APG SAPG DPG BPGNicholls St. 111 14.56 .213 12.88 1.82 15.02 1.92Arizona 112 16.31 .252 14.71 1.76 13.87 2.55
Nicholls State-Arizona Common Opponents
Arizona and Nicholls State also share just one common opponent this season - San Diego State ... Both schools dropped their respective matches against the Aztecs 3-1.
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 have been 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. Arizona played 31 matches in the regular season. In the first 15 contests, Arizona went an uninspired 6-9, including a season-high five match losing streak. However, in the final 16 matches, which included eight contests against teams ranked in the top 11, Arizona is a very impressive 11-5. UA has won seven of its last nine matches. The Wildcats defeated all the un-ranked teams they 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 Ends
The Wildcats capped off a remarkable turnaround in conference play with the two wins over the Washington schools Nov. 21-22. 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
The Second Time Around
Arizona's 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
Serving Them Up
The Wildcats have posted 197 aces from the service line this season, tied for the fourth-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.
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 - 630Single Season 10+ Kill Matches: Kim Glass - 30Single Season 20+ Kill Matches: Kim Glass - 17Single Season Attempts: Kim Glass - 1,514Single Season Kills Per Game: Kim Glass - 5.62 * Season avgSingle Match Hitting Percentage: 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 630 kills this year has blown her previous mark of 556 she established last season. Glass' 1,186 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 30 of UA's 31 matches this season. She needs just one more double digit kill night to move into a tie for seventh in her career with 58.
Year 20+ Kill match 10+ Kill match2002 14 272003 17 * 30 *Totals 31 # 57 ^
* 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 was a career-high and tied for the eighth-best single match kill total. It was also 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 final 18 matches of the regular season, the outside hitter posted 15 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 18 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 10 of UA's last 13 matches, including a career-high 24 at Oregon State on Nov. 14. Her 185 digs in UA's last 46 games has given her a team-best average of 4.02 dpg during the 13-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 15 matches she has hit over .350 in 12 of those contests, including a school match record .765 against NAU on Nov. 24, and Arizona has gone 10-5.
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 returning starter 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 119 block assists this season are the sixth-most in a single year at UA. In Arizona's 31 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 112 202 .317 1.80 31 119 13 132 1.18
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