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This Week in Arizona Volleyball History

Aug 31, 2020

(SEPT. 14-20)

SEPT. 14
1985 – Arizona pulled off the rare tripleheader sweep, defeating Cal Poly Pomona, San Diego State and UC Santa Barbara in back-to-back-to-back matches in Fullerton, California. The 3-0 day helped the 1985 team start the season 7-1.

2018 – Dave Rubio won his 500th career match at Arizona in a doubleheader sweep of UT Martin and New Mexico State in the 2018 Wildcat Classic.
SEPT. 15
Arizona is a perfect 13-0 all-time on Sept. 15.

1982 – There have been 11 players in Arizona history to hit .750 in a match with at least 12 kills. The first to ever do it? Beth Grupenhoff on Sept. 15, 1982 in a sweep of BYU.

1984 – Brooke Saunders is the only player in Arizona history with three matches of six service aces or more, all three of which occurred in 1984. Her first six-ace match came vs. NAU on Sept. 15, 1984 in just three sets.

2000 – The 2000 Wildcats started the season 15-1 on their way to an eventual Pac-10 title and Elite 8 appearance. The biggest win of the nonconference season with the Wildcats went to Provo, Utah, and took down 10th-ranked BYU in four sets.

SEPT. 16

1994 – Arizona opened up the 1994 Pac-10 slate with a road ranked victory at No. 20 Oregon State, winning the final three sets for the impressive win. UA went on to finish fourth in the conference. In the win, Rita Stubbs (then Charita Johnson) set the Arizona record with eight solo blocks.

1995 – A year to the date after the win in Corvallis, the Cats picked up another huge road win over a ranked foe. Arizona went to Columbus, Ohio and took down ninth-ranked Ohio State in a five-set thriller.

2002 – Kim Glass won her first of five career Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Sept. 16, 2002.

2016 – Penina Snuka set her career high with six aces, tied for fifth most in UA history, in a sweep of Northern Kentucky on this date in 2016. Snuka, UA's setter, ran the Wildcat offense beautifully in the match; Arizona hit .474 in the sweep, fifth highest hitting percentage in a match in Arizona history.

SEPT. 17
1993 – Arizona swept No. 20 Washington State to open the 1993 Pac-10 season, already UA's third victory over a ranked team just seven matches into the season.

SEPT. 18
1987 – Stephanie Murry tied a then-school-record with six solo blocks vs. Oregon. 

2000 – Marissa DaLee was named Pac-10 Player of the Week, her third career honor.

SEPT. 19
1994 – Following her UA-record eight-solo-block performance vs. Oregon State, Charita Johnson was named Pac-10 Player fo the Week.

1997 – The Wildcats opened conference play with a thrilling five-set win over No. 17 UCLA in Los Angeles, winning the fifth set 15-13 to take down the Bruins.

2015 – The most recent Wildcat to hit .750 in a match with at least 12 kills occurred on this date in 2015 when Kendra Dahlke had a 12-0-15 match vs. Savannah State.

SEPT. 20
2002 – In a matchup between two top-15 teams, No. 15 Arizona defeated No. 11 UCLA in four sets in McKale to open the 2002 Pac-10 slate.

(SEPT. 7-13)

1986 & 1987 – On the same date, one year apart, Kiyomi Morino was named Pac-10 Player of the Week, taking home the first two such awards in Arizona history.

2000 – Arizona opened its 2000 home slate with a doubleheader sweep vs. New Mexico State and 19th-ranked Baylor, holding the two opponents to eight or fewer points in each of the six sets in the two straight-set wins. Arizona swept the pre-rally-scoring doubleheader (15-6, 15-3, 15-6) and (15-7, 15-8, 15-3) vs. the Aggies and the Bears, respectively. Arizona hist .449 vs. NMSU, the eighth best single-match hitting percentage of all time.
2007 – Jacy Norton became the eighth player in Arizona history to hit .750 or better when she hit .750 vs. Western Carolina.
1988 – The Wildcats recorded 89 kills in a five-set match vs. Notre Dame, the third most in school history at the time.

1983 – There have been 14 individual matches of 32 or more kills in Arizona history. The first ever occurred on this day in 1983, when Melissa McLinden posted 32 kills vs. Purdue. McLinden has three of the top-14 single-match kill totals in school history, including the top ever, a 41-kill match vs. BYU in 1985.

SEPT. 10
Since 1982, Arizona is 19-1 (.950) on Sept. 10.

1989 – The Wildcats recorded 106 digs vs. LSU in just a four-set match against the Tigers. The 106 digs are the 10th most in school history and fifth most in a match fewer than five sets. 

2004 – Arizona took down ninth-ranked Pepperdine in straight sets in McKale Center, good for its first sweep of a top-10 team since Nov. 6, 2003.

SEPT. 11
2000 – Dana Burkholder took home the first of what would be four Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the Wildcats in 2000, tied for the most Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in a single season.
SEPT. 12
1997 – Arizona hit .446 in a sweep of San Francisco, ninth highest hitting percentage in Arizona history.
SEPT. 13

2000 – The Cats set a school record with 102 kills in a five-set win vs. Arizona State to open the 2000 Pac-10 slate. It was the only time this millenium the Wildcats recorded over 93 kills in a match.

(SEPT. 1-6)

2001 – Arizona sweeps ninth-ranked Florida in Gainesville, the first of five top-10 wins for the Wildcats on their way to the 2001 Final Four.
2014 – Madi Kingdon was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after recording 64 kills on .361 hitting over Arizona's sweep of the season-opening Green Bay Tournament.
2005 – Arizona opened up the 2005 season with a sweep of Winthrop and #20 Georgia Tech in McKale, kickstarting a season of home domination. The Cats went 11-1 at home in 2005.
2011 – The Wildcats hit a mind-blowing .548 as a team in a straight-set win over Presbyterian, the best team hitting percentage in a match in Arizona history; Madi Kingdon hit .750 vs. the Blue Hose, tied for third best individual hitting percentage in a match in school history.
1993 – Arizona defeats 17th-ranked UC Santa Barbara in a five set-thriller in McKale Center, second-year head coach Dave Rubio's first ever win vs. a ranked team at home.
1985 – In school history, there have been five total individual matches with six solo blocks. Two of them occurred on Sept. 4, 1985 vs. UC Santa Barbara when Melissa McLinden and Stephanie Murry each posted six solo blocks in just a three-set win vs. the Gauchos.
1992 – Arizona opens the Dave Rubio era with an upset of 20th-ranked Pepperdine in straight sets in Stockton, California. It is the first recorded victory vs. a ranked team in school history.
1993 – Fresh of their upset of No. 17 UCSB, the 1993 Wildcats beat No. 25 Houston in four sets, marking the first time in school history the Wildcats beat ranked teams on consecutive days.
1980 – It was a busy day in Tempe on Sept. 5, 1980, when the Wildcats swept a quadruple-header during an Arizona State tournament, beating NAU, Colorado State, San Diego and ASU. It is the only 4-0 day in Arizona volleyball history.
1986 – In a five-set victory over Oklahoma, the Wildcats set school records with 96 kills on 91 assists. The records stood until 2000, when the Wildcats had 102 kills on 91 assists vs. Arizona State.
1999 – Marissa DaLee is named Pac-10 Player of the Week, one of her four career weekly conference honors.