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Coach Dave Rubio and the Arizona Women's Volleyball team are back at home this weekend (beginning Friday) as the Wildcat's host three teams in the Cactus Classic.  Here's Coach Rubio talking about it (from KVOA News 4 Tucson sportscast):

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CACTUS CLASSIC
SEPT. 1-2 • McKALE CENTER
 


ARIZONA (2-1)

EASTERN KENTUCKY (2-2)

GRAND CANYON (3-0)

RADFORD (3-0)
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THE MATCHES

DATE TIME MATCHUP/RESULT LINKS
Friday, Sept. 1 10 a.m. Radford vs. Grand Canyon Live Stats • Live Stream
Friday, Sept. 1 12:30 p.m. ARIZONA vs. Eastern Kentucky Live Stats • Live Stream
Friday, Sept. 1 4:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky vs. Radford  Live Stats • Live Stream
Friday, Sept. 1 7 p.m. ARIZONA vs. Grand Canyon Live Stats • Live Stream • Tickets
Saturday, Sept. 2 11 a.m. Grand Canyon vs. Eastern Kentucky Live Stats • Live Stream
Saturday, Sept. 2 1 p.m. ARIZONA vs. Radford Live Stats • Live Stream


WEEKLY NOTES

CATS OPEN HOME SLATE WITH CACTUS CLASSIC
After opening the 2017 season with a 2-1 weekend at the LUV Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee, Arizona volleyball will open its 2017 home schedule with the two-day, six-match Cactus Classic. UA will host Eastern Kentucky, Grand Canyon and Radford in the tournament at McKale Center Sept. 1 and 2. UA opens the event with a doubleheader on Friday; the Cats face Eastern Kentucky at 12:30 p.m. before facing Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. MST. Arizona closes out the event with Radford on Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets are still available for Saturday's matchup with Grand Canyon; UA's other two matches will be free of charge.

SERIES HISTORY

  • Arizona defeated Eastern Kentucky in the two clubs' lone meeting on Sept. 7, 2013. UA defeated the Colonels 25-17, 25-15, 25-14 in Tucson.
  • This will be Arizona's first ever meeting with Grand Canyon.
  • This will be Arizona's first ever meeting with Radford.


COACHES

  • Arizona head coach Dave Rubio is in his 26th season at Arizona. Rubio is 481-292 at UA.
  • Eastern Kentucky head coach Lori Duncan is 256-328 in her career with the Colonels. She is in her 20th season at Eastern Kentucky and 25th overall.
  • Tim Nollan is in his second year at Grand Canyon, where he is 9-21.
  • Radford is coached by Marci Jenkins, who is in her 10th season. She is 155-131.


CATS AT A GLANCE

  • Arizona opened the season 2-1 at the LUV Invitational. UA split Saturday's doubleheader in a pair of four-set matches with a pair of conference favorites, East Tennessee State and Lipscomb before concluding the weekend with a dominant sweep of Middle Tennessee.
  • There was plenty of playing time to go around in Nashville as Coach Rubio used different lineups to get a good look at the plethora of newcomers and returners. All 15 players that made the trip got in at least three sets, with backup setter Mackenzie Hernandez the only player who played fewer than five.
  • Freshmen Elizabeth SheltonKatie SmootPaige WhippleShardonee Hayes and Candice Denny combined for 53 of UA's 147 kills on .336 hitting. Whipple (20-5-53, .283, 1.90 digs/set, 0.90 blocks/set), Shelton (2.40 kills/set, .304 hitting, 0.60 blocks/set) and Smoot (2.33 kills/set, .545 hitting) all enjoyed very successful debuts.


OPPONENTS
Eastern Kentucky (2-1)

  • The Colonels went 2-1 at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego to open the 2017 season. EKU defeated San Diego State and CSUN before suffering a sweep to Portland State.
  • Rachel Woody (7.92 assists/set) and Cassie Knutson (2.50 kills/set, .219 hitting, 2.50 digs/set) were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Grand Canyon (3-0)

  • The Antelopes went 3-0 at the season-opening Syracuse Tournament with victories over Syracuse, Siena and Niagara.
  • Claire Kovensky averaged 4.00 kills/set on .274 hitting and 3.36 digs/set in the three matches.
  • GCU averaged 18.55 digs/set in the three matches led by Emma Ahern, who notched 63 digs in 11 sets (5.73).

Radford (3-0)

  • The Highlanders opened the season 3-0 at the Lehigh Fall Classic, dropping just one set in the process. Radford defeated Coppin State, Marist and Lehigh in the three matches.
  • Maddie Palmer was named Big South Conference Player of the Week after totaling 35 kills and 28 digs on the weekend.


RANKINGS

  • Arizona is receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25. 
  • Arizona was ranked 24th in the preseason top 25, marking Arizona's 314th week in the AVCA Top 25, dating back to 1982. That's 10th-most among all schools in Division I.
  • The Wildcats are one of seven teams receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25, joining No. 1 Stanford, No. 8 Washington, No. 11 UCLA, No. 14 Oregon, No. 18 USC and No. 22 Utah and (RV) Washington State.
  • UA has 10 matches scheduled against teams currently ranked in the Top 25.


CAN YOU DIG IT?

  • Arizona has finished top three in the conference in each of the last four season in digs per set. UA led the Pac-12 from 2013-15 and finished third in 2016 (15.67 digs/set).
  • However, four of the six players that averaged more than a dig per set last season graduated, including libero Laura Larson and setter Penina Snuka, two of the top five diggers in UA history.
  • This season, UA is averaging 13.09 digs/set led by libero Kimberly Gutierrez's 3.40 digs/set.


DAHLKE LOOKS TO BUILD ON STELLAR SOPHOMORE SEASON

  • Kendra Dahlke had a breakout campaign in 2016, averaging 3.95 kills and 4.35 points per set. Those figures ranked fourth and sixth in the Pac-12. Those figures were up from 1.57 kills and 1.72 points per set as a freshman in 2015.
  • Dahlke leads the Wildcats with 3.30 kills/set this season.


BIG SHOES TO FILL

  • This season, sophomore setter Julia Patterson is tasked with replacing All-American Penina Snuka, the 2016 Pac-12 Setter of the Year. So far, so good. Patterson averaged 10.09 assists and 2.82 digs/set.
  • As the understudy of the best digging setter in UA history, Patterson must have picked up a thing or two. Snuka led the Pac-12 in double-doubles all four seasons as UA. Patterson had a double-double in two of UA's three matches this weekend. 


RUBIO AND STAFF RECRUITING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL


WILD KITTENS

  • Arizona has eight freshmen, five sophomores, three junior and just three seniors. Arizona's 13 underclassmen are the most in the Pac-12.
  • Through graduation/transfer, Arizona lost six players who combined for 737 total sets played in 2016. The nine returners combined for 550 sets last season and 946 for their entire careers.


ONE LAST GO-AROUND FOR MACK

  • Middle blocker McKenzie Jacobson is set for her redshirt senior season. Jacobson, along with transfer Kimberly Gutierrez, are the lone two seniors on the squad.
  • Jacobson led the team in hitting percentage last season (.293) and averaged more than two points per set (2.01) for the second straight year.


UP NEXT

  • Arizona hits the road for a pair of matches in Florida next weekend. UA takes on Florida A&M on Friday, Sept. 8 and Florida State on Saturday, Sept. 9 in Tallahassee.
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