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2017 PAC-12 VOLLEYBALL // TEAMS 2 0 1 7 – 2 0 1 8 14 ARIZONA WILDCATS WILDCAT FACTS Location: Tucson, AZ 85721 Founded/Enrollment: 1885/42,236 Colors: Cardinal & Navy Joined Pac-12: 1986 All-Time Record: 664-461-2 (40 years) Home Court: McKale Center (14,545) President: Dr. Ann Weaver Hart Faculty Rep: Jory Hancock Athletic Director: Dave Heeke SWA: Erika Barnes Head Coach: David Rubio (CS Northridge, '82) Career Record: 601-358 (30 years) Arizona Record: 479-290 (25 years) Pac-12 Record: 239-221 (25 years) Of!ce: (520) 621-2136 Fax: (520) 626-7018 Assistant Coaches: Gregg Whitis, Charita Stubbs SID: Jeremy Sharpe Of!ce: (520) 621-4163 Cell: (520) 275-9895 Fax: (520) 621-2681 Volleyball SID: Danny Martinez E-Mail: Of!ce: 520-621-0084 Cell: 520-409-1810 Press Row Phone: (520) 621-5291 2016 Records: Overall: 20-15 Pac-12: 10-10 (T7th) NCAA: 2-1/Regional semi!nal RECORD HOLDERS KILLS Career: 2151 Kim Glass, 2002-05 Season: 650 Kim Glass, 2003 Match: 41 Melissa McLinden vs. Brigham Young (12/14/85) HITTING PERCENTAGE Career: .397 Marisa DaLee, 1997-00 Season: .437 Marisa DaLee, 2000 Match: .778 Dominique Lamb (14-0-18) vs. Oregon State (11/10/06) ASSISTS Career: 5424 Dana Burkholder, 1998-2001 Season: 1562 Dana Burkholder, 2000 Match: 84 Dana Burkholder vs. Arizona State (9/13/00) TOTAL BLOCKS Career: 532 Kelly Waage, 1986-89 Season: 226 Kelly Waage, 1988 Match: 17 Beth Raymond vs. Oregon State (10/25/86) DIGS Career: 1642 Candace Nicholson, 2010-13 Season: 512 Candace Nicholson, 2013 Match: 37 Katie Jackels vs. Saint Mary's (8/25/07) SERVICE ACES Career: 162 Kim Glass, 2002-05 Season: 80 Kiyomi Morino, 1987 Match: 8 Kathleen Guthrie vs. Utah (9/7/82) NO. NAME POS HT YR EXP HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL (LAST SCHOOL) 1 Kimberly Gutierrez L/DS 5-2 Sr. TR Tijuana, Mexico/Sweetwater HS (San Francisco) 2 Candice Denny MB 6-2 Fr. HS Saratoga, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS 3 Shardonee Hayes MB 6-3 R-Fr. HS Columbus, Ga./Columbus HS 4 Julia Patterson S 5-11 So. 1L Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS 5 Victoria Svorinic L/DS 5-9 Jr. 1L Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep 6 Katie Smoot OH 6-2 Fr. HS Belmont, Calif./Notre Dame HS 7 Mackenzie Hernandez S 5-11 Jr. TR Bakers!eld, Calif./Bakers!eld HS (Bakers!eld Coll.) 8 Kendra Dahlke OH 6-0 Jr. 2L Bonsall, Calif./Fallbrook HS 10 Paige Whipple OH 6-1 Fr. HS Salem, Ore./West Salem HS 13 Devyn Cross MB 6-0 So. 1L Edwards Air Force Base, Calif./Desert HS 14 Gabriella Halcovich L/DS 5-9 Fr. HS Palm Springs, Calif./Xavier Prep 15 Sara Watanabe L/DS 5-9 So. 1L Honolulu, Hawai'i/Iolani HS (Long Beach State) 17 Elizabeth Shelton OH 6-2 R-Fr. HS Rosamond, Calif./Desert HS 18 McKenzie Jacobson MB 6-7 R-Sr. 3L Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS 20 Jaclyn Inclán S 5-11 Fr. HS Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS 21 Kelly O'Neil L/DS 5-7 Fr. HS Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy 22 Makenna Martin L/DS 5-9 So. 1L Gilbert, Ariz./Gilbert HS 33 Jade Turner MB 6-4 R-Jr. 2L Bakers!eld, Calif./Foothill HS 35 Tyler Spriggs OH 6-1 Jr. 2L Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount HS Letterwinners Returning/Lost/Newcomers: 10/5/8 Returning starters in bold. RUBIO'S CAREER RECORD Year School Overall Conference Postseason 1987-91 CS Bakers!eld (5 years) 122-66 (.649) 39-19 (.672) 9-3 (.750) 1992-16 Arizona (25 years) 479-290 (.623) 239-221 (.524) 26-18 (.545) Career totals (25 years) 479-290 (.628) 282-240 (.541) 26-18 (.545) Div. I only • 1989 NCAA II National Champion, 2001 NCAA National Semi!nals HEAD COACH DAVID RUBIO • In 2016, David Rubio reached the 25-year mark as head coach of the Wildcats, leading them to 13 20-win seasons and 19 NCAA Tournament appearances. • Leads all active conference coaches with 479 victories as a Pac-12 coach. • Honored as Coach of the Year by ASICS/Volleyball Magazine during the 2001 campaign, guiding UA to its !rst-ever national semi!nal appearance. • Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2000, leading UA to its !rst Conference title. • Guided Arizona from a winless league record in 1991 to the NCAA West Regionals in 1993. That same year was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) West Region Coach of the Year. TEAM OUTLOOK The Wildcats look to build on last year's momentum that saw then advance to the NCAA Regional semi!nal after upsetting ninth-seeded Michigan State, the program's !rst trip to the regional tournament since 2005. With the loss of !ve letterwinners from last year's squad, including thre starters, 26th-year head coach David Rubio will be looking to the 12th-ranked recruiting class in the nation to pick up the slack left behind. STRENGTHS » Arizona welcomes its third-consecutive top-15 ranked recruiting class and is ready to break through into the top-half of the Pac-12 after back-to-back seventh-place !nishes. » Junior outside hitter Kendra Dahlke (pictured) anchors the offense after averaging nearly 4.0 kills per set last season, which was good for second on the team and fourth in the Pac-12. » The roster is deep with middle blocker options, including returning starters sophomore Devyn Cross and redshirt senior McKenzie Jacobsen. The duo led the team in blocks per set last season and will look to mentor an inexperience corps at the net. The Wildcats were second-to-last in the Conference in blocks, but with the added depth at middle blocker, Rubio will be better positioned to try several combinations. » Ready to step in to contribute after redshirting last season are middle blocker Shardonee Hayes and outside hitter Elizabeth Shelton, who were members of the No. 10th-ranked class in the nation in 2016. CONCERNS » Among the losses is the Wildcats' second-all-time assists leader and 2016 Pac-12 Setter of the Year Penina Snuka, who also holds the school record for most sets and matches played. Arizona has three green setters to replace her in 2017, including sophomore Julia Patterson, who played in 39 sets last season and junior transfer Mackenzie Hernandez. » In addition to being one of the top assist producers in program history, Snuka also provided and additional offensive weapon from the service line, ranking second in the conference in the category. Without her, it will be a big void to !ll. » Arizona has a big squad and plenty of depth but much of that depth comes with limited experience as 13 Wildcats are underclassmen or transfers. There will be a steep learning curve, especially after having to put inexperienced players at key positions. 2017 ARIZONA ROSTER

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