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Volleyball running up the rankings

Michael Ignatov
Michael Ignatov / Arizona Daily Wildcat University of Arizona Volleyball team meets UCLA in an NCAA women’s volleyball match at McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz., September 26, 2009. Arizona fell to UCLA 3-1, earning its first loss of the season.

With a 15-3 (4-3 Pacific 10 Conference) record, Arizona volleyball moved up to No. 16 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Poll this week, marking the highest ranking for Arizona this season. At the beginning of the year, the Wildcats were slated to finish seventh in the conference.

Although the Wildcats stand at No. 16 in the Coaches Poll, their RPI ranking posts them at No. 8, slating them as the second-highest Pac-10 school in that poll.

The Pac-10 has seven teams nationally ranked this week and two more receiving votes. Only Arizona State, who Arizona defeated on Friday night, did not receive any votes this week.

Record breaking defense

This season, Senior Jacy Norton became the sixth player to record 400 blocks in her career at Arizona. She stands at 401 and is the active leader in career blocks in the Pac-10.

Fellow senior Alanna Resch recorded her 1,000th dig in this weekend’s match against ASU, moving her up to 10th place in program history. Most of those digs came in her past two seasons as Resch recorded only 77 digs as an outside hitter during her freshmen year before switching to the libero position.

No sophomore slump

Middle blocker Courtney Karst has been putting up the numbers early this season. After leading all freshmen for Arizona last season with 75 kills, the sophomore has already surpassed her total midway through the season. Karst has tallied 96 kills so far, and the Wildcats still have about one-third of the season left to play.

Setting up success

Setter Paige Weber has been the Wildcats’ most reliable player during the past three seasons for Arizona — since she stepped foot on campus, she has been on the court for every set the team has played. So far this season, the junior has registered 677 assists. She is currently tied with Colorado State’s Evan Sanders for 50th in the nation with 10.58 assists per set average.

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