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Staff Reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
May 5, 1998

Tuesday's Tidbits


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Dave Rubio

It's no secret UA volleyball will look different next season since it lost seven players from last season's team, a team that finished a best-ever 12-6 in Pacific 10 Conference play. The coaching staff will see some changes as well. UA head coach Dave Rubio released his first assistant, Steve Carlat, during the offseason. Also, volunteer assistant Jason Tanaka has accepted an assistant coaching position at Baylor. Rubio said he has begun looking for another assistant and hopes to fill the spot by the end of June. One person he has in mind is Chris Lamb, who coaches for Empire, a junior club that has produced six UA players, including a pair of 1998 recruits.

Three UA volleyball recruits are among Volleyball Magazine's top 50 prospects. The latest edition lists setter Dana Burkholder, middle blocker Stephanie Martin and outside hitter Lesley Dubois among the nation's best. Also, Arizona's class was ranked as the ninth best overall.

"It's nice to get publicity. That alone makes it nice because the following year all the players see that and that really feeds on itself," Rubio said. "But only time will tell how the recruiting class pans out."

Other Pac-10 teams on the top 10 list include Stanford (first), UCLA (second) and Southern Cal (fifth).

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Gene Edgerson

Sophomore forward Gene Edgerson has added a new trademark to go along with his kneepads and furious rebounding. Edgerson now sports a Sigma brand that covers most of his left bicep. Edgerson is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Although the permanent scar looks pretty painful, Edgerson claims it didn't hurt at all.

Arizona rugby has reason to celebrate as five members of the Wildcat team were selected to the 1998 SoCal All Conference Team. Senior Paul Gause and juniors Zach Harrison, Chris Kron, Al Lakomskis and Tony Marcotte were all named to the squad, which will compete in a national tournament at Long Beach State in California next month.

The competition not only determines the national conference champion out of the seven major conferences, but it also serves as the selection vehicle for the All-American Team.

Arizona head coach Dave Sitton has been chosen as the assistant coach for the All-American Team, which will play Japan in San Francisco next month.

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Joan Bonvicini

She may be the head coach of an up and coming program, but UA women's basketball coach Joan Bonvicini is just like the rest of students on this campus, trying to get a 10-page paper done before the semester comes to a close.

Bonvicini, a graduate student in teaching education with an emphasis in sports administration, has been taking a class each semester in chase of the master's degree she said "I always promised myself." She said she expects to finally finish her degree next year.

The UA women's club water polo team came away from the 1998 Women's Collegiate III National Water Polo Championships with a sixth place finish. Shannon Stock was named to the All Tournament Team and was the third best scorer with 11 goals.

The event was hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif.

The UA baseball team's pitching staff was overshadowed this year by the offense, but put up some pretty impressive numbers of its own. Going into Sunday's game against California, UA pitchers were averaging one strikeout per inning (475 Ks/475 IP). Left-handed closer Ryan Moskau saved his eighth game of the season Saturday and broke the school record with the 14th for his career. Left-handed pitcher James Johnson, who led Arizona with 116 strikeouts, limited left-handed batters to a .156 average in Pac-10 Southern Division play. UA southpaws claimed 25 of Arizona's 32 wins this season.

The UA club triathlon team finished in third place at the Collegiate National Championships over the weekend.

UA senior Rory Sabbatini remains the nation's top-ranked golfer for the ninth consecutive week. Sabbatini's best finish this season was at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in October, where he won individual medalist honors. In his last three tournaments, Sabbatini finished sixth at the U.S. Collegiate Championships and tied for sixth twice - at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Classic and the Pac-10 Championships.

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