By Staff and Wire Reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday Jan. 16, 2002
After more than a month of rest, the Arizona men's rugby team will begin its spring schedule Saturday when it plays host to Utah at noon and Stanford later in the day. Both are non-conference matches and will be held at Estevan Park.
"We're challenging ourselves with the split games," head coach Dave Sitton said. "As a team, we are excited about the opportunity to play two quality programs."
According to Sitton, the team's main goal for the weekend is to regain its aggressiveness after a six-week layoff. Arizona's (2-2, 0-0) last game was Dec. 1, when they were upset by Texas A&M, 10-7.
Sitton stressed the importance of honing the team's competitive edge.
"We have a lot of talent," Sitton said. "But we need to get aggressive."
Utah (6-2) and Wildcats will meet for only the second time ever, with Arizona winning the last match in 1979. The Utes are led by two Salt Lake City natives, Larry Gelwix and freshman Lake Burnett.
Stanford (3-1) will renew their series with the Wildcats after a one year break. The teams have split their six previous meetings. The Cardinal are led by fullback Anthony Fontes.
After the two games this weekend, the Wildcats will continue their non-conference schedule next weekend on the road when they play Sacramento State and the University of Nevada.
The UA men's volleyball team became the first club team ever to win the UC Santa Barbara Invitational last weekend.
The second-seeded Wildcats defeated UCSB's Division I team in five games, 32-30, 23-30, 30-27, 20-30, 17-15.
Freshman outside hitter Britt Burridge was named tournament MVP after posting 20 kills, 7 blocks and a .400 hitting percentage in the final match. Senior setter Jeff Grobe and outside hitters Kevin Jones and Matt Olson joined Burridge on the all-tournament team.
Arizona swept both Chico State and Loyola Marymount to reach the semifinal match against UCSB's club team. In the semis, the Wildcats rallied from a game-one loss to win in four games.
The tournament win marked the first action of the spring semester for the team.