By Brian Penso
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 16, 2002
What a difference a week makes for the Arizona women's volleyball team.
Last weekend, the Wildcats struggled and lost two out of three matches.
However, last year's Final Four participant was back to form over the weekend.
The 15th-ranked Wildcats (5-3) finished their non-conference schedule on a high note by winning the Nike Pacific Invitational by defeating St. Mary's, British Columbia, and Pacific.
The weekend was highlighted by UA's 3-1(30-27,20-30, 32-30, 30-23) victory over No. 21 and host school Pacific.
The win marked the first against a ranked opponent this season for the Wildcats.
Offensively, Pacific caused Arizona to hit a dismal .152, but UA's defense stepped up in a big way.
The Wildcats held the Tigers to a .184 hitting percentage, which allowed them to overcome their low hitting percentage to earn the victory.
Freshman hitter Kim Glass led the way once again for the Wildcats as she finished with a career high 21 kills against the Tigers. This marks the second time this season Glass has hit at least 20 kills in one match.
Glass was named the Invitational MVP as she finished the weekend with 50 kills in three matches.
Besides Glass, senior outside hitter Lisa Rutledge also gave the Tigers problems.
Rutledge has been the model of consistency for Arizona this season and this continued as she scorched Pacific for 13 kills to go along with 11 digs.
Rutledge was also named to the all-invitational team.
This weekend also marked the first time the UA has taken the court since middle blocker Stefani Saragosa quit the team last week due to injury.
Rubio looked to freshman Jennifer Abernathy to step up her game this weekend and that is exactly what happened.
In the UA's victory over St. Mary's, Abernathy recorded her first career double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. Abernathy finished the weekend with 31 kills.
With its non-conference schedule complete, the Wildcats kick off the Pacific-10 Conference season this weekend as they play host to No. 2 Southern California and 14th- ranked UCLA.