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Sophomore Glass mirrors all-time UA volleyball greats

CHRIS CODUTO/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Arizona's Kim Glass is on her way to becoming the first UA sophomore to break the 1000-kill barrier.
By James Kelley
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday September 23, 2003

With her two 20-plus-kill matches in Washington, sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass is now closer to the top of the Wildcats' list of games with 20-plus kills, where she currently sits third.

First on the list is Barb Bell who played from 1993-1996 with 30, and second is Terry Lauchner who played from 1987-90. Glass is also on track to become the first sophomore in school history to break the 1,000-kill barrier.

Bell is also the leader in kills with 1,859. Glass had 556 as a true freshman last year, setting the UA's single-season school record, which put her on pace to get 2,224 in her career. Through 12 matches this year, Glass has 235 kills with 18 matches left to play.

"We knew when Kim came into the program that she was a pretty special player, and that potentially she could be the best player that ever played here," said head coach Dave Rubio. "I think that she's really made some nice improvements. She's obviously off to a terrific start, and I think that if she continues to work hard and be healthy, who knows what kind of records she might set here."

Crum ready for some home cookin'

Who: Arizona vs. ASU
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe.
Cost: $5

The drive up Interstate 10 will not be your typical road trip for junior defensive specialist/libero Cassidy Crum.

When the UA goes to Arizona State this week, Crum, the 2000 Arizona Republic Player of the Year, will be returning to the Valley of the Sun. Crum went to Horizon High School in Scottsdale, where she was the only four-year starter on varsity for the Huskies. Her club team was Arizona Juniors, which finished third in the nation in 2000.

Though she said it would be nice for her siblings to see her play, Crum said she is not doing anything special for the match, but her mom will cook for the team on Thursday night.

"Last year we went up to my house for a dinner the night before, so we're going to do that again," Crum said. "It's always a good rivalry, but nothing special, except to win," she said, smiling.

Team rewarded for tough early schedule

Despite the two losses last week and losing three of its last four, Arizona maintained its place in the Top 25 in the coaches' poll, saving 82 weeks worth of work. Arizona has been in the Top 25 of the American Volleyball Coaches Association/USA Today poll for 82 consecutive polls.

Arizona fell to No. 22 after opening the season at No. 10. The Wildcats' 6-6 record is the worst in the poll, though the UA has played No. 6 Pepperdine, No. 13 Washington, No. 15 UC Santa Barbara, No. 16. Santa Clara, No. 17 Notre Dame and Washington State.

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