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By Shane Dale
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, October 10, 2003


Record: 1-5 Overall, 0-2 Pacific 10

Up Next: vs. UCLA, tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.

This season has been full of transition and futility for Arizona. Head coach John Mackovic was fired following the Wildcats‰ 13-10 overtime less to TCU Sept. 27. He was replaced by first-year defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz on an interim basis; a 12-member panel has been formed to seek a permanent replacement.

After a quarterback carousel featuring sophomore Nic Costa, redshirt freshman Ryan O'Hara and true freshman Kris Heavner, the staff has finally decided on Heavner, who has thrown all but two of Arizona's passes the last two games.

Following a 42-7 romp over Texas-El Paso in their opening game, the Wildcats have lost five in a row by a combined score of 209-47.


Record: 6-9 Overall, 0-5 Pacific 10

Up Next: at UCLA, tonight, 7 p.m.

After a preseason No. 10 national ranking and a 6-4 opening to the season, Wildcat volleyball has taken a tumble in recent weeks, opening Pac-10 play 0-5. The young team, featuring only one senior, is led by 2001 Coach of the Year Dave Rubio, who enters his 12th season at the Wildcat helm.

Sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass, who led the team in kills and hitting percentage as a freshman in 2002, continues to lead Arizona's attack.

Glass is complemented in the starting lineup by fellow sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Abernathy, sophomore middle blockers Bre Ladd and Jolene Killough, freshman setter Stephanie Butkus and freshman opposite hitter Kristina Baum.


Record: 4-5-1 Overall, 0-0 Pacific 10

Up next: vs. Stanford, tonight, 7 p.m.

Though the soccer team has consistently out-shot its opponents, it has failed to outscore them on six of 10 occasions thus far in 2003.

Another young team with just one senior, the team has a new head coach this year in Dan Tobias, a former Washington State head coach and just the third soccer coach in UA history.

Tobias is trying to improve upon the Wildcats‰ 2002 mark of 6-12-1. Last year's team was led by sophomore Kelly Nelson, who paced the offense with 13 of Arizona's 37 goals. With Nelson injured for much of the beginning of this season, freshman Mallory Miller has stepped up, scoring five goals in the team's first 10 games.


Up next: Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate- Birmingham, Ala., Monday and Tuesday (Men's); Pepsi-Stanford Invitational - Palo Alto, Calif., Oct. 17-19 (Women's)

The star of UA golf is once again Erica Blasberg, the no. 1 collegiate women's golfer in the country. A sophomore, Blasberg, who had nine top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments her freshman year, has won two consecutive tournaments this season.

Blasberg led the Wildcats to a first-place finish at this week's Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Seattle.

The men's team has not enjoyed similar success, as it placed 12th as a team in its most recent tournament. Individually, the team is led by senior Chris Nallen, who was a semifinalist for last year's Ben Hogan Award for the nation's best amateur golfer.


Up Next: Midland College Classic - Midland, Tex., Oct. 17-19 (Men's); Riviera All-American Championships - San Diego, yesterday-Sunday (Women's)

The men's tennis team has accumulated a record of 15-7 in two tournaments this season. Senior Carl Hagman leads the men with six wins and two losses on the year, followed by junior Paul Watkerin's three victories and one defeat.

On the women's side, juniors Maja Mlakar and Dianne Hollands have both advanced to the third round of the Riviera All-American Championships - a tournament featuring the best female collegiate players in the nation.


Up Next: Arizona State University Invitational - Gilbert, Ariz., today, 4:30 p.m. (Men's and Women's)

Freshman Robert Cheseret is cross country's next big thing - that is, if you don't consider him a big thing already. Cheseret has finished first and second, respectively, in Arizona's last two races. A Kenyan native, Cheseret was the recipient of cross country's only Wildcat Athlete of the Week Award this year.

As a team, the men finished first in its opening tournament of 2003, and sixth in their most recent.

The women's team also finished first in its opening race, but finished a disappointing 21st in its last event.

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