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Friday, November 18, 2005
photo Navigating to new heights: Pilot upset could pave Cats' path

Arizona takes on No. 1 Portland in Sweet 16 showdown in Oregon this weekend.

It's the traditional powerhouse versus the up-and-comer. The team that barely made the postseason versus the top-ranked team in the country.

It's Arizona versus Portland on the Pilots' home field tonight at 7 in Sweet 16 action of the NCAA College Cup.

Portland (20-0-1) may have the most storied soccer history in the tough West Coast Conference, with one national championship (2002), seven trips to the Final Four since 1992 and five WCC titles. [Read article]

Volleyball prepares for last home games

In its final home games of the regular season, the No. 6 Arizona volleyball team will face a team it can't seem to beat and another team it can't seem to lose to.

Arizona will look to rewrite the past when it hosts No. 14 Southern California tonight at 6 in McKale Center and extend its winning ways against No. 16 UCLA on Senior Night tomorrow at 7.

The Wildcats (18-5, 10-4 Pacific 10 Conference) are 0-7 against the Women of Troy (14-8, 10-4) over the last four years, having not won since Dec. 7, 2001, in the NCAA Regional Finals in Los Angeles. [Read article]

photo Wildcats set for season opener

Arizona women's athletics will be at the forefront tonight in McKale Center, as the women's basketball team tips off its 2005-06 season as the second half of a doubleheader with the No. 6 Wildcat volleyball team.

The Wildcats take on Loyola Marymount at 8:30 p.m. after the volleyball squad hosts No. 14 Southern California at 6 p.m., and one ticket provides entrance to both games.

"We hope people come out and support both teams," said Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini. [Read article]

photo Men's basketball notes: Deep, talented field highlights Maui Invitational

As the Arizona men's basketball team prepares for the season-opening EA Sports Maui Invitational that starts Monday and runs through Wednesday, here's a breakdown of all competing teams, in order of their first-round matchups:


Chaminade stunned Ralph Sampson and top-ranked Virginia in 1982, and two years ago beat a Villanova team with many of the same players who comprise the No. 4 squad in the country. [Read article]

photo No. 1 men's club water polo heads to nationals

The Arizona men's club water polo team is undefeated this season (16-0) and the nation's No. 1 team, according to the most recent top-20 poll by the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Men's Collegiate Club.

Yet despite its rousing success, the team is unknown to most students because of its club status, thus having no affiliation with the NCAA or Arizona Athletics.

"Water polo in general is not a well-recognized sport," said Arizona head coach Doug Jones. "Being a club sport, it's going to be a little harder getting recognition, (but) these guys are very, very good." [Read article]

Swim, dive host UCLA, UCSB, USC

Rivalry will be in the air this weekend at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

The Arizona swim and dive teams open their Pacific 10 Conference schedule against Southern California today at 2 p.m., followed by a split schedule for the Wildcats tomorrow.

The No. 6 Arizona women take on No. 7 UCLA, as the men face University of California, Santa Barbara. Both meets are at noon.

The longstanding rivalries among the teams have gone in the Wildcats' favor over the last six seasons. [Read article]

Women's water polo prepares for Cats' tourney

The Arizona women's club water polo team hosts the Arizona Women's Cactus Classic, its only home event of the season, this weekend at the Student Recreation Center.

Texas A&M, New Mexico, NAU and the noncollege Old Pueblo Water Polo team will come to Tucson for the round-robin tournament, with the Wildcats being split up into an "A" squad and a "B" squad.

The "A" squad's first game will be against the Lobos at 10 a.m. tomorrow, followed by a match against the Aggies at 3 p.m. [Read article]

Commentary: Breakfast at Lute's

Breakfast and basketball are similar. You have to make sure you get enough so you aren't craving more.

The 2005 Arizona men's basketball team has the ingredients to make you feel full inside, but with one bad order, it could have you headed for the toilet.

But just like that all-important meal at Denny's, this team has a sunny upside.

The first choice of any good breakfast is to pick out the freshest young eggs. The Wildcats have some nice, youthful ones in freshmen J.P. Prince, Fendi Onobun, Marcus Williams and redshirt freshman Mohamed Tangara. [Read article]

photo No. 19 Oklahoma squares off against Icecats tonight, tomorrow in Tucson

Oklahoma skates into Tucson this weekend for what should be the Arizona men's club hockey team's most physical series of the early season.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Tucson Convention Center Arena.

Fresh off a pair of 18-goal weekends, No. 13 Arizona (7-2) will have to be ready for the type of competition they faced in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Showcase in Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 21-23, when they met three teams then ranked in the national top 10. [Read article]

Ruggers face New Mexico tomorrow

The Arizona men's club rugby team will host its lone home game of the fall semester against New Mexico tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Estevan Park.

The Ruggers (3-0) are off to their best start in five seasons after dispatching ASU 38-24 Sunday in Tempe.

Arizona has won by an average score of 40-18 in defeating Baylor, Texas and the Sun Devils.

"The great news is that we have much to add, and in many ways (we) can improve," said Ruggers head coach Dave Sitton in a press release. [Read article]

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