Seventh-Ranked Volleyball Falls in Five Games to #4 Stanford
Oct. 7, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz.- The resilient seventh-ranked Arizona volleyball team repeatedly came back against the fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal only to fall in five games in Palo Alto, Sunday afternoon. Game scores were 30-24, 24-30, 26-30, 31-29, 10-15. The defeat drops the Wildcats' record to 8-3 for the season and 3-3 in the Pac-10. All three of Arizona's losses this season have come at the hands of top 10 teams.
In game one, Arizona jumped out to a 21-10 lead and weathered a late Cardinal rally to hold on for the win in the opening frame. Jill Talbot paced the Wildcat attack with five kills on .400 hitting. Teammate Lisa Rutledge added five digs for Arizona.
Stanford used a five point run early in game two to gain a 9-4 advantage, but five straight points by Talbot eventually evened the score at 14 apiece. The teams remained tied up to 20-20, but scoring runs of four and three points pulled the Cardinal ahead to a comfortable five point lead at 27-22, which held up to even the match at 1-1. Stanford hit .538 in the frame while limiting Arizona to .150.
Game three saw the Wildcats rally from early 11-6 and 20-14 deficits to close within 21-19. However, Arizona was called for playing into the net on three separate occasions late, including game point, to give the Cardinal the victory and a 2-1 advantage in the match.
Rutledge was the story for the Cats in game four. Trailing 25-20, the junior outside hitter recorded eight of Arizona's next 10 points on seven kills and a service ace, as UA rallied for the 31-29 victory to even the match at two games each.
Stanford jumped out to a 7-2 lead in game five on three attack errors by the Wildcats and two blocks at the net and eventually widened their lead to 14-8. Two points by the Cats, to make the score 14-10, breathed some life into Arizona, but a Stanford timeout and a quick point ended the match in the Cardinal's favor.
Stanford out-hit Arizona .367 to .222. The Cardinal had 66 kills on 147 attempts with only 12 errors while the Wildcats committed a season-high 41 errors on 176 attempts and 80 kills. Stanford also proved to be too much at the net, out-blocking UA 17 to 5. The Wildcats did however hold a 62-46 advantage in digs.
Individually, Shannon Torregrosa, returning from a one-match suspension, led Arizona with 20 kills. Rutledge finished with 18 kills and nine digs in the loss and Talbot and Stefani Saragosa recorded 17 and 13 kills, respectively. Setter Dana Burkholder had 61 assists and a match-high 14 digs for Arizona. Stanford All-American and U.S. Olympian Logan Tom led all players with 22 kills on .340 hitting.
Arizona will travel across the San Francisco Bay tomorrow for a match with California. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.