Fourth-Ranked Volleyball Handles California, 3-0
Nov. 16, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz.- The fourth-ranked Arizona volleyball team had little trouble in its Pac-10 Conference match against California Friday night. The Wildcats swept the Golden Bears, 3-0, in front of 2,012 fans at McKale Center to set up a crucial match against Pac-10 leading and third-ranked Stanford tomorrow night. Game scores against Cal were 30-17, 30-22, 30-21. The victory extended Arizona's home court wining streak to 19 straight matches and its school record Pac-10 winning streak to 11 in a row.
The Wildcats used a pair of decisive scoring runs in the first two games to set the early tone as California continually hindered themselves with poor hitting. Down 9-7 early in game one, the Wildcats tore off nine straight points and never looked back as Cal turned in a .100 attack percentage in the first frame, the highest they would hit all night.
Game two went much the same way. Arizona used a 11-1 run in the middle of the game to build an insurmountable 21-11 lead and cruised as Cal recorded only ten kills while misfiring for eight errors. The Golden Bears mustered only a .067 hitting percentage in the second game.
The final game was close early and was tied at 14-14 before the Arizona offense took charge and ended the match in three. The Wildcats hit only .242 in the final game, but Cal's error prone attack led to a .000 hitting percentage in the game and a .055 final attack proficiency.
Individually for Arizona, senior Jill Talbot continued her outstanding final season in the cardinal and navy with a match-high tying 12 kills on .667 hitting. She also chipped in with four assists and eight digs while recording four of Arizona's season high 10 service aces. Classmate Dana Burkholder led the Arizona offense to a .319 overall hitting percentage, dishing out 35 assists and coming up with seven digs and five kills of her own. Junior Shannon Torregrosa was the only other player for either team to figure in double digits in kills, matching Talbot's 12.
The Cardinal, 3-0 winners over Arizona State in Tempe Friday night, come to the Old Pueblo red hot having won their last 10 straight matches. The match, which should prove vital for both teams in the postseason picture, begins at 7 p.m. MST.