No. 12 Wildcats Dispatch Of Cougars
Nov. 29, 2002
Arizona (17-10) took a quick 5-1 lead in the first game, before BYU (14-19) would close thegap to 7-9 on a Lindsey Metcalf kill. The Cougars then reeled off a 6-0 runto take the game's largest lead at 13-9, capped by a Laura Nielsen ace.After a Bre Ladd service error put the Cougars up 14-11, the Wildcats wouldgo on a 6-2 run to retake the lead at 17-16, with the last three pointscoming off BYU attack errors. The teams would then trade sideouts untilKarina Puikkonen and Nielsen ended the game with back-to-back kills.
Game two was led by Arizona from start to finish, and the Wildcats wouldlead by as many as five points in the early going. BYU chipped away at theArizona lead, however, and tied the game at 19-19 on a Lisa Rutledge attackerror. The Wildcats quickly regained control of the game on a kill by Laddand a pair of hitting errors by Nielsen. From there Arizona pulled away forthe win and capped the game with a pair of aces by Shannon Torregrosa.
BYU took early control of the third game and built a four-point lead(14-11) forcing Arizona into a timeout. Out of the break, Pac-10 Freshmanof the Year Kim Glass took over the game as she notched six of her sevenkills in the game after the timeout. Glass led the Wildcats on a 6-2 run,in which she contributed three kills, to give Arizona a 17-16 lead.Kimberly Wilson led the Cougars with four kills in the game, but it wasn'tenough as Arizona out-hit BYU .324 to .098 in the game.
In the final game Glass and Rutledge led the Wildcats with six kills each,but BYU would hold the lead for most of the game on the strength of strongteam serving. After the game was tied at 15-15, BYU would go up 18-15 on apair of kills by Nielsen and a kill by Metcalf. Arizona slowly whittled theCougar lead and tied the game at 26-26. After a Ladd hitting error put theCougars up 27-26, the Wildcats closed out the match with a 4-0 run.
On the night Arizona out-hit BYU .189 to .116 and out-blocked the Cougars14-11. The teams also tied with six service aces each.
BYU was led by Metcalf and Wilson who each had 12 kills. Defensively theCougars were led by Uila Crabbe's 10 digs, and six blocks each from CarrieBowers and Larson.
Arizona was led by a match-high 21 kills from Glass. She also had 11 digsfor a double-double. Other Wildcats with double-digit kills included; Ladd(14), Rutledge (14) and Torregrosa (10).