Volleyball's Upset Bid Falls Just Short Against No. 2 Hawaii
Oct. 19, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Trailing two games to none, the Arizona volleyball team (9-11, 3-6 Pac-10) came up just short of an upset over No.2-ranked Hawaii in non-conference volleyball action in the Islands on Sunday. Game scores of the five-game heartbreaker were 30-24, 30-26, 22-30, 27-30, 15-13.
Arizona, which dug itself into an 0-2 hole with numerous serving errors in the first two games, rallied behind an impressive block in games three and four to force the Rainbow Wahine into just their third five-game match of the season.
Paced by a career-high 12-block assist night by junior Jolene Killough, Arizona posted a season-high 20 total stuffs on Sunday. The team total tied for the 10th-best effort in school history and Killough's individually effort tied for the second-best outing in block assists and tied for the third-most total blocks in a match by a single player at Arizona.
The Wildcats, who hit just .202 for the match, limited the high-powered Hawaii offense to a .168 hitting percentage, well below its season average of .346. However, the Rainbow Wahine posted the points when it mattered most to extend their winning streak to 19 straight matches and drop Arizona to 0-9 in the all-time series between the two schools.
Senior Kim Willoughby led the Wahine attack with 33 kills on .268 hitting, while classmate Lily Kahumoku added 17 more and a team-high 16 digs in the win.
Arizona was paced by sophomore Kim Glass' 28 kill effort, which pushed her career total of matches with 20 or more kills to 25, second-best all-time for a Wildcat player. Classmate Jennifer Abernathy added 20 kills on .295 hitting and 15 digs in the loss. Both the kills and the digs marked career-highs for the sophomore outside hitter.
Arizona (9-11, 3-6 Pac-10) returns to Pac-10 action on Saturday with a rematch against rival Arizona State (8-10, 3-6 Pac-10) in McKale Center. The Sun Devils rallied to defeat Arizona, 3-2, in Tempe earlier this season. First serve is set for 7 p.m.