No. 13 Arizona Volleyball Gets Early Scare But Sweeps WSU

Sept. 30, 2005

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The No. 13-ranked Arizona Wildcats volleyball team defeated Washington State Friday night 37-35, 30-22, 30-15, in Pac-10 action at Bohler Gym.

Arizona moves to 11-1 overall, 3-0 in conference play while WSU is now 7-8 overall, 0-2 in Pac-10 matches.

Arizona's Kim Glass led the match with 16 kills and hit .400. Kristina Baum, Jennifer Abernathy and Bre Ladd combined for 38 more kills as the Wildcats hit .351 as a team. Amy Dyck had 52 assists. Abernathy and libero Brittany Leonard each had 13 digs. Ladd had a match-high six blocks.

WSU's Te'Ara Epps and Natalia Owens combined for 25 kills but the Cougs only hit .128 for the match. Jalen Pendon had 15 digs, Gwen Davis had 36 assists and Epps led the team with five blocks.

The first game was as tight as they come, with only two instances of more than a pair of points separating the teams. Arizona had a 29-28 lead and was serving for the game when WSU's Davis landed a kill to knot it up at 29. Each team battled back to serve for the game three more times until Arizona's Abernathy landed a shot to tie the game at 35 and a kill from Dominique Lamb put the Wildcats up 36-35. On the final play of this game, Cougar freshman Brittany Johnson's attack was blocked by Baum and Lamb.

'We really did a nice job in game one; the kids were focused and really executed our game plan,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'We were very aggressive in game one and then in games two and three, we couldn't get that going again. We allowed them to serve and pass and once those hitters get on the net in system, you're going to have a little bit of trouble stopping them. In game one we executed a game plan, we passed the ball well, and served aggressively. One of the highlights for me was we asked Gwen to get the ball to Te'Ara and all night long she's delivering the ball to Te'Ara who had zero errors through two games and then they started sitting their blockers on her. Both Gwen and Te'Ara did a great job and that means our passing has to be sufficient enough. Between our two middles we had 50 sets and that is a good distribution. We want to continue to do that. Now we need to get some numbers out of our left side hitters.'

Washington State hosts Arizona State (6-7, 1-2) Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym.

No. 13 Arizona (11-1, 3-0) def. Washington State (7-8, 0-2)  37-35, 30-22, 30-15KILLS - WSU 43 (Epps 13), UA 43 (Glass 16)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .128, UA .351ASSISTS - WSU 38 (Davis 36), UA 58 (Dyck 52)DIGS - WSU 46 (Pendon 15), UA 61 (Abernathy, Leonard 13 each)BLOCKS - WSU 12.5 (Epps 5), UA 10 (Ladd 6)SERVICE ACES - WSU 7 (Rosin 3), UA 2 (Abernathy, Glass 1 each)Attendance:  623.
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