Cougar Volleyball Falls in Four to No. 9 Arizona
Oct. 28, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Four Wildcats volleyball players combined for 63 kills as No. 9 Arizona defeated Washington State 30-18, 31-33, 30-19, 30-15 Friday night at the McKale Center in Tucson.
Senior All-American Kim Glass had 22 kills (.340), 10 digs and four aces to lead Arizona (16-4, 8-3) to the four-game win. Glass became the all-time kills leader at Arizona during this match. Bre Ladd had a double-double with 10 kills and a match-high 10 blocks. Jennifer Abernathy led all players with 21 digs and Amy Dyck had 54 assists.
While Arizona dominated the first, third and fourth games, the Cougars took ownership of the second game.
Tied at 15-all in the second game, the Cougars reeled off eight points while allowing the Wildcats only one. Down 23-16, Arizona put together a four-point spree but WSU countered with a kill from Owens and a big block from Epps and Barcus to leave the Cougs up 25-20. UA laced together seven points with only a Barcus kill breaking the momentum and a Rosin kill giving the Cougs back the serve. After trading scores to knot up the game at 27 and 28, the Wildcats reached 29 on a WSU service error but a kill from Owens tied it up again at 29. Abernathy and Owens each landed kills to tie the game at 30. Glass's kill put Arizona serving for game at 31-30 but Glass' next attack went into the net, tying the game at 31. A kill from Rosin and an Arizona attack that went long gave WSU the 33-31 game win.
'Our team competed very hard throughout the match,' WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'In talking with the players after the match, they felt they put in one of their best performances in terms of staying connected and competing as a team. The highlight for me was our serve-receive game. It meant that we could distribute the ball to a lot of different hitters.'
Washington State returns to Bohler Gym to host No. 13 California (14-6, 7-4) and No. 3 Stanford (19-3, 8-2) Thursday and Friday next week.
No. 9 Arizona (16-4, 8-3) def. Washington State (8-16, 1-10) 30-18, 31-33, 30-19, 30-15KILLS - UA 75 (Glass 22), WSU 43 (Rosin 12)HITTING PERCENTAGE - UA .329, WSU .123ASSISTS - UA 66 (Dyck 54), WSU 34 (Perez 25)DIGS - UA 78 (Abernathy 21), WSU 58 (Pendon 15)BLOCKS - UA 13 (Ladd 10), WSU 9 (Epps 7)SERVICE ACES - UA 6 (Glass 4), WSU 6 (Pendon, Rosin 2 each)Attendance: 1,012.