Arizona takes down No. 11 USC
Oct. 19, 2008
It was only fitting that a match that had been back-and-fourth all day go five sets and into extra points when the Arizona volleyball team (13-6, 3-4) beat visiting No. 11 USC 3-2 Sunday in McKale Center.
The Wildcats got their first win over a ranked opponent in five tries, beating the Women of Troy (10-6, 3-4), 21-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-16 and 16-14.
“It’s a hard step to take, but once you get a win like this under your belt it’s a lot easier to come back and do it again,” said head coach Dave Rubio.
Arizona battled UCS back-and-fourth all day, but had to fight back and win the last two sets to take the match.
“We didn’t really care what was happening,” said junior Jacy Norton, who finished the day with five blocks and 12 kills. “We just knew that we were going to come out of that gym with a win.”
With the win, Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak and a five-game losing streak against ranked opponents. A big reason for the win came from the team’s hitting percentage. The Wildcats, who hit .160 in Friday’s loss to UCLA, hit .316 compared to the Women of Troy’s .243.
“It was nice to see some diversity (in our scoring),” Rubio said. “It’s amazing how different one match can be from the next, statistically.”
Leading the way was sophomore Whitney Dosty. The outside hitter had a season-high 20 kills, after not recording a kill in one set Friday.
“It was Whitney’s greatest performance since she’s been here,” Rubio said.
Arizona goes on the road next week to take on the Oregon schools. The Wildcats play No. 25 Oregon State Friday in Corvallis, Ore. and No. 6 Oregon Saturday in Eugene, Ore.