Arizona sweeps Oregon State in final home match
Nov. 23, 2008
Tucson- The Arizona women’s volleyball team sent its three seniors out with a win Sunday afternoon sweeping the visiting Oregon State Beavers, 3-0. The win gave the Wildcats its first Pac-10 weekend sweep at home since the 2006 season when they defeated Oregon and Oregon State on senior weekend.
The Wildcats (16-12, 6-10) swept all three games with scores of 25-21, 25-17 and 25-18 and split the season series with the Beavers (14-15, 3-13).
“I was trying to take it all in,” Goodenough said after playing her final match at McKale. “I love McKale, so it was bittersweet today. It’s great to go out with a win today.”
Arizona struggled in the first set, allowing the Beavers to hang around before finally winning the set.
“I didn’t know how we would bounce back from the emotion of Friday’s game and having a day off before playing an afternoon game against a good Oregon State team,” head coach Dave Rubio said. “Today, we weren’t quite as clean out there, but we played well overall.”
The Wildcats were lead by sophomore Tiffany Owens, who recorded her team-leading eighth double-double of the season, registering 13 kills and 17 digs. For Owens it was her 16th match where she had double-digits in kills.
“A win like this gives us confidence,” Owens said. “Hopefully the sweep can help us on the road. We know we can take on anyone and beat them.”
Arizona ended the match with a .316 hitting percentage, compared to Oregon State’s .142. The Wildcats also had more kills (42) and assists (39) than the Beavers.
Goodenough was second on the team with 11 kills and sophomore Paige Weber’s 38 assist gives her 1,008 for the season and 2,338 for her career, placing her seventh all-time on Arizona’s career assist list.
The Beavers were led by Rachel Rourke with 12 kills. Camilla Ah-Hoy had 29 assists, while Ashley Evans registered 14 digs.
The Wildcats hit the road for their final Pac-10 series against the Washington school. They play Washington on Friday Nov. 28 and Washington State on Saturday Nov. 29. With the two wins this weekend, Rubio said he believes his squad should have a strong enough resume to get into the NCAA tournament, but wins next weekend in the season finales would only strengthen their case.