Cats Swept by No. 9 UCLA, 3-0
Nov. 27, 2009
LOS ANGELES – The No. 19 Arizona volleyball team was swept Friday afternoon by No. 9 UCLA, 3-0 in a match where the Wildcats could never really find themselves. Set scores were 25-13, 25-13, 25-17.
Arizona falls to 19-9 overall and 8-9 in conference while UCLA improves to 12-5 in conference and 22-8 overall.
In set one, UCLA took an early 6-3 lead on a kill from Amanda Gil. Following an Arizona timeout, Paige Weber recorded a quick attack to cut the lead to 7-5 Bruins. UCLA then went on a 5-0 run behind consecutive kills from Lauren Cook and Mari Hole.
Arizona finally cut the Bruin run after Tiffany Owens notched a kill off a dig attack.
Down seven, Whitney Dosty had a nice kill down the line off an assist from Weber to cut the score to 16-10.
Coming off the bench in set one, Kaylen Bannister provided the Wildcats with a much needed block followed shortly after with a kill from Owens. UCLA would prove to be too strong in the first set winning 25-13 after Dicey McGraw notched a kill. For the set, the Cats hit just a mere .071 compared to UCLA’s .350. Moreover, of the Bruins 40 total swings, only one went astray for an error.
UCLA would jump out to another early lead in the set second following a solo block from McGraw to give the Bruins a 5-1 lead. The score grew to 9-2 UCLA on a kill from Mari Hole.
Attempting to stage a comeback in set two, Owens rallied off a kill down the line followed by a block assist from Jacy Norton and Karst to get back into it. With the score 13-8, UCLA ripped off three straight points to require another Wildcat timeout. UCLA took set two and a 2-0 lead on a service ace from Kaitlin Sather to win the set 25-13
Play was close to begin set three as UCLA held a one-point advantage at 6-5. The Bruins went on a 5-1 run after an attack error from Norton made things 11-6 Bruins. UCLA kept its foot on the accelerator in the third, running out to a 21-13 lead. The Wildcats then rallied off a 4-0 run on the heels of two Bruin attack errors and two kills by Owens. Following a timeout by UCLA, recorded five straight points to win the set, 25-17 and the match 3-0.
Owens had 16 kills and 16 digs on the afternoon while Karst notched eight kills on .350 hitting. Arizona hit .103 as a team compared to UCLA’s .369.
Tomorrow, the Wildcats will head downtown as they face No. 16 USC at 2 p.m. in the Galen Center in their final regular season match.