Wildcats fall to Aggies, 3-1
Dec. 4, 2009
BATON ROUGE, La. – Playing in its first NCAA Tournament in four years, the No. 19 Arizona volleyball team fell to unranked Texas A&M in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Cats claimed set one easily, then faltered against efficient serving and passing from the Aggies.
After giving up the first point to the Aggies, the Wildcats ripped off five consecutive points to take a 5-1 early lead in the first set and never looked. The lead would grow to six after Tiffany Owens tallied a kill to make it 8-2 Arizona. A&M would come back though and trim UA’s lead to four. Arizona took an eight-point advantage after Stephanie Snow’s attack went wide, but the Aggies were called for a net violation. The Cats took the set after Courtney Karst and Snow blocked an Aggie attack to make it 25-18 Arizona.
Arizona twice led by nine points as they hit for an average of .333 over set one. Owens had six kills to pace UA while Whiney Dosty had four kills and a block assist. Weber had 12 assists for the Wildcats who had a 66 sideout percentage.
In set two, Texas A&M raced out to a fast start to take their own 5-1 lead. The Wildcats would signal time and regroup. But the Aggies kept the pressure on eventually leading 12-5 to preempt Arizona’s second timeout. With TAMU leading 20-14, Dosty slammed a kill to cut the lead to five and ignite a Wildcat comeback. The lead would be cut to one, but A&M hung on for a 25-23 win to earn a split 1-1.
Arizona took a 8-4 lead to begin set three as Jacy Norton and Paige Weber teamed up on two rejections early. Following two attack errors, the Aggies asked for time with the score 11-5 in favor of Arizona. A&M then captured the next three points on kills from Jennifer Banse and a Kelsey Black block. The Aggies then knotted the score at 15 behind a Black kill. Texas A&M won the set, 25-21, on a kill from Banse to push her team ahead 2-1.
In the fourth set, both teams remained tied up early at nine apiece. Karst rattled off a kill then to make it 12-10 in favor of Arizona. The Aggies, as they did in set three, came back however to lead 18-15. Down four, UA attempted to stem the tide, but couldn't find itself. The Aggies eventually took the set 25-23 and the match 3-1 to end Arizona's season.
Dosty and Owens both tallied 18 kills while Weber had 44 assists and 15 digs in a losing effort. Alanna Resch posted a career-high 29 digs in her final college match. Karst had 14 kills to join Owens and Dosty in double digit kills.