Torregrosa Tortures Sixth-Ranked UCLA, Volleyball Sweeps Bruins
Oct. 26, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz.- For the second straight night Shannon Torregrosa proved to be a huge part of an Arizona victory. The seventh-ranked Wildcats (15-3, 10-3 Pac-10) dealt sixth-ranked UCLA (11-5, 6-4 Pac-10) a 30-22, 30-22, 30-21 loss in front 2,364 fans at McKale Center Friday night. Torregrosa blistered the floor with a match-high tying 16 kills on 30 attempts and only three errors, bettering her one day old career hitting percentage mark in the process. The victory settled the score with the Bruins who swept Arizona in Los Angeles earlier this season.
The Wildcats got off to a fast start in the match in game one. Arizona smashed 17 kills in the frame on .438 hitting. Torregrosa was nearly flawless from the onset with six kills and no errors on 10 attempts as she hit through, around and over Bruin block attempts. UCLA hurt itself with five service errors in the opening game and could not string together more than a two point scoring run through out as Arizona distanced itself for the win.
Game two was close early on, but a five point Arizona swing at 19-17 gave the Cats the advantage they would need to put the frame away. UCLA struggled on offense in the game, posting an even 10 kills and 10 attack errors for a .000 hitting percentage. The Wildcat offense cooled off a bit as well, 14 kills on .257 hitting, but UA's six total blocks to UCLA's one helped negate the mild drop off and allowed the Cats to enter the break up 2-0.
The Wildcat offense returned to life in the third to the tune of 18 kills on 34 attempts and only four errors, a .412 attack percentage. Torregrosa put the match to rest with seven of UA's 18 kills in game on .500 hitting.
Along with Torregrosa's impressive outing a number of others aided to the Wildcat cause. Junior classmate Stefani Saragosa followed up her six kill, .600 attack percentage against USC on Thursday with a nine kill, .533 hitting and eight total block effort on Friday. Senior Jill Talbot posted eight kills, seven assists and five digs and junior Lisa Rutledge added nine kills and a match-high 13 digs for the Cats.
The win bumped Arizona one game ahead of UCLA in the Pac-10 standings. The Wildcats are currently alone in the third, two games behind co-leaders USC and Stanford. UA travels to Tempe for a match with rival Arizona State next Saturday. First serve is set for 7 p.m.