Arizona Downs Minnesota 3-1, Advances To Elite Eight
Dec. 12, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - The Arizona women's volleyball team used a match-high 29 kills from freshman Kim Glass to defeat Minnesota 3-1 (32-30, 34-32, 28-30, 30-19) in the NCAA West Regional on Friday night in Maples Pavilion. The Wildcats (20-11) will play the winner of Ohio State/Stanford in a quarterfinal match while the Gophers end their season at 32-6.
'The match was very close,' said Arizona head coach David Rubin. 'We are very fortunate that we are able to move on. Any of those three games could have gone either way. We are glad to be one of the eight teams left.'
In game one, Arizona fought off eight Minnesota game points to escape with a 32-30 victory on a kill by Glass. Glass finished with nine kills, while Trisha Bratford added six for the Gophers.
Game two saw eight ties as neither team could rally for two consecutive points at the end. The Wildcats came back after being down by three to serve their first game point at 29-28. Minnesota's Lindsey Vander Well came up with a kill, tying the match at 29. Both teams traded points before Glass connected on consecutive kills and give Arizona game point at 33-32. A Minnesota hitting error gave the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.
Minnesota dominated game three and found themselves up 25-17, before Arizona came within 28-27. Following a Wildcat hitting error and a Gopher miss serve, Minnesota led 29-28. Arizona's served sailed wide, giving the third game to the Gopher's 30-28.
In the fourth game, Arizona took control and cruised to a 30-19 win. The Wildcats hit a .324 clip to Minnesota's -.077.
'Arizona made some great plays,' said Minnesota head coach Mike Hebert. 'We were picked sixth in the Big Ten and we came out of nowhere and nearly advanced to the top eight. We had a great season and I am proud of my kids.'
Glass led all players with 29 kills, while teammates Lisa Rutledge and Bre Ladd added 13 and 11, respectively. Bratford led the Gophers with 18 kills, followed by 16 from Cassie Busse and 11 from Erin Martin. Arizona controlled the net recording 16 blocks to Minnesota's seven.
Arizona will play the Ohio State/Stanford winner on Friday night at 9 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
Arizona --- 32-34-28-30
Minnesota -- 30-32-30-19