No. 22 Arizona Volleyball Sweeps Cougars
Oct. 15, 2004
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The No. 22 Arizona Wildcats volleyball team took a 30-18, 30-22, 30-19 Pac-10 win over Washington State Friday night at the McKale Center.
Arizona moves to an 11-6 overall record and 3-4 in Pac-10 action while WSU falls to 3-16 overall, 0-6 in conference matches.
UA's Kim Glass led all players with 15 kills (.314) and four aces, while Bree Ladd landed 12 kills and led the match with four blocks.
'We make way too many hitting errors right now,' WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'We had 11 in the first game and 10 in the second game. You can't overcome 11 and 10 points - those are just free points for them.'
'I don't think Arizona had to play necessarily very hard against us,' Heffernan said. 'Kim Glass was not going up and unloading on the ball like she would against another opponent. She was hitting shots against us but our kids were back on their heels expecting her to blast the ball and then she comes in at the end of the game and starts heating it up a little bit. He (UA coach Dave Rubio) could afford to use subs at the end of the night so it wasn't necessarily what we prepared for but I don't think it really impacted us on our side. We need to really focus on what we are doing on our side of the net.'
The Wildcats took a quick 22-9 lead in the first game before the Cougars could lace three consecutive points from a pair of Rosin kills and a big block from Liz Spear and Jen Barcus. Arizona, hitting .367 and holding WSU to a .000 hitting percentage, went on to win 30-18.
In the second game, UA took a quick lead but WSU kept chipping away early and narrowed the deficit to six, down 24-18. The Wildcats reeled off four straight before a Todd kill ended the streak. UA's Dominique Lamb came back with the 29th point and the home team was serving for the game but Todd landed just her fourth kill of the match. Spear and Barcus teamed up for a block followed by an attack error by UA's Amy Dyck. Glass ended the game in Arizona's favor with a tipped ball and the Cats win, 30-22.
Arizona took control of game three and in spite of clearing the bench, hit .485. WSU had its best hitting percentage of the night, .310, but Wildcats prevailed, 30-19.
'I guess the highlight of the match for me was Kelly Rosin,' Heffernan said. 'I thought she was great again in the front row and out of the back row. She hit .237 and had 14 kills on 38 attempts. She is really stepping up to the challenge of playing at this level and finding that she is able to do that. I think we will see great things from her in the future.'
WSU travels to Tempe for a Saturday night match against Arizona State (7-8, 2-5), a 30-26, 30-22, 30-21 loser to No. 1 Washington Friday night.
No. 22 Arizona (11-6, 3-4) 30 30 30Washington State (3-16, 0-6) 18 22 19STATISTICS/b>:KILLS - UA 50 (Glass 15), WSU 36 (Rosin 14)HITTING PERCENTAGE - UA .353, WSU .129ASSISTS - UA 42 (Butkus 35), WSU 33 (Martin 19)DIGS - UA 34 (Mulvany 14), WSU 31 (J. Camp 9)BLOCKS - UA 7 (Ladd 4), WSU 6 (Todd, Barcus 3 each)SERVICE ACES - UA 9 (Glass 4), WSU 1 (Martin 1)Attendance: 5,275.