No. 18 Arizona Upset in Pullman
Oct. 2, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. – The No. 18 Arizona women’s volleyball team suffered its first 3-0 loss of the season as the Washington State Cougars pulled off the upset in Pullman, Wash. Friday night in front of 1,446.
The Wildcats (12-2, 1-2) dug themselves into a hole early, falling behind 5-0 to begin set one. After an Arizona timeout, the Cougars (13-1, 2-1) kept things rolling opening up a 9-2 lead. The Cats would try and stage a comeback, cutting WSU’s lead to 23-21 but the Cougs would rally and grab the opening set 25-21 on a kill by Meagan Ganzer. It was the first occasion all season that Arizona hadn’t won the opening set.
Tiffany Owens would record seven kills for Arizona in the opening set but Washington State employed its hap-hazard style of play from the get-go and never trailed.
In the second set, the Cougars would again take an early lead although Arizona kept play much closer and opened brief one-point leads. Play was tied 18 all when WSU mounted a 7-3 run to close out the set and head to the locker room up 2-0.
Kills and errors were relatively equal at the break as the Wildcats couldn’t seem to adjust to WSU’s style or dictate play themselves. Whitney Dosty had six kills in set two along with five from Owens.
Finding itself down 2-0 for the first time all season, Arizona tried to mount a comeback and took a 10-4 lead to start things off in the third. Arizona’s lead would eventually reach 19-13 before the Cougs staged a rally. The Wildcats would persevere however take a 24-19 lead and were serving for the match.
That is where things went down-hill for Arizona as the Cougs took five consecutive points to force a 24-24 tie. Following an Arizona timeout, WSU stayed red-hot and won the next two points to take the set 26-24 and the match outright 3-0.
Statistically speaking Arizona recorded more kills and blocks than Washington State and each team’s hitting percentage was relatively close. (WSU- .234, UA- .228) The Cougars made the big plays and rallies when it counted however and that it was swayed the match.
Tomorrow No. 18 Arizona must re-group as it will travel to Seattle and face No. 3 Washington. The Huskies on Friday defeated Arizona State 3-0 and have not dropped a set all season.
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