Wildcats Edge Beavers, 3-2

Oct. 9, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Tiffany Owens recorded 18 kills and 23 digs and Paige Weber notched a season-high 52 assists as No. 22 Arizona defeated Oregon State, 3-2.

After dropping set one, Arizona (13-3, 2-3) won back-to-back sets to gain a 2-1 advantage in the match.  OSU (10-6, 1-3) would not go quietly however and won set four to force a deciding fifth set.  Aided by five straight points to open the set from server Elise Hendrickson, Arizona won the set, 15-6, and the match overall.


“I think one of the hardest things about this conference is recovering from losing, but you have to pick yourself back up,” said head coach Dave Rubio.  “Whitney (Dosty) had a terrific night. Just having her over there as a threat to score helped and she played really well.”


In set one, Owens got the Cats off to a quick start with several powerful kills.  The San Bernardino, Calif. native tallied seven kills alone in set one as Arizona took a 21-17 lead on the Beavers.  OSU’s Rachel Rourke though would lead her team back as she accounted for eight of the team’s 18 total kills in the opening set. The Beavers ripped off a 10-4 run and took the set for a 1-0 advantage.  Weber dished out 15 assists in the opening set, while Stephanie Snow and Courtney Karst teamed up on three blocks.


The Cats would rebound however and go onto win set two, 25-20.  Arizona never trailed in the set as it was eager to stop a 10-set losing stretch which originated two weeks ago against UCLA.  Owens would again lead the Cats with five kills and one block while Weber had a dozen dimes over set two. Arizona hit .316 in set two compared to just .194 over the opening set.


Arizona would keep things rolling with a set three win, 25-21.  Play was knotted at seven all, before the Cats would go on a 5-0 run to never relinquish the lead.  Whitney Dosty provided four kills for Arizona in the set as the team hit a modest .256.  


In set four, the Beavers were on the receiving end of a few very close calls, as they topped Arizona, 26-24, to force a fifth set. Rourke tallied eight kills in the set for the Beavs and setter Camilla Ah-Hoy handed out 16 assists.


Set five was never really in doubt after the Cats ran out to a 9-3 lead.  Both Dosty and Owens had a block and kill apiece while Weber record four additional assists.


Dosty just missed a double-double with 12 kills and nine digs while Karst provided 14 kills and four block assists. Arizona hit .229 for the match overall.


The Cats improved their record to 13-3, 2-3 in conference play, while the Beavers fell to 10-6, 1-3.


Tomorrow Arizona will host No. 11 Oregon.  Match time is set for 7 p.m.


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