Cats take down No. 11 Oregon, 3-1
Oct. 10, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 22 Arizona, receiving double-digit kills from five players, knocked off No. 11 Oregon in four sets Saturday night in front of 1,095 at McKale Center.
Tiffany Owens, Whitney Dosty, Courtney Karst, Jacy Norton and Stephanie Snow all had 10 or more kills while the team had an overall hitting percentage of .302 to give Arizona a sweep for the weekend. Last night, the Cats defeated Oregon State in five sets.
Arizona jumped out to a 1-0 lead over the Ducks, winning set one 25-20. Owens and Snow each recorded four kills in the set while Paige Weber tallied five digs. Dosty would get after it on the blocking end in set one, notching three solo blocks and one assist.
Set two was decidedly much closer as both teams traded jabs early on. Arizona would go on to take a 24-21 lead and be serving for the match, but Oregon ripped off three straight points to tie things up at 24 all. Over the “deuce” period, Oregon’s Sonja Newcombe tallied five kills and the Ducks claimed set two, 29-27. Leading the Cats in set two was Weber with two aces, two kills and 11 dimes. The second set saw four lead changes and the score was tied 10 times.
In the third set, the Wildcats would take a 10-3 lead aided by kills from Norton, Owens and Dosty. Over a close call at 13-5, Oregon coach Jim Moore was issued a yellow card for questioning the officials. Arizona’s lead would reach eight after a kill by Karst made things 18-10. The Cats would take the set on a service error by Kellie Kawasaki, winning 25-18.
Set four proved to be a thriller as the lead changed hands eight times and was tied on 14 occasions. After trailing much of the set, the Cats recorded three consecutive points to put the score at 24-23. They gained the lead after Jacy Norton caught the Oregon defense off-guard with an ace. After being stuck at deuce, play continued to go back and forth before Newcombe miss-served and tied the score at 29. Norton then slammed a kill to make it 30-29 Arizona. Following an Oregon rally, Weber caught the defense by surprise and attacked the UO defense for the win.
Arizona’s last conference sweep came under similar circumstances as they beat both Oregon schools last season at home. The win evened Arizona’s Pac-10 record to 3-3.
Next week, Arizona will travel to Tempe to face Arizona State at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16. The match will be televised on Fox Sports Net via tape delay.
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