Arizona Swept by Stanford

Oct. 25, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. – No. 16 Arizona volleyball suffered its second defeat of the weekend today as it was swept by No. 6 Stanford, 3-0 at Maples Pavilion.


The Wildcats drop to 15-5, 4-5, while the Cardinal moves into a first-place tie with No. 4 Washington at 14-5, 7-2.


The Cats received noteworthy outings from Tiffany Owens and Whitney Dosty but little else from others in terms of scoring.  Owens, who had an uncharacteristic poor outing against Cal on Friday, rebounded to collect her ninth double-double of the year with 12 kills and 13 digs while not committing an error and hitting .480.


The match, for being won 3-0, was decidedly close in each set as there were 10 overall lead changes and the scoreboard was tied on 28 occasions. Arizona out-killed Stanford 42-40, but committed five more errors.


In set one, the Wildcats marched out to an 8-3 lead before Stanford went on a 5-1 run to pull within one.  Arizona led 19-18, but would only muster three additional points as Stanford stormed back and took the set, 25-22.


Arizona never saw a lead during set two as the Cardinal recovered every time the Cats looked to be making a run. Closing out seemed to be a theme Sunday afternoon, as Stanford used another 7-3 run to close the set and gain a 2-0 advantage. Paige Weber had 13 assists in the second set while Dosty and Owens both had six kills.


Stanford won the match after taking set three 25-23.  Like sets one and two, Arizona would have its chances. After leading 14-10 on the heels of a kill by owns and a Stanford attack error, Arizona let Stanford crawl back and tie things at 22.  From there it was all SU as Gabi Ailes’ service ace would win the match and set for the Cardinal.


The Cats will look to get back into the winning swing of things when they host No. 4 Washington on Friday and Washington State on Saturday evening.  Both tilts commence at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available here or 520 621-CATS.


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