Wildcats Come Up Short

Oct. 30, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. – After taking set one on Friday night against No. 5 Washington, the No. 18 Arizona volleyball team looked to be off and rolling. However, the Huskies would overcome the Wildcats’ quick start and win the three following sets to take the match, 3-1 and hand Arizona its third consecutive defeat.


“We execute at a level at times that’s not characteristic of ourselves, said head coach Dave Rubio.  “We are talented enough now we just to take the last step.  We got to get some ego, there’s not enough on our team right now.”


Washington improves to 18-2 overall and 8-2 in conference with the win while Arizona falls to 15-6 and 4-6 in Pac-10 play.


The Cats took the first set 25-18 after leading most of the way while receiving five kills from Tiffany Owens to bolster their attack.  Kaylen Bannister, receiving significant playing time, notched two kills and one block in the opening set as well.     


In the second set, the first-place Huskies bounced back and won the set 25-20 behind six kills from Kinda Carlson. Washington in the second set, out-killed the Cats 18-8.


The match turned in the third set as the fifth-ranked Huskies tore off five unanswered points to move ahead 24-15 and eventually take the set, 25-18.


Over the fourth set, Jill Collymore led Washington with four kills and two blocks as her team topped Arizona 25-19 to take the match.


Owens led Arizona with 15 kills and 10 digs, while Whitney Dosty posted 12 kills, seven digs and four blocks. Setter Paige Weber facilitated the offense with 44 total assists, while also totaling a season-high 15 digs.


“We weren’t as sharp and we didn’t fight to make it better,” said Weber.  “You can’t get frustrated. It compounds the problem and it becomes chaotic. Then you’re trying to do too much and you end up doing nothing good.  We weren’t executing anything.  We were digging balls, but we weren’t executing well.”


Tomorrow night Arizona will host Washington State at 7 p.m.  Tonight the Cougars were in Tempe and lost to Arizona State, 3-1.


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