Cats Sweep Aside Sun Devils

Nov. 13, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz.Whitney Dosty went for 14 kills on .333 hitting while Courtney Karst  and Tiffany Owens both tallied 11 kills as the No. 18 Arizona Volleyball team swept Arizona State 3-0 in front of 2,321 in McKale Center.


With the win, the Wildcats (18-7, 7-7) took the season series between the two in-state rivals. UA had last beaten ASU (13-13, 3-11) twice in one season in 2005.


The first set was close early as the score would find itself tied eight times. At 8-8, the Wildcats went on a 7-3 run to open things up and move comfortably ahead.  After a comeback attempt from the Devils, Arizona closed the set on a 10-6 run to win, 25-19.  Dosty recorded four kills and a block in the first set while setter Paige Weber dolled out 11 assists.


In set two, play was a bit more back-and-forth with ASU ripping off four consecutive points to close an early deficit.  The Sun Devils would get no closer than a tie however as the Wildcats earned the big points when they counted and won the set, 25-21.  Weber was instrumental in the set win with 14 hand-outs, most going to Dosty, who had seven kills over set two. 


After the set break, ASU was determined not to go down without a fight and would jump out to an early 4-1 lead.  Following an Arizona timeout, the Wildcats would chip away at the ASU lead, finally knotting things up at 12-12. 


The Sun Devils looked to be in the driver’s seat after opening a 17-13 lead.  UA then brought in backup libero Danielle Holloway to serve and the Cats would go on to rip off six unanswered points and lead 19-17.  Arizona never looked back as Dosty put the exclamation point on the match victory with the deciding kill to end the set, 25-20.


Leading the Cats in digs was senior libero Alanna Resch, totaling 19 digs while also handing out five assists.  Weber led the team with 40 assists.  Owens’ 11 kills and 14 digs were good for another double-double, her sixth in a row and 14th on the season.


Next week, the Cats face Stanford and Cal to close out its home schedule.  They’ll face the Cardinal at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 and the Golden Bears at 1 p.m. on Nov. 22.  Sunday’s match against Cal will honor seniors Resch and Jacy Norton.


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