SEATTLE - Freshman outside hitter Lisa Rutledge's team season-high 24 kills helped No. 19 Arizona out-last Washington, 16-14, 15-2, 11-15, 11-15, 21-19, in Seattle Friday night.
The Cats improved to 14-8 with the win, 8-5 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies fell to 8-14 and 4-10.
Arizona overcame two match points in the fifth game and won the contest on its fifth chance. The 21-19 final marked the second-longest fifth game in Wildcat history. The Cats dropped a 24-22 decision to Arizona State on Oct. 15, 1993, in Tucson.
Sophomore setter Dana Burkholder posted 74 assists for Arizona, the fifth-highest total in school history. Freshman middle blocker Stefani Saragosa missed a triple-double by just three blocks, recording 14 kills and 10 digs. Freshman defensive specialist Rachel Williams led all players with 17 digs.
Allison Richardson led Washington with 20 kills.
The Cats return to action Saturday when they travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on Washington State at 7 p.m. PST.