Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Falls to No. 20 Oregon, 3-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 06, 2011
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Nov. 6, 2011

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Despite tying a season-high 12 blocks, the Arizona volleyball team (15-10, 7-9) fell to No. 20 Oregon (17-7, 10-6) at McKale Center on Sunday afternoon, 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 29-27).

The Wildcats posted 12 team blocks, tying their season-high versus San Francisco in their second match of the season on Aug. 27.

Senior Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the Wildcats with six blocks and freshmen Chloe Mathis (La Jolla, Calif.) and Taylor Arizobal (Dana Hills, Calif.) added four each.

Arizona came out with confidence in the first set, running out to a 4-1 lead behind a block and kill from freshman Rachel Rhoades (San Diego, Calif.). The Wildcats kept the lead most of the set, but the Ducks did not let up and tied the score at 20. Oregon controlled the set from that point and won it, 25-22.

It was all Ducks in the second set as they stormed out to a 10-5 lead and didn’t let up until the last point and took set two, 25-11 behind Alaina Bergsma’s four kills. Arizona had only five kills in the second set and posted a season-low -.120 hitting percentage.

The Wildcats took initiative in the third set, going up 5-1 behind kills from four different players. Oregon stayed close, not falling behind by more than four and eventually tied it at 16. Arizona went on a 5-1 run, but the Ducks were able to narrow the margin and tie it at 23 and closed out the match after winning set three, 29-27.

“In game one we were in control for the most part, but we didn’t execute it to win,” Arizona head coach David Rubio said. “It’s disappointing; I haven’t seen us roll over like that in a while.  It has been a hard second half of the season and some players didn’t play well.  When some offensive players struggle, the whole team struggles.”

Alaina Bergsma led Oregon with 13 kills and Haley Jacob added 19 digs.

The Wildcats will return to McKale next weekend to host Utah and Colorado. Arizona will take on Utah on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. and Colorado on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

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