Nov. 19, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 22 University of Arizona volleyball team topped Washington State 3-1 Friday evening in McKale Center in front of 1,342. Set scores were: 25-13, 19-25, 25-16, 25-23.
Tiffany Owens and Candace Nicholson led the way statistically with Owens going for her 16th double-double of the year with 17 kills and 12 digs while Nicholson matched her 12 digs and also recorded four assists. Setter Paige Weber had 34 assists, nine digs and six kills.
"This was a win we needed to have," said head coach Dave Rubio. "We'll take the win no matter how we got it, but at this point, we need to step up, and everyone needs to play better. We're a week away from our last match, and everyone needs to start playing at the level they are capable of. As a team, we need to be more assertive and proactive."
Coach Dave Rubio Post Match
With the win, Arizona improves to 19-9 overall and 8-7 in conference while WSU falls to 0-15 in league and 6-19 overall.
"The first game, Paige (Weber) had about seven serves that gave us a lot of momentum, but in the second game we got comfortable, and let them back in the game," said Nicholson. "We came back, and that's all that matters. If you're not ready, a team like Washington State can beat you."
In set one, UA jumped out to a huge lead behind the setting of Weber and kills from Dosty and Owens. Arizona started things off with a 6-0 run and furthered it by leading 15-2. After WSU's second timeout, the Cougs attempted to answer with a 6-1 run of their own. But the Wildcats kept up the pressure and took set one 25-13. In addition to Weber's serving her four digs and eight assists were big for UA.
Play was decidedly much closer in set two with Washington State opening up a 9-5 lead on Arizona. The Cougs lead would grow to 14-9 which prompted a timeout by Rubio. The Cats would rally to close the gap to 17-13 but would get no closer as WSU won set two, 25-19.
Tied at 1-1, Arizona would respond well to a bit of adversity, coming back to win set three 25-16 with Owens tallying four kills and Weber dishing out nine assists. The Cats got things going mid way through the set taking a 8-3 run to comfortably lead the rest of the way.
UA proceeded to eek out set four after trailing late. The Wildcats, behind 22-21 received two kills from Weber and a solid match-point serve to set up Whitney Dosty to slam home the winning point. In the set, Weber had eight assists, a block and three kills.
"We can't go into games thinking that it's going to be an easy win. We were weak in our execution," added Nicholson. "We need to have better actions, not just say that we need to be better."
Next up for Arizona is No. 11 Washington tomorrow evening. Before the match, UA will honor five departing players in its traditional Senior Day events.
UA Players Post Match