TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 22 Arizona volleyball team moved above .500 in Pacific-10 play for the first time all season with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-20, 30-17) sweep of Oregon State at McKale Center tonight. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 15-8 overall and 7-6 in the Pac-10.
Arizona hit .393 on the match, compared to the .107 of the Beavers. The Wildcats also out-blocked Oregon State 10.5-1.
“When I scouted the Oregon State-Washington match, they [Oregon State] looked phenomenal,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “From our end, we played one of our best matches overall.”
Junior Kim Glass tallied 16 kills and 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the year.
Senior Jolene Killough also added 16 kills, though her five-match perfect streak came to an end. Killough, who had entered the match without committing an attack error since the Washington State match on Oct. 15, had one error on the night ?- on the first play of the third game. During the streak, she had 49 kills on 72 attempts and no errors for a .681 hitting percentage.
“Jolene’s play reflects our team’s play,” Rubio said. “At the beginning of the year, she struggled. Towards the middle of the year, she became more consistent, just as we did. If she makes one error every five matches, that’s great. Hopefully everything else will follow suit.”
Sophomore setter Stephanie Butkus finished with 44 assists, while Cassidy Crum and Kelli Mulvany had nine and eight digs, respectively.
In game one, Arizona quickly built a six-point lead, but Oregon State used a 4-0 run to make it a 12-11 game, forcing a Rubio time out. Arizona rattled off six straight points after the break and went on to win 30-18. The Wildcats out-hit the Beavers .472 to .077 and out-blocked them 3-0. Glass and Killough had six kills apiece to lead Arizona.
Game two was played close until the midway point, when after a 14-14 tie Arizona used a 9-0 run to take a 23-14 lead. The Wildcats went on to win 30-20. Arizona combined for a .368 hitting percentage, compared to the .184 of the Beavers. Glass, Cumpston and Killough had five kills each, while Mulvany had six digs.
In the third and final game, Killough’s error put the Wildcats back early, but they quickly built the lead to double digits and coasted to the 30-17 victory. Arizona compiled a .333 hitting percentage, while the Beavers managed just .057. The Wildcats also out-blocked Oregon State 6-0 on the game. Killough led all players with five kills.
Arizona travels to Washington for matches at No. 1 Washington and Washington State. The Wildcats face the Huskies at 7 p.m. (PDT) Thursday, Nov. 11, and the Cougars at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12.
“Washington is the best team in the country,” Rubio said. “We look forward to playing them because we’re playing so well right now.”