Nov. 8, 2008
The Arizona volleyball ran out of gas and fell to No. 2 Stanford 3-0 Saturday night in McKale Center.
The Wildcats (14-10, 4-8) couldn’t muster a second straight win over a top-10 team after Friday night’s win over No.6 Cal and lost to the visiting Cardinal 25-23, 25-19 and 25-16.
“We were in position to take the first two games but they are the No. 2 team in the country for a reason,” head coach Dave Rubio said. “They are very gifted athletically.”
The Cardinal used the 16-kill performance by 2007 national player of the year Foluke Akinradewo to thwart any kind of Arizona rally. Akinradewo led the Stanford offensive charge, hitting .652 for the match. The rest of the team hit at a .341 clip compared to the Wildcats .160 hitting percentage.
“Foluke is phenomenal,” said senior Randy Goodenough, who finished with a team-high 13 kills. “All you can really do with her is just try to do your best to put a body on her.”
“(Akinradewo) played just as well against us last time,” sophomore Tiffany Owens said. “She’s an All-American and no one can really stop her.”
The Wildcats had chances in the matches first and second set, but couldn’t hold off the Pac-10 Conference leaders.
“We had plenty of opportunities in game one and game two,” said Rubio. “We made way too many unforced errors.”
Arizona committed 20 attack errors and seven service errors in its second loss to Stanford this season.
The Wildcats continue play next weekend when they travel to Los Angeles to take on USC and UCLA. Arizona plays the Women of Troy Friday night at 7 p.m. and the Bruins Sunday night at the same time.