TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 8 Arizona volleyball team swept past instate rival Arizona State 30-25, 30-25, 30-24 at McKale Center this evening. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 17-4 overall and 9-3 in Pac-10 play.
Arizona hit .264 on the match, compared to the .133 of the Sun Devils. The Wildcats also out-blocked ASU 5-3.
“After the match I told the team that I can tell we’re getting better as a team by the way we warm up,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “We’re more precise and confident when we play six-on-six.”
“I told the team that as you get better, you get better in smaller and less noticeable increments,” he continued. “We need to just keep grinding, and tonight I felt the players never considered losing this match. I haven’t had a feeling like that since our [Final Four] 2001 team.”
Setter Amy Dyck dished out 40 assists on the three-game match. She also added eight digs and five kills on five attempts with no errors for a 1.000 hitting percentage. “I’m pleased with Amy [Dyck’s] performance the last couple of matches,” Rubio said. “She makes a huge difference for us.”
Libero Brittany Leonard tallied a team-high 15 digs on the night.
After trailing early in game one, Arizona used a 6-0 run to go up 7-3 and never looked back. The Wildcats led by as many as nine (15-6) and went on to win 30-25. Arizona hit .340 on the game and held Arizona State to just .176. The Wildcats doubled the Sun Devils in kills, 22-11. Glass led all players with eight kills, while Leonard had eight digs.
In game two, Arizona State took the lead early, but Arizona quickly tied the game at four, and then used an 8-1 run to take a 12-5 lead. The Wildcats later led by 11 (28-17), so Rubio subbed in several reserves. The Sun Devils then went on a 7-1 run before the Wildcats finally put it away, 30-25. Arizona hit .333 on the game, compared to the .162 of Arizona State. Glass led Arizona with nine kills.
Game three was played close until Arizona used a 5-0 run to take a 21-15 lead. The Wildcats went on to win 30-24. Arizona hit .145 on the game, while Arizona State managed just .071.
Arizona travels to the Bay Area for matches against No. 4 Stanford and No. 18 California next Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10-11. Both matches start at 7 p.m. (PT).