TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona volleyball team (10-12, 1-9 Pac-10) dropped a four-game Pac-10 match to No. 11-ranked Cal (16-5, 5-5 Pac-10) in McKale Center on Friday. Game scores were 33-31, 30-25, 26-30, 30-20.
Arizona, which leads the Pac-10 in blocks per game and is 12th nationally, posted double-digit blocks for the 16th time in its last 17 matches after finishing with 20 on the night, but the Golden Bears countered with 21 more kills then Arizona, and had six service aces to the Cats’ one to pull off the season sweep.
The frustration of the year continued for the Cats as they held game-point in the opening frame at 29-25 and still managed to drop the game. Cal reeled off four straight points to tie it up 29-29 and took one-point advantages at 30-29 and 31-30, before closing out the game with a two-point swing at 33-31.
The Golden Bears controlled nearly throughout game two, as they jumped out to an early lead and used a 5-0 run to pull ahead 23-16, before trading points the rest of the way to head into the break up 2-0.
The resilient Wildcats showed some fight in game three and put away what was a close frame at 20-17 with a three, three-point scoring runs, but the come-from-behind rally never came to be, as Cal blew open the fourth game with a seven-point scoring run to close out the win.
Individually, four Cal players finished with double digit kills. Teammates Hanna Cutura and Angie Pressy led all players with 17 apiece on the night, and Ellen Orchard and Morgan Beck chipped in with 16 and 15 kills, respectively. Golden Bear libero Jllian Davis finished with a match-high 19 digs on the evening.
For Arizona, freshman Whitney Dosty’s 14 kills was the lone double-digit effort for the Cats on the night, while junior Dominique Lamb tallied 10 blocks and frosh Jacy Norton added seven stuffs for the Cats in the loss. Norton hit a team-best .412 for Arizona and finished with nine kills.
Arizona will take on Stanford in McKale Center on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.