Aug. 27, 2010
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Starting off the 2010 season at the Shamrock Invitational in South Bend, Ind., Cal Poly came back from a 2-0 deficit to upset No. 18 ranked Arizona, 3-2. Set scores were 21-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 17-15.
Whitney Dosty and Tiffany Owens led the way for Arizona (0-1, 0-0) with 19 and 17 kills, respectively, but the Wildcats were done in by a hitting percentage of just .170. Paige Weber amassed 51 assists in her team's defeat.
In the first set of action, Arizona jumped out to a 6-1 advantage behind two blocks by Cursty Jackson and a few service errors by the Mustangs (1-0, 0-0). Following a timeout, the Mustangs stemmed the tide and went on an 8-2 run to take a one point lead. Cal Poly used a series of kills and errors by Arizona for its 9-8 early advantage. The Mustang run prompted a UA timeout.
After the break, the Wildcats eventually knotted things up at 14 apiece before taking back the lead at 15-14 after an attack error by Cal Poly's Catie Smith. The two teams continued trading attacks with Arizona's lead growing to four, 22-18.
Despite a late rally attempt by Cal Poly, the Wildcats would not relinquish the lead and took the first set 25-21. Weber led the way in the opening set of the season with nine assists, one kill and one block in the early going. Jackson also chipped in with three blocks (two solo) and two kills.
After a decidedly sloppy first set, Arizona took a 4-0 lead behind kills from Dosty, Owens and Jackson. Keeping the Mustangs at arms length, the Wildcats received kills from Courtney Karst and Dosty to go up 12-9.
UA's lead grew to 20-15, after a Weber assist to Karst for her fourth kill of the set. The Cats then picked up a point when Cal Poly's Molly Pon erred an attack. After a timeout, Cal Poly couldn't put together a comeback and Arizona took a two-sets-to-nil advantage, winning set two, 25-20.
The third set, however, was where the Mustangs would fuel their rally attempt, winning the third set 25-19 to force the Wildcats into a fourth set. Cal Poly's Sarah Cawrse and Jennifer Keddy led the way for the Mustangs in set three with Cawrse dolling out 11 assists while Keddy had four kills and three blocks. The Wildcats didn't help matters by hitting for a .056 percentage.
In set four, it was more of the same for Cal Poly as UA just couldn't seem to hit the ball between the lines. Cawrse added 15 dimes, while the Wildcats hit for just .088. The `Stangs went on to win the set, 25-19, and force a deciding fifth game.
Riding momentum from winning sets three and four, Cal Poly jumped out and grabbed an early 6-3 lead in game five. The Wildcats would hang tough, however, and take a 10-9 lead by a kill from Dosty. From there though, it was the Mustangs who were the aggressors, taking a 14-11 lead and serving for match point.
Attempting to stave off defeat, Arizona received clutch kills from Karst and Owens and a Cal Poly attack error to even the score up at 14 apiece in the deciding set. Both teams then exchanged kills before Keddy put Cal Poly up one, 16-15. On match point for the Mustangs, an attack by UA's Dosty was rejected by the duo of Keddy and Smith and Cal Poly was victorious, 17-15 in the final set.
The Wildcats will be back in action tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET when the team takes on Marshall University in the on-going Shamrock Invitational.