TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 18 Arizona volleyball team defeated San Francisco 3-1 (32-30, 30-25, 24-30, 30-25) to claim the championship of the Four Points Sheraton Arizona Invitational at McKale Center this evening. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 3-0 on the season.
Sophomore Brooke Buringrud was named tournament MVP after averaging 3.10 kills, 2.80 digs and 0.70 service aces. Freshman Whitney Dosty and junior Dominique Lamb were also named to the all-tournament team. Dosty averaged 3.50 kills, 0.90 digs and 0.80 blocks, while Lamb averaged 2.20 kills, 1.60 blocks, 0.50 digs and 0.40 service aces.
“I think we showed the characteristics of a young team,” Head Coach David Rubio. “In the conference we play in, we’re not going to be able to get away with some of things were able to tonight.”
“The positives tonight are that we were able to fight back and pull out the win,” he continued. “There is an evolution with every young team. The nice thing is we were able to win and still do a lot of teaching.”
Buringrud led Arizona with 16 kills and 14 digs, her first career double-double. Dosty added 14 kills, while Lamb had 10. Senior Stephanie Butkus dished out 48 assists, while sophomore libero Brittany Leonard led the team with 17 digs.
San Francisco jumped out to a 9-1 lead in game one, forcing Rubio to burn both of his time outs. Arizona responded with an 11-1 run to take a 12-10 lead. Both teams then remained close, with neither leading by more than three points, until the Dons took a 25-21 lead. The Wildcats made it a one-point game (25-24), and despite trailing by three (28-25), later tied it at 29 .After another tie at 30, Arizona scored two straight points for the 32-30 win. Arizona was out-hit .238 to .089 and out-blocked 2-0 on the game, but committed just two service errors to San Francisco’s six. Buringrud led the Wildcats with six kills and five digs.
Game two started out close before Arizona used a 6-0 run to take an 8-3 lead. The Wildcats then slowly built the lead to double digits. The Dons made a late run, cutting the Arizona lead to three (28-25), but the Wildcats went on to a 30-25 win. Arizona hit .242 on the game, compared to the .086 of San Francisco. Lamb had five kills to pace the Wildcats.
In the third game, neither team led by more than three points until the Dons took a 12-8 lead. They later led by five (16-11), before Arizona used a 6-1 run to tie it at 17. After a tie at 18, San Francisco went on a 4-0 run to go up 22-18. The Wildcats responded with three straight points to make it a one-point game (22-21), but the Dons closed out the game on an 8-3 run for the 30-24 win. Arizona hit .212 on the game, compared to the .257 of San Francisco. Dosty led the Wildcats with six kills.
The fourth and final game was played close throughout, with seven ties. Arizona never led by more than four points until the final points of the game. The Wildcats hit .308 on the game.
Arizona travels to Louisville, Ky., for the Courtyard by Marriott Airport East Classic next Friday-Saturday, Sept. 1-2. The Wildcats face Tennessee Tech at 5 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, Dayton at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Saturday and Louisville at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday.