Nov. 2, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The No. 14-ranked Arizona volleyball team (12-8, 7-5 Pac-10) rallied from an 0-2 deficit to defeat 17th-ranked Washington State 3-2 at McKale Center on Saturday night. Game scores of the match were 18-30, 14-30, 30-28, 30-16, 15-13.
The Cougars (16-7, 6-7 Pac-10) dominated the match early, committing just a single error in the first two games combined. WSU recorded 24 kills on .500 hitting and out-blocked Arizona 6 to 1 in the opening two frames. The 14 points scored by the Wildcats in the second stanza equaled the school-low for points in a game.
As good as WSU was, Arizona was just as bad to open the match. The Wildcats tallied hitting percentages of .083 and .030 in the first two games, respectively. Heading into the break down 2-0, Arizona had nearly as many errors (18) as kills (22).
A re-energized Arizona team took the floor in the third game and began to see their attempts fall in for kills. The opening of the game saw the score see-saw back and forth up to an 8-8 tie. Arizona then went on a 6-2 run for a 14-10 advantage and never trailed again. WSU tied the score at 27-27 late in the frame, but the comeback-minded Cats would not be denied. A Kim Glass kill and a block by Lisa Rutledge and Bre Ladd handed the Wildcats the game and opened the door for Arizona comeback.
Game four was all Arizona as the Wildcats shut down the once potent Washington State attack. The Wildcats forced the Cougars into a .000 hitting percentage in the game and allowed just seven kills, while hitting a match-high .350 and coming up with 24 of their 79 digs in the match.
Game five went back and forth with neither team able to gain more than a three point advantage. The Wildcats led 13-12 late and ended the match on a Glass kill and a Washington State attack error to seal the improbable come-from-behind win. The rally from the 0-2 deficit was the second of the season for Arizona. UA also came from two games down to upset fourth-ranked Stanford on Oct. 11.
Individually, Glass led all players with 28 kills and also came up with 16 digs. Rutledge and Ladd had 13 and 16 kills apiece in the win and libero Kelli Mulvany tallied a career-high 24 digs for the victorious Wildcats.
Arizona returns to action next week with a road trip to the Bay Area. Arizona will face No. 6 Stanford in Palo Alto on Thursday and California in Berkeley on Friday.