TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 21 Arizona volleyball team earned its second sweep of the day, this time over Montana State (30-21, 30-21, 30-18) in the Four Points Sheraton Wildcat Classic at McKale Center this evening. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 7-1 on the season.
Arizona hit .271 on the match and held the Bobcats to just .059. The Wildcats also out-blocked Montana State 13-5 and had nine service aces to the Bobcats’ four.
“Tonight, our passing and serving was solid,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “The passing was excellent, which allowed us to have a greater distribution [of statistics] and more diverse player stats. The serving was also very good; we had nine aces to 10 service errors, which is almost the ideal of going one-to-one.”
“We used a different dynamic in our line-up, which created an offensive balance,” he continued. “We served well, we dug balls and we were able to score.”
Junior Amy Dyck, sophomore Brooke Buringrud and freshman Whitney Dosty each had 10 kills to lead Arizona. Buringrud also tallied 11 digs for her second double-double of the day. Senior setter Stephanie Butkus finished with 29 assists and a team-high 13 digs. Freshman Jacy Norton led all players with seven blocks in the win.
The Wildcats led throughout all of game one, leading by as nine, 30-21. Arizona hit .238 on the game and held the Bobcats to just .115. The Wildcats also out-blocked Montana State 4-1. Buringrud paced the Wildcats with four kills.
After a tie at three, Arizona went on an 8-1 run in game two to take an 11-4 lead. Montana State cut the lead to two (17-15), but the Wildcats responded with a 6-1 run to go up 23-16 and went on to win 30-21. Arizona hit .390 on the game, compared to the .189 of Montana State. Dyck had five kills on the game, while Dosty had four.
Arizona jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the third and final game, but Montana State battled back to make it a two-point game (13-11). The Wildcats then outscored the Bobcats 12-4 to go up 25-15 and went on to win 30-18.
Arizona hosts Rice at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 9, to close out the tournament.