Sept. 26, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- The No. 22-ranked Arizona volleyball team couldn't capitalize on a 2-0 lead as it fell to in-state rival Arizona State (6-6, 1-2 Pac-10) in five games in Tempe on Friday. The loss extended Arizona's losing streak to a season-high three straight matches and dropped the Wildcats to 6-7 for the season and winless in the Pac-10 at 0-3. Game scores were 26-30, 23-30, 30-24, 36-34, 15-10.
Despite an outstanding individual performance by sophomore Kim Glass, the Sun Devils rallied from the 0-2 deficit to steal the match. Glass, who finished with 31 kills on the night, was the only offensive threat the Wildcats had in the match. The outsider hitter tallied over half of Arizona's 60 kills and added 16 digs for her third straight double-double in the loss.
Trailing after the break, the Sun Devils rallied to take the third game and fended off the Wildcats in a hard fought fourth game to force the decisive fifth frame. ASU pulled out early and never looked back in the fifth to hand Arizona it's first three-loss start to the conference season since 1992.
Glass, whose 31-kill night tied her for eighth in Arizona history in a single match, scored her eighth 20-plus-kill match of the season and her second career match with 30 or more kills. No other Arizona player had more than eight kills on the night in the loss.
ASU was led by a balanced attack. Paced by Natalie Harris' 19-kill night, four Sun Devil players finished in double-digit figure kills.
The Wildcats, still in search of their first Pac-10 win, will most assuredly slip from the top 25 rankings for the first time since 1998 with the loss. Arizona will return home to take on No. 4-ranked Stanford and No. 11 California next Friday and Saturday. First serve for both matches is slated for 7 p.m.