Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 24 UA Drops First Set, Then Pummels The Pack
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 10, 2010
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Sept. 10, 2010

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RENO, Nev. - On night one of the Wolf Pack Invitational in Reno, Nev., things weren't looking good for the 24th-ranked Arizona Volleyball team.  Hours earlier they had suffered a deflating loss at the hands of Pacific and then, to compound matters, taking on host Nevada in the evening match, the Cats dropped a close set, 26-24.

Then, however, something awoke the Wildcats from its slumber as the team went on to handily beat the Wolf Pack over the next three sets, 25-10, 25-15, 25-13, improving its record to 6-2 and 2-0 in true road matches.

On the evening, Whitney Dosty accounted for 18 kills, five blocks and four digs while hitting .351.  She was aided by teammates Cursty Jackson who added 13 kills and six blocks and Paige Weber who ran the offense with 42 assists.

There were 12 ties and seven lead changes in the first set before the Pack scored the 26-24 first set victory. Nevada hit .139 and the Wildcats .171 in the set.

The second set was all Arizona as they jumped to a 13-6 lead and never trailed in winning 25-10 to even the match a one set each.  Nevada hit zero and UA was outstanding at .565.

Set three was back and forth early with the 10th tie of the set coming at 11-11 but a 10-0 Wildcat run put the set out of reach as they won 25-15 to take a 2-1 advantage in the match.  The Pack hit negative .067 and UA .212.

The Wildcats closed out the match with a 25-13 set four victory and 3-1 match win.  The Pack were unable to get going hitting .103 in the final set while UA hit .476.

Courtney Karst and Tiffany Owens each had nine kills and played a big role on the defensive end in the victory. Freshman Candace Nicholson led UA in digs with 14.

Tomorrow, the Wildcats will face Northern Arizona at noon to conclude its action in the Wolf Pack Invitational.

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