TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 15 Arizona volleyball team (9-1, 1-0) opened Pac-10 play with a sweep (30-24, 30-22, 30-22) of Oregon State at McKale Center this evening. The Wildcats out-hit the Beavers .283 to .097 and out-blocked them 12-2.
“There wasn’t much energy or excitement tonight,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “We basically gave them half of their points in errors (34 out of 68).”
Senior Jennifer Abernathy led all players with 18 kills. She also added six digs, three blocks and two service aces. Senior Kim Glass finished with 17 kills and nine digs, just shy of a double-double. She also had four blocks.
Senior Bre Ladd tallied 10 kills on 16 attempts with just one error for a .562 hitting percentage. Sophomore Dominique posted a match-high six blocks, while fellow sophomore Amy Dyck dished out 48 assists on the night.
“Amy was okay ?- she’s on a steep learning curve,” Rubio noted. “Everything runs through the setting position. I feel that it is more important than the quarterback and point guard positions in football and basketball, respectively.”
After trailing early in game one, Arizona used a 5-0 run to take a 6-2 lead and never looked back, leading by as many as 11. The Wildcats went on to win 30-24. Arizona hit .372 on the game and held the Beavers to .175. Glass led the Wildcats with eight kills on .538 hitting, while Leonard had nine digs on the game.
After scoring the first three points of game two, the Beavers tied the game at five, forcing Rubio into a time out. Arizona scored the first three points out of the time out en route to a 30-22 win. The Wildcats out-hit Oregon State .089 to .000 and out-blocked the Beavers 5-1. Abernathy had six kills to lead Arizona, followed by Glass with five.
The Wildcats led by six (7-1) in game three, but Oregon State battled back to tie it at 15 and took the lead on the next point. However, Arizona then used a 9-3 run to take a 24-19 lead. The Wildcats went on to win 30-22. Abernathy notched seven kills on the game to lead all players.
Arizona hosts Oregon (10-2, 0-1) for a 7 p.m. match tomorrow, Sept. 24, at McKale. “Oregon is bigger and more physical,” Rubio said. ?'They match up with us better and will probably present us with more problems than OSU.”