Aug. 29, 2010
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Closing out the season-opening Shamrock Invitational, the No. 18 Arizona Volleyball team took it to Notre Dame on its home floor as the Wildcats earned a 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 sweep over the Fighting Irish.
“This was a good win for us,” said head coach Dave Rubio. “We didn’t play particularly well against Cal Poly on Friday and even in our win yesterday over Marshall, so it was nice to come out and really do what we are capable of against Notre Dame on their home court.”
Tiffany Owens and Whitney Dosty earned all-tournament team kudos for their play over the three-day Shamrock Invite. Against the Golden Domers on Sunday, Owens was lights out with 16 kills on 27 swings, good for a hitting percentage of .519. She also added in eight digs and two assists while Dosty tallied 12 kills in the win Sunday.
In the first set, UA recorded its largest margin of victory in a set in the early season with a 25-15 opening success. Dosty posted seven kills in the first set with setter Paige Weber dolling out 11 assists and adding two kills and a block. After play was knotted at eight apiece, the Cats kicked it into overdrive and went on a 10-3 run to effectively take the first set.
Over the second set, it was Courtney Karst who took charge, racking up six kills and a block on UA’s way to the 25-18 win. Owens had five kills in the set as Arizona went on a 10-1 run midway through, forcing Notre Dame into costly attacking errors.
Notre Dame, trying to hang on and avoid the sweep, was able to open up a four-point advantage on the Wildcats, which prompted a timeout by Rubio. Down 19-15 coming out of the timeout, UA turned up the pressure and went on a 10-1 run to win the set 25-20 and the match outright. Owens and Weber were big for the Wildcats as they tallied a combined 10 kills and 11 assists to end ND’s chances.
The Wildcats will take Monday off, before beginning their preparations for the Wildcat Classic by Lodge on the Desert on Tuesday. In the Classic, UA will host Butler and Louisville on Friday and face Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday. Arizona topped Louisville last season to begin the season on the Cardinal’s home floor.