Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
09-14-2007 Dave Rubio Earns 300th Win
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 14, 2007
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Tucson , Ariz. ?C Arizona volleyball head coach Dave Rubio earned his 300th career win at Arizona with a 3-1 victory over UC Irvine in the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Invitational on Friday night in McKale Center.? Game scores were 30-27, 30-24, 31-33 and 30-17.? The Wildcats improve to 9-2 with the win, as the Anteaters fall to 9-3.

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In 16 seasons as the head coach at Arizona, Rubio has earned a record of 300-160 (.652), and is the all-time winningest volleyball coach in school history.? Over 21 years of coaching, Rubio has earned a 422-226 (.651) career record.

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ˇ?It feels good to see our team play well,ˇ± Rubio said.? ˇ?Getting 300 wins, for me, is more about the teamˇ?s success.? Tonight we played a really good team. UC Irvine is very good defensively and they are well coached. This was good volleyball with good defense from both sides. It was a great crowd tonight, and I think we gave the fans a game that was fun to watch.ˇ±

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As a team, Arizona hit .310 (72-24-155), and posted 13 blocks and five service aces, while limiting UC Irvine to a .193 (58-27-161) hitting percentage.? The game was close throughout and had a total of 57 ties and 18 lead changes.

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Individually for the Wildcats, junior Randy Goodenough led the team with a match-high 25 kills.? Freshman Tiffany Owens posted a career-high 15 kills on .379 hitting (15-4-29), and junior Brooke Buringrund added 13 kills, 10 digs and five blocks.? Sophomore Alanna Resch finished with a career-best 20 digs, and freshman Paige Weber tallied 56 assists, five kills, and eight digs.? Freshman Stephanie Snow added six kills and five blocks.

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The match started out as a battle from the start, as both teams traded blows early on in game one.? The Wildcats and Anteaters fought to a 7-7 tie, and could not get any breathing room from each other, as game one saw 18 ties and five lead changes.? The teams were tied all the way to 24-24, before Arizona went up 27-24 on three-straight kills.? That proved to be the difference maker as Arizona won game one 30-27.

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Game two was just as close, as both teams traded points to a 16-16 tie.? Arizona pulled away down the stretch, however, behind a .444 (17-5-27) hitting percentage.? The Wildcats expanded a 21-20 lead into a 27-22 advantage, and held on for a 30-24 game two win.

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Game three was intense, as the teams combined for 27 ties and seven lead changes.? Arizona and UC Irvine were tied up midway at 14-14, and continued to trade off points to a 25-25 tie.? Arizona went up 27-25, but the Anteaters fought back for a 29-28 lead, and held on to force a fourth game with a 33-31 win.? UCI hit .240 (18-6-50) in the game, and held Arizona to a match-low .164 (19-10-55) hitting percentage.

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Arizona pulled away in game four, holding a lead over the Anteaters the entire game.? The Wildcats took an early 6-2 advantage and never looked back, powered by a match-high .485 (18-2-33) hitting percentage, and holding UCI to a match low .128 (13-8-39) hitting mark.? Arizona finished the game on a 19-8 scoring run to earn the win.

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Arizona will next play Davidson in the final match of the Arizona Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 12 p.m.
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