Los Angeles ?- The University of Arizona women’s volleyball team (10-14, 1-11 Pac-10) fell in four games to No. 6 USC (20-3, 9-3 Pac-10) on Friday night in the Galen Center. Game scores were 30-19, 28-30, 30-21, and 30-26.
Individually, sophomore Brooke Buringrud led the way with 14 kills, and sophomore Randy Goodenough finished with 10 kills and a career-high 10 blocks. Freshman Whitney Dosty posted 12 kills and freshman Jacy Norton finished with 11 kills. Junior Dominique Lamb added nine kills and 10 blocks.
Arizona finished the match with a .216 hitting percentage (57-24-153), its highest mark in six matches, and posted 19.0 blocks.
The Wildcats fought USC tough in the first game, but the Women of Troy used an 11-3 scoring run midway to take a 26-16 lead and cruise to a 30-19 game-one win. USC out-hit Arizona .323 (14-4-31) to .026 (12-11-38) in the first game.
Arizona responded in the second game for a 30-28 win. The Cats jumped out to a 6-1 lead over USC, but the Trojans would catch Arizona at 11-11. With the game notched at 15-15, Arizona used a 7-1 run to take a 22-16 lead, and would hold at least a two-point cushion over the Trojans down the stretch for the win. Arizona hit .289 (15-4-38) in the second game to USC’s .167 (21-12-54) hitting percentage.
Despite hitting a match-high .303 (14-4-33) in the third game, USC walked away with a 30-21 game-three win. The two teams traded blows early, until Arizona took a slight advantage at 13-10. USC would tie things up at 14-14, and went on a 9-3 run to take 23-17 lead that would turn into the nine-point win.
Arizona kept things close with USC in the fourth game, as the Women of Troy took the match-clinching game 30-26. Arizona out-hit USC .250 (16-5-44) to .216 (19-8-51) in the game, but faded down the stretch.
Arizona will next host Oregon on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.