TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 17 Arizona volleyball team lost its third-straight match, a 3-1 defeat (20-30, 18-30, 30-, 25-30) at the hands of No. 10 UCLA at McKale Center this evening. The Wildcats hit .170 compared to the .211 of the Bruins and were out-blocked 10.5-8. UCLA also had 10 service aces on the match.
“We got hit by a bus tonight,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “We were ill prepared for the serving. The pace and velocity of their serving took us out of our game in games one and two. Only in games three and four did things start to even out for us.”
“We’re a team in transition right now,” he continued. “When you have five lineups in five weeks you suffer. We need to play for two or three weeks in a row with the same players in the same spots.”
Junior Kim Glass led the Wildcats with 25 kills and 16 digs. Junior Jennifer Abernathy added 15 kills and 10 digs, while sophomore Meghan Cumpston finished with 10 kills and 13 digs. Setter Stephanie Butkus, who was replaced at times by freshman Amy Dyck, finished with 41 assists and 11 digs.
After a close start to game one, UCLA used a 6-0 run to take a 13-5 lead and never looked back, building its lead to as many as 13 (28-15) and winning 30-20. The Bruins out-hit Arizona .300 to .146 and had four service aces on the game. Glass led the Wildcats with eight kills on .571 hitting.
The Bruins jumped out to a 5-0 lead in game two, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Though Arizona quickly cut it to two (7-5), UCLA extended it to seven (13-6) and later built it to as many as 14 (29-15) before winning 30-18. The Bruins again out-hit Arizona, this time .212 to .045. UCLA also out-blocked the Wildcats 4-1. Abernathy led Arizona with four kills on the game.
After a closely contested start to game three, Arizona used a 15-6 run to take a 22-13 lead. UCLA then outscored the Wildcats 4-1 to cut the Arizona lead to six (23-17), forcing a Wildcat time out. Arizona outscored the Bruins 7-2 after the time out en route to a 30-19 win. Glass led the Wildcats with seven kills, followed by Abernathy with five.
The fourth and final game was close throughout, with neither team ever leading by more than four points until the final, a 30-25 victory for the Bruins. Glass again led the team with eight kills on the game.
Arizona hosts No. 3 USC at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 2.