TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 18 Arizona volleyball team opened its season with a three-game sweep (30-21, 30-25, 30-27) of Siena in the Four Points Sheraton Arizona Invitational at McKale Center this morning.
Arizona hit .250 on the match, compared to the .048 of the Saints. The Wildcats also out-blocked Siena 17-2. Both teams notched 37 kills.
“We were a little rough overall,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “I was pleased with the first game. In the second and third games, there were parts of the game that were okay but serve receive wasn’t very good. It took us out of our rhythm and caused some chaotic moments. Setting and attacking were okay, but our defense was sloppy and we were too casual with our serve receive. We are not the kind of team that can be casual because we are not good enough.”
Freshman Whitney Dosty led Arizona with 12 kills, followed by sophomore Brooke Buringrud with 10. Junior Dominique Lamb led all players with a career-high 11 blocks. Senior Stephanie Butkus finished with 22 assists, a team-high seven digs and six blocks.
Arizona jumped out to a 13-2 lead in game one, but Siena later rattled off five straight points to make it a five-point game (16-11). That was as close as the Saints would get, as the Wildcats went on to win by nine, 30-21. Arizona hit .440 on the game, compared to the .091 of Siena, and out-blocked the Saints 5-1. Buringrud led Arizona with five kills, followed by Dosty with four.
The Wildcats led by six (11-5) early in game two, but Siena used a 5-0 run to cut it to one (12-11) and later tied it at 17. From there, Arizona went on a 10-3 run and went on to win 30-25. The Wildcats hit .233 on the game and again held the Saints to .091. Dosty had five kills to pace Arizona.
Arizona trailed early in game three, but used an 8-2 run to take a 14-8 lead. Sienna responded with five straight points to make it a one-point game (14-13). From there, both teams played closely until Siena went on a 7-2 run to take a 25-20 lead. The Wildcats then rattled off six straight points to take the lead back, 26-25. Arizona went on to win 30-27.
Arizona hosts Northern Colorado for a 7 p.m. match tonight.