TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Despite a valiant comeback, the No. 22 Arizona volleyball team fell in four games (28-30, 22-30, 30-25, 24-30) to No. 1 Washington at McKale Center tonight. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 11-7 overall and 3-5 in Pacific-10 play.
Arizona hit .242 on the match, while the Huskies combined for a .270 hitting percentage. The Wildcats out-blocked Washington 10-6, but had six service aces compared to the nine of the Huskies.
“I’m disappointed with us,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “I felt like we let the opposition win the match. It took us a while to get in it emotionally until game three."
“Our defense and blocking were excellent,” he continued. “Steph set a good match, but a few people didn’t pass well and that hurt us. It’s frustrating losing to a team that you feel that you’re as good as, if not better than. The good news is that they’re the No. 1 team in the nation, so we’re not that far off. It feels like we’re getting better."
Junior Kim Glass led Arizona with a season- and match-high 28 kills to go along with 14 digs, three blocks and two service aces. Junior Bre Ladd added 15 kills on .481 hitting. She also tallied six blocks. Junior Jennifer Abernathy rounded out the group of Wildcats in double-figure kills and notched a double-double ?- 13 kills and 13 digs.
Setter Stephanie Butkus dished out 65 assists on the match. She also added seven digs and four blocks. Senior libero Kelli Mulvany finished with a season-high 23 digs and three service aces.
Washington jumped out to an 8-2 lead in game one and maintained a large lead until late in the game, when the Wildcats cut it to three (27-24), forcing the Huskies to take a time out. Arizona outscored the Huskies 4-1 after the time out to tie the game at 28, but Washington scored the next two points to win 30-28. The Wildcats hit .309 on the game, compared to the .304 of the Huskies. Glass led Arizona with 11 kills and just one error on 27 attempts for a .370 hitting percentage.
Game two was played close at the start, but Washington used a 4-0 run to pull ahead and built its lead to as many as seven (18-11). The Wildcats fought back and cut the lead to three (19-16), but the Huskies scored the next three points and went on to win 30-22. Arizona hit .333 on the game, while Washington combined for a .350 hitting percentage. The Wildcats out-blocked the Huskies 3-1, but Washington had four service aces on the game. Ladd and Glass had four kills apiece to pace Arizona.
Washington scored the first five points in the third game and built its lead to as many as eight. Just when it seemed as though the match was over, Arizona used a 10-0 run that included three Mulvany aces to take a five-point lead (27-22) and went on to win 30-26. Mulvany had seven digs on the game.
The fourth game had six ties, including one at 11. Washington then used an 8-2 run to take a 19-13 lead. Arizona was able to cut it to four on several occasions, but the Huskies went on to win 30-24. The Wildcats hit just .100 on the game, compared to the .222 of the Huskies. Glass notched nine kills on the game to lead Arizona.
Arizona hosts instate rival Arizona State at 7 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 23.