TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 22 Arizona volleyball team capitalized on a season-high nine service aces in a sweep (30-18, 30-22, 30-19) of Washington State in front of 5,275 fans at McKale Center tonight. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 11-6 overall and 3-4 in Pacific-10 play.
Arizona hit .343 on the night and held the Cougars to just .129. The Wildcats also led every other major statistical category ?- kills (49 to 36), assists (41 to 33), digs (34 to 32) and blocks (7 to 6).
“Washington State is a program in transition,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “The coaching staff has done a good job with what they have. The bottom line is that a win is a win. We’ll take it and move on to the next match.”
“Everything has settled down now,” he continued. “Every player knows where she is going to be and when she is going to come in. That makes it easier to be consistent. We are so talented physically and once we get our feet under us we will we be solid.”
Junior Kim Glass led Arizona with 15 kills on .314 hitting, to go along with a season-high four service aces, four digs and three blocks. Junior Bre Ladd added 12 kills on .429 hitting and four blocks. Setter Stephanie Butkus dished out 34 assists on the match, while libero Kelli Mulvany had a team-high 14 digs. She also added four service aces.
After trailing early in game one, Arizona used a 6-0 run to take a 6-1 lead and never looked back, dominating the game and winning 30-18. Ladd and Glass led the Wildcats with four kills apiece as Arizona hit .367 on the game and held the Cougars to .000.
Arizona jumped out to a 5-0 lead in game two and built its lead to as many as eight before winning 30-22. The Wildcats hit .231 on the game, compared to the .111 of Washington State. Cumpston and Glass each tallied five kills on the game.
In the third and final game, the Wildcats trailed early, but quickly built a large lead and went on to win 30-19. Arizona hit a blazing .455 on the game led by the six kills of Ladd.
Arizona hosts No. 1 Washington at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 16. “In order to win tomorrow we will need to play at a consistent level,” Rubio said. “Washington will make few errors. They force you to terminate the ball against them.”