Sept. 12, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- The No.14-ranked Arizona volleyball team over came its early match struggles to defeat New Mexico State 3-0 in the opening match of the Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic on Friday. Game scores were 30-28, 35-33, 30-19.
The Wildcats (5-3) opened the invitational with a flurry of hitting errors and missed serves. Arizona posted an uncharacteristically high 11 hitting errors in the open frame to hit just .175 and then added seven service errors to add to the woes. Still the Wildcats managed to limit NMSU (4-3) to a .139 hitting percentage and just nine kills in game.
Game two appeared to have slipped away from the Wildcats as NMSU held game point at 29-23. The Wildcats, backed by steady serving from Jennifer Abernathy, rolled off seven straight unanswered points to force the second frame into extra points. Kim Glass was the leading force behind the late surge as she finished the second game with 11 of her match-high 20 kills.
Game three was all Arizona as the Wildcats took advantage of NMSU's .071 hitting percentage while posting a .378 attack percentage of its own.
Glass, who led all players with 20 kills, also finished with five total blocks, including a pair of solo stuffs, and a match-high 14 digs. Sophomore classmates Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy added seven and eight kills, respectively. Freshman setter Stephanie Butkus dished out 39 assists while also chipping in with a season-high nine kills and seven digs.
Arizona returns to action on Friday night with a match up with No. 11-ranked UC Santa Barbara. First serve in McKale Center is scheduled for 7:30 pm.