Trailing 9-6 in the decisive fifth game,
The victory handed Rubio his 400th career coaching win and advanced his squad to the regional finals for the first time since 2002.
Struggling with passing and setting all night long,
Individually, Glass led all players with 32 kills, a career postseason-high and the third-most for any player in UA’s NCAA history. Glass also added 15 digs, four total blocks and a pair of service aces.
Senior teammates Jennifer Abernathy and Bre Ladd added 19 and 10 kills, respectively. Abernathy played a large part in the come-from behind win, posting five kills apiece in the fourth and fifth games, and chipped in with 14 digs for her 16th double-double of the year. Ladd finished the contest with seven total blocks in the middle and hit a team-best .474. Junior Kristina Baum led all
Trailing 2-1 after three games, a determined and veteran Wildcat squad emerged in game four to square the match at two games apiece. UA utilized an early 11-2 run to take a 20-10 lead and maintained its double digit advantage in the frame. Abernathy and Glass chipped in with 11 combined kills in the set as Arizona hit .300 while limiting Ohio to an .041 hitting percentage.
The Bobcats pulled off the victory in the opening game despite a .179 hitting percentage and a 10-4 advantage by the Wildcats on the block. The set saw the two schools hold game point a combined eight times before a Glass hitting error handed
Junior setter Stephanie Butkus came off the bench in game two to help the Wildcats head in to the break with a 1-1 tie. After entering the frame midway through, Butkus finished the set with eight assists and helped UA to a .219 hitting percentage. Middle blockers Ladd and Dominique Lamb combined for seven of UA’s 14 kills in the game, and Glass added five more.
Ohio used a 6-1 run at the end of game three and posted a .333 hitting percentage, recording 15 kills on 33 attempts with only four errors to take a 2-1 lead with the four-point victory. The Wildcats didn’t help their cause with four service errors and three ball handling errors in the game.