Eugene, Ore. ?- The University of Arizona women’s volleyball team (10-9, 1-6 Pac-10) fell to the Oregon Ducks (14-3, 4-3 Pac-10) in a three-game sweep on Friday night before 1,015 fans at McArthur Court. Game scores were 30-24, 30-24, and 30-26.
The Ducks out-hit the Wildcats .283 to .104, as UA registered 44 kills on 135 swings with 30 errors. Freshman Whitney Dosty led Arizona with 13 kills, and sophomore Brooke Buringrud added 11 kills. Senior Stephanie Butkus finished with a match-high 41 assists.
“Our team just couldn’t find any offense on the left, and we couldn’t find any offense on the right,” head coach Dave Rubio said. “Oregon was more assertive then we were. They played harder, they were more aggressive than we were, and they played like they wanted to win it more.”
“I am satisfied with a split this weekend, but things aren’t going to get any easier for us. We need to finish the rest of our season strong,” Rubio said.
Arizona finished the match with 11 team blocks, as the Wildcats have posted double-digit blocks in 13 of their last 14 matches.
Arizona and Oregon battled early on in the first game before the Ducks used a mini 6-2 scoring run to create some distance at 22-16. Oregon would keep that lead intact down the stretch for a 30-24 game-one win.
In the second game, the Wildcats owned a 12-10 lead over the Ducks before being outscored 11-3, giving Oregon a 21-15 advantage. UA would cut that lead to 25-23, but a late charge by Oregon gave the Ducks a 30-24 win.
In the third game, Arizona trailed Oregon 26-25 late, but faded at the end to give the Ducks the sweep with a 30-26 game-three defeat.
Oregon beat Arizona State and Arizona this weekend to give the Ducks their first Pac-10 weekend sweep since 1989.
Arizona will next host Washington State on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.