Tucson, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona women’s volleyball team (10-11, 1-8 Pac-10) dropped the first two games to No. 6 Washington (17-3, 7-2 Pac-10), but gave the Huskies all they could handle down the stretch before falling in four games on Friday night in McKale Center. Game scores were 30-21, 30-20, 24-30, and 30-26.
Freshman Whitney Dosty led Arizona with 17 kills, sophomore Brooke Buringrud added 14 kills, and junior Dominique Lamb chipped in with nine kills. Senior Stephanie Butkus tallied 50 assists, and freshman Jacy Norton had seven kills to go with a .538 hitting percentage.
As a team, Arizona hit .189 (54-22-169), as UW finished the match with a .217 (72-32-184) hitting percentage. The Wildcats posted 17.0 blocks to the Huskies 8.5 blocks, as Arizona has now posted double-digit blocks in 15 of their last 16 matches.
“This was a fun match to play and a fun match to coach,” head coach Dave Rubio said. “Our players played hard and they went out there and tried to take something that they wanted. They finally pushed back.”
“We are not that far away from where we want to be, and I know that we will be there by the end of the season,” Rubio said.
Arizona was aggressive early in the first game, using a 6-0 scoring run to take a 10-5 lead over the Huskies. UW answered right back with a 6-1 run of its own to tie the game at 11-11. Arizona traded blows with Washington and trailed 21-20 before the Dawgs put together a 9-1 run down the stretch to seal a 30-21 game-one win. UW out-hit Arizona .137 (15-8-51) to .047 (11-9-43) in game one.
Washington took control of game two early, and cruised to a 30-20 win behind a .270 (16-6-37) hitting percentage compared to a .184 (11-4-38) mark for the Wildcats. With Arizona trailing 6-4, the Huskies used an 11-3 run to go up 17-7 and kept that distance down the stretch for the 10-point win.
The Wildcats stepped up their performance in the third game with a sizzling .326 (17-3-43) hitting percentage for a 30-24 win. Arizona jumped out to a 5-1 lead and later used an 8-2 run to extend its lead to 15-8. Leading 20-13, UW rallied with a 7-1 run to trail 21-20. UA would regain control of the game and outscored the Huskies 9-4 down the stretch.
Arizona went blow-for-blow with UW in the fourth game to tie the game at 19-19. UW rallied down the stretch and jumped out to a 29-23 lead, but needed three more sets to put away the Cats.
Arizona will next host California on Friday, Oct. 27 in McKale Center at 7 p.m.