TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 21 Arizona volleyball team swept past Bradley (30-28, 30-24, 30-28) in the first match of the Four Points Sheraton Wildcat Classic at McKale Center this morning. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 6-1 on the season.
Arizona bettered Bradley in every statistical category ?- hitting percentage (.246 to .178), kills (58 to 45), assists (50 to 41), digs (50 to 37) and blocks (10 to 5).
“With a young team, there are always growing pains, but I hate to use that excuse," Head Coach David Rubio said. "If I didn’t think we were capable, or if I didn’t think we could be consistent, that would be one thing, but we’re just not doing it. We have high expectations because we have good practices, but just can’t put it together in a match.”
Sophomore Brooke Buringrud led Arizona with 16 kills and 11 digs. Junior Dominique Lamb added 15 kills on .500 hitting to go with eight blocks. Freshman Whitney Dosty finished with 13 kills. Senior setter Stephanie Butkus dished out 48 assists to go with eight digs in the win.
After Arizona led 10-5 in game one, Bradley cut the lead to one (18-17) before the Wildcats rattled off six straight points to take a seven-point lead (24-17). The Braves battled back, using a 6-1 run to tie the game at 28. Arizona scored the last two points for the 30-28 win. The Wildcats hit .191 on the game, compared to the .182 of Bradley. Dosty and Buringrud each tallied five kills, while Lamb notched five blocks to lead Arizona.
The Wildcats took an early lead in game two, but Bradley fought back and took an 11-10 lead. From that point, there were 13 ties before Arizona scored four straight points to take a 27-23 lead and went on to win 30-24. Arizona hit .400 on the game, compared to the .216 of the Braves. Dosty and Buringrud tallied five kills apiece to lead the Wildcats.
Bradley quickly built a lead in game three, leading by as many as six on several occasions. But Arizona went on an 8-2 run to take its first lead (24-23) since the beginning of the game. The Wildcats went on to win 30-28.
UP NEXT: Arizona hosts Montana State at 7 p.m. this evening.