Nov. 21, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – Coming off a win over No. 11 Washington, the No. 22 University of Arizona volleyball team was selected to have its Friday, Nov. 26 match at No. 4 California televised by Fox Sports Net.
The wildcard selection, pitting the conference’s first place team, Cal, against the upstart Cats, was chosen by conference administrators and school officials. UA will be hoping to spoil the Golden Bears’ attempt to win its first-ever Pac-10 Conference championship. Last Friday, Cal beat No. 2 Stanford for the second time this season to move a game up in the standings.
It’s only fitting Arizona and California will close out the regular season against one another as they opened conference play together back in September in Tucson. In that match, the Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Golden Bears fought back, eventually winning the fifth set 17-15.
Last night against the No. 11 Huskies on Senior Night, Arizona turned in a stellar performance, defeating UW in four sets behind 26 kills and 26 digs by Tiffany Owens, 59 assists and 10 digs from Paige Weber and 20 kills and nine digs from Courtney Karst.
The Cats will deviate from its traditional Friday-Saturday conference schedule and face the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif. on Wednesday, have Thursday off for the Thanksgiving holiday, and play the Golden Bears at noon at Friday in Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.
Arizona’s 3-1 win over Washington was the team’s 20th victory of the season. UA had not won 20 matches in a season since head coach Dave Rubio’s 2005 team which narrowly missed the program’s second Final Four trip.
FSN’s broadcast will be tape-delayed with air times across the networks’ regional stations to follow. In Arizona’s previous FSN matchup, the Cats swept Arizona State 3-0 in Tucson.