TUCSON, Ariz. ?- In a thrilling five-game match, the No. 12 Arizona volleyball team upset No. 3 Stanford, the defending national champion, in front of 1,305 fans at McKale Center this evening. Game scores were 30-24, 26-30, 29-31, 34-32 and 15-8. With the win Arizona improves to 13-2 overall and 5-1 in the Pac-10. Stanford falls to 16-3 and 5-2 in the Pac-10.
“It has to be one of the better and more gratifying wins in several years, since the last time we beat Stanford at home,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “It’s been a road of ups and downs for our seniors. I’m proud of how we battled tonight. We played well at times. We fought hard and got the job done.”
Arizona hit .274 on the match, compared to the .232 of the Cardinal. The Wildcats also out-blocked Stanford 16-5.
Senior Kim Glass led a group of four Wildcats to post double-doubles, tallying her ninth of the season. She finished with a season-high 27 kills, to go along with 13 digs and four blocks. Senior Jennifer Abernathy added 18 kills, 18 digs and five blocks, while junior Kristina Baum finished with a career-high 17 kills to go along with 13 digs.
Sophomore setter Amy Dyck dished out a career-high 69 assists and tallied 13 digs. “My hat goes off to Amy,” Rubio said. “She did a terrific job out there in a big-time match. She battled and she showed how big of a competitor she is.”
Freshman Brittany Leonard rounded up a group of five Wildcats in double-digit digs with 13. Senior Bre Ladd added nine kills, five blocks and three service aces, while sophomore Dominique Lamb finished with seven kills and five blocks.
Game one started out close, with seven ties in the first seven points before Arizona scored three straight points to take a four-point lead (13-9). The Wildcats led by as many as five (17-12), but the Cardinal scored three straight to make it a two-point game. Arizona later scored three in a row to take its biggest lead of the game, 22-16. The Wildcats later scored four straight to take a 26-18 lead, but Stanford wouldn’t give up. The Cardinal, down 28-20, scored four in a row, but Arizona responded with two straight for the 30-24 win.
The Wildcats hit .344 on the game and held Stanford to .163 of Stanford. Arizona also out-blocked the Cardinal 7-0. Abernathy led the Wildcats with five kills, followed by Glass with four.
In game two, both teams traded points until Arizona scored three in a row to take a 12-9 lead. The Wildcats later extended the lead to six (20-14), but Stanford scored five straight points to make it a one-point game, 20-19. The Cardinal took its first lead of the game at 23-22 and went on to win 30-26.
Arizona hit .263 in game two, compared to the .351 of the Cardinal. The Wildcats were out-blocked 2-1 on the game. Glass led Arizona with six kills, while Abernathy had five digs.
Game three started out close before Stanford began to pull away midway through, taking a five-point lead, 18-13 and forcing Arizona to take its second time out. The Cardinal led by as many as seven and was up 28-22 when Arizona scored five straight points to make it a one-point game, 28-27. Stanford scored the next point for game point, but the Wildcats scored the next two to tie it at 29 apiece. The Cardinal then scored two in a row for the 31-29 win.
Arizona .213 on the game, compared to the .271 of Stanford, but out-blocked the Cardinal 4-2. Glass led the team with five kills, while Dyck had 16 assists.
Stanford quickly jumped out to a 10-5 lead in game four, but Arizona then outscored the Cardinal 9-5 to make it a 15-14 game. Stanford built it back to a 20-16 lead, but the Wildcats quickly cut it back to two, 20-18, forcing a Cardinal time out. Stanford scored two points out of the time out to go up 22-18, forcing Rubio to use his last time out.
After the break, with the Cardinal up by five, Arizona scored four in a row to make it a 23-22 game, and would later tie it at 24, forcing Stanford to use its last time out. After another tie at 26, the Cardinal took a two-point lead and had match point (29-28), but served the ball out of bounds. After ties at 29, 30, 31 and 32, Arizona scored two straight points for the 34-32 win.
The Wildcats hit .241 on the game, compared to the .228 of the Cardinal. Arizona also out-blocked Stanford 2-0. Glass had nine kills on the game to pace the Wildcats.
After Stanford scored the first point in the fifth and final game, Arizona went on a 4-0 run to take a 4-1 lead and force the Cardinal to call a time out. The Wildcats then used a 6-2 run to go up 10-4 and push Stanford into its final time out. Stanford got as close as four (11-7), but Arizona went on to win 15-8. Abernathy, Baum and Glass tallied three kills each to lead Arizona.
Arizona hosts No. 13 California at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 14. The match leads into McKale Madness, the first practice of the season for the Arizona men’s basketball team. The basketball festivities begin at 9 p.m., but fans interested in getting the best seats are invited to attend the volleyball match, as the team hopes to break the school’s single-match attendance record of 9,141, which was set in 2002.