TUCSON, Ariz. ?- It was a night of milestones for three Wildcat seniors as the No. 9 Arizona volleyball team defeated Washington State in four games (30-18, 31-33, 30-19, 30-15) at McKale Center tonight. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 16-4 overall and 8-3 in Pac-10 play.
Senior Kim Glass became Arizona’s all-time kills leader in the second game, recording the 1,860th kill of her career and surpassing Barb Bell, who played from 1993-96. She now has 1,870 kills on her career.
Just after that, senior Bre Ladd recorded the 1,000th kill of her career. Then, in game three, senior Jennifer Abernathy tallied her 1,000th career kill. The duo became the 14th and 15th players in Arizona volleyball history to do so.
“This has been a good year for those guys [Kim Glass, Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy],” Head Coach David Rubio said. “It's been a season that we've thought about having for a long time with this group. This season, so far, we're heading in a very positive direction.”
“Kim is going to break a lot of records here,” he continued. “This year, she's had a lot of focus to get better and to be one of the best players in the country. If she continues with the focus and motivation she's played with, she can be the best player in the country.”
Glass led all players with 22 kills to go along with 10 digs, four service aces and three blocks. It was her 13th double-double of the year. Abernathy added 15 kills and 21 digs for her ninth double-double of the season and fourth in a row.
Junior Kristina Baum finished with 16 kills, 14 digs, six assists and four blocks, while Ladd tallied 10 kills and 10 blocks for her first double-double of the season.
Sophomore setter Amy Dyck had a complete match, finishing with her fifth double-double of the season. She had 54 assists, 12 digs, five blocks and four kills on .667 hitting. Libero Brittany Leonard finished with 16 digs.
"It was a good weekend for us,” Rubio said. “After these two matches, we know that we're one of the best teams in the country and we're still improving, which is encouraging."
Arizona dominated game one, leading by as many as 12 points and winning 30-18. The Wildcats hit .410 on the game, compared to the .156 of the Cougars. Glass led all players with six kills, followed by Baum with five.
Washington State jumped out to an 8-3 lead in game two, but Arizona rattled off five straight points to tie the game. The Cougars later scored six straight points to take a 23-16 lead. The Wildcats answered with four in a row to make it a three-point game and later tied it at 26 apiece. Both teams then traded points until Washington State scored two in a row for a 33-31 win. The Cougars out-hit Arizona .213 to .127 and out-blocked the Wildcats 6-3. Glass led Arizona with six kills.
With Washington State up 6-1 early in game three, Arizona was forced to call a time out. The Wildcats responded with a 7-1 run to take an 8-7 lead. The game was then played closely until Arizona used a 7-2 run to take a five-point lead and never looked back, winning 30-19. The Wildcats hit .389 on the game and held Washington State to just .024. Glass paced Arizona with seven kills on the game.
After trailing early in the fourth and final game, Arizona used a 6-0 run to take a commanding lead that proved to be too much for the Cougars. The Wildcats went on to win 30-15.
Arizona hosts instate rival Arizona State for a 7 p.m. match next Friday, Nov. 4, in McKale.