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010-19-2007 Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker to No. 9 Cal in Five
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/19/2007
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Tucson , Ariz. ?C The Arizona volleyball team let a 2-0 game lead slip away to No. 9 California, falling to the Golden Bears in five games on Friday night before 1,480 fans in McKale Center.? Game scores were 20-30, 23-30, 30-28, 30-22 and 15-12.? The loss drops the Wildcats to 12-9, 2-7 Pac-10, while Cal improves to 16-4, 6-3 Pac-10.

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As a team, Arizona hit .206 from the floor (63-30-160), and finished with 13.5 blocks and seven service aces.? Cal hit .191 (69-36-173) in the match, and posted 15 blocks and three service aces.

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ˇ?This was the first time this season that we did not hold anything back and played to win,ˇ± head coach Dave Rubio said.? ˇ?Unfortunately, there is no reinforcement in losing, especially when tonight there was a small margin in between a win and a loss.ˇ±

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Individually for Arizona, junior Randy Goodenough posted her 10th double-double (second-straight) of the season with a team-high 18 kills and 10 digs.? Freshman Tiffany Owens posted a career-high 17 kills, and junior Brooke Buringrud finished with 11 kills.? Sophomore Alanna Resch tallied 13 digs, and senior Dominique Lamb notched eight kills and eight blocks.? Freshman Paige Weber finished with 53 assists.

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Sophomore Hana Cutura led Cal with 25 kills.

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Arizona got off to a fast start in the match, racing out to an 11-4 lead.? The Wildcats expanded their advantage down the stretch, and was in full control of the game with a commanding 28-19 lead.? UA hit .467 (17-3-30) in the game, which is a season-best in Pac-10 play, while limiting the Golden Bears to a .088 (11-8-34) mark.

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Cal responded in the second game by leading much of the first half, but the Wildcats caught up to tie things up at 15-15.? Arizona took an 18-16 lead, but the Golden Bears fought back to tie it up at 21-21.? The Wildcats then went on a 9-2 run at the end to earn a 30-23 win and a 2-0 game advantage.? Arizona hit .343 (17-5-35) in game two.

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The Golden Bears switched the momentum in game three, taking a 5-1 lead early on, which expanded to a 14-8 advantage.? UA cut the lead to 18-14, but five-straight points by Cal had the Wildcats down 23-14.? Arizona then went on a sizzling 12-4 scoring run to cut the deficit to 29-28.? A service error by Goodenough, however, handed Cal a 30-28 game three win.

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The Wildcats and the Golden Bears traded points for much of the fourth game and were notched up at 20-20.? Cal posted a 10-2 run from there to win 30-22, and capitalized on Arizonaˇ?s -.025 (10-11-40) hitting percentage to force a decisive game five.

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Cal stole the early momentum in game five, posting a quick 4-1 lead.? The Golden Bears were up 8-5 on Arizona, but the Wildcats used a 5-1 run to go up 10-9.? The game was tied up at 12-12, but UA gave up a service ace and two-straight kills to Angie Pressey to drop the final game 15-12.

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Arizona will next travel to No. 19 Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 25, and will face Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 26.
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