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09-28-2007 Oregon Sweeps Volleyball
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/28/2007
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Tucson , Ariz. ?C The Arizona volleyball team could not overcome a slow start and shaky play late in games, falling to No. 21 Oregon in three games on Friday night in McKale Center before a crowd of 1,522.? Game scores were 30-21, 31-29 and 31-29, as the Wildcats drop to 11-5, 1-3 Pac-10 and the Ducks improve to 14-2, 3-1 Pac-10.

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As a team, Arizona hit .138 (45-27-130) from the floor while posting 10 blocks and four service aces.? Oregon hit .221 (48-21-122) as a team on the night, and finished with eight blocks and six service aces.

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ˇ?It was not a well played match by either team,ˇ± head coach Dave Rubio said.? ˇ?I donˇ?t know why we didnˇ?t play well tonight.? We were up in games two and three, and in position to win those games, but our players didnˇ?t step up and do the things we needed them to do in order to make that happen.ˇ±

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Individually for the Wildcats, junior Randy Goodenough led the team with 14 kills while posting six digs and four blocks.? Freshman Tiffany Owens registered 11 kills, and senior Dominique Lamb posted six kills and seven blocks.? Freshman Paige Weber finished with a match-high 38 assists.

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Oregon took advantage of a slow start by Arizona in game one, running out to a quick 7-0 lead over the Wildcats.? The Ducks kept attacking the Wildcat defense, and went up 15-3 after another 7-0 scoring run.? Oregon was up 20-10, and kept that distance down the stretch for a 30-21 win, holding Arizona to a .083 hitting percentage (12-9-36).

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Arizona seemed to turn the momentum around in game two, chipping away for an 8-3 lead that expanded into a 13-5 advantage.? Arizona held a 10-point advantage at 23-13 and had full control of the game before giving up a crushing 11-1 run to the Ducks that tied the game at 24-24.? Oregon retook the momentum from there, going up 26-25 over the Wildcats.? Arizona tried to battle back at the end, but dropped game two 31-29.

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In game three, Oregon took the early lead at 8-5 before Arizona fought back to tie things up at 9-9.? The Wildcats mustered up a 15-13 lead, but Oregon came back to tie the game back up at 19-19.? Arizona seemed to take control of the game and was up 24-20 on the Ducks.? Oregon, however, rallied to steal the lead at 27-26.? Arizona fought back for a 29-28 advantage, but Oregon responded with a kill and a service ace to end the game at 31-29 and earn the sweep.

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Arizona will hit the road and travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on Washington State on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.? The Wildcats will also take on No. 8 Washington on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in Seattle.

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