Oct. 1, 2008
Using a 20-5 run in the second set, the Arizona volleyball team (12-2, 2-1) swept by in-state rival Arizona State 3-0 Wednesday night in McKale Center.
Trailing 15-5 in the second set, the Wildcats used senior Randy Goodenough to spark a 20-5 run to win the second set 25-20. In that span, the Wildcats had a stretch of five straight blocks on their way to a season-high 15 blocks in the match.
Arizona, playing for the first time as a ranked team since 2005, beat the visiting Sun Devils 25-23, 25-20 and 25-10.
“It’s been a while since we’ve beat those guys, so it was nice,” Arizona head coach Dave Rubio said. Arizona State had won four in a row, dating back to 2005. “Game two was obviously the turning point. That comeback was very impressive.”
Rubio said he is very pleased with is team’s depth and it showed against the Sun Devils. Four players recorded five or more digs in the match and seven players had at least one assisted block.
“It’s a great feeling for our team to come out and play like that in our own gym,” said Goodenough, who ended with five kills and five blocks.
Sophomore Stephanie Snow also played a key role in the win. The Tempe native recorded seven kills, with no attack errors and ten blocks, including being involved in every one of Arizona’s five straight blocks in the second set.
“It just seemed dead out there and I wanted to go out there and beat the heck out of ASU,” she said. “Coming from Tempe, I’ve played with or against almost all of ASU’s players and I just wanted to go out there and play my hardest.”
The Wildcats get little break as they travel to Fort Collins, Colo. to take on No. 12 Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 4th at 7:00 p.m.