TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 17 Arizona volleyball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a sweep (30-21, 30-24, 30-24) of No. 20 Georgia Tech in the Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic at McKale Center tonight. Arizona hit .330 on the match and held the Yellow Jackets to just .077. The Wildcats also out-blocked Georgia Tech 11-2.
“In years past, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the team early on," Head Coach Dave Rubio said. "Now I know how we’re going to play every night. Depending on the night, we may go up a little or down a little, but overall our performance won’t fluctuate as much.”
“Georgia Tech is a good, young team that is inexperienced," he continued. "We are playing like veterans with experience who are responding at critical moments.”
Senior Jennifer Abernathy led Arizona with 15 kills, nine digs, four blocks and two service aces. Senior Kim Glass added 13 kills, six digs, four blocks and two service aces. Senior Bre Ladd and sophomore Dominique Ladd also notched four blocks apiece. Setter Stephanie Butkus finished with 35 assists on the night.
In the first game, the Wildcats pulled away early and led by as many as 11 before going on to the 30-21 win. Arizona out-hit the Yellow Jackets .233 to .000. Glass and Abernathy tallied four kills each, and Abernathy also added three blocks.
Game two was played more closely, until Arizona used a 6-0 run to take a 25-17 lead. The Wildcats went on to win 30-24. Arizona combined for a .389 hitting percentage, compared to the .214 of Georgia Tech. Glass finished with seven kills and four digs on the game, while Abernathy added six and four, respectively.
In the third and final game, Arizona built its lead to as many as 10 (18-8) before sealing the victory with a 30-24 win. The Wildcats hit .357 for the game and held the Yellow Jackets to -.037. Abernathy paced the team with five kills, followed by Ladd with four.
UP NEXT: Arizona closes out the Wildcat Classic with a 7 p.m. match tomorrow, Sept. 3, vs. Northwestern for the championship.