Nov. 20, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Riding a wave of momentum from taking sets one and two, the No. 22 University of Arizona volleyball team hung on against No. 11 Washington in the fourth set in McKale Center on Saturday evening to record its 20th win of the season.
Tiffany Owens, Paige Weber and Courtney Karst were stellar for the Cats as Owens went for 26 kills and 26 digs, Karst for 20 kills and nine digs and Weber doled out a season-high 59 assists while picking up 10 digs.
Owens and Weber, along with Whitney Dosty, Danielle Holloway and Kaylen Bannister were honored before the match during Senior Night festivities. More importantly, all five were crucial to UA's win over the `Dawgs.
"It's my last game at home, and in four years we've never beat Washington," said Weber. "Before we came in we were told that the last time we beat them was eight years ago. This was our last chance to play them, unless we see them again in the tournament. We played them here, on our home floor, and we finally won. You couldn't write a better story."
Player Post Match Interview
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the match, UA was cautious to become complacent after how previous leads over ranked teams have played out this season. The Huskies would win the third set, but Arizona's late rally in the third, propelled its play over the fourth set.
Over the last game, Arizona took a 9-8 lead early and never gave it back to. Washington would keep matters close most of the way but at 23-22, Arizona came up with three long-rally points to win the set and the match.
UA's win was its first victory over Washington since the 2002 season. Additionally it's the program's first time notching 20 victories since 2005.
"It's been a while since we beat Washington, and it feels good to have this win," said head coach Dave Rubio. "I'm happy that we were able to beat a very good team at home, especially since we've been so close all season. We were good enough at the end of the game to win it."
Coach Rubio Post Match Interview
The Cats are now 9-7 in conference play and 20-9 overall while the Huskies fall to 8-8 in league and 19-8 overall.
Next week, UA takes on No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 California on the road in an unusual Wednesday-Friday `weekend' due to the Thanksgiving holiday. NCAA Selection Sunday will air Sunday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. on ESPNews.