Nov. 26, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Despite three players posting kills in the double-digits, the Arizona volleyball team (19-12, 11-11) fell to Arizona State (9-22, 5-17) at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. on Saturday night. The Sun Devils took the match, 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-23) after the Wildcats won 3-1 on Tuesday in Tucson.
Seniors Courtney Karst (Centennial, Colo.) and Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the team with 15 and 16 kills, respectively, and freshman Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) added 11 for the Wildcats.
In addition, four players recorded digs, as sophomore Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) had 20, Kingdon and sophomore Emily Helm (Queen Creek, Ariz.) had 15 each and freshman Chloe Mathis (La Jolla, Calif.) added 12.
“It is really disappointing,” Arizona head coach David Rubio said. “ASU played much better than they did on Tuesday. They played much hungrier than we did and they were just much more aggressive than we were. We made too many errors and it’s just unfortunate to end the (regular) season like that.”
In the first set, the Wildcats came out with a .200 hitting percentage to the Sun Devils’ .047. The teams traded points until ASU went up15-11, but Arizona went on a 5-0 run to go up one. At 18-18, the Wildcats went on a 4-0 run that the Sun Devils could not overcome and finished out the first set, 25-20.
Arizona came out strong in set two and charged out to a 12-9 lead, but ASU went on a 10-1 run to take a 19-13 lead. The Wildcats could not overcome the deficit and the second set went to the Sun Devils, 25-20.
It was all Arizona State at the beginning of the first set, going on little runs to take the lead at 9-4. Jackson posted three kills in hopes of fueling a comeback, but the Sun Devils stayed strong and built their lead to 19-11. The Wildcats went on a 6-0 run to narrow the score to 17-19, but ASU maintained its .244 hitting percentage and closed out set three, 25-22.
The Wildcats came out strong in the fourth set, storming out to a 12-7 lead, but Arizona State did not let down and stayed within four points until they narrowed the score to 21-23. The Sun Devils scored the next four points and took set four, 25-23 and the match, 3-1.
Stephanie Preach led the Sun Devils with a match-high 36 digs. Ashley Kastl contributed 18 kills, while Nora Tuioti-Mariner and Malia Bachynski added 12 and 10, respectively.
Arizona will wait to hear their fate for the rest of the season during the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday, Nov. 27.
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