TUCSON, Ariz. -- The No. 19 Arizona volleyball team (3-2) opened the Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic with a sweep (30-23, 30-20, 30-22) of Nicholls State (0-5) at the McKale Center this morning. The Wildcats dominated the match, out-hitting Nicholls State .323 to .021 and nearly doubled the Colonels in kills (53 to 27), assists (45 to 24) and digs (35 to 19). Arizona also out-blocked Nicholls State 11-2.
"The positive thing is that we got the win," Head Coach David Rubio said. "I wasn't pleased with our execution -- we need to be more steady. We had too many errors because the concentration was lacking. The statistics only tell one part of the story. Our struggles are from a lack of concentration. We need to address that."
Sophomore Meghan Cumpston paced the Wildcat attack, finishing with 15 kills on .310 hitting. She also added eight digs. Jennifer Abernathy finished with 10 kills and eight digs on her birthday, while setter Stephanie Butkus dished out 31 assists. Junior Bre Ladd tallied five blocks on the match, followed by freshman Dominique Lamb with four, and senior Jolene Killough, sophomore Kristina Baum and Butkus with three apiece.
Arizona led throughout game one, building its lead to as many as nine. The Wildcats hit .371 on the game and held Nicholls State to .120. Arizona also out-blocked the Colonels 4-0. Abernathy had six kills and Cumpston had five.
In game two, the Cats used a pair of 7-0 runs en route to a 30-20 win. Arizona hit .333 on the game, compared to the .000 of Nicholls State. Lamb and Cumpston had four kills apiece.
In the third and final game, Arizona trailed early before tying the game at seven. The Cats then built the lead to as many as eight before Nicholls State rattled off five straight points late in the game, giving Arizona a score before they put the game away. The Wildcats hit .270 on the game and held the Colonels to a dismal -.029.
UP NEXT: No. 19 Arizona faces No. 9 Pepperdine at 7 p.m. tonight.