Pullman, Wash. ?- The Arizona volleyball team (13-16, 4-13 Pac-10) used a season-high .323 hitting percentage to beat Washington State (15-15, 3-13 Pac-10) in four games on Friday night in Bohler Gym, as five Wildcats tallied double-figures in kills. Game scores were 24-30, 30-22, 30-14, and 31-29.
Junior Dominique Lamb led Arizona with a career-high 18 kills on a .481 (18-5-27) hitting percentage, and sophomore Randy Goodenough finished with a career-high 16 kills. Sophomore Brooke Buringrud added 13 kills, and freshmen Whitney Dosty and Jacy Norton finished with 11 kills apiece. Senior Stephanie Butkus contributed a match-high 64 assists.
As a team, the Wildcats finished with 10 service aces and 9.0 blocks.
Washington State won the first game, out-hitting Arizona .300 (15-3-40) to .146 (17-10-48). WSU scored the first four points of the game, but the Wildcats chipped away at the Cougars’ early lead until tying it up at 12-12. Washington State then went on a 7-0 scoring run to lead 19-12. UA cut the deficit to 23-20, but the Cougars kept enough distance down the stretch for the four-point win.
The Wildcats caught fire in the second game, out-hitting Washington State .400 (18-4-35) to .229 (14-6-35). Arizona trailed 14-9 before going on a 12-2 run to lead 21-16. The Cougars would get no closer down the stretch, as Arizona scored the final three points of the game for an eight-point win.
Arizona dominated the Cougars in the third game by hitting a sizzling .516 (18-2-31) from the floor while holding WSU to a -.027 (9-10-37) hitting percentage for a 30-14 win. Arizona used a 10-3 run to lead 17-7, and a 13-5 run down the stretch to cruise to a 16-point victory.
Game four would be a different story, but Arizona rallied late to take a 31-29 match-clinching win. WSU out-hit Arizona .424 (19-5-33) to .317 (19-6-41) in the fourth game, but the two teams traded blows the entire game, with neither team leading by more than two points. The game was tied up at 29-29, but the Wildcats sealed the win with a kill by Goodenough and a service ace by freshman Alanna Resch.
Arizona will next travel Tempe, Ariz., to take on arch-rival Arizona State on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.