TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 12 Arizona volleyball team swept past instate rival Arizona State 30-22, 30-26, 30-26 at Wells Fargo Arena tonight. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 12-2 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10.
Arizona hit .310 on the match and held the Sun Devils to just .099. The Wildcats also out-blocked ASU 10-3.5.
“It’s hard to complain when you win, but we had was too many unforced errors,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “If we want to be one of the top teams, we’ve got to start to get better.”
Senior Kim Glass led all players with 17 kills and 10 digs, her eighth double-double of the season. Fellow senior Jennifer Abernathy also recorded a double-double, finishing with 14 kills and 11 digs.
Sophomore Dominique Lamb finished with a career-high 11 kills on .769 hitting. The Chandler native committed just one error on the match.
Junior Kristina Baum posted a match-high 13 digs, while sophomore libero Katie Jackels added 11 digs in just two games.
Setter Amy Dyck dished out 45 assists in the win. “I was really pleased with Amy’s play tonight,” Rubio noted. “She’s made tremendous progress.”
Arizona opened game one with a 5-0 run, forcing an ASU time out. The Sun Devils responded with four straight points to make it a one-point game. The game remained close until Arizona scored three straight points to take a 24-18 lead. The Wildcats led by as many as eight (27-19) and went on to win 30-22.
Arizona hit .176 on the game, but held Arizona State to -.086. The Wildcats also out-blocked the Sun Devils 6-2.5. Glass and Lamb tallied five kills each to pace Arizona.
ASU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game two, but Arizona came right back to make it a one-point game (4-5). The Sun Devils slowly built their lead to six (14-8), but Arizona responded with 10 straight points, including three consecutive Lamb kills, to take an 18-14 lead. The Wildcats later led 21-16 when ASU scored four straight to make it a 21-20 game. The game remained close until Arizona scored three straight before going on to win 30-26.
Arizona hit .360 on the game, compared to the .200 of the Sun Devils. Glass and Abernathy led the Wildcats with five kills, while Baum had five digs.
Game three was played close throughout, with neither team leading by more than three points until Arizona took a 26-22 lead. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, ASU then scored three in a row to make it a one-point game. The Wildcats answered with three of their own to win the game and the match.
Arizona hit .357 on the game, compared to the .161 of the Sun Devils. Glass and Abernathy tallied seven kills on the game.
Arizona hosts No. 3 Stanford and No. 13 California next Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13-14, at McKale. Both matches start at 7 p.m.