Sept. 25, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Senior Courtney Karst (Centennial, Colo.) posted 11 kills, one ace and two blocks to lead the Arizona volleyball team (10-3, 2-2) past Washington State (9-5, 1-3) on Sunday at McKale Center. The Wildcats defeated the Cougars, 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-19).
Two additional Arizona players recorded kills in double-digits, as freshman Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) and senior Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) had 10 each. Freshman Chloe Mathis (La Jolla, Calif.) added 35 assists and freshman Rachel Rhoades (San Diego, Calif.) led the team in blocks with three for the second-consecutive game.
As a team, Arizona’s .366 hitting percentage marked the second-highest percentage this season, to the team’s .548 mark versus Presbyterian on Sept. 2.
“There wasn’t much energy in the gym today, it was pretty flat on both sides,” Arizona head coach David Rubio said. “It was a good win though. All wins are equal in importance and it was good to get one today.”
The Wildcats came out strong, starting the match on an 8-2 run, fueled by three Kingdon kills. The teams traded points, until 12-7, but Arizona went on a 7-0 run to go up 19-8. With two kills each from Jackson and Karst in the last six points, the Wildcats took set one, 25-13.
In the second set, the teams stayed close, tying the score nine times, until Arizona scored four straight points for a 19-15 lead. The Wildcats only allowed the Cougars to score four more points after that and won the second set, 25-19. Kingdon and Jackson contributed four kills each.
The Cougars came out firing in set three and jumped out to a 7-2 lead. Arizona then scored six-straight points, including two kills and a block from Jackson to put the Wildcats up 10-8. Washington State was not able to make up the deficit and Arizona sealed the match with a 25-19 third-set victory.
Meagan Ganzer recorded a team-high 10 kills for the Cougars and Camryn Irwin added 21 assists.
The Wildcats will travel to Berkeley, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 30 to take on No. 1 California at 7 p.m. and then will play No. 2 Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. in Palo Alto, Calif.
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