Sept. 26, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona volleyball team was downed in straight sets Sunday afternoon by the No. 1 ranked Stanford Cardinal. Set scores were 14-25, 19-25, 23-25.
The Wildcats (0-2,10-4) got off to a rocky start mid-way through the first set when it was determined the team was out of its wheel set rotation, resulting in a point for the Cardinal (2-0, 11-0) and necessitating the Cats to remain in the unusual lineup the rest of the opening set. SU then made quick work of UA as it took a 25-14 win.
In the second set, Arizona attempted to counter the Cardinal attack but was unable to slow hitter Alix Klineman, who recorded 21 kills on .432 for the match overall. After play was tied at nine, Stanford went on a 6-0 run, and later a 5-2 streak, to win the set 25-19.
Following the intermission, the Cats put together its best set of the afternoon with both teams unable to establish a significant advantage. Up 13-12, the Cardinal began to pull away after a 4-0 run made things 17-12. But the Cats hung tough and eventually took a 20-19 lead on a kill from Courtney Karst. Stanford regrouped however and limited Arizona to just three points the rest of the way while scoring six of its own to win the set 25-23 and match 3-0.
“Today, there’s not much to take away except frustration,” said head coach Dave Rubio. “I put the players in the wrong lineup and that definitely had a lingering effect that we had a hard time getting over.
“I think we’re still a very young team and a work in progress. Even though we have some great seniors we have a bunch of young players who haven’t played very long in our system and that hurts us.”
With the loss, UA falls to 0-2 in Pac-10 play and 10-4 overall while the top-ranked Cardinal remains unbeaten at 2-0, 11-0.
“We have to brush this game off and look forward to next week,” said Owens. “Next week is going to be just as hard as this week.”
Arizona next week will host in-state rival Arizona State at 7 p.m. on Friday in McKale Center. The match is schedule for broadcast by Fox Sports Net on tape delay.