Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
20070901 9-1-2007 Pepperdine Sweeps Arizona Volleyball
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 01, 2007
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Malibu , Calif. ?C The Arizona volleyball team fell to host Pepperdine in three games in the final match of the Asics Classic on Saturday night in the Firestone Fieldhouse.? Game scores were 30-18, 30-27 and 30-25, as the Wildcats drop to 4-2 on the season.

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Arizona hit .108 (33-20-120) on the night, and finished with eight team blocks.? The Waves posted a .242 (49-20-120) hitting percentage and had seven team blocks.

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Individually for Arizona, junior Randy Goodenough led the way with a team-high 10 kills and eight digs.? Junior Brooke Buringrud and freshman Tiffany Owens each had five kills apiece, and freshman Paige Weber finished with 27 assists.

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Goodenough and Weber were named to the Asics Classic All-Tournament Team.

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Julie Rubenstein led Pepperdine with a match-high 16 kills to go with 12 digs.

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Arizona struggled out of the gate in game one, as Pepperdine rushed out to a 12-3 lead.? The Wildcats responded with a 7-1 scoring run to cut the deficit to 13-10, but the Waves countered with a 6-2 spurt of their own to go up 19-12.? Arizona could not catch Pepperdine down the stretch and finished the game hitting -.026 (8-9-38).

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The Wildcats battled Pepperdine tough in game two behind a .250 hitting percentage (17-5-48).? Arizona was tied with the Waves at 25-25, and trailed 27-26, but couldnˇ?t take a lead down the stretch, falling 30-27.

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In the third game, Arizona fell behind 5-0 which turned into a 10-2 Pepperdine lead, and couldnˇ?t close the game the rest of the way.? The Wildcats used a 9-3 run to cut the deficit to 13-11, but a UA service error and two service aces by the Waves switched up the momentum.? Pepperdine cruised down the stretch, as Arizona would get no closer than four points to the Waves.

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Arizona will next travel to Atlanta for the Regency Suites Classic hosted by Georgia Tech, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 7-8.? The Wildcats will take on Kentucky on Friday and Western Carolina and the Yellow Jackets on Saturday.

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2007 Asics Classic All-Tournament Team

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Most Valuable Player: Lecca Roberts, Pepperdine

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All-Tournament Team:

Cassi Chamberlain, Pepperdine

Teal Ericson, Nevada

Randy Goodenough, Arizona

Alex Kelly, Lipscomb

Karly Sipherd, Nevada

Paige Weber, Arizona
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