TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 22 Arizona volleyball team completed the season sweep of rival Arizona State with a three-game win (30-16, 30-25, 30-27) over the Sun Devils at Wells Fargo Arena tonight. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 17-9 overall and 9-7 in Pacific-10 play, and with two regular-season matches left, ensure at least a .500 finish in the Pac-10.
Arizona hit .369 on the match and held the Sun Devils to .230. Though they were out-blocked 6.5 to 5, the Wildcats notched six service aces on the night.
“This was a good win for this time of year, going against a rival school and playing in a hostile environment,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “In games two and three, I was proud of how the team responded. They never panicked; they played steady, self-confident volleyball.”
Junior Kim Glass led the way, finishing with 20 kills and 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the season. Senior Jolene Killough added 14 kills on 22 attempts for a .636 hitting percentage. She also added four digs and two blocks. Juniors Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy tallied seven kills apiece.
Setter Stephanie Butkus finished with 48 assists, eight digs and three kills on three attempts for a 1.000 hitting percentage. Senior Cassidy Crum had 10 digs, while senior libero Kelli Mulvany notched nine.
After a few ties early in game one, Arizona slowly began to pull away, using an 8-3 scoring run to take an 18-11 lead. The Wildcats then scored the last eight points of the game for the 30-16 win. Arizona hit a blazing .533 on the game, compared to the .200 of the Sun Devils. Killough paced the Wildcats with six kills, followed by Glass with five.
Arizona State jumped out to a 7-1 lead in game two and later led 16-11 when Arizona used a 5-0 run to tie it at 16. The Wildcats went on to take a 23-22 lead, forcing a Sun Devil time out. Arizona outscored ASU 7-3 after the time out for the 30-25 win. The Wildcats hit .375 on the game, while the Sun Devils hit .279. Glass notched seven kills on the game, while Abernathy had five and Killough had four.
The Sun Devils scored the first six points of game three and led 9-2 before Arizona rallied to make it an 11-8 game. The Wildcats later tied it at 17 and 23 before taking a three-point lead (28-25). Arizona State cut it to one, 28-27, but Arizona held on for the 30-27 win. Arizona hit .250 on the game, compared to the .208 of Arizona State. Glass led the way with eight kills.
Arizona closes out regular-season play with home matches against California and Stanford next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27. Both matches start at 7 p.m.