SALT LAKE CITY ?- Led by a match-high 13 kills by junior Kristina Baum, the No. 4-seeded Arizona volleyball team (23-5) swept Utah State (21-13) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Crimson Court on Friday. Game scores of the match were 30-26, 30-27, 30-20.
“I’m pleased with the all-around play of the team tonight,” H
The Wildcats out-hit the Aggies .340 to .130 on the night and out-blocked them 15-5 in winning in the opening round for a second straight season.
Baum, who helped neutralize USU’s All-WAC honoree Zuzana Cernianska to just five kills and -.136 attack percentage, led all players with her 13 kills on 21 swings. She committed only three errors on the night to finish with a team-best .476 hitting percentage.
In game one, the Wildcats used an early 8-1 run to jump out to a 10-4 lead. The six-point advantage held up nearly throughout the set as
After watching an early four-point lead evaporate into a 17-17 tie in game two and trading points into the low 20s, the Wildcats put together a three-point scoring run to take a 26-22 lead and held on to head into the break up 2-0. Abernathy posted five kills and Glass added three more and five digs in the game.
The Wildcats took advantage of a match-high six-point run in the third frame to jump out to a 17-8 lead and proceeded to cruise to the three-game sweep.