Sept. 12, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- Poor passing led to poor setting which in turn led to poor attack selections as the No. 14-ranked Arizona volleyball team went down in four games to No. 11-ranked UC Santa Barbara Friday night at the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Invitational. Game scores were 30-26, 28-30, 30-24, 30-19.
Arizona, which hit just .157 as a team in the match, consistently found itself out of system and struggling to keep its attacks in bounds throughout the match. The Gauchos took advantage of the Arizona miscues in passing at the net, posting 12 blocks on night. In addition to out-blocking Arizona 12 to five, UCSB was much more efficient on offense with a .268 team hitting percentage in the match.
Despite an 11-kill effort by Kim Glass in the opening frame, game one went in favor of the Gauchos. UCSB limited Arizona's offense to a meager .139 hitting percentage as the Wildcats committed 10 attack errors in the frame to UCSB's five.
Game two see-sawed back and forth up to a 22-22 tie before a final 8-to-4 spurt handed Arizona the tie at the break. The Wildcats posted a match-high .256 hitting percentage in the fame, while limiting the Gauchos to a .152 attack percentage.
Arizona's struggles on offense reemerged in the third game. Tied at 15-15, UCSB went on a 4-0 run on three Arizona attack errors and a service ace. Another pair of four-point runs by the Gauchos ended the frame and pushed the match to fourth and final game.
Arizona posted nine more attack errors in the final game, as UCSB jumped out to commanding 16-9 lead and never looked back. The Gauchos ganged up at the net and posted four blocks in the frame to take the 3-1 victory,
Individually, UCSB finished with four players posting double digit kills on the night. Teammates Erica Menzel and Janine Sandell paced the UCSB attack with 13 kills apiece. Menzel also led all players with a match-high 17 digs in the win.
Junior setter Mari Bell finished with 11 kills to go along with her 39 assists, while Francina Edmonds tallied 10 kills and five block assists.
For Arizona, Glass tallied her fifth 20-plus kill match of the season, finishing with 23 on 55 swings with 15 errors for a .145 hitting percentage. Sophomore classmate Bre Ladd, who posted 11 kills on .222 hitting, was the only other Wildcat to finish with double-digit kills.
Arizona will close out the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Invitational tomorrow at noon against American University. The match with the Eagles is the final non-conference contest before the Wildcats open the Pac-10 season next weekend in Washington.