Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Volleyball Falls To No. 2 Washington In Four
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 17, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Seattle ?- The Arizona volleyball team (12-16, 3-13 Pac-10) rallied to take game three from No. 2 Washington (23-3, 13-2 Pac-10) before falling in four games to the Huskies on Thursday night in Bank of America Arena.  Game scores were 30-19, 30-25, 29-31, and 30-19.  It was the first game the Wildcats have won in Bank of America Arena since 2003.


As a team, Arizona hit .176 (60-29-176) in the match to go with 11.0 blocks, and 75 digs, the third-highest mark of the season


Individually for the Wildcats, freshman Whitney Dosty led the way with 19 kills on a .238 (19-9-42) hitting percentage.  Sophomore Brooke Buringrud added 13 kills, 11 digs, and four blocks, and sophomore Randy Goodenough chipped in with 13 kills and four blocks.  Senior Stephanie Butkus finished with 53 assists, and sophomore Brittany Leonard added 22 digs to lead five-players in double-figure digs.


Washington took game one, 30-19, out-hitting Arizona .186 (17-9-43) to .125 (9-5-32).  The Huskies opened with a 5-1 lead, and held at least a five-point advantage midway before putting the Wildcats away with a 5-0 run at the end to win by 11 points.


Arizona battled UW tough in game two despite hitting a match-low .083 (15-11-48).  The Huskies won game two, 30-25, hitting .152 (15-8-46) in the second frame.  Arizona trailed by no more than five points throughout the match, and scored three-consecutive points to trail 22-20 late.  UW responded with three-straight points of its own to lead 25-20, and kept that distance down the stretch for the five-point win. 


The Wildcats put together a solid third game powered by a match-high .278 (19-4-54) hitting percentage to steal game three, 31-29.  The Dawgs and the Cats battled it out with Arizona leading most of the game, including a 25-22 advantage.  The two teams were knotted down the stretch until Arizona broke a 29-29 tie with back-to-back points on Washington attack errors for the win.


Arizona and Washington played close early in the fourth game before the Dawgs used a 12-4 scoring run to take a 20-11 lead, and cruised to a 30-19 match-clinching win.  Washington out-hit Arizona .472 (19-2-36) to .190 (17-9-42) in the final game.


Arizona was without head coach Dave Rubio on the sidelines.  Rubio missed his first match in 15 seasons to stay in Tucson and accompany his wife Amanda as the couple awaits the birth of twins.

The Wildcats will next travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on the Washington State Cougars on Friday, Nov. 17at 6:30 p.m. (PST).

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