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20070825 8-25-2007 Arizona Falls to Saint Mary¡¯s in Five Games
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/25/2007
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Tucson , Ariz. ?C The Arizona volleyball team dropped a hard-fought battle to Saint Maryˇ?s in five games in the final match of the Four Points Sheraton University Plaza Wildcat Classic on Saturday night in McKale Center before 1,128 fans.? Game scores were 30-27, 28-30, 20-30, 30-21, and 16-14, as Arizona fell to 2-1 and Saint Maryˇ?s improved to 3-0.

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Arizona hit .208 (75-31-212) in the match and finished with 15 team blocks.? Saint Maryˇ?s out-hit the Wildcats with a .234 (77-26-218) mark and had 13 team blocks.

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ˇ?Saint Maryˇ?s didnˇ?t back down and their serving got more aggressive as the match went on,ˇ± head coach Dave Rubio said.? ˇ?In game five, we had our chances but itˇ?s always a toss up when you get to that point in a match.? We just didnˇ?t do the things we needed to do.ˇ±

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Individually for Arizona, junior Randy Goodenough led the Wildcats with a career-high 26 kills on a .328 hitting percentage to go with a career-high 16 digs.? Senior Dominique Lamb finished with a career-high 19 kills, freshman Paige Weber posted a double-double with 63 assists and 10 digs, and sophomore Allana Resch tallied a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs.

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Senior Katie Jackels posted a school record 37 digs, as she broke the previous record mark of 33 digs set by Anita Moss on Nov. 4, 1983.

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For Saint Maryˇ?s, junior Taylor Groess led the Gaels with 25 kills, and freshman Megan York finished with 21 kills and 22 digs.? Freshman setter Kapua Kamanaˇ?o posted 63 assists.

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Arizona came out strong in the first game, putting together a 10-6 lead, and then a 13-9 advantage.? Saint Maryˇ?s then rallied using an 11-5 scoring run to take a 20-18 lead.? The Wildcats and the Gaels would battle to a 25-25 tie, but SMCˇ?s 5-2 run down the stretch proved to be the difference maker as the Gaels took game one, 30-27.? Saint Maryˇ?s hit .298 in the first game, compared to a .106 mark for Arizona.

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Game two was just as close, as Saint Maryˇ?s took early control of the match owning a 12-9 advantage.? Arizona caught up to the Gaels at 15-15, and used a 5-1 run to take a 20-16 lead.? The game was tied at 27-27, and 28-28, before Arizona rallied off the final two points of the game for a 30-28 win.

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Arizona looked in control of the third game, using a .359 (19-5-39) hitting percentage to earn a 30-20 win, while holding Saint Maryˇ?s to just a .080 (13-9-50) hitting mark.? The Wildcats jumped out to a 10-5 lead, and expanded their advantage to 18-11.? Arizona coasted down the stretch for the 10-point win.

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The fourth game was a different story, as Saint Maryˇ?s hit .372 (18-2-43) to earn a 30-21 win.? The teams battled close early, before Arizona took a 12-9 lead.? Saint Maryˇ?s caught up to the Wildcats at 16-16, and later used a 9-0 scoring run to take a 25-18 lead.? Arizona would never catch up and allowed the Gaels to force a decisive game five.

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Game five went down to the wire, as both teams battled tough from start to finish.? Arizona had some breathing room with a 10-7 lead, but allowed two-straight points to the Gaels to hold onto10-9 advantage.? The Wildcats owned a 13-11 lead, but SMC notched things up at 13-13 with two-straight points.? Arizona took the next point for a 14-13 lead, but York put down a kill to tie it back up at 14-14.? Saint Maryˇ?s sealed up the win with kills by Shannon Lowell and Groess.

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Arizona will next travel to Malibu, Calif., to play in the Pepperdine Tournament starting with a match against Lipscomb on Friday, Aug. 31.

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2007 Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team

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Randy Goodenough??????????????????? Arizona

Amanda Nielson??????????????????????? Utah State

Hayley Hills?????????????????????????????? Eastern Washington

Megan Burton??????????????????????????? Saint Maryˇ?s

Paige Weber???????????????????????????? Arizona

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Most Valuable Player

Megan York?????????????????????????????? Saint Maryˇ?s

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