Dec. 13, 2001
SAN DIEGO, Ariz.--The Wildcat women's volleyball team finally encountered an opponent it couldn't handle. Arizona's record-setting season ended in a three-game loss to top-ranked and undefeated Long Beach State Thursday at the NCAA Final Four. Game scores were 30-27, 30-25, 30-20.
Fourth-ranked Arizona was unable to contain Long Beach State and suffered from an inability to handle the 49ers' serving. The Wildcats battled throughout the match, including a see-saw game in the opening frame, which Arizona eventually dropped 30-27.
Shannon Torregrosa, a junior from San Diego, opened the match with nine kills on just 12 attempts in the first game. Long Beach State posted a hitting percentage of .536 as they converted kills on 19 of its 28 attempts.
"Even though we missed a lot of opportunities, Long Beach State certainly presented a lot of problems and match-ups that we couldn't handle," said Arizona head coach David Rubio. "If we would have played just a little better in games one and two, it would have been a different kind of match."
Seniors Dana Burkholder, Jill Talbot, Erin Sebbas and Lauren Benward exhausted their eligibility Thursday evening after leading Arizona to the first Final Four in school history. Burkholder, who was named a first-team All-American for the second straight year on Wednesday, had 36 assists and six digs in the loss.
"This season has been a dream," Burkholder said. "Even though we didn't win it all, our team has an incredible bond. This has, by far, been the best season of my life. It's been a privilege to be a part of this team and this program. I'm so proud of this team making it to the first Final Four in Arizona history."