Tucson, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona volleyball team (12-15, 3-12 Pac-10) made quick work of visiting Oregon State (3-20, 0-14) on Friday night, sweeping the Beavers in three games to win back-to-back Pac-10 matches for the first time this season. Game scores were 30-27, 30-18, 30-24.
Arizona beat Oregon State for the 21st-consecutive time behind a .234 (47-17-128) hitting percentage and 10.5 blocks. Oregon State hit .066 (38-29-137) in the match.
“It feels good to get a win; you take wins whenever you can get them,” head coach Dave Rubio said. “With a younger group, sometimes you come into a match not as focused and sharp, and that happened (to us) in the first game especially. We’ll take the win and get ready for Washington next week.”
Individually for the Wildcats, junior Dominique Lamb led the way with 14 kills and a season-high .778 hitting percentage, to go along with six blocks. Freshman Whitney Dosty finished with 13 kills and five blocks, and senior Stephanie Butkus tallied 38 assists in her final match at McKale Center.
Arizona took game one, 30-27, out-hitting Oregon State .058 (13-10-52) to .034 (15-13-58). The Wildcats ran out to an early advantage after leading 6-4, using an 11-3 scoring run to take a 17-8 lead. UA led 23-18 before scoring five-straight points and put the Beavers on the verge of defeat at 28-18. Oregon State wouldn’t go down easy as the Beavers responded with a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to 29-27 late. Arizona finally put game one away on an OSU attack error.
The Wildcats shut down Oregon State in the second game behind a .438 (17-3-32) hitting percentage to win 30-18. UA sprinted to an early 10-2 lead, and put the game away with a 12-5 run late for the 12-point win. OSU only managed to hit -.030 (9-10-33) in the second game.
In the third game, Oregon State took its biggest lead of the match early on at 4-2, but Arizona fired off seven-consecutive points to take a 9-4 advantage. With the Wildcats owning a slim 13-11 lead, UA put together an 8-2 run to lead 21-13 midway, and cruised to the 30-24 match-clinching win.
Arizona will next travel to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. (PST).