Oct. 12, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona volleyball team had little problem with the Washington State Cougars in its match prior to Midnight Madness Friday night. The Wildcats handed the Cougars a 30-19, 30-26, 30-24 loss before a season high 3,711 fans in McKale Center. The victory improves Arizona's record to 10-3 on the season and 5-3 in the Pac-10.
The Wildcats came out blazing in the first game to the tune of a .667 hitting percentage. Arizona collected 19 kills on 27 attempts with only a single error to set the tone of the match. Leading the way for the Cats in the opening frame was junior Lisa Rutledge. The outside hitter picked up five of her 13 kills for the match in game one. The Wildcats out-blocked WSU four to one in the game and limited them to a .161 hitting percentage.
Arizona used two, four point scoring runs to build a 23-17 lead in game two, but lost its touch allowing the Cougs to go on a seven point run to take the lead at 24-23. A quick timeout by Coach Rubio solved the Wildcat ills as UA went on a four point run to re-take the lead, an advantage they would not surrender. Junior Shannon Torregrosa was force in the second game with nine kills and four digs.
Game three went much the same way. Arizona continued to pound away at the Cougars to an eventual 27-17 lead, but again fell victim to a WSU seven point scoring streak that pulled the match to a narrow 27-24 lead. Another timeout by Coach Rubio proved to be the remedy again, as UA scored the next three points to close out the match.
Individually, Torregrosa led all players with a final match tally of 18 kills. She also chipped in with eight digs and a pair of service aces. Rutledge was the only other player in the match with double digit kills. The leading players for Washington State, Melissa Boyle and Adrian Hankoff, finished with eight a piece. Arizona seniors Dana Burkholder and Jill Talbot finished with eight kills and 12 digs each. Burkholder also dished out 41 assists in the victory.
The Cats return to the floor tomorrow night for a 7 p.m. match with Washington, 3-1 victors over Arizona State Friday night.