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Wildcats Fall In Five-Set Defeat to No. 10 UCLA, 3-2
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/16/2010
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Oct. 16, 2010

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TUCSON, Ariz. - The 25th ranked University of Arizona volleyball team dropped a five-set match to No. 10 UCLA Friday evening in front of 1,339 at the McKale Center. Set scores were: 22-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-15, 16-14.

 

The back-and-forth match saw 20 total lead changes and the score was tied 35 times as the Bruins were able to muster enough to defeat Arizona on its home court despite trailing late in the fifth set.

 

Arizona was led again by senior outside hitter Tiffany Owens who accounted for 23 kills and 23 digs for her third consecutive match recording 20 or more kills and digs.  Setter Paige Weber led the offense with 50 assists while Courtney Karst went for 16 kills and 19 digs.

 

UA, which took sets one and three but couldn't hang on in set five despite leading 13-10, falls to 3-3 in the Pac-10 and 14-5 overall while the Bruins go to 13-4 and 3-3 in conference.

 

From an efficiency standpoint, neither team played particularly well with UCLA hitting .172 to Arizona's .156.

 

In the final set, Arizona looked to have the momentum, leading 5-0 on the visiting Bruins who were without their starting setter.  But UCLA hung tough and crept back in, tying things at 6 apiece.  Play went back-and-forth, eventually tying again at 10 before the Cats took a three point lead at 13-10. 

 

From there, however, it was mostly downhill for UA, which gave up a service error, an attack error and then watched as a UCLA serve fell in bounds to knot the score at 13. With the momentum swaying in UCLA's direction, the Bruins capitalized, forcing the Cats in to two additional errors while picking up an added kill to win the set 16-14.

 

Arizona will now look to rebound tomorrow night against No. 5 USC.  On Friday in Tempe, the Trojans were upset by Arizona State 3-1.

 

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