TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 23 Arizona volleyball team swept past instate rival Arizona State at McKale Center tonight, winning by the scores 30-17, 30-25, 30-24. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 12-7 overall and 4-5 in Pacific-10 play. Arizona out-hit the Sun Devils .383 to .210 and edged ASU in blocks 6-5.5.
"I'm pleased that our attack percentage was as high as it was tonight,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “We've been missing a lot of serves, and have had a lot of attacking errors, but we've been working at it. Our hitters are taking better lines to their attacks and are getting better results."
Sophomore Meghan Cumpston led Arizona with 17 kills on .438 hitting and nine digs. Junior Jennifer Abernathy added 12 kills and six digs, while senior Jolene Killough finished with nine kills on a career-high .900 hitting. She also added a team-high four blocks. Setter Stephanie Butkus dished out 46 assists, while libero Kelli Mulvany notched a team-high 11 digs.
After a close start to game one, Arizona slowly built its lead to as many as 14, and won by a final score of 30-17. The Wildcats hit .500 on the game and out-blocked the Sun Devils 3-0. Cumpston led Arizona with eight kills on the game.
The Sun Devils took an early lead in game two, but Cumpston scored four straight points to give Arizona its first lead of the game (5-4). The game was then played closely until midway though, when after a 13-13 tie, the Wildcats outscored the Sun Devils 8-3, forcing Arizona State to use its last time out. ASU cut the Arizona lead to three on several occasions, but the Wildcats went on to win 30-25. Arizona out-hit the Sun Devils .412 to .265 on the game, but was out-blocked 4-0. Abernathy led the Wildcats with eight kills on the game.
Arizona opened the third and final game on a 7-1 run, but quickly found itself in a two-point game (9-7). The Wildcats later built an eight-point lead (24-16), only to see ASU rattle off six straight points to cut it to two. Arizona then outscored the Sun Devils 6-2 for the 30-24 win. Killough led the Cats with six kills as Arizona combined for a .268 hitting percentage and held ASU just .139.
Arizona travels to Southern California for matches at USC and UCLA. The Wildcats face the Trojans at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and the Bruins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.