Aug. 28, 2010
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - No. 18 Arizona resumed action in the Shamrock Invitational Saturday afternoon, sweeping Marshall 3-0 at the Purcell Pavilion at Notre Dame to pick up its first win of the 2010 season. Set scores were 25-21, 25-20, 25-17.
The Cats (1-1, 0-0) were paced by the trio of Cursty Jackson, Whitney Dosty and Tiffany Owens who combined for 29 of the team's 40 kills. Paige Weber distributed 32 assists and added three kills, five digs and five block assists. Libero Danielle Holloway led the UA defensive effort with 13 digs while adding two assists and an ace to the scoring output.
Arizona recorded a hitting percentage of .354 through three sets while limiting The Herd offense to just .132 in route to the victory.
Starting out in set one, play was relatively even with both teams knotted at 7-7 early on. From there, Marshall's Laura Der lifted her team to a 5-1 run which prompted UA head coach Dave Rubio to ask for time. After the timeout break, Arizona gathered up four points on kills from Jackson and Owens and benefited a few errors by MU to even up the score at 12 all.
Following a Herd timeout, the Wildcats kept the pressure on, forcing three attack errors and one ace to take a 17-12 lead. UA would ride the momentum from Marshall's attacking errors with efficient kills and eventually win the set, 25-21. Arizona, perhaps mindful of errors in yesterday's loss vs. Cal Poly, recorded only one attack miscue on 24 swings, good for a hitting percentage of .458 in set one.
That trend would not continue though in set two as Marshall took advantage of UA's eight early hitting errors to take a 17-14 lead. Trailing 19-16, Arizona put together a rally to tie things up at 20 behind kills from Owens and Dosty, prompting a timeout by MU. After play resumed, UA kept the heat on, receiving successive kills from Jackson, Owens and Dosty to necessitate another timeout by Marshall. The Herd would be unable to stop the Cats' comeback as the team went on to win the set, 25-20, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In set three, both teams traded kills early with each incapable of opening a lead larger than two. Tied at 13, Arizona forced an attack error then received an ace from Courtney Karst to go up 15-13. Later, kills by Owens and Weber would force MU into calling a timeout, down 18-14. The Wildcats wouldn't be denied in its quest to end the match in three sets as the team strung together points from Owens, Jackson and Dosty to win the set 25-17, and sweep the match 3-0.
Arizona is back in action tomorrow to conclude the Shamrock Invitational against host Notre Dame. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. ET.