Oct. 4, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The 17th-ranked Arizona volleyball team ended its longest losing streak in three years with a 3-2 victory over Washington in Seattle on Friday night. The 23-30, 30-24, 30-28, 21-30, 15-12 victory snapped a three-match losing streak and improved the Wildcats' record to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-10. Washington fell to 10-5 and 2-4 in conference play with the loss.
Despite getting out hit .232 to .218 in the match, the Wildcats came through when it mattered most. Arizona hit .421 with nine kills in the decisive fifth game. The Wildcats tallied 63 kills on 165 swings and 27 errors in the match to UW's 71 kills on 194 attempts and 26 errors.
Individually, freshman Kim Glass followed up her impressive 30-kill match in Thursday's loss at No. 19 Washington State with a team-high 26 kills against the Huskies on Friday and also added a match-high tying 14 digs. Teammate Lisa Rutledge matched Glass' dig total and helped out with 16 kills in the Arizona victory.
Including Glass and Rutledge's 14 digs apiece, five different Arizona players finished the match in double digits. Senior setter Laurie Gardner chipped in with 12 digs to go along with her 46 assists and libero Kelli Mulvany added another 12 in the five-game win.
Paced by sophomore Jolene Killough's match-high seven total blocks, Arizona was also tough at the net, out-blocking Washington 11.5 to 8.5.
The Wildcats, who have now won 10 straight matches against Washington, return home for a meeting with defending national champion and fourth-ranked Stanford on Friday and a match up with California on Saturday. Friday night's match against the Cardinal has been moved back one hour, to 8 p.m., as part of the men's and women's basketball Midnight Madness extravaganza.