Sept. 26, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Washington State volleyball team dropped its Pac-10 opening match as Arizona swept the Cougars with set scores of 25-23, 25-20, and 25-19, Friday night at the McKale Center on the Arizona campus.
Redshirt sophomore Whitney Dosty led Arizona (11-1, 1-0) with 17 kills (.351) and Tiffany Owens added another 12 kills. Stephanie Snow led all players with five blocks and Alanna Resch had a match-high 19 digs.
Washington State (7-5, 0-1) senior Brittany Johnson was the lone Coug in double-figure kills with 11. Jackie Albright had 14 digs while four players added a pair of blocks each. Renee Bordelon had 30 assists.
"We came out and jumped on them and going in I thought we could surprise them with a few things which we did," WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. "Once they took that first set, we lost momentum and didn't have anything to push back at them in sets two and three."
The Cougars led in the first set from the opening serve, running up a 10-4 lead before Arizona took a timeout. The Wildcats mounted a charge with four straight points to close the gap down 13-15. The next time UA strung four together it tied the set at 20-each. WSU countered with a kill from Emily Rooney and a block from Rooney and Meagan Ganzer. Snow and Dosty landed kills for the Cats to tie the set at 22 points. Owens attack hit the antenna to put WSU up 23-22. Unfortunately, it was the last point the Cougs would score. Amy Small subbed in to serve but launch one past the end line. Owens slammed her ninth kill of the set and UA took its first lead of the set. Jacy Norton's kill gave Arizona the 25-23 win.WSU hit .243 for the set while Arizona hit .188.
Arizona ran up a 21-14 lead in the second set but the Cougars rallied to close within three after peeling off four straight points, 23-20. Dosty's kill, her ninth of the set, put the Wildcats at set point when Cassie Robbins was called for being in the net. Arizona headed into the break with a 25-20 win and a 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats took control of the third set from the first serve. The Cougs made a late run but down 20-15, the pair of kills from Johnson and Ganzer, a service error by Owens and another kill from Johnson added up to 19 for the visiting WSU. Arizona closed out the match with four of the final five points.
"I thought you could really see the difference in the teams in the skill positions tonight," Palileo said. "I talked to the team about not being one of the most talented teams (in the conference). What we have to do is come up with some of the intangibles and I think we gave up a little bit of heart. We fell back to the way it used to be. One of the things we have to change is the mindset, especially after the first set loss.
Washington State takes on Arizona State (9-5, 0-1) Saturday at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe at 3 p.m. in a nationally televised match on Fox Sports Net (Fox Sports Northwest is televising the WSU vs. Oregon football game so will delay the volleyball match broadcast until Monday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m.).