#7 Arizona Claims 3-0 Win Over Cougar Volleyball
Oct. 12, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - The McKale Center floor says Lute & Bobbi Olson Court but Friday night it belonged to Shannon Torregrosa and Lisa Rutledge as Dana Burkholder engineered a 30-19, 30-26, 30-24, Arizona win over the Washington State volleyball team.
Torregrosa led all players with 18 kills, and Rutledge was the only other player in the match with double-figure kills at 13 (.407). Burkholder, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, tallied eight kills with no errors, had 41 assists, 12 digs and led Arizona with three blocks. Arizona hit .411 on the night.
WSU's Adrian Hankoff and Melissa Boyle each had eight kills. Boyle made no errors in 13 attacks for a .615 hitting percentage. Kortney Jamtaas led the Cougs with 10 digs and LaToya Harris had the team-high four blocks.
WSU falls to 8-7 overall, 3-5 in league action while Arizona moves to 10-3 overall, 5-3 record in conference play.
The Arizona-WSU match was a preliminary contest to Midnight Madness at the McKale Center and 3,711 fans watched the Pac-10 volleyball contest.
Arizona came out strong in game one hitting .667 (19 kills, 1 error, 27 attacks) and keeping WSU to a .161 hitting percentage. The taller Wildcats out-blocked the Cougs four to one. UA pieced together five runs of three points and one run of four points to take a 24-10 lead. WSU grabbed a point when Rutledge served out of bounds, added a point from a Kerry Lewis ace and reached 13 when a lift was called on Torregrosa. The teams traded points to 26-14 when LaToya Harris had back-to-back kills. Again, the Wildcats and Cougars traded points, with Burkholder serving past the court and into the band at game point, score 29-19. Adrian Hankoff served into the net to end game one.
The Cougars stepped up their blocking and kill selection to make game two very competitive. The Wildcats took a 19-10 lead before WSU put together two three-point runs while giving up one only point to close the Arizona lead to four, 20-16. The 'Cats extend their lead to 23-17 when the Cougs caught fire and put together seven consecutive points for a 24-23 lead. Chelsie Schafer's back row push just missed the Arizona end line and that tied the score at 24. Kills from Torregrosa and Rutledge combined with a LaToya Harris hitting error put UA ahead 27-24. WSU came off its timeout and Holly Harris scored on a push to the back corner. Burkholder's mid-court dump gave Arizona a 28-25 lead. Holly Harris hit long but Schafer's kill put the Cougs back in the game, 29-26. Rutledge nailed the door closed with a kill on the next play giving Arizona the 30-26 win.
WSU played catch-up most of game three as Arizona took a 19-9 lead and extended it to 27-17. WSU mounted a late attack, capitalizing on rare hitting errors from the Wildcats. Schafer served two aces, Victoria Prince, Hankoff and LaToya Harris provided front row blocking to bring the Cougs within three, 27-24. Arizona ran off the final three points for the 30-24 win.
Washington State travels to Tempe Saturday night, Oct. 13, to meet Arizona State, a 1-3 loser to Washington Friday night.
Washington State (8-7, 3-5) 19 26 24
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