Volleyball Ends Season with 3-1 Loss at No. 25 Arizona
Nov. 22, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Washington State volleyball team was beaten by No. 25 Arizona 30-24, 27-30, 30-16, 30-27, Saturday night at the McKale Center, avenging a 3-1 Cougar win in Pullman Sept. 18.
WSU ends the season at 9-20 overall, 5-13 in Pac-10 play while Arizona has at least one match left (Nov. 29, at No. 19 UC Santa Barbara) and is 16-13 overall, 10-8 in conference action.
Arizona's Kim Glass had 31 kills (.351) following her 27-kill performance Friday night in the Wildcats' upset win over No. 11 Washington. Jennifer Abernathy had 16 kills and a match-high five aces.
WSU out-blocked Arizona 8 to 5 but the Wildcats nearly doubled the Cougars' digs, 77 to 41. The Wildcats aced the Cougars 16 times while Jennifer Todd had WSU's only two aces.
The Cougars went up 10-5 in the first game when Arizona used a 10-point run to nearly put the game out of reach. WSU countered to come within one point, down 20-19. The Wildcats, hitting .310 in this game, went on a 10-4 run and captured game one, 30-24. WSU hit .400.
WSU raced to another 10-5 lead in the second game but managed to keep the lead in spite of Kristina Baum's three service aces, and take the 30-27 win. Cougars continued on a hitting tear with a team percentage of .444 with Carlson adding six kills to her five from the first game. Arizona hit .118 in this game.
Arizona took an 11-1 lead in game three and extended that margin to a 30-16 win. The Wildcats hit .486 and held WSU to a .172 hitting percentage. Glass had nine kills in this game.
The Wildcats took a six-point and held it through two-thirds of the fourth game before WSU battled back to within one at 24-23. Glass landed a kill but followed with an attack that hit the antenna, score 25-24. WSU tied the game at 25 when Butkus went into the net. Baum landed a kill on the back row but Glass couldn't get her attack over the net, score tied 26-all. Bautre's set on the next serve could not find a hitter and on the following serve, Abernathy hit the ball straight down and UA went ahead, 28-28.
Jolene Killough blocked Carlson for point 29 but Todd's tip kept WSU in the game, 29-26. Glass slammed one down the Cougars' back line to end the game, 30-27, and the match, 3-1.
No. 25 Arizona State (16-13, 10-8) 30 27 30 30 Washington State (9-20, 5-13) 24 30 16 27 STATISTICS: KILLS - UA 78 (Glass 31), WSU 54 (Carlson 16) HITTING PERCENTAGE - UA .298, WSU .288 ASSISTS - UA 72 (Butkus 63), WSU 46 (Richards, Bautre 20 each) DIGS - UA 77 (Mulvany 18), WSU 41 (Carlson 13) BLOCKS - UA 5 (four with 2 each), WSU 8 (Barcus 4) SERVICE ACES - UA 16 (Abernathy 5), WSU 2 (Todd 2) Attendance: 821.
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