Nineteenth-ranked Arizona took No. 7 Stanford to four sets, but was unable to take down the Cardinal as Stanford defeated Arizona 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 25-14.
“I thought we played well in the beginning,” said head coach Dave Rubio. “But we weren’t able to rise to the occasion when Stanford started to play better.”
After ending the second set on a 6-0 run, the Cats led Stanford 13-9 in the third, firmly in control of the match's momentum. From that point on, Stanford outscored Arizona 41-19.
“Stanford started to serve better,” said Rubio of the turning point in the match. “We weren’t able to handle (Hayley) Hodson’s serve and that changed the whole complexion of the match. Momentum swung to their side and we weren’t able to recover.”
The Cats were limited to just .107 hitting, including a -.047 figure in the fourth set.
Arizona outblocked Stanford in the contest 10.5-9.5, led by Nikki Attea’s season-high-tying five. However the Cardinal registered 15 more kills than Arizona (57-42). Three Cardinal – Hayley Hodson (15), Brittany Howard (13) and Merete Lutz (12) – posted double-digit kill totals. Meanwhile, Kalei Mau (13) and Tyler Spriggs (11) combined for 24 of Arizona’s 42 kills. Both hit under .100 for the match.
Laura Larson led Arizona’s defensive efforts, notching 18 kills to lead the way.
Penina Snuka grabbed the Pac-12 lead with her 13th double-double of the season. The junior recorded 35 assists to go along with 13 digs.
Up Next: The Wildcats look to get back on track against Cal on Sunday at 2 p.m. MST in Berkeley. Arizona defeated Cal in four sets earlier in the season, but the Bears have won four of their last five while Arizona has lost four of its last five.
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