Volleyball one game away from Final Four

The fourth-ranked Arizona volleyball team contiued its quest for a national championship by beating Pacific 3-0 in their Sweet-16 match. The Cats advance to their second consecutive Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Championship Tournament. The Cats beat 12th-ranked Pacific in the L.A. Sports Arena in Los Angeles, Calif.,30-26, 30-24, 30-27.

Arizona's Dana Burkholder started the match with an ace and it was a harbinger of things to come. Burkholder distributed the ball amongst the Wildcat attackers, as four UA players posted at least three kills in the opening game. Stefani Saragosa and Lisa Rutledge each recorded four kills in the first game. The Tigers fought hard but couldn't make a dent in the Cats' big lead.

The second game was more competitive as neither team could muster a very big run and both teams answered the other's scoring spurts until late in the match. Arizona finally broke away late, going on a 6-1 scoring run to take a 22-15 advantage. The Tigers couldn't get closer than six points as Shannon Torregrosa took over the match. The junior outside hitter posted eight of her match-high 14 kills in game two.

Game four started close, but the Tigers could not prolong the contest in the end. With the game tied 10-10, the Cats went on a 5-0 run and cruised the rest of the way. Pacific cut the lead to four points but could get no closer.


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