Volleyball advances in NCAA's

Arizona cruised to a 3-0 win over Texas-Arlington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The host Wildcats had little difficulty dispatching the Mavericks.

Kim Glass led the way for Arizona in her first tournament appearance. The true freshman recorded 28 kills and a .558 attack percentage.

"I though Kim Glass played an incredible game," UTA coach Janine Smith. "She's a great player."

Fellow freshman Bre Ladd was the only other Wildcat over .500. The Tucson native posted a .529 attack percentage and had nine kills. Lisa Rutledge added 11 kills.

It was a good win of the young Wildcats who have been up and down all season. With three freshmen in the starting lineup, the Wildcats weren't sure what to expect. Playing the game at home was an advantage for the Wildcats.

"It was nice to get back and play in McKale," said Wildcat coach Dave Rubio. "It was a great energizer."

The Wildcats had trouble shaking the smaller Mavericks in the first game. Had Glass not been matched up with a smaller blocker in the rotation things could have been much closer than the 30-22 score. Glass had 10 kills in the first game to pace the Cats.

"It was the blocking match-up. Their match-up ended up being their worst nightmare," said Rubio. "Their shortest blocker was matched up on Kim."

UT-Arlington took an early lead in the second game, but poor passing prevented the Mavericks from taking advantage. The Cats came from behind to take the second game 30-26 and the Mavericks never recovered.

The Cats jumped out to an early lead but four straight points by Arlington had them within one at 14-15. The Cats wasted no time in putting UTA away, outscoring the visitors 15-6 to close out the game.

The Cats return to action on Friday night against Texas. The Longhorns beat Indiana 3-2 in five games. The game starts at 7:00 at the McKale Center.

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