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Washington State hands Arizona volleyball convincing loss

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: OCT 27 Oregon at Arizona Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For the past three years, Arizona volleyball has beaten the Washington State Cougars in the second matchup of each year. Two of those matches were in Pullman. The Cougars were having none of that this season.

The Cougars handed the Wildcats a loss in Tucson earlier this season in three relatively close sets (25-18, 25-20, 25-20). It wasn’t even close this time around as WSU swept Arizona (25-16, 25-12, 25-22).

As a team, Arizona had 29 kills. They had 20 errors to go along with those kills, ending with a .096 team hitting percentage. Meanwhile, Washington State was hitting .310. The Cougars had 36 kills and just 10 hitting errors.

The Cougars also used their formidable block to dominate the Wildcats. The home team had nine total blocks against Arizona’s five.

WSU did similar damage on the serve. Arizona found itself on the short end of 10 service aces. The Cougars had 11 service errors to go along with those aces. Meanwhile, the visiting Wildcats had nine service errors against zero aces.

None of the Wildcats reached double-digit kills. The closest was Puk Stubbe who had nine kills on .200 hitting. She had seven digs and two total blocks, but she also had four reception errors.

Sofia Maldonado Diaz was close behind Stubbe. Maldonado Diaz had eight kills on a team-high .222 hitting. She added four digs and two total blocks. On the negative side, she had two reception errors and two service errors.

The Wildcats move on to play Washington in Seattle on Sunday.