Aggie Volleyball Falls 3-1 To Arizona

Jennah DeVriesThe Aggie volleyball team played even with visiting Arizona through the first two sets before running out of steam and falling in four sets 25-20, 23-25, 16-25, 17-25. The Aggies were led by a team high 16 kills from outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens. The Aggies held Arizona outside hitter Tiffany Owens to a .280 hitting percentage as Owens finished with 20 kills on 50 swings with six attack errors.

Arizona jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the Aggies but the Aggies would hang tough with the Cats and claimed their first lead of the set at 11-10. With the set tied 11-11, the Aggies would get kills by Whitney Woods and Amanda Tonga along with an attack error by Arizona's Cursty Jackson to jump to a three point lead at 14-11. The Aggies would extend their lead to four at 18-14 after a kill by Kelsey Brennan. The Aggies would still lead by four at 22-18 after another kill by Kelsey Brennan and would close out the set at 25-20 on an attack error by Arizona's Whitney Dosty.

The second set saw Arizona again jump out to a 3-1 lead early. The Aggies would trail by three points at 12-9 after a service ace by Courtney Karst. The Aggies would trim the Arizona lead to one at 13-12 on an attack error by Arizona's Paige Webber and would tie the set at 15-15 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens. Arizona would go on a 5-1 run to take a 20-16 lead in the set forcing an Aggie timeout. Out of the timeout Arizona's Cursty Jackson would get a kill putting the Aggies down 21-16 and forcing another timeout by the Aggies. The Aggies would respond and trim the Arizona lead to just one at 22-21 on three consecutive kills from Desiree Scott, Amanda Tonga and Kayleigh Giddens. A kill from Tiffany Owens would give Arizona a 23-21 lead but the Aggies would respond with a kill by Whitney Woods to cut the lead back to one at 23-22. After a service error by Rocio Gutierrez gave the Wildcats a 24-22 lead, Amanda Tonga and Kelsey Brennan combined to block a Whitney Dosty attack cutting the lead back to one at 24-23. However, the Wildcats would close the set out on a kill from Tiffany Owens to take the set 25-23 tying the match at one set apiece.

Out of the intermission the Aggies would grab an early 4-3 lead on the Wildcats after a kill by Amanda Tonga, however, the Wildcats would respond with a 5-0 run forcing the Aggies to call a timeout down 8-4. The Wildcats would extend their lead to six points at 13-7 after a service error by Kelsey Brennan. The Aggies would rattle off three consecutive points to trim the lead to 13-10 but the Wildcats would answer with a 3-1 run to push their lead back to five points at 16-11. The Aggies would cut the lead to four at 18-14 however, the Wildcats would extend their lead back to six at 21-15 after an attack error by Kelsey Brennan. The Wildcats would win four of the final five points of the set to take the set 25-16 and send the Aggies to a 2-1 deficit in the match.

Down 2-1 in the match and needing a victory to extend the match to a fifth set, the Aggies fell behind early 5-2. However, a quick 4-1 run would tie things up at 6-6. The Aggies and Wildcats would remain tied at 7-7, 8-8 and 9-9 but a 6-0 run by the Wildcats would put the Aggies in a 15-9 hole. The Aggies would make one final push cutting the deficit to just three at 15-12 and forcing an Arizona timeout, however, the Wildcats would respond with four straight points to take a 19-12 lead. The Aggies would eventually fall 25-17 in the set as Arizona took the match 3-1.

Kayleigh Giddens finished the match hitting .204 with 16 kills and eight digs. Kelsey Brennan added 11 kills but posted seven attack errors to hit .160 on the match she also had three solo blocks and a block assist. Whitney Woods finished with nine kills on 23 swings with just three attack errors. Amanda Tonga finished with seven kills for the Aggies but also posted six attack errors. Jennah DeVries posted a double-double with 41 assists and 12 digs and added five kills.

Arizona's Tiffany Owens led all players with 20 kills and hit .280 on the match with 12 digs and two solo blocks. Cursty Jackson hit .400 with 15 kills on 30 swings with three attack errors while Courtney Karst was the other Wildcat in double-figures with 10 kills on 32 swings with five attack errors and hit .156 for the match.

With the loss the Aggies drop to 8-9 on the season as they return to WAC play this Thursday at San Jose State and finish the week at Fresno State on Saturday.