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Wildcats sweep ASU after strenuous week

2010-10-02T00:00:00Z 2014-07-09T11:45:31Z Wildcats sweep ASU after strenuous weekSarah Trotto Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 02, 2010 12:00 am  • 

The week started off poorly.

Arizona Wildcats coach Dave Rubio said he kicked his players out of the gym Tuesday after a "terrible" practice.

In addition, setter Paige Weber turned her ankle, casting doubt on whether she would play Friday against Arizona State.

Then, during Thursday's practice, outside hitter Courtney Karst ran full-speed into a blocking box, and Rubio said he feared she broke a leg or tore an ACL.

But a week full of scares culminated in one of Arizona's stronger performances of the season. Karst led Arizona with 12 kills, and Weber set her best match of the season, according to Rubio, in a 26-24, 25-19, 25-12 victory over Arizona State (5-10, 0-3) on Friday night at McKale Center.

The Cats (11-4, 1-2) hit .298 to earn their first victory in the Pac-10.

"There were a lot of peaks and valleys emotionally just because of the possibility of losing both those players," Rubio said.

Weber, a senior, finished with 38 assists, distributing the ball mainly to four players - Karst as well as outside hitters Tiffany Owens and Whitney Dosty and middle blocker Cursty Jackson, who each finished with nine kills.

Weber was rolled out of practice in a wheelchair Tuesday, Rubio said, and she didn't return to full practice until Thursday.

Weber said she was not worried she wouldn't be able to play, and her ankle/mid-foot felt "great."

"It was not as bad as we thought it was," she said. "I've played on much worse.

"It would take a lot more to keep me from playing in a match, period, especially a match like this."

Rubio called Weber's performance her best of the season.

"Her distribution was good. Her location was good. She ran the floor really well," Rubio said. "She looked comfortable out there. I never felt like she was pressing. I liked her demeanor and how she was a floor leader."

Weber said the opportunity to rely on multiple hitters made her job easier. Owens hit .444, and Jackson hit .389.

"There wasn't a single hitter tonight I did not and would not feel comfortable giving the ball to," Weber said.

The Cats also received a scare Thursday when Karst went down. She finished with a .346 attack percentage.

"I can't believe she played today. Same thing with Paige," Rubio said.

ASU hit .093, but minus-.024 in the third set. Sarah Reaves led the Sun Devils with 16 kills on .140 hitting.

The teams combined for 17 service errors, with nine by Arizona. The Cats had two service aces, and ASU had one.

"Our best days are in front us," Rubio said. "We can still be a lot better."

Middle blocker Kaylen Bannister, who delivered a baby in August, played in three sets for her first Pac-10 action of the season but didn't record an attempt. Middle blocker Tarryn Luafalemana didn't play. Rubio said she still has foot pain.

Arizona plays a nonconference match at New Mexico State on Sunday a 4:30 p.m. The match will be televise on Fox Sports Arizona.

Up next

• Who: Arizona at New Mexico State

• When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday

• TV: FSAZ

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