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    Volleyball stops Pac-10 slide

    The Arizona women’s volleyball team landed its first Pacific 10 Conference victory of the season as it swept the Oregon State Beavers last night in Corvallis, Ore., 30-19, 30-16, 30-26.

    UA head coach Dave Rubio said he was pleased with his team’s performance as they stretched the streak to 20 in a row against a depleted Oregon State team.

    Arizona (10-8, 1-5 Pac-10) seemed to have put some of its past offensive struggles behind when the Wildcats put up big numbers against the Beavers (3-12, 0-6).

    “”We had more opportunities to score tonight than we usually do, and we took advantage of them,”” Rubio said.

    Arizona had four players with double-digit kills, including 12 from sophomore outside hitter Brooke Buringrud and 11 from sophomore opposite hitter Randy Goodenough. Freshman outside hitter Whitney Dosty and junior middle blocker Dominique Lamb both added 10 kills.

    The Wildcats hit a season-high .310 as a team and also added 11 blocks.

    Lamb was also impressed with her team’s performance on offense, but said they still have some work to do.

    “”We hit really well tonight, but we did make small little errors,”” she said.

    Rubio said he was impressed with the composure his team showed on defense.

    “”We were definitely more efficient on defense than we usually are,”” he said.

    But Lamb said the team isn’t going to lose focus.

    “”It’s definitely nice to get our first conference win,”” she said. “”We will celebrate a little tonight, but then we will start focusing on Oregon.””

    The Wildcats now turn their focus in the direction of the Ducks (13-3, 3-3), as they finish out this week’s matches tonight at 7 in Eugene, Ore.

    Oregon started its season off strong with a fast 11-0 start and after getting swept by the Los Angeles schools, the Ducks have won three out of their last four matches following a four-set victory over ASU last night that snapped a 16-match losing streak against the Sun Devils.

    The Wildcats have won 14 straight against the Ducks, who hadn’t won more than two conference matches in a season since 1998, yet won their third in the sixth contest of the season.

    Rubio said he knows how strong Oregon is and he said the Wildcats have been prepared to play them all week.

    “”I think Oregon is probably a little bit stronger than Oregon State,”” Rubio said. “”I think if we just continue to do what we have been doing, winning will take care of itself.””

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