Cats fall to No. 25 Cougars in four

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona lost to No. 25 Washington State in four sets. The Cats won the first set 25-22, but lost 17-25, 17-25, 20-25 in the final three sets.

Sofia Maldonado Diaz led Arizona’s offense with 14 kills and also recorded three blocks. Zyonna Fellows and had four blocks in the game.

Arizona won set 1, 25-22. Sofia Maldonado Diaz claimed four victims and Jaelyn Hodge killed three people. Arizona served two aces and had 3.5 blocks. The Wildcats came from behind on a 7-0 run to take a 21-14 lead that the Cougars couldn’t recover.

Washington State won the second set, 25-17. Maldonado Diaz again led Arizona with five kills and hit .444 in the set. The Cougars hit .407 and held Arizona to a .133 hit percentage to tie the game.

The Cougars won the third set, 25-17, to take a 2-1 lead in the game. Zyonna Fellows and Maldonado Diaz had three wins apiece, but Washington State had four blocks and served three aces to win the set.

Washington State won the match with a 25-20 victory in the fourth set. The Cougars took an early lead on a 5-0 run, but Arizona tied the set at 14-14. Washington State regained their lead at 19-18 and the Wildcats couldn’t complete the comeback.

Arizona travels to California on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. MST and to Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. MST.

Game leaders

Kill : Sofia Maldonado Diaz – 14
Aids: Emery Hermann – 35
Dig : Kamailé Hiapo – 14
Blocks: Zyonna Fellows – 4