The Wildcats defeated Colorado (25-13, 27-25, 26-24) during the fourth game in the Pac-12 at Mckale Center on Sunday.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak, putting Arizona at 11-5 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
UA coach Dave Rubio said he saw some nice “bounce-back performances” in getting the much-needed win.
After a close third set against the Buffalos, the Cats had 57 kills and 131 attacks. Colorado only came up with 35 kills during all three matches.
Paige Whipple ended with a team high of 14 kills and had a hitting percentage of .209. Katie Smoot followed Whipple with 13 kills and a higher hitting percentage of .242.
Devyn Cross ended with the highest hitting percentage of the day for the Cats with .643.
Arizona had to stay committed and focused during the last two sets where Boulder stayed close.
“I think that in the third set especially we had to come together more as a team and find something more to play for than just for the win because we were down by so much,” Smoot said.
She believes it was a mental factor that they needed to come together in order to compete and thrive.
“I think we’re all really close off the court which translates onto the court in terms of being able to help each other out emotionally because we know what each individual person needs,” Whipple said, referring to the team rallying together in the win.
Rubio said he believes that because both teams went into the match 0-3 the teams were were trying to recover mentally and physically.
“Playing at home was a little bit easier than playing on the road,” Rubio said.
Rubio said that he thinks the Cats just ended up playing a little bit better at the end of each set.
He believes that Whipple had more confidence but thinks she can still be a little too introspective.
“You know, for me, you gotta have a huge ego and a really short memory you know as an outside hitter,” Rubio said.
Arizona will hit the road this weekend to play Stanford (3-1) on Oct 11 and at Cal-Berkeley (3-0) on Oct. 13.