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Cats Sweep Opening Day of Wildcat Classic

Sep 19, 2014

TUCSON No. 20 Arizona volleyball swept its first two games of the Wildcat Classic with straight set victories over Coppin State (25-13, 25-23, 25-18) and Tulane (25-10, 25-21, 25-18).

“I was a little disappointed in this morning’s effort,” said head coach Dave Rubio of Arizona’s early match against Coppin State. “I thought we were a little too high error. Even though we won in three, I wasn’t pleased in our execution. This evening (against Tulane) I thought we were much, much better.”

Madi Kingdon amassed 30 kills in the two matches while McKenzie Jacobson, earning her first two career starts in place of an injured Rachel Rhoades, notched seven kills in both matches, setting and then tying her career high.

The Cats improved to 10-1 overall and 5-0 at McKale Center; UA has not lost a set at home.

Arizona is back in action on Saturday against UMBC at 12:30 p.m. PDT to conclude the Wildcat Classic.

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Match 1 – Arizona 3, Coppin State 0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-18)

Twentieth ranked Arizona volleyball defeated Coppin State in straight sets (25-13, 25-23, 25-18) to open the Wildcat Classic Friday morning and improve to 9-1 on the year.

Arizona used a balanced attack to down the Eagles, getting season-high contributions from Taylor Arizobal (13 kills), Halli Amaro (nine kills) and McKenzie Jacobson (seven kills). Madi Kingdon chipped in 13 kills as well.

In her first career start, filling in for an injured Rachel Rhoades, Jacobson needed just 11 swings to net her seven kills, a .545 hitting percentage, and added two blocks in the match.

The Wildcats hit .263 in the match, a figure that cooled after UA hit .433 in the first set. The Cats held CSU to a .124 hitting percentage in the match.

Penina Snuka nabbed her eighth double-double of the season, dishing out 38 assists and adding 10 digs. Ronni Lewis led the Cats with 13 digs.

Arizona dominated the first set, hitting .433 and limiting Coppin State to a .111 percentage. Arizobal led UA with six kills in the game. UA took the set 25-13.

In the second, Arizona defeated Coppin State in a much more closely contested game. After Coppin State cut Arizona’s lead to 18-17, the Wildcats scored six of the next eight points to grab a 24-19 lead, only to see the Eagles grab the next four points. A Taylor Arizobal kill ended the game and gave UA a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Eagles came out swinging in the third, grabbing the early lead 10-7. UA would score five straight to take a lead it would not let up. Kingdon led the Cats with six kills as UA hit .293 in the set. Arizona had three blocks in the frame.

Match 2 – Arizona 3, Tulane 0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-18)

 

The Wildcats earned their second consecutive straight-set victory of the day when they defeated Tulane in three sets (25-10, 25-21, 25-18) on Friday night in front of 1,386 fans in Arizona volleyball’s first ever WhiteOut.

Kingdon registered 17 kills on a robust .421 hitting percentage to lead the team. McKenzie Jacobson, tying a career-high she set earlier in the day, notched seven kills on just 10 swings (.700 hitting percentage).

Kalei Mau had nine kills for the Wildcats on 23 attempts (.391 hitting percentage), a career high for the sophomore transfer.

Arizona dominated at the net, outblocking the Green Wave 8.5-0. Halli Amaro was in on six of those blocks, including two solo stops.

Snuka used 36 assists and a team-high 14 digs to record her ninth double-double of the season, and second of the day.

 

Arizona controlled the opening set from the early going, racing out to a 7-1 lead and never looking back, cruising to a 25-10 victory. Arizona hit .452 in the frame propelled by Jacobson’s .714 hitting percentage (five kills) and Kingdon’s .455 hitting percentage (five kills).

Much like the first set, Arizona opened an early lead on the Green Wave, scoring five of the game’s first six points. Tulane would battle back though, cutting Arizona’s lead to two points late in the set. Arizona finished strong, defeating the Green Wave 25-21 in the set.

It was a slow start to the third as Tulane grabbed the early lead and forced the Wildcats to take a timeout trailing 8-5. The Cats would then rip off a 9-1 run to seize control of the set. Kingdon had eight kills in the set to lead the Cats to a 25-18 victory to close out the match.