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Sand Cats Selected for NCAA Championship, Reach Pac-12 Final

May 2, 2016

LOS ANGELES – After posting a runner-up finish to USC at the Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championships, the Arizona sand volleyball team was selected to compete as the No. 6 seed in the 2016 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships May 6-8 in Gulf Shores, Ala. The eight-team tournament will be televised nationally by TruTV on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 from Noon-3 p.m. MST, while TBS will air the championship match on Sunday, May 8 at 11 a.m. All championship site match times and more information about the championship can be found at

The Wildcats closed out the conference tournament on Sunday by defeating Washington and UCLA before falling to the Trojans in the finals of the first ever Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championships.

The Wildcats swept UW, 5-0. Arizona's No. 4 team of Mia Mason and Kalei Mau earned a victory against Justice Macgraw and Melanie Wade as they took the match to three sets, (21-11, 15-21, 15-10). Hailey Devlin and MacKenzie Kleespies picked up a win against UW's duo of Lindsay Chalmers and Destiny Julye, (21-17, 21-12). In a hard fought three-set rally, Madison and McKenna Witt came out with a win against Crissy Jones and Tia Scambray, (21-13, 16-21, 21-19). The No. 2 duo of Jianna Bonomi and Katarina Schulz battled past UW's Courtney Schwan & Cassie Strickland in a three-set match, (21-14, 20-22, 15-12). To secure the sweep, Olivia Macdonald and Sam Manley downed Jade Finau and Lianna Sybeldon in consecutive sets, (21-16, 21-12).

The Wildcats would then go on to defeat UCLA, 3-2, in a rematch from earlier in the tournament. Mason and Mau were defeated by Zana Muno and Jessyka Ngauamo, (21-11, 21-14), but Devlin and Kleespies downed UCLA's No. 5 duo of Julie Consani and Laurel Weaver after a hard fought three-set battle, (18-21, 22-20, 18-16). Macdonald and Manley picked up a win against the Bruins pair of Isabelle Carey and Elise Zapipia, (21-19, 21-13), while the Witts defeated the tandem of Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara in a three-set rally (21-17, 18-21, 15-10). Bonomi and Schulz suffered a loss against UCLA's Ivey Schmitt and Kamila Tan, (21-19, 14-21,11-15).

Against USC,  Devlin and Kleespies fell to USC's Jo Kremer and Zoe Nightingale, (21-23, 21-18, 11-14). The Trojans duo of Jenna Belton and Abril Bustamente picked up a win against Mason and Mau in straight sets, (21-14, 21-21) and the Trojans won the title as the Witts fell to USC's Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes (10-21,14-21). The matches at No. 2 and No. 3 were suspended.

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