Arizona Beach Volleyball Goes 2-0 in Season Opener
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The No. 17 Arizona Wildcats came out of their first season tournament, against No. 7 GCU and Colorado Mesa, 2-0. Arizona was able to play eight different pairs, allowing two Freshman (Mady Noble & Abby Russell) to see their first glimpse of NCAA match play.
Against GCU the Cats fought hard to tip the scales in their favor. Having only two court needing to advance to a third set, with one pulling out a victory, the Cats made quick work of pulling out the win over the lopes for the third time in program history.
The Cats went on to sweep Colorado Mesa 5-0 for the fourth time in program history. Rennie and Parkhurst had two quick 21-9 sets on court one to keep the Mavericks scoreless. The rest of the Cats followed in suit, never allowing the Mavericks to score more than 16 points.
The Sand Cats will return to Bear Down Beach next weekend to host the Cactus Classic. In their first home tournament of the season, Arizona will host Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and Boise State. Arizona match play will begin on March 6 at 12 pm MST and close out on March 7 at 11 am MST.
No. 17 Arizona 3 at No. 7 GCU 2
No. 1 UofA Sarah Blacker/Alex Parkhurst def. GCU Teagan DeFalco/Bella Bauman 21-18, 21-13
No. 2 UofA Brooke Burling/Alana Rennie def. GCU Madi Relaz/Alli Hansen 21-19, 21-15
No. 3 GCU Taylor Jarzombek/Anaya Evans def. UofA Natalie Anselmo/Carly Lowry 21-19, 12-21, 15-10
No. 4 GCU Allanis Navas/Paula Hoffmann def. UofA Olivia Hallaran/Mady Noble 21-18, 21-14
No. 5 UofA Jonny Baham/Abby Russell def. GCU Katie Sarber/Alyssa Garber 21-17, 16-21, 9-15
No. 17 Arizona 5 vs. Colorado Mesa 0
No. 1 UofA Alana Rennie/Alex Parkhurst def. CMU Macie Lachlemann/Savannah Spitzer 21-9, 21-9
No. 2 UofA Hope Shannon/Brooke Burling def. CMU Hahni Johnson/Sierra Hunt 21-14, 21-13
No. 3 UofA Natalie Anselmo/Carly Lowry def. CMU Ara Norwood/Tye Wedhorn 21-14, 21-13
No. 4 UofA Olivia Hallaran/Mady Noble def. CMU Maddi Foutz/Sabrina Vandelist 21-10, 21-15
No. 5 UofA Summer McDonough/Makenna Martin def. CMU Paige Gwattney/Savannah Ott 21-12, 21-16