Wildcats Win Fourth Straight, Sweep California
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Arizona won its fourth straight match, sweeping California for the second straight time, (25-18, 26-24, 25-23) on Sunday in Berkeley.
The Wildcats have won four straight and five of their last six, and are now back to .500 on the season with four matches remaining. Arizona improved to 9-9 (9-9 Pac-12), while California fell to 1-17 (1-17 Pac-12).
Arizona's defense was stout once again, holding Cal to a .117 hitting percentage in the match. The Wildcats had 59 digs in the three-set win. Kamaile Hiapo had a team-best 16 while Paige Whipple finished with 14 and Emery Herman posted a double-double, with 34 assists and 11 digs.
Offensively, Arizona was led by Sofia Maldonado Diaz and Merle Weidt, who had 11 kills apiece. Maldonado Diaz also had a career-high-tying four aces for the second straight match. UA had seven aces as a team.
UA will now get set for its final two weeks of the regular season, riding a four-match winning streak into a home series with USC next weekend at McKale Center. UA will host the Trojans on Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at noon for senior weekend.