Fourteenth-ranked Arizona volleyball won three consecutive sets after dropping the first against California on Friday night at McKale Center, defeating the Bears for the third consecutive time (22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-15).
Both the fourth and fifth sets went to deuce, and both went to Stanford as the Cardinal came back to win a hard-fought battle in McKale.
After splitting the opening weekend of conference play, 14th-ranked Arizona, the Pac-12 per-set-leader in kills, assists and digs, gears up to face the Bay Area schools in a pair of matches televised by the Pac-12 Networks. First, it will be a top-15 showdown on Wednesday as the Wildcats will take on the eighth-ranked Cardinal, trying to end a streak of 17 consecutive victories for Stanford in the series. Arizona and Stanford take the court on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. MST. On Friday, UA welcomes California at 8 p.m. MST.
Fourteenth-ranked Arizona volleyball needed just three sets to dispose of No. 18 Oregon (25-15, 25-16, 25-23), earning its first sweep of a top-20 team in 364 days.
The 14th-ranked Arizona volleyball team gave seventh-ranked ASU all it could handle, but fell short in four sets in the Pac-12 opener (26-28, 25-12, 20-25, 21-25).
No. 14 Arizona hosts No. 7 Oregon on Sunday in the Pac-12 home opener in a match televised by ESPNU.
Sixteenth-ranked Arizona defeated Savannah State in straight sets (25-12, 25-12, 25-14) to close out the nonconference season.
Sixteenth-ranked Arizona split its first two matches of the Wildcat Classic, downing New Mexico State in the matinee game in four sets (25-14, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23) before taking second-ranked Texas to five, (25-22, 16-25, 25-27, 25-20, 6-15).
After splitting Friday's action, Arizona faces its final nonconference opponent at noon when the Cats take on Savannah State.
Former Wildcat middle blocker Cursty Jackson (2010-11) spends her days playing for Team USA with her eyes set on Rio for the 2016 Olympics.
Thirteenth-ranked Arizona swept LIU Brooklyn, the host of the Blackbird Invitational (25-19, 25-20, 25-16) to improve to 8-0 on the season for the fifth time in school history.
Thirteenth-ranked Arizona faced a 20-12 deficit in the third set, staring at its first two set to one disadvantage of the season. Instead, the Wildcats would end the third set on a 13-3 run, including scoring 10 of the set's final 11 points, to win the set and turn an impending 2-1 deficit into a 2-1 lead on their way to a four-set victory over previously-unbeaten Syracuse (16-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-18).