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Wildcats Earn a Victory at Pac-12 Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 19, 2014
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TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona sand volleyball team picked up a victory against Cal Poly to open the Pac-12 Invitational on Saturday at Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.

The Cats defeated the Mustangs by a tight 3-2 score but later fell to No. 8 Loyola Marymount, 3-2 and to Arizona State, 3-2. 

Arizona got down early against Cal Poly by dropping the match at the No. 5 position but just a short time later the No. 4 team of Taylor Arizobal and Allie Cook defeated Shannon Fouts and Taylor 
Gruenewald, 21-12, 21-10.

The team of Rachel Rhoades and Sarah Seiber followed with a win at the No. 3 position to put the Wildcats in front. Rhoades/Seiber defeated Hannah Schleis and Kate Walters, 21-16, 21-13.

Madison and McKenna Witt clinched the victory for the Cats at the No. 1 position as they held off Katie Conroy and Jennifer Keddy, 21-17, 21-17. 

After falling behind to Loyola Marymount 2-0 in the early going, the Wildcats battled back to tie things back up as the No. 2 team of Madi Kingdon and Ronni Lewis picked up a straight set victory followed by a straight set win at the No. 4 position by Arizobal and Cook. 

LMU claimed the victory as the No. 3 team of Taylor Akana and Rachelle Suaava edged Rachel Rhoades and Sarah Seiber in a close three-set battle, 21-15, 16-21, 15-12.

In the final match of the day, Arizona and Arizona State battled back and forth for the entirety of the match. The Wildcats got victories from Arizobal/Cook and Rhoades/Seiber, while the Sun Devils picked up wins at the No. 5 and No. 2 positions. Once again, the competition came down to the final match. 

ASU claimed the victory at the No. 1 position as  Bianca Arellano and Bethany Jorgensen knocked off the Witt twins in a tough three-set match, 27-25, 25-27, 15-11.

Arizobal and Cook were the bright spots on the day for the Wildcats as they finished a perfect 3-0.

Play will continue on Sunday as pairs from Arizona, USC, ASU and Bakersfield will be seeded into a 20-team single-elimination bracket. Play begins at 9 a.m. PT and concludes with a pairs championship match at approximately 2 p.m.

For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat sand volleyball, visit and be sure to follow the team on Twitter @ArizonaSandVB and on Instagram @arizonasandvolleyball.

Arizona 3, Cal Poly 2 (FINAL)
> Pac-12 Invitational | First Round
> Annenberg Community Beach House | Santa Monica, Calif.
> Saturday, April 19, 2014
> 1. Madison Witt/McKenna Witt (ARIZ) def. Katie Conroy/Jennifer Keddy (CP), 21-17, 21-17
> 2. Megan Groess/Nicole Kessler (CP) def. Madi Kingdon/Ronni Lewis (ARIZ), 21-19, 19-21, 15-12
> 3. Rachel Rhoades/Sarah Seiber (ARIZ) def. Hannah Schleis/Kate Walters (CP), 21-16, 21-13
> 4. Taylor Arizobal/Allie Cook (ARIZ) def. Shannon Fouts/Taylor Gruenewald (CP), 21-12, 21-10
> 5. Anna Gorman/Lexi Reddick (CP) def. Jazmine Campas/Emily Kiser (ARIZ), 21-12, 21-8
> Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 1*, 2
Loyola Marymount 3, Arizona 2 (FINAL)
> Pac-12 Invitational | Quarterfinal
> Annenberg Community Beach House | Santa Monica, Calif.
> Saturday, April 19, 2014
> 1. Litara Keil/Betsi Metter (LMU) def. Madison Witt/McKenna Witt, (ARIZ), 21-9, 21-17
> 2. Madi Kingdon/Ronni Lewis (ARIZ) def. Avery Bush/Kathleen Luft (LMU), 21-19, 21-17
> 3. Taylor Akana/Rachelle Suaava (LMU) def. Rachel Rhoades/Sarah Seiber (ARIZ), 21-15, 16-21, 15-12
> 4. Allie Cook/Taylor Arizobal (ARIZ) def. Caitlin DeWitt/Hannah Tedrow (LMU), 21-16, 21-17
> 5. Ashley Maxfeldt/Anne Marie Taylor (LMU) def. Jazmine Campas/Emily Kiser (ARIZ), 21-8, 21-12
> Order of finish: 5, 1, 2, 4, 3*
Arizona State 3, Arizona 2 (FINAL)
> Pac-12 Invitational | Quarterfinal
> Annenberg Community Beach House | Santa Monica, Calif.
> Saturday, April 19, 2014
> 1. Bianca Arellano/Bethany Jorgensen (ASU) def. Madison Witt/McKenna Witt (ARIZ), 27-25, 25-27, 15-11
> 2. Whitney Follette/Macey Gardner (ASU) def. Madi Kingdon/Ronni Lewis (ARIZ), 21-18, 23-25, 15-9
> 3. Rachel Rhoades/Sarah Seiber (ARIZ) def. Jordy Checkal/McKenzie Willey(ASU), 21-17, 21-15
> 4. Taylor Arizobal/Allie Cook (ARIZ) def. BreElle Bailey/Genevieve Pirotte(ASU), 21-15, 21-12
> 5. Andi Lowrance/Nora Tuioti-Mariner (ASU) def. Jazmine Campas/Emily Kiser (ARIZ), 21-6, 21-9
> Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1*
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