TUCSON, Ariz. – Krista Vansant recorded a match-high 14 kills to lift No. 6 Washington (12-1, 4-1 Pac-12) to a 3-1 (25-10, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20) victory over visiting Arizona (12-5, 2-3 Pac-12) on Friday night inside Alaska Airlines Arena.
Vansant also added 11 digs for a double-double. The Huskies out-hit the Wildcats, .276 to .176 on the night, while also out-blocking the Cats, 12.0 to 7.0.
Three Wildcats recorded double-figure kills on the night, led by Madi Kingdon with 13 with eight digs. Jane Croson added 12 kills and five digs, while Taylor Arizobal had 10 kills, six digs and three blocks. Penina Snuka recorded her seventh double-double of the season as she dished out 33 assists with 14 digs. Candace Nicholson had 14 digs and Ronni Lewis contributed 11 digs for the Cats.
It was all Washington in the opening set as it jumped out to a 4-0 lead and the Huskies cruised to a 25-10 victory. UW hit an incredible .391 in the set, while Arizona hit -.148.
The Wildcats got off to a solid start in the second set as they jumped out to a 12-9 advantage. Then, with Arizona in front 13-11, Washington reeled off five straight points to gain the 16-13 lead. The Wildcats were not able to put together a run as the Huskies took the set, 25-20. UW was solid once again offensively as it hit .317, while Arizona was solid as well with a .314 attack percentage.
Arizona started strong for the second straight set as it won the first four points of the frame. The Wildcats kept their foot on the pedal as they won wire-to-wire in the set, 25-21. Arizona hit a solid .306 in the frame, while its defense held the Huskies to just .053.
The beginning of the fourth set was back and forth with neither team able to pull away until Washington broke an 11-11 tie with three straight points to pull in front 14-11. Washington tried to pull away as it extended its lead to five on several occasions, but Arizona battled back to cut the lead to one at 21-20, which forced a UW timeout. The Huskies won the next four points following the timeout to seal up the victory, 25-20.
The Wildcats remain in Washington as they will battle Washington State on Sunday at 1 p.m. The match will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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