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Cats Close Four-Match Road Swing in Oregon
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Release: 10/31/2013
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Arizona (15-7, 5-5 Pac-12) vs. No. 23 Oregon (12-8, 5-5 Pac-12)

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.

Series Record: Arizona leads 42-16

Last Meeting: Arizona def. No. 21 Oregon 3-1 in Tucson back on Oct. 4

Current Streak: Arizona has won one in the series

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Arizona (15-7, 5-5 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (9-12, 0-10 Pac-12)

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 – 4:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Series Record: Arizona leads 43-13

Last Meeting: Arizona def. Oregon State 3-1 in Tucson back on Oct. 6

Current Streak: Arizona has won seven straight in the series

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Following two matches at Colorado and Utah over the weekend, the Arizona volleyball team closes out a tough four-match road swing this weekend at No. 23 Oregon and Oregon State.

The Wildcats are coming off two tough losses at Colorado and Utah. Arizona dropped a 3-0 contest at Colorado on Friday before falling 3-1 at Utah on Sunday.

Despite the two road losses, Arizona still sits at No. 24 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, just seven spots lower than its No. 17 spot from a week ago.

Meanwhile, Madi Kingdon continues to be one of the top all-around players in the league. She currently leads the league in points (5.20 p/s), while ranking second in kills (4.43 p/s) and sixth in service aces (0.31 p/s). Freshman setter Penina Snuka’s 11 double-doubles leads the Pac-12 and is the most nationally among freshmen. She also ranks sixth in the conference in assists (10.11 p/s).

The Wildcats have been one of the best defensive teams in the Pac-12 as their 17.15 digs per set leads the league, while their .157 opponent hitting percentage ranks second in the conference. Arizona already has 26 combined double-doubles on the year, the most of any team in the Pac-12.

Oregon is also coming off an 0-2 weekend as it dropped a three-set contest against No. 6 Stanford and then fell in a tough five-set match to California. The Ducks lead the Pac-12 in assists as they are dishing out 13.75 per set, while they rank second in digs behind the Wildcats with 16.54 per set. Liz Brenner leads Oregon on the offensive end with 4.23 kills per set, ranking fourth in the Pac-12.

Three players recorded double-doubles and Arizona opened the home portion of the Pac-12 schedule with an impressive 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22) upset over No. 21 Oregon back on Oct. 4. Kingdon led the way with 24 kills on .250 hitting with 13 digs and two blocks. Jane Croson complimented Kingdon on the left side with 18 kills and 17 digs. Meanwhile, freshman setter Penina Snuka dished out 46 assists with a career-high 17 digs. She also added three blocks and a kill. Taylor Arizobal also recorded double-figure kills as she had 10 kills and tied a match-high with six blocks. The Arizona defense continued to perform at a high level as it held Oregon to just .179 hitting. The Cats also out-blocked the Ducks 11-8. Oregon came in to the match with one of the top offenses in the Pac-12, but the Arizona defense never backed down from the defending national runner-up. The Wildcats defeated the Ducks for the first time in five tries. Candace Nicholson played a big part in the Arizona defense as she recorded a career-high 26 digs in the contest. Nicholson, who already holds the Arizona career record for digs, made some crucial defensively plays down the stretch to keep the Ducks off the scoreboard.

Oregon State heads into the weekend with 10 straight losses. Four players recorded double figure kills to lead the Arizona to a 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-14) victory over Oregon State back on Oct. 6. Olivia Magill, Kingdon and Croson each finished with a match-high 13 kills in the contest. Magill was extremely efficient as she hit .524, while also adding five blocks. Kingdon recorded a double-double as she finished with a match-high 14 digs to go with her 13 kills and two blocks. Meanwhile, Arizobal also finished with double-digit kills as she had 11 with four blocks. Snuka dished out 39 assists with 11 digs for a double-double. The Wildcats were solid on both ends of the floor as they hit .273 for the match, while holding Oregon State to just .114 hitting. In addition, Arizona out-blocked OSU, 15-4. Halli Amaro had a match-high eight blocks, while Ashley Harris recorded a career-high seven blocks. Nicholson was the third member of the Wildcats with 10 or more digs as she recorded 13 with five assists.

For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat volleyball, visit ArizonaWildcats.com and be sure to follow the team on Twitter @ArizonaVBall.

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