Arizona (17-9, 7-7 Pac-12) vs. Utah (17-9, 6-8 Pac-12)
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Series Record: Arizona leads 18-5
Last Meeting: Utah def. Arizona 3-1 in Salt Lake City, Utah back on Oct. 27
Current Streak: Utah has won one in the series
Arizona (17-9, 7-7 Pac-12) vs. Colorado (15-9, 7-7 Pac-12)
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 – 2:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Series Record: Arizona leads 5-1
Last Meeting: Colorado def. Arizona 3-0 in Boulder, Colo. back on Oct. 25
Current Streak: Colorado has won one in the series
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona volleyball team welcomes Utah and Colorado as it continues its four-match homestand inside the McKale Center. The Wildcats and the Utes match up at 7 p.m. Thursday. Arizona will then host the Buffaloes on Sunday 2 p.m. Both matches will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Wildcats split this past weekend at home against Washington State and No. 3 Washington. Arizona opened the weekend with a sweep of the Cougars before falling against the league-leading Huskies. The Cats did move up two spots in the NCAA RPI rankings to No. 25, putting them in excellent position for the NCAA Tournament.
Meanwhile, Madi Kingdon continues to be one of the top all-around players in the league. She currently leads the league in points (5.30 p/s), while ranking second in kills (4.49 p/s) and fourth in service aces (0.35 p/s). Freshman setter Penina Snuka’s 14 double-doubles leads the Pac-12 and is the second most nationally among freshmen. She also ranks sixth in the conference in assists (10.09 p/s).
The Wildcats have been one of the best defensive teams in the Pac-12 as their 16.95 digs per set leads the league, while their .167 opponent hitting percentage ranks second in the conference. Arizona already has 32 combined double-doubles on the year, the most of any team in the Pac-12.
After defeating the Wildcats back on Oct. 27, Utah has dropped four straight contests, the last three coming in straight sets. Utah leads the league in overall blocks with 295 on the season, ranking second in the conference in blocks per set with 2.93.
The trio of Shelby Dalton, Bailey Bateman and Chelsey Schofield combined for 33 kills to lift Utah past Arizona 3-1 (27-29, 28-26, 25-20, 25-17) on Oct. 27 inside the Huntsman Center. Utah frustrated the Wildcats all match long at the net as the Utes recorded 20 blocks on the afternoon. Utah also out-hit Arizona .211 to .110. Meanwhile, it was Utah's first victory over Arizona since Nov. 30, 2002 and just the fifth all-time.
Colorado heads into the weekend on a three-match losing streak of its own. The Buffaloes did fall to a trio of ranked opponents in No. 3 Washington, No. 6 Stanford and No. 22 Cal. Colorado has been solid behind the service line as it ranks third in the league 1.21 aces per set.
Taylor Simpson recorded a match-high 15 kills on .444 hitting to lead Colorado to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-23) victory over Arizona on Oct.25 inside the Coors Events Center. The Buffaloes finished with an advantage in just about every statistical category on the night. CU hit a strong .333 while Arizona recorded just a .127 hitting percentage. The Buffaloes also out-dug and out-blocked one of the top defensive teams in the Pac-12.
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