Aug. 30, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – After opening the season by hosting the Wildcat Classic last weekend, the Arizona volleyball team hits the road for the first time this year by taking part in the Pepperdine Asics Classic on Friday and Saturday.
Arizona will open the tournament against Cal State Fullerton on Friday at 5:00 p.m. The Cats will face Jiangsu China in an exhibition match on Saturday at 11 a.m. before closing out the tournament against host and No. 13-ranked Pepperdine at 7:30 p.m. Live stats for each match will be available at PepperdineSports.com. In addition, a free live video feed will be available for Arizona’s match against Pepperdine.
The Wildcats enter the tournament after posting a 2-1 record last weekend at the Wildcat Classic. UA defeated Evansville and Utah Valley in three-sets, but fell to Cal State Northridge in five.
Friday’s matchup against Cal State Fullerton will mark the 17th time the two squads have met in volleyball. The Titans enter the match with a 2-1 record after opening the year at the Georgia Tech Courtyard Invitational, where they defeated SMU and Charleston Southern, but dropped a match to host Georgia Tech. Arizona defeated Cal State Fullerton last season in Tucson, 3-1 and the Wildcats are 14-2 all-time against the Titans.
On Saturday morning, the Wildcats will face Jiangsu China in an exhibition match. The Chinese club team Jiangsu is currently in the U.S. as part of the 2012 AVCA College Volleyball Showcase. Jiangsu has already defeated USC (W, 3-1) and UCLA (W, 3-2) earlier this week. The team is also scheduled to play Cal and Stanford.
No. 13 Pepperdine also enters the weekend with a 2-1 record after winning two of three at the Dayton Flyer Classic last week. The Waves swept Ohio and Illinois, but fell in four to No. 11 Dayton. Arizona and Pepperdine have met 14 times in history with each team splitting those games down the middle. The Wildcats won the last matchup at home back in 2010.
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2012 Pepperdine Asics Classic (August 30-September 1)
Friday (August 31)
5:00 p.m. MST - Cal State Fullerton (2-1, 0-0 Big West) vs. Arizona (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
7:30 p.m. MST – No. 13 Pepperdine (2-1, 0-0 WCC) vs. Jiangsu (exhibition)
Saturday (September 1)
11:00 a.m. MST – Jiangsu vs. Arizona (exhibition)
1:30 p.m. MST – No. 13 Pepperdine vs. Cal State Fullerton
7:30 p.m. MST – No. 13 Pepperdine vs. Arizona