Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Falls to No. 4 Washington, 3-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 23, 2011
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Sept. 23, 2011

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In its first Pac-12 Conference home match, Arizona Volleyball (9-3, 1-2) fell to No. 4 Washington (10-1, 2-1) 3-0 on Friday night at McKale Center. The Huskies defeated the Wildcats, 27-25, 25-18, 25-10.

In the first set, Arizona jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but neither team led by more than four points when the Huskies led 22-18. The Wildcats came back, evened the score at 23 and had a chance to seal it, but Washington held and took set one 27-25. Freshman Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) led all players with nine kills and sophomore Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) led all players with nine digs.

In the second set, the teams stayed close most of the way, tying it up seven different times. At 16-16, the Huskies outscored Arizona 8-1 and won set two, 25-18. Washington’s Bianca Rowland recorded three of her team’s eight blocks in the second set.

The Huskies started the third set strong, leaving the Wildcats scoreless for the first four points. Arizona got on the board on a block by freshman Rachel Rhoades (San Diego, Calif.) and Kingdon, but Washington went on a 9-3 run to give the Huskies a 13-3 edge and went on to win 25-10.

“Game one was our best and it was disappointing because we came so close in the second,” Arizona head coach David Rubio said. “I kept telling my players how disappointed I was in game three, but there are still a lot of things from the first game and a half that we have to take out of tonight.”

Kingdon recorded her fourth double-double of the season with a team-high 13 kills and 11 digs and Nicholson led the team in digs with 17.

Krista Vansant led the Huskies with 13 kills and 11 digs and Rowland added three blocks.

“I did see a lot of good things from this team,” Rubio said. “I know what to expect, because we have some very young girls, but we have the potential to be a very good group.”

The Wildcats will return to McKale Center on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. to take on Washington State.

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