Sept. 1, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Competing without many of the regular starters, the Arizona volleyball team fell to Jiangsu China, 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-17), Saturday in an exhibition match at the Pepperdine Asics Classic inside Firestone Fieldhouse.
The Wildcats were able to get some of their newcomers extended playing time, while the normal starters were able to get some rest in preparation for No. 13 Pepperdine later tonight.
Jiangsu hit .364 for the match, while Arizona finished at .186. However, the Wildcats did win the battle at the night as they out-blocked Jiangsu, 9-3.
Sophomore Shaquillah Torres (Riverside, Calif.) and freshman Olivia Magill (Seattle, Wash.) led Arizona with seven kills apiece. Magill also added four blocks to finish with a team-high 9.0 points. Alyse Hensley (San Diego, Calif.) was efficient in the contest as she provided six kills on .455 hitting. Freshman Emily Bemis (DeKalb, Ill.) added a season-high five kills to go along with four blocks. Freshman setter Lauren Fuller (Los Angeles, Calif.) dished out 23 assists, while adding five digs and two digs. Meanwhile, Ronni Lewis (San Jose, Calif.) finished with eight digs and five assists.
Jiangsu, who has already defeated USC and UCLA this season in exhibition matches, was led by Tingli Zhai with 15 kills. Qianwen Jiang was the only other player with double-digit kills for the match as she finished with 12.
Arizona will close out the Pepperdine Asics Classic tonight against host and No. 13-ranked Pepperdine at 7:30 p.m.
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