MANOA, Hawaii -
Seniors Courtney Karst (Centennial, Colo.) and Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) and freshman Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the Arizona volleyball team to a 3-0 victory in its season-opener at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Tournament on Friday in Manoa, Hawaii. The Wildcats defeated Wichita State, 25-14, 25-21, 25-20.
Karst, Jackson and Kingdon combined for 30 kills, 11 digs and 36 points to lead Arizona. In her first match as a Wildcat, Kingdon had a team-high 12 kills and also added six digs and one block. Karst contributed 10 kills and five digs and Jackson had eight kills and five blocks.
Senior Marketa Hanzlova (Liberec, Czech Republic) also contributed to Arizona’s success, adding a team-high 12 digs and eight kills.
Arizona jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first set and the Shockers were never able to get closer than eight the rest of the way as Arizona claimed a 25-14 win.
A kill by Emily Adney gave the Shocks an early 4-3 lead in the second set, but UA scored three-straight to take a 6-4 lead. The Wildcats took a 9-5 advantage with a service ace, but the Shocks used a 6-0 run to go back in front 11-9. Jackie Church had two service aces during the run and Camri Zwiesler added two kills. The Wildcats used a 3-0 run to take a 12-11 lead and increased it to 15-13 with a block. The set went back-and-forth with the Wildcats taking the 25-21 win.
Four-straight kills put the Wildcats up 4-1 in the third set, but an Adney kill and a block by Elizabeth Field and Sam Sanders cut the lead to 7-6. With UA up 16-12, the Shockers used an Adney block, a Sanders kill and a Field block to tie the score at 17. With the score tied at 18, the Wildcats pulled away in the 25-20 win.
“It was nice to get a win in the opening match,” Arizona head coach David Rubio said. “I thought we played like we have been playing in practice. The upperclassmen really did well for us today. Hopefully we can play as steadily tomorrow.”
The Wildcats will return to the court on Saturday to face San Francisco at 5 p.m. HT (8 p.m. PT). Please check back to www.ArizonaWildcats.com and the Arizona Facebook page for news and information.