Sept. 2, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Senior Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) led the Arizona Volleyball team past Cal State Fullerton in the fourth match of the Wildcat Classic on Saturday night. The Wildcats defeated the Titans, 3-1 (25-16, 25-19, 12-25, 25-22) behind Jackson's 15 kills and four blocks.
Freshman Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) led all players with 19 kills, while three players led Arizona with double-digit digs. Junior Tori Moore (Brea, Calif.) and senior Marketa Hanzlova (Liberec, Czech Republic) each had 17 and sophomore Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) added 14.
"Our team is not the kind of team that is going to blow teams out," said Arizona head coach David Rubio. "We are going to have to grind, we are going to have to win close matches, like we did tonight in game four. We are going to have to go out and frustrate teams like Fullerton frustrated us tonight."
Arizona came out energized in the first set behind Jackson's six kills in eight attempts (.750), while holding the Titans to only a .059 team hitting percentage. The Wildcats led for most of the first set, but did not pull away until they led 20-15 and sealed the set 25-16 on a Jackson kill.
In the second set, the teams traded points until Arizona scored seven-straight points and went up 12-7. CSUF rallied and got within three, but could not narrow the margin further and the Wildcats took set two, 25-19.
The Titans took charge in set three after recording 11 kills with only three errors and holding Arizona to nine kills and forcing eight errors. CSUF's Kayla Neto recorded four kills in the set and six Titans had at least one kill.
"The third game was tough, we had a lot of serving errors and they came out and they were serving on pace," said Jackson. "We just needed to play our game and go with the scouting report and what the coaches were telling us. Everything they did, we knew they were going to do it, we just weren't prepared."
The fourth set turned into a thriller after the teams traded points for the majority of it. Nine of Kingdon's 19 kills came in the fourth set, including the match winner, and the Wildcats were able to come out on top, 25-22, and finish the match.
Arizona will continue the Wildcat Classic to play Eastern Washington for its third and final match at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, after Cal State Fullerton plays Presbyterian at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets for the Wildcat Classic are available online at v12.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetGroupList?groupCode=GS&linkID=uaz-ts&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode. For complete results from the Wildcat Classic and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat Volleyball, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.
Eastern Washington vs. Presbyterian
The Eagles defeated the Blue Hose 3-1 with a score of 25-23, 25-16, 15-25, 26-24. Presbyterian's Allison Brown led all players with 18 kills.