Oct. 14, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. – Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded her second straight double-double to lift Arizona (11-8, 3-5 Pac-12) to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 25-27, 25-16) road victory over Colorado (13-7, 3-5 Pac-12) on Sunday evening inside the Coors Events Center.
Kingdon followed up her career-high 28 kill performance on Friday night with a 15 kill and 13 dig effort on Sunday evening. She hit a solid .343 for her team-best eighth double-double of the season.
The Wildcats hit .232 for the match, while limiting Colorado to just a .187 attack efficiency. The biggest difference in the match came defensively. The Cats out-blocked the Buffaloes, 9.5 to 2.0 and recorded 15 additional digs than Colorado. Meanwhile, Arizona was extremely effective at the service line by recording a season-high 11 aces.
Chanel Brown (Tempe, Ariz.) had a strong all-around performance as she dished out a team-high 18 assists to go with four digs and a career-high five service aces. Meanwhile, Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) recorded a match-high 16 digs to lead the Arizona defense.
Freshman Olivia Magill (Seattle, Wash.) was strong at the net with seven kills on .500 hitting and a match-high five blocks. Fellow freshman Halli Amaro (Los Alamitos, Calif.) had nine kills and three blocks, while Taylor Arizobal (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) had eight kills, four service aces and four blocks.
Colorado got out to a quick start in the opening set by taking a 9-3 advantage. After Arizona cut the lead to 16-13, the Wildcats went on a timely 5-0 run to take an 18-16 advantage. The Buffaloes battled back to tie the match up at 20-20, but the Wildcats won the next two points to regain the lead. The Cats went on to take the set, 25-22.
With both teams knotted at 4-4 early in the second set, Arizona reeled off three straight points thanks to back-to-back service aces from Brown. Colorado was never able to get back into it as Arizona cruised to a 25-16 victory in the set.
After a back and forth third set, Arizona grabbed a 24-22 late in the frame to have a couple of match point opportunities. However, Colorado won two straight points to even the score at 24. After a Kingdon kill to give the Cats another match point opportunity, Colorado reeled off three straight points to clinch the set, 27-25.
It looked as if Colorado regained the momentum after its third set victory, but the fourth set opened up with both teams trading blows to a 10-10 tie. Then, Arizona reeled off the longest run of the night by winning the next six points to take a commanding 16-10 lead. That was all the Cats need as they coasted to a 25-16 victory to clinch the match.
The Colorado trio of Alexis Austin, Kelsey English and Neira Ortiz Ruiz each recorded double-figure kills, while setter Nicole Edelman dished out a match-high 37 assists.
The Wildcats return home to take on No. 5 Oregon and Oregon State next weekend. Arizona will host Oregon on Friday at 6 p.m. and Oregon State on Sunday prior to the Red-Blue basketball scrimmage at 11 a.m. Both matches will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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