Sept. 2, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -
University of Arizona volleyball started its home season with a win over Presbyterian College in the first game of the Wildcat Classic on Friday at McKale Center. The Wildcats won 3-0, defeating the Blue Hose 25-9, 25-15, 25-12.
Freshman Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the Wildcats in kills, registering 12 kills in 16 attempts for a game-high .750 hitting percentage, while senior Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) added three solo blocks.
Sophomore Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) led both teams in digs with nine.
The Wildcats stormed out to a 10-0 start in set one, recording 14 kills out of 30 total attempts for a .400 hitting percentage and taking the first set, 25-9.
In the second set, Arizona and Presbyterian traded points until the Wildcats pulled away, tallying 17 kills and 13 digs for a score of 25-14.
Arizona finished the job quickly in the third set behind senior Courtney Karst’s (Centennial, Colo.) five kills and closed the match with a 25-12 decision.
“For the first home match of the year, it is certainly nice to get a win,” Arizona head coach David Rubio said. “I don’t think we got sloppy at all, which is good. It was just one of those matches where we needed to stay efficient and we did a good job of that.”
Ashtin Frank led the Blue Hose with 17 assists.
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Cal State Fullerton vs. Eastern Washington
In the second match of the day, Cal State Fullerton defeated Eastern Washington, 3-0 with scores of 25-20, 25-16, 25-20. Kayla Neto led all players in kills with 11 and Amanda Yamate added 16 digs for the Titans.