Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Drop Season Finale at ASU, 3-1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 23, 2012
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Nov. 23, 2012

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TUCSON, Ariz.Erica Wilson recorded a team-high 17 kills to lead Arizona State (20-13, 9-11 Pac-12) to a 3-1 (13-25, 25-17, 27-25, 25-19) victory over Arizona (16-15, 8-12 Pac-12) on Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams inside Wells Fargo Arena.

Macey Gardner added 14 kills and Whitney Follette had 10 kills for the Sun Devils, who hit just .178 as a team in the match. Meanwhile, Arizona recorded a .232 hitting percentage and also out-blocked ASU, 14-10. The Sun Devils did finish with an 8-2 advantage in service aces.

Arizona was led by Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.), who tallied 17 kills and 12 digs for her 13th double-double of the season. Taylor Arizobal (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Halli Amaro (Los Alamitos, Calif.) also recorded double-figure kills with 12 and 11, respectively. Amaro also finished with a team-high eight blocks. Rachel Rhoades (San Diego, Calif.) had five kills and no errors along with seven blocks. Meanwhile, Ronni Lewis (San Jose, Calif.) had a match-high and career-high 23 digs to lead the Arizona defense.  

The Wildcats got off to a strong start in the opening set by jumping out to a 16-6 lead. The commanding lead was too much for the Sun Devils to come back from as Arizona cruised to a 25-13 victory in the set. Kingdon had a strong first set with five kills to lead the Cats. The U of A hit a strong .462 in the set, while out-blocking ASU, 5-0.

Arizona kept the momentum going into the second set as it jumped out to a 10-8 advantage. This time ASU answered with a 4-0 run to take a 12-10 lead. After the Cats battled back to tie the score 12-12, the Sun Devils went on a 7-0 run to take a decisive 19-12 advantage. Arizona was never able to crawl back into it as ASU went on to take the set, 25-17.

The Wildcats got off to a solid start for the third straight set as they opened the frame with a 7-4 advantage. The Sun Devils quickly battled back to tie the score 9-9. After some back and forth play, Arizona pulled in front by two at 16-14, forcing an Arizona State timeout. ASU quickly tied the score up after the timeout and after the two teams traded points, the Sun Devils pulled ahead 22-20. The two teams battled to a 24-24 tie and the Wildcats earned set point after a Kingdon kill made the score 25-24. However, ASU won the next three points to clinch the set, 27-25.

Arizona opened up with a 9-7 lead in the fourth set, which forced a quick timeout by the Sun Devils. ASU reeled off four straight points following the break to take an 11-9 lead. The Cats rallied to regain a 14-13 lead after going on a 5-2 run. Arizona went in front by two after a block made the score 18-16. However, ASU put together a 5-0 run to take 21-18 lead. After Arizona pulled to within two, Arizona State closed the set on a 4-0 run to clinch the match.

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