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Release: 09/17/2012
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Sept. 17, 2012

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TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona volleyball team, playing its seventh match on the 10-match homestand, will open Pac-12 play on Tuesday night by hosting rival Arizona State. The match is set to start at 7:00 p.m. from the McKale Center and will air on the Pac-12 Networks.

The match will be the first event of the 2012-13 Territorial Cup Series. The Wildcats are looking to keep the cup in Tucson for the fourth straight year.

The Wildcats enter the match with an 8-3 overall record after winning the Arizona Desert Classic over the weekend. Arizona defeated UC Irvine, Boise State and American all in three sets. Meanwhile, Arizona State owns an 11-2 record through non-conference play this season. The Sun Devils are coming off a tournament title at the ASU Sheraton Invitational over the weekend, where they defeated Villanova, UC Riverside, Florida Atlantic and Gonzaga.

Arizona is led on the offensive end by sophomore Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.). Kingdon currently ranks third in the Pac-12 for kills at 4.49 per set, while ranking fifth in points at 4.88. Kingdon has recorded double-figure kills in 10 of the 11 matches thus far.

Meanwhile, junior setter Chanel Brown (Tempe, Ariz.) is fifth in the Pac-12 for assists with 10.05 per set. Brown has already recorded three double-doubles so far this season, which is tied for second most on the squad with Taylor Arizobal (Laguna Niguel, Ariz.). Kingdon paces the squad with four double-doubles. Junior Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) leads the Arizona defense with 4.08 digs per set, which ranks third in the Pac-12.  

The Sun Devils are led by reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, Macey Gardner. Gardner leads the conference in kills per set with 4.82 and also holds the conference's single-match high of 28 kills, at UC Irvine. Meanwhile, Erica Wilson ranks fifth in the league in kills at 4.26 per set.

Arizona State is the most frequent opponent in the history of Arizona volleyball. Tuesday's matchup will be the 82nd meeting between the two schools. Arizona leads the all-time series 42-39. The two teams split the two matches last season with each team winning on their home court.

Fans are encouraged to wear red for the "Rivalry Red Out." In addition, the first 250 students in attendance will receive a free t-shirt.

Following Tuesday's match against ASU, the Wildcats will welcome in No. 5 Washington on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside the McKale Center.  

For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat volleyball, visit ArizonaWildcats.com and be sure to follow the team on Twitter @ArizonaVBall.

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