TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona junior tandem of Madi Kingdon and Jane Croson combined for 29 kills to help lift the Wildcats past previously undefeated Butler, 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-20), Friday night inside McKale Center.
Kingdon led the team in kills with a total of 16 to go along with nine digs, while Croson recorded her third double-double of the season with 13 kills and 11 digs. Meanwhile, freshman Penina Snuka tallied up her second double-double with 32 assists and tied Croson with 11 digs.
Arizona hit .252 for the match, while its defense held Butler to just .085 hitting. The Wildcats have held three of their four opponents to less than .125 hitting so far this season.
The Wildcats came out strong in the opening set as they built a 12-5 advantage to start the match. Arizona extended its lead to 10 points at 19-9 and Butler was never to pull within single digits for the rest of the set. The Cats coasted to a 25-11 victory. Kingdon led the Arizona offense with six kills to go along with five digs. Croson also had five digs for the Wildcats defensively. Arizona hit .382 in the set, while limiting Butler to just a .029 attack efficiency.
Arizona looked to remain in control of the match as the Cats opened the second set with a 12-7 advantage. The U of A built its lead to six points, but Butler battled back and eventually pulled in front 19-18. However, the Wildcats won the next seven points to win the set, 25-19. Kingdon and Croson each had five kills to pace the Arizona offense. Snuka and Ronni Lewis had five digs apiece to lead the Cats defensively.
Butler got off to an early start in third set breaking out to a 15-8 lead. However, the Wildcats bounced back from the seven point deficit. Olivia McGill turned it around for the Wildcats providing three consecutive points to give Arizona the lead. Arizona finished the set with a 10-1 run to clinch the match, 25-20. The Wildcats hit just .184 in the set, but their defense held the Bulldogs to just .085 hitting.
Arizona will be back in action tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. MST to play Eastern Kentucky in their second match of the tournament. The Wildcats will play their tournament finale against Utah Valley at 7:00 p.m. MST.
Sat, Sept. 7
Arizona vs. Eastern Kentucky, 10:30 a.m.
Butler vs. Utah Valley, 12:30 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky vs. Butler, 4:30 p.m.
Arizona vs. Utah Valley, 7:00 p.m.
*All matches will be played in McKale Center
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