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No. 23 Oregon Outlasts Arizona, 3-2
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/02/2013
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TUCSON, Ariz. – Five players recorded double-figure kills led by a match-high 28 by Liz Brenner to lift No. 23 Oregon (13-9, 6-6 Pac-12) to a 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12) comeback victory over visiting Arizona (15-8, 5-6 Pac-12) on Saturday night inside Matthew Knight Arena.

Brenner recorded 19 digs to go along with her 28 kills, while Canace Finley added 13 kills, Naya Crittenden had 11 and Ariana Williams and Martenne Bettendorf had 10 each. Meanwhile, Lauren Plum dished out 39 assists with a team-high 24 digs.

Oregon was solid defensively all night as the Ducks held the Wildcats to just .176 hitting. The Ducks also out-dug Arizona, 102-87. However, the Wildcats did out-block the Ducks, 20.0 to 6.5. The 20 blocks were their second most of the season, just behind their 20.5 blocks against Northwestern.

Madi Kingdon had 20 kills, 18 digs, four blocks and three service aces to lead Arizona. Jane Croson had a double-double as well with 11 kills and 17 digs. Meanwhile, Penina Snuka dished out 46 assists with 10 digs and two kills for her league-leading 12th double-double of the year. She has recorded a double-double in eight of her last nine matches.

On the defensive end, Candace Nicholson recorded a career-high 28 digs. The trio of Olivia Magill, Halli Amaro and Taylor Arizobal had eight blocks each to equal match-high honors.   

It was a tale of two halves in the opening set as Arizona turned a 14-14 tie into a 22-17 advantage. It looked like the Wildcats were going to cruise to a victory but Oregon went on an 8-1 run to claim the opening set, 25-23.

The Wildcats got off to a quick start in the second set as well as they jumped out to an 8-3 lead. Arizona maintained its lead until Oregon went on a 5-0 run to take an 11-10 advantage. The Wildcats regained a 15-12 lead thanks to a 3-0 run of their own. Arizona remained in control until the Ducks chipped away to tie it up 21-21. However, the Cats won the next three points to earn set point at 24-21. Oregon won the next two points to pull within one, but Kingdon clinched the set for the Wildcats with a kill.

For the third straight set, the Wildcats got off to a quick start as they got out to a 9-6 lead to open the frame. The Ducks once again answered with a 7-1 run to gain a 13-10 lead. With Oregon in front 14-12, Arizona reeled off four straight points to regain the lead, 16-14. The Wildcats remained in front until Oregon pulled to within one at 24-23, but for the second straight set Kingdon clinched the victory for the Cats, 25-23.

It was all Oregon in the fourth set as the Ducks led from start to finish. Oregon had as much as an eight-point lead but the Cats made it interesting at the end of the frame. Arizona trimmed the lead to 24-22, but Oregon held on for the win, 25-22.

After some back and forth play at the beginning of the final set, Oregon broke a 4-4 tie by going on a 3-0 run to take a 7-4 lead. The Wildcats chipped away to eventually tie the score 10-10 but Oregon reeled off three straight to regain a 13-10 lead. The Ducks went on to clinch the set and match after winning 15-12.

Arizona has lost three straight matches, while dropping their road record to 1-7 on the season.

The Wildcats return to action tomorrow as they head to Corvallis to take on Oregon State. The match will begin at 4:00 p.m. MST and it airs live on the Pac-12 Networks.   

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

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