Arizona (16-8, 6-6 Pac-12) vs. Washington State (16-9, 3-9 Pac-12)
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Series Record: Arizona leads 60-15
Last Meeting: Arizona def. Washington State 3-2 in Pullman, Wash. back on Oct. 13
Current Streak: Arizona has won one in the series
Arizona (16-8, 6-6 Pac-12) vs. No. 3 Washington (19-1, 11-1 Pac-12)
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 – 2:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Series Record: Washington leads 32-25
Last Meeting: Washington def. Arizona 3-1 in Seattle back on Oct. 11
Current Streak: Washington has won four straight in the series
TUCSON, Ariz. – Following a four-match road swing, its longest of the year, the Arizona volleyball team returns home for four straight beginning with Washington State and No. 3 Washington this weekend inside McKale Center.
For Thursday's match against Washington State, Arizona Athletics is offering a 2-for-1 ticket deal in honor of Wilbur’s birthday. All fans holding a Nov. 7 soccer ticket can get into the Nov. 7 volleyball match for free. Vice versa, all fans holding a Nov. 7 volleyball ticket can attend the Nov. 7 soccer match at no additional cost. The special promotion covers both single-game and season ticket buyers.
In addition, the sand volleyball team will be holding a “Meet and Greet” during the intermission and into the third set of the match on Thursday. Members of the sand volleyball team and head coach Steve Walker and assistant coach Claire D’Amore will be signing autographs and answering any questions fans might have about sand volleyball and the upcoming season.
The Wildcats snapped a three-match losing skid with a sweep at Oregon State on Sunday. In the match, Arizona hit .291, its second highest total in Pac-12 play this season. Individually, Madi Kingdon had arguably her best match in conference play this year as she recorded a match-high 16 kills on .403 hitting.
Kingdon continues to be one of the top all-around players in the league. She currently leads the league in points (5.24 p/s), while ranking second in kills (4.44 p/s) and seventh in service aces (0.33 p/s). Freshman setter Penina Snuka’s 12 double-doubles leads the Pac-12 and is the second most nationally among freshmen. She also ranks sixth in the conference in assists (10.11 p/s).
The Wildcats have been one of the best defensive teams in the Pac-12 as their 16.95 digs per set leads the league, while their .168 opponent hitting percentage ranks second in the conference. Arizona already has 29 combined double-doubles on the year, the most of any team in the Pac-12.
Washington State enters the weekend following an impressive sweep of Utah on Saturday, which snapped a six-match losing streak. Freshman Kyra Holt leads the Cougars with 3.97 kills per set, which ranks seventh in the Pac-12. Three players recorded double-figure kills but it was ultimately the defense that lifted Arizona to a 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-12) comeback victory at Washington State back on Oct. 13. Both teams played excellent defense on the afternoon as neither squad hit about .125 for the match. The Wildcats finished the match with 17 blocks and a season-high 93 digs. Meanwhile, they also added nine service aces to tie a season-high. Washington State will have to play at Arizona State on Wednesday before playing in Tucson on Thursday.
Meanwhile, No. 3 Washington enters the weekend on a nine-match winning streak. The Huskies have dropped just one match all season, a 3-1 defeat at Colorado on Oct. 4. Washington leads the Pac-12 in service aces (1.89 p/s), while ranking second in hitting percentage (.290). Krista Vansant leads the Washington offense with 4.12 kills per set, which ranks sixth in the league. Vansant recorded a match-high 14 kills to lift No. 6 Washington to a 3-1 (25-10, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20) victory over visiting Arizona back on Oct. 11. Vansant also added 11 digs for a double-double. The Huskies out-hit the Wildcats, .276 to .176 on the night, while also out-blocking the Cats, 12.0 to 7.0. Three Wildcats recorded double-figure kills, led by Kingdon with 13 with eight digs. Jane Croson added 12 kills and five digs, while Taylor Arizobal had 10 kills, six digs and three blocks. Snuka dished out 33 assists with 14 digs. Candace Nicholson had 14 digs and Ronni Lewis contributed 11 digs for the Cats.
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