Arizona (19-11, 9-9 Pac-12) vs. No. 3 Stanford (22-5, 15-3 Pac-12)
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.
Series Record: Stanford leads 59-7
Last Meeting: No. 2 Stanford def. Arizona 3-0 in Tucson back on Oct. 24, 2012
Current Streak: Stanford has won 14 straight in the series
Arizona (19-11, 9-9 Pac-12) vs. Arizona State (18-12, 7-11 Pac-12)
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 – 5:00 p.m.
Series Record: Arizona leads 42-41
Last Meeting: Arizona State def. Arizona 3-0 in Tempe back on Sept. 24
Current Streak: Arizona State has won two straight in the series
TUCSON, Ariz. – Following a tough road trip in Los Angeles over the weekend, the Arizona volleyball team will close out the regular season at home against No. 3 Stanford and Arizona State this week inside McKale Center.
The Wildcats will host nationally-ranked Stanford in a pre-Thanksgiving match on Wednesday at 6 p.m. before hosting Arizona State on Friday at 5 p.m. Friday’s match against ASU will be Senior Day with a Territorial Cup Series point on the line. The contest will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Arizona will look to halt a skid against Stanford as the Cardinal have won 14 straight matches in the series. Stanford is 59-7 all-time against the Wildcats. Meanwhile, Arizona will look to split the season series and the Territorial Cup Series point against Arizona State.
Friday’s match will be the final time that Candace Nicholson and Shaquillah Torres will play in front of the home crowd. Nicholson has etched her name into the Arizona record books as she has the most career and single-season digs in school history, absolutely shattering both records. In addition, Torres has been a major contributor for the Wildcats in her three seasons. She has accumulated 221 kills, 68 blocks and 56 digs in her career, while battling an injury for the majority of the time.
Meanwhile, Madi Kingdon continues to be one of the top all-around players in the league. She currently leads the league in points (5.14 p/s), while ranking third in kills (4.37 p/s) and fourth in service aces (0.34 p/s).
Freshman setter Penina Snuka’s 16 double-doubles leads the Pac-12 and is the second most nationally among freshmen. She also ranks sixth in the conference in assists (10.13 p/s).
The Wildcats have been one of the best defensive teams in the Pac-12 as their 17.09 digs per set and their .168 opponent hitting percentage leads the league. Arizona already has 36 combined double-doubles on the year, the most of any team in the Pac-12.
Stanford enters the weekend as the hottest team in the Pac-12 as the Cardinal has won seven straight contests. Stanford leads the league in both hitting percentage (.309) and blocks (3.04 p/s), while ranking second in opponent hitting percentage (.169) and kills (14.63 p/s).
The Cardinal are one of the most balanced teams in the country as they have five players averaging more than 2.00 kills per set. Carly Wopat leads the way with 2.95 kills per set, while she also leads the Pac-12 in both hitting percentage (.452) and blocks (1.44 p/s). Madi Bugg ranks second in the league with 11.65 assists per set, while Kyle Gilbert ranks second in digs with 4.98 per set.
Arizona State heads into the weekend with an 18-12 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils have been a solid defensive team this season as they rank third in the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.172). Macey Gardner leads ASU offensively with 4.43 kills per set, which ranks second in the league. Setter Arellano Bianca is fourth in the Pac-12 in assists as she is dishing out 10.39 per set.
Gardner and BreElle Bailey combined for 24 kills to lead No. 16 Arizona State to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 26-24) victory over Arizona to open Pac-12 play back on Sept. 24 inside Wells Fargo Arena. The ASU defense held Arizona to just .103 hitting for the night. The Sun Devils out-dug the Cats, 50-37 on the night, led by Arellano’s match-high 15 digs.
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