TUCSON, Ariz. – A pair of three-set victories on Saturday helped Arizona to a perfect start to the 2014 season, as the Cats swept the Green Bay Tournament, falling in just one set in the three-game event.
On Saturday, the Wildcats defeated Green Bay 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-21) and Kansas State 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 26-24) to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Madi Kindgon was named to the tournament MVP. The senior outside hitter recorded 64 kills on 144 swings (.361 hitting percentage) while also compiling 33 digs, eight blocks, four aces and two assists.
Ronni Lewis (46 digs, 15 assists) and Penina Snuka (116 assists, 45 digs) were also named to the all-tournament team.
Arizona will be back in action on Friday, Sep. 5 when it hosts the Arizona Invitational. The Cats take on Alabama State (10:30 a.m.) and Loyola Chicago (7:00 p.m.) on Friday before finishing up the tournament on Saturday against Cal State Northridge (6:00 p.m.). It will be the first event in McKale Center since the arena's renovation.
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Game 1 - Arizona 3, Green Bay 0
Arizona volleyball scored 10 of the match’s 13 points and never looked back, cruising to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-21) over Green Bay at the Green Bay Tournament Saturday morning.
The Cats’ defense held Green Bay (0-2) to just a .128 hitting percentage, while posting a .298 percentage themselves, led by Rachel Rhoades’ .545 percentage. The senior recorded seven kills and added a service ace, three digs and one block.
Senior outside hitter Madi Kingdon led the Wildcats with 18 kills. Junior middle blocker Halli Amaro posted six kills while senior outide hitter Taylor Arizobal added five of her own.
Penina Snuka notched her second double-double in as many games this season as she posted 36 assists and 13 digs against the Phoenix.
Ronni Lewis led the Wildcats with 21 digs. The senior also dished out five assists in the contest.
Arizona was clicking on all cylinders in the first set as Arizona opened up a 10-3 lead and cruised to a 25-15 victory in the opening set. The Cats hit .455 along the way.
UA’s defense was superb in the second set, limiting Green Bay to a .020 hitting percentage and took the set in its most decisive victory of the young season, 25-12.
The third set was much more closely contested, as the Phoenix opened up the early lead on Arizona. After Green Bay took a 13-11 lead, Arizona would go on a 7-2 run to seize control of the set and ultimately take the final set 25-21 to win the match 3-0.
Game 2 - Arizona 3, Kansas State 0
Arizona and Kansas State entered the match both undefeated, making their matchup the de facto championship of the Green Bay Tournament. UA took care of business, sweeping the opposing Wildcats 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 26-24).
The three sets were closely contested, but the right arm of Madi Kingdon proved too much to handle for Kansas State. Kingdon ended the match with a robust 23 kills on 54 swings, helping her secure the tournament MVP. The senior got it done defensively as well, picking up three blocks to lead the Cats.
Kingdon added 15 digs to give her her second double-double of the year. Penina Snuka picked up her third double-double in as many games (40 assists, 14 digs).
The Cats hit .244 as a team and limited Kansas State to a .147 hitting percentage.
In a close first set, the Cats overcame a .174 hitting percentage to take the game 25-21. Arizona broke away late to secure the victory.
In the second, Arizona's offense awoke, hitting .333, compared to Kansas State's .178 figure as UA cruised to a 25-18 game two victory.
After leading the majority of the third set, a late Kansas State 5-0 run put it ahead 21-18. KSU withstood an Arizona run to get to set point at 24-23. Arizona, though, would score the final three points of the set to win the match.