TUCSON, Ariz. – Madi Kingdon finished with a match-high 13 kills to lead the Arizona (9-2) volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-17) sweep of Wofford (5-8) at the Wildcat Classic inside McKale Center on Saturday morning.
The Wildcats hit a solid .305 for the match, while holding the Terriers to just a .061 hitting percentage. Kingdon led the way for the Cats offensively with her 13 kills on .323 hitting to go along with six digs, two blocks and a service ace.
Candace Nicholson led the way for the Wildcats defensively with a match-high 14 digs. Nicholson tied Terry Lauchner for the school record in career digs with 1,297. Penina Snuka dished out 27 assists with two digs, a kill, a service ace and a block. The Arizona middle blockers were also efficient offensively as Olivia Magill had five kills on .455 hitting and Rachel Rhoades had five kills on .625 hitting. Meanwhile, Jane Croson added seven kills and five digs.
Wofford got off to a quick 2-0 lead to open the match. The Terriers remained in front 4-3 until the Wildcats built some momentum by going on an 11-0 run to take a 14-4 lead. Arizona coasted to a 25-16 victory in the set. The Wildcats hit just .184 in the set, but they hold Wofford to just a .051 hitting percentage. Kingdon led UA with four kills, while Nicholson had nine digs to pace the defense.
The Wildcats were much more efficient in the second set as they hit a solid .480 to take a quick 25-12 victory over the Terriers. Arizona limited Wofford to .150 hitting in the frame. Croson led the Cats with four kills, while Nicholson once again led the UA defense with three digs.
Wofford got off to a solid start in the third set much like it did in the opening set. The two teams battled back and forth for a 13-13 tie. Then the Wildcats went on a 4-0 run to go in front 17-13. The Terriers won the next point to cut it to three but that was as close as they would get. Arizona went on to take the set, 25-17. The Wildcats hit a solid .312 in the frame, while holding the Terriers to .026 hitting. Kingdon led the way with seven kills in the set.
Taylor Baird led Wofford with 10 kills, while Jessica Graham led the Terriers defensively with 13 digs.
The Wildcats will close out play in the Wildcat Classic tonight against UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. inside McKale Center.
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