Candace Nicholson named tournament MVP; Rachel Rhoades and Olivia Magill earn all-tournament honors
Sept. 15, 2012
Box Score | Post-match Press Conference
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona turned in a dominating performance in a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-11) sweep of American on Saturday morning inside the McKale Center. The Wildcats finished a perfect 3-0 on the weekend to take home the Arizona Desert Classic title.
Arizona concludes non-conference play with an 8-3 record, while American falls to 6-5 on the season. The Wildcats out-hit the Eagles .337 to .033 in the match. UA also out-blocked American, 9.5 to 2.0.
Junior Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) continued her strong defensive play with a match-high 14 digs. Nicholson had 39 digs on the weekend and was named Arizona Desert Classic Tournament MVP. Meanwhile, Rachel Rhoades (San Diego, Calif.) and Olivia Magill (Seattle, Wash.) were strong at the net all weekend as they were both named to the all-tournament team. Rhoades had seven kills and a match-high seven blocks in the victory over American, while Magill had eight kills on just nine swings with two blocks.
Sophomore Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded a match-high 13 kills to go along with five digs. Halli Amaro (Los Alamitos, Calif.) had seven kills and four blocks in the winning effort. Lauren Fuller (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Chanel Brown (Tempe, Ariz.) teamed up to dish out a combined 39 assists.
The Wildcats led from start to finish in the opening set as they jumped out to a quick 6-2 advantage. UA went on to cruise for a 25-16 victory in the set. The Cats hit .316 in the set, while limiting American to a -.034 attack efficiency. Meanwhile, Arizona out-blocked American 4-0 in the frame.
Arizona got off to a quick start once again by jumping out to an early lead and never looking back. The Cats led from the very first point in the set. UA hit .300 in the set, while American was held to .152 hitting. Kingdon had a team-high five kills in the set.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 12-1 advantage to open the third set and that was all they needed. The Cats kept their foot on the pedal and routed the Eagles, 25-11, to clinch the match. Arizona hit an impressive .407 in the frame, while holding American to negative hitting for the second time in the match.
Sara Rishell led American with five kills.
The Wildcats open Pac-12 play on Tuesday night when they host Arizona State at 7 p.m. The match from the McKale Center will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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