TUCSON, Ariz. – Following a split on the road against Oregon State and No. 4 Oregon over the weekend, the Arizona (14-13, 6-10 Pac-12) volleyball team returns home for the final time with matches against Colorado (14-14, 4-12 Pac-12) and Utah (12-17, 3-13 Pac-12).
The Wildcats will open the weekend with Colorado on Friday at 7 p.m. before hosting Utah in the home finale on Saturday at 6 p.m. Both matches will be shown for free on Pac-12.com.
Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded her 11th double-double of the season and Arizona rallied back from a six-point deficit in the fifth set to outlast Oregon State, 3-2 (25-20, 14-25, 25-21, 19-25, 19-17), in a thriller last Friday night inside Gill Coliseum. For the match, Kingdon finished with a match-high 24 kills to go along with 15 digs, two blocks and a service ace. 16 of her 24 kills came in the first and fifth sets. The Wildcats hit just .195 for the match and it was the first time they won a match this season when hitting below .200. Lauren Fuller (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Chanel Brown (Tempe, Ariz.) combined to dish out 51 assists, while the defense was led by a career-high 21 digs from Ronni Lewis (San Jose, Calif.). Meanwhile, Torres and Olivia Magill (Seattle, Wash.) added nine kills apiece. Halli Amaro (Los Alamitos, Calif.) had eight kills and a team-high five blocks.
Liz Brenner finished with a match-high 18 kills on .516 hitting to lead No. 4 Oregon past Arizona, 3-0 (11-25, 20-25, 16-25), Saturday night inside Matthew Knight Arena. Alaina Bergsma added 15 kills and nine digs for the Ducks. Oregon hit .275 on the night, while limiting the Wildcats to just a .096 attack efficiency. Amaro led the Wildcats with nine kills on .571 hitting, while Shaquillah Torres (Riverside, Calif.) added seven kills. Magill had a match-high four blocks for the Cats.
Kingdon leads the Wildcats and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in kills at 4.14 per set, while ranking seventh in the league in points at 4.48 per set. Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) leads the squad and ranks eighth in the conference in digs with 3.92 per set. Meanwhile, Brown ranks fourth in the Pac-12 for service aces with 0.31 aces per set.
Following this weekend's matches, Arizona will close out the regular season on the road at Washington State (Nov. 21) and at Arizona State (Nov. 23).
Colorado (14-14, 4-12 Pac-12)
Date: Friday, Nov. 16
Match Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Arena: McKale Center
Series: Arizona leads, 4-0
Last Time Out: The Wildcats defeated Colorado 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 25-27, 25-16) in Boulder, Colo. back on Oct. 14. Kingdon had a 15 kill and 13 dig effort against the Buffaloes in the first meeting. She hit a solid .343 in the contest. The Wildcats hit .232 for the match, while limiting Colorado to just a .187 attack efficiency. The biggest difference in the match came defensively. The Cats out-blocked the Buffaloes, 9.5 to 2.0 and recorded 15 additional digs than Colorado. Meanwhile, Arizona was extremely effective at the service line by recording a season-high 11 aces.
Series History vs. Colorado
The Wildcats own a perfect 4-0 all-time record against the Buffaloes.
Scouting the Buffaloes
Freshman outside hitter Alexis Austin is pacing CU with 3.05 kills per set this season. Sophomore Neira Ortiz Ruiz is second on the team with 2.21 kills per set and sophomore Kelsey English is attacking at a team-best .316. Freshman setter Nicole Edelman has directed the Buffs to a .195 hitting percentage and has passed out 9.19 assists per set this year, which is eighth in the conference. Freshman Chelsey Keoho is leading CU with 2.80 digs per set and junior Elysse
Richardson adds 2.22 digs per set. CU is recording 2.23 blocks per set. Junior Nikki Lindow leads CU with 1.26 blocks per set, which ranks seventh in the conference. English is second on the team with 0.81 blocks per set and sophomore Ana Pantovic is third (0.72 bps).
Utah (12-17, 3-13 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 17
Match Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Arena: McKale Center
Series: Arizona leads, 17-4
Last Time Out: Arizona defeated Utah, 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-7) on Oct. 12 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kingdon recorded a career-high 28 kills to lift the Cats in that contest. Kingdon recorded a double-double as she also finished with a team-high 14 digs. Her 28 kills eclipsed her previous high of 26 kills against Cal State Northridge back on August 24.
Series History vs. Utah
The Cats lead the all-time series against the Utes, 17-4. Arizona has won the last five meetings against Utah and eight of the last nine contests.
Scouting the Utes
Utah is eighth in the NCAA and second in the Pac-12's latest statistical rankings with a 3.00 block-per-set average as a team. Bailey Bateman leads Utah and ranks second in the Pac-12 with 1.54 blocks per set. Meanwhile, Erin Redd ranks seventh in the league in hitting percentage at .344 on 240 kills.
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