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TUCSON, AZ – The Arizona Wildcats beat Central Arkansas 3-1 Saturday morning but after winning the opening set against 20th ranked Kansas lost the next three and the match to finish season-opening the Arizona Invitational at 2-1.

Sara McClinton, Chelsea Albers and Caroline Jarmoc combined for 49 kills to lead the No. 20 Jayhawks to a 3-1 victory (25-27, 25-15, 25-23, 25-20).

Albers also finished with 18 digs for the double-double, while Erin McNorton dished out a match-high 58 assists. The Jayhawks out-hit the Wildcats, .269 to .209 on the night.

In the morning victory,  juniors Madi Kingdon and Jane Croson imposed their will on the Sugar Bears, with each of them recording double-doubles. Kingdon recorded 20 kills and 11 digs, while Croson tallied 10 kills and 19 digs.

Kansas and Central Arkansas each finished with 2-1 records in the tournament, while Morgan State went winless.

Jane Croson led the Arizona offense in the loss to Kansas with 20 kills to go along with 10 digs to record a double-double. Madi Kingdon also was in double figures as she added 12 kills and nine digs. Penina Snuka dished out 46 assists to go along with eight digs and three digs. Candace Nicholson led the Wildcats defensively with a match-high 23 digs.

Arizona will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 6 when it hosts the Arizona Desert Classic. The Wildcats will open the tournament against Butler at 7 p.m. Arizona will then face Eastern Kentucky and Utah Valley on Saturday. 

Arizona Invitational All-Tournament Team

Jane Croson, Arizona

Penina Snuka, Arizona

Chelsea Albers, Kansas

Sara McClinton

Marissa Collins, Central Arkansas

Shelbee Berringer, Central Arkansas

Janelle Wilson, Morgan State

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