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Arizona Volleyball sweeps Utah Valley to win Desert Classic

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TUCSON, AZMadi Kingdon had 13 kills and 10 digs to lead the Arizona volleyball team to the Arizona Desert Classic tournament title after sweeping Utah Valley 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-15), Saturday night inside McKale Center.

Kingdon recorded her second double-double of the year and was named tournament MVP for her efforts. Freshman setter Penina Snuka just missed a double-double as she dished out 32 assists to go along with nine digs, three kills and three blocks. Snuka was named to the all-tournament team along with Olivia Magill, who had eight kills on .500 hitting to go along with two blocks. Candace Nicholson equaled Kingdon with 10 digs to lead the Arizona (5-1) defense.

Arizona hit .264 as a team, while limiting Utah Valley (2-5) to just .118 hitting. The Wildcats also out-blocked the Wolverines 7.0 – 4.5 thanks to five blocks in the final set. Arizona took home the tournament title after finishing a perfect 3-0, while not dropping a single set in the event.

Macky Treanor led Utah Valley with six kills on the night, while McKenna Tait finished with a match-high 12 digs.

In their morning match, a balanced offensive output and some solid defense lifted the Arizona volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-14) sweep of Eastern Kentucky. 

Nine different Wildcats had at least one kill in the match, led by a match-high nine kills from Madi Kingdon and Rachel Rhoades. Kingdon also added seven digs, while Rhoades had two blocks. Freshman Penina Snuka dished out 37 assists with five digs and two kills.

Candace Nicholson and Ronni Lewis led the Wildcats on the defensive end with 14 digs and 11 digs, respectively. Halli Amaro and Taylor Arizobal each had seven kills as they both hit .375 or better. Jane Croson came off the bench to provide six kills and six digs.

Arizona Desert Classic All-Tournament Team

Madi Kingdon, Arizona (Tournament MVP)

Penina Snuka, Arizona

Olivia Magill, Arizona

Katie Fritzler, Utah Valley

McKenna Tait, Utah Valley

Morgan Peterson, Butler

Erica Stahl, Butler

Alexis Plagens, Eastern Kentucky

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