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Arizona Volleyball sweeps #1 USC

The Wildcats celebrate their sweep of #1 USC. The Wildcats celebrate their sweep of #1 USC.
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TUCSON, AZ – For the first time in 20 years, the Arizona (15-5, 5-3 Pac-12) volleyball team knocked off the No. 1 team in the country. The Wildcats played their most compete match of the season as they pulled the upset of top-ranked USC (17-2, 7-1 Pac-12) in sweeping fashion, 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-21).

Arizona last defeated a No. 1 team on Nov. 3, 1993 when it knocked off then unbeaten UCLA inside McKale Center. The Wildcats swept UCLA and USC in back to back for the first time since 2001, the same year Arizona advanced to the Final Four. The sweep of USC was also the first time the Wildcats have ever swept a No. 1 team. 

The Wildcats turned in their best offensive effort in conference play as they hit .324 for the match, their highest percentage in Pac-12 play and their highest since hitting .352 in a sweep of Loyola Maryland back on Sept. 20. 

Freshman setter Penina Snuka was spectacular as she dished out 43 assists to go with 10 digs and two kills for her league-leading 10th double-double of the season. The 43 assists equal the most by any player in the Pac-12 this season in a three-set match. 

Madi Kingdon had a productive and efficient afternoon as she recorded a match-high 20 kills on .340 hitting to go with six digs and a service ace. Olivia Magill added 11 kills on .370 hitting and tied teammate Taylor Arizobal for match-high honors with three blocks. Arizobal also added seven kills with no errors on .389 hitting. Halli Amaro was also efficient on the night as she recorded seven kills on .400 hitting. 

Arizona also played spectacular defense on the afternoon as Jane Croson finished with a match-high 17 digs to go along with nine kills. Candace Nicholson had 12 digs and Ronni Lewis was the fourth member of the Wildcats with 10 or more digs as contributed 11 digs. 

The trio of Alexis Olgard, Samantha Bricio and Ebony Nwanebu each recorded 11 kills to lead the Trojans.

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