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TUCSON, AZ – Playing in her final regular season home match, senior Candace Nicholson recorded a career-high 36 digs to lift Arizona (20-12, 10-10 Pac-12) to a 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-23, 25-21) victory over in-state rival Arizona State (19-13, 8-12 Pac-12) on Friday inside McKale Center.

Nicholson, who was recognized before the match for her senior recognition, has shattered just about every dig record in school history and she almost added another record to her name. She fell just one dig short of Katie Jackels' school record for digs in a match. Jackels recorded 37 digs in a five-set match against Saint Mary's on August 25, 2007. Nicholson was one of five Arizona players with double-figure digs on the night
 
Arizona's defense was the story of the match as the Wildcats held ASU to just a .176 hitting percentage. Meanwhile, the Wildcats recorded a season-high 103 digs as a team on the night, which ranks seventh in school history. Ironically, five of the top-10 most digs in school history have come against Arizona State. Meanwhile, the Wildcats also out-blocked the Sun Devils, 9.0 – 5.0.
 
Three Wildcats recorded double-doubles on the night. Madi Kingdon recorded 20 kills and 11 digs, Jane Croson added 18 kills, 18 digs and three service aces, while Penina Snuka dished out 42 assists with 22 digs and three kills. Croson's 18 kills were her most since also recording 18 kills in a win against No. 21 Oregon back on Oct. 4. Meanwhile, Snuka's 22 digs were a new career-high. Taylor Arizobal also finished with double-figure digs as she added 12 to go with four kills and four blocks. Olivia Magill was solid on both ends for the night as she recorded eight kills on .364 hitting with a match-high five blocks.
 
Arizona closed the regular season with 20 wins, its most victories in a season since 2010, when it finished with a 20-12 overall record. The Wildcats also earn a split in the Territorial Cup Series for the third consecutive season.
 
Macey Gardner led the ASU charge with a match-high 23 kills to go with 17 digs. BreElle Bailey had 19 kills and Whitney Follette added 12 kills. Bianca Arellano dished out a match-high 55 assists to go with 22 digs. Stephanie Preach led the defense with a team-high 30 digs. 
 
The Wildcats will learn their NCAA Tournament fate during the selection show, which airs on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

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