MALIBU, CA - No. 18 Arizona volleyball outblocked No. 20 UCLA 15-1 as the Wildcats swept the host Bruins (25-20, 26-24, 27-25), to help Arizona improve to 13-1 on the season and a perfect 2-0 to start Pac-12 play.
"Wins on the road are so hard to get," said head coach Dave Rubio. "Great effort for our kids on a really short week. We'll take it and get out of town."
After a comfortable first-set victory, the Cats had to battle from behind late in both the second and third sets for the sweep; UA was down 23-22 in the second and 24-23 in the third.
Arizona complemented its stellar defense with solid offense. Arizona hit .350 to UCLA's .277. Madi Kindgon led the Wildcats with 16 kills on 44 swings (.227 hitting percentage). Ashley Harris and McKenzie Jacobson had seven kills on 14 swings each while Taylor Arizobal and Halli Amaro added six kills apiece on 12 and 13 total attempts, respectively.
Jacobson was in on eight of Arizona's 15 blocks while Harris was in on six.
"Blocking comes in waves," said Rubio. "We were just able to gain a lot of momentum and that helped us a lot defensively and it was nice to be able to slow them down at the net."
Penina Snuka had 41 assists in the match. Ronni Lewis led the team with 10 digs.
Arizona is back in action next week when it heads to the mountain schools to continue Pac-12 play. Arizona takes on Utah on Oct. 3 (7 p.m. PDT) and Colorado on Oct. 5 (1 p.m.).