Spriggs, Snuka carry Arizona Volleyball to win over Wazzu - Tucson News Now

Spriggs, Snuka carry Arizona Volleyball to win over Wazzu

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Nineteenth-ranked Arizona defeated Washington State in four sets on Friday night in McKale (25-14, 27-29, 25-23, 25-22) for its second straight victory and a season sweep of the Cougars.

"It was a hard-fought match tonight," said head coach Dave Rubio. "Washington State was really good. They're so athletic and it's scary what they're going to be in the future. It's a good win, but it was hard."

Tyler Spriggs posted a career-high 18 kills and Penina Snuka stuffed the stat sheet with her Pac-12-leading 15th double-double of the year. Snuka posted 42 assists and 23 digs to go along with three blocks and two aces. 

"Tyler carried us," said Rubio. "We had a few people step in and really play well for us with Kalei (Mau) having an abnormal match. I'm proud of Kalei, she hung in there. Liz Inch was terrific, Tyler played well, Penina hung in there and Laura Larson really helped out quite a bit." 

Arizona racked up 81 digs, the most since digging 89 balls in UA's five-set victory in Pullman earlier this year. Snuka led the way with her 23 digs while Laura Larson (14), Elizabeth Inch (10) and McKenna Painton (10) also provided double-digit dig matches. Larson's 14 marked her eighth straight double-digit-dig match while Inch's 10 were a career high. Snuka is now just 49 digs from becoming Arizona's all-time leader in digs by a setter.

With Kalei Mau, who entered the match third in the Pac-12 and 16th in the country in kills/set, struggling with eight kills on a -.065 hitting percentage, Arizona needed its other hitters to step up.

Spriggs answered the calling with 18 while Nikki Attea and McKenzie Jacobson both tied season highs with 15 and 12 kills, respectively. Jacobson led Arizona with a .375 hitting percentage on the night. 

"When Kalei is not on we have to try to find offense in other places," said Rubio. "And tonight we were able to do that."

The victory marked the first time since Sept. 11 and 12 that Arizona won back-to-back matches. UA will try to go for three straight and get to .500 in conference play when it welcomes third-ranked Washington to McKale on Sunday. The Cats fell to the Huskies in four sets in Seattle earlier this season.

"Washington is really good," said Rubio. "They're No. 3 in the country and certainly deserving of that ranking. We'll be well-prepared and we'll lay it on the line."

Up Next: Arizona goes for its third straight victory when it takes on No. 3 Washington at McKale on Sunday at noon. The match will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

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