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Arizona Volleyball grinds out five-set win in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -

No. 19 Arizona volleyball outlasted Utah in a thrilling five-set victory in Salt Lake City on Thursday night (25-21, 25-14, 19-25, 27-29, 15-13).

The Wildcats (17-10, 7-8 Pac-12) were brilliant before intermission, winning the first two sets by comfortable margins. It was a different story after the break as Utah (9-17, 3-12 Pac-12) took the third set and fought off four match points to win the fourth and tie the match.

Arizona, which had not lost a match after being up 2-0 since Sept. 24, 2010 to California, failed to seize the momentum back as the Utes led the fifth 4-1 and later 10-7 before Arizona ripped off a 7-0 run and eventually won the fifth 15-13.

Nikki Attea totaled 14 kills, including the match winner in the fifth, on .407 hitting. Her 14 were second to Kalei Mau's 16, but Attea's effort came on 35 fewer swings.

The Pac-12 leader in double-doubles added another to her season total as Penina Snuka posted 52 assists and 17 digs for her fifth straight double-double and 19th overall. 

Laura Larson recorded her 10th straight match with 10 or more digs as she led Arizona with 21, one off her career high. 

As a team, UA notched 87 digs, its most the last nine matches.

Halli Amaro, who entered the match six blocks from becoming Arizona's seventh ever player with 400 career blocks, had five blocks to go along with eight kills. 

Up Next: The Cats wrap up their road trip on Saturday at 7 p.m. MST in Boulder against Colorado. 

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