The Arizona volleyball team opened 2016 with a four-set loss to Kansas State on Friday night at the Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii (21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 18-25).
The Wildcats struggled with 14 service errors and 30 attack errors, hitting just .122 on the night.
“We lost this match in serve and pass,” said Rubio. “Too many serving errors. Too many receiving errors. They were better than we were tonight.”
Seniors Kalei Mau (19 kills, 10 digs), Penina Snuka (32 assists, 7 digs) and Laura Larson (13 digs) played well in the match, but the Cats were never able to rebound from the sloppy play against a veteran team coming off two straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Mau led the way with her 12th career double-double. Her 19 kills were a match-high and one shy of her ninth career 20-kill match.
Sophomore Kendra Dahlke posted her fifth career double-digit kill effort, totaling 11 kills on just 22 swings. Sophomore Jade Turner impressed in her first career start, needing just nine kills to post five kills.
Kansas State won the battle at the net, outblocking Arizona 14-6. Freshman Devyn Cross led Arizona with three total blocks in her Wildcat debut.
You can read more about the Cats opener at ArizonaWildcats.com.
UA will played Wisconsin in their second match at the Wahine Invitational on Saturday night at 7:45 p.m. MST.
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