Arizona volleyball dropped a trio of closely-contested sets to fourth-ranked Wisconsin, as the Badgers swept Arizona on Saturday night at the Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii (26-24, 26-24, 25-22).
Arizona outhit the Badgers (.176 - .156) and outblocked its first top-five opponent of the year (13.0 - 10.0), but were unable to close out a pair of set points in the first two frames. UA dropped to 2-0 with the loss while Wisconsin improved to 2-0.
"We played much better tonight," said head coach Dave Rubio. "We put ourselves in a position to win every set. They have potentially the player of the year, Lauren Gallini, who made plays at the end of every set and pushed them over the top. But I thought we made good progress from last night to tonight, and we just need to carry that into tomorrow night vs. Hawaii."
Kalei Mau, who led Arizona with 19 kills on Friday night vs. Kansas State, played sparingly due to injury.
Arizona was forced to look elsewhere for offense and found it in the right arm of Kendra Dahlke. The sophomore led all scorers with 17 kills, a new career high.
Arizona was dominant at the net, posting 13 blocks in just three sets. Freshman Devyn Cross led the charge with seven blocks.
Penina Snuka has led the Pac-12 in double-doubles each of her three years at Arizona; she picked up No. 1 in 2016 on Saturday, posting 31 assists and 14 digs.
Laura Larson led the Cats with 15 digs, her 18th straight match with double-digit digs, dating back to last year.
The Wildcats close out their weekend in Hawaii on Sunday against the host Rainbows at 8:00 MST.
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