Dahlke, Pilepic lead Arizona to four-set win over ASU - Tucson News Now

Dahlke, Pilepic lead Arizona to four-set win over ASU

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Kendra Dahlke (22) and Katarina Pilepic (15) set career-highs in kills as Arizona took down rival Arizona State in four sets in front of a raucous McKale Center crowd on Wednesday night (25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18).

The Wildcats made it nine straight victories against the Sun Devils in Tucson as UA improved to 9-4 (1-0 Pac-12) on the season. ASU fell to a conference-worst 7-6 (0-1 Pac-12) on the year with the loss.

Penina Snuka set a season high with 49 assists on her way to another double-double. The Pac-12's leader in double-doubles the last three years put up a team-high-tying 14 digs to go along with her assists for her seventh double-double of the season. Dahlke also recorded a double-double with 10 digs to go with her 22 kills; it was the third double-double of the year for the sophomore.

"Coming into the season, we knew that she had some issues with her back because she had them at the end of last year," said Dahlke. "The focus was getting all of the other hitters caught up to speed with the offense. Picking those lines of attack, being able to face a double block like we faced tonight, and just preparing to make adjustments on the fly. Everyone's been adapting well to their position and their role on the team."

Arizona was excellent defensively against the Sun Devils, holding ASU to a .108 hitting percentage. UA had 66 digs and 12 blocks, the first time all year the Cats have paired 60+ digs with 10+ blocks. Mckenzie Jacobson and Pilepic had five blocks apiece to lead the way.

Laura Larson registered 14 digs in her final match against ASU in McKale Center.

Arizona takes its six-match winning streak on the road to take on No. 16 Colorado on Sunday. The Cats and the Buffs meet at noon on the Pac-12 Networks.

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