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VB: Run against ranked teams comes home for UA

TUCSON, AZ -

One of eight teams in within one game of first place in the Pac-12, Arizona (13-7, 5-3 Pac-12) faces two other teams in the bunch: 18th-ranked Washington State (15-5, 5-3 Pac-12) and seventh-ranked Washington (16-2, 6-2 Pac-12). 

Washington, the highest-ranked team in the conference, leads pack at 6-2 in league play while the Wildcats and Cougars are among the seven teams one-game back at 5-3. 

When it's all said and done this weekend, Arizona will have completed a seven-match stretch with six ranked opponents. In the previous five, Arizona is 3-1 against ranked teams and 0-1 vs. the lone unranked team.
 
UA returns to the friendly confines of McKale Center this week after two weeks away from home. 

The two-week roadtrip was a successful one for the Cats, who swept USC and UCLA on the road for the first time in program history and then ended a 19-match losing streak to Stanford. 

Now, Arizona finds itself one spot out of the AVCA Top 25 and in the thick of the Pac-12 race. 

Both matches against the Washington schools will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks.
 
The 18th-ranked Cougars (15-5, 5-3 Pac-12) have cooled a bit after they were the hottest team in the country, starting the Pac-12 season 5-0 with three victories over top-10 teams.

WSU has lost three straight matches, including two five-set heartbreakers last weekend at home to Colorado and Utah.

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