Wildcat Weekly, Oct. 15

After a shaky start to Pac-12 play, head coach Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats football team return home to face Utah this Saturday at 7 p.m. Arizona (3-2, 0-2) fell to unranked USC 38-31 last Thursday after a hard-fought second half battle back into contention. The Wildcats will look to combine their offense and defense on Saturday against Utah (4-2, 1-1), who upset No. 5 Stanford 27-21, dropping the Cardinal to No. 13. The Wildcats will turn to running back Ka’Deem Carey, who rushed for 138 yards last week, to lead the way on offense.

Women’s volleyball hosts two top-ranked teams in the form of No. 23 UCLA and No. 1 USC this weekend in McKale Center. After falling at No. 6 Washington 3-1 last Friday and defeating Washington State 3-2 Sunday, the Wildcats (13-5, 3-3) look to beat UCLA Friday night at 6 p.m. and hand USC their second loss of the season Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Junior outside hitter Madi Kingdon and freshman setter Pepina Snuka continue to be a potent offensive and defensive duo for the Wildcats. Both matches will be aired on Pac-12 networks.

Arizona men’s hockey (3-3) travels to Oklahoma this weekend after splitting a two-game series with No. 10 Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. last weekend. The Wildcats will take on Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City Thursday before facing the Oklahoma Sooners in a two game series Friday and Saturday. Ansel Ivens-Anderson currently leads the Wildcats with eight goals on the season, and Andrew Murmes follows close behind with six goals, three of which came from last week’s series. This will be the last road series for Arizona until Jan. 31 when they travel to ASU.

After finishing 1-1 in Oregon last weekend, Arizona women’s soccer travels to USC next Friday. The Wildcats (6-5-3), headed by senior Jazmin Ponce, will face a Trojans team who defeated No. 5 Stanford and tied No. 8 Cal last week. Joining Ponce will be senior goalkeeper Gabby Kauffman, who has recorded 64 saves on the season, stopping 82.1 percent of shots on goal by her opponents

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving heads to Salt Lake City this Saturday for a duel meet against Utah. This will be the first meet of the year for the Wildcats, who turned out three FINA World Championships competitors last August, is hopeful about their 2013-2014 season.

Men’s Tennis heads to the ITA West Regional in Malibu, Calif. this Saturday through Tuesday, Oct. 22. The men had a bye week last weekend following their competition at the Aztec Invitational, where senior Fredrik Ask won third place and sophomore Matt Dunn clinched the consolation bracket. The two, along with the rest of Wildcat men’s tennis, will be back on the courts and ready for action Saturday morning.

Women’s Tennis is also competing in the ITA West Regional this weekend. Their tournament, hosted in San Diego, carries Thursday through Sunday. After eight women placed first in their respective brackets in the Wildcat Invitational yesterday, Arizona is optimistic about their competition this week.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams travel to Madison, Wisc. Saturday to compete in the Wisconsin Cross Country Invitational. Arizona is among 35 teams for men and 36 teams for women to compete in the event, held on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. Headed by last week’s Thunderbird Championship first-place finisher junior Thomas Valente, the men expect another top-finishing performance in their 8k race. The women will run a 6k in the Adidas-sponsored Invitational.

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