Wildcat Week in Review, Oct. 7


Women’s Volleyball
Arizona Wildcats women’s volleyball (12-4, 2-2) had a successful weekend with home wins over No. 21 Oregon 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22) Friday night and Oregon State 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-14) Sunday. Junior outside hitter Madi Kingdon continues to dominate the net, finishing the weekend with a total of 37 kills, 24 against Oregon and 13 against Oregon State. She tallied her eighth double-double yesterday by contributing 14 digs to the Wildcat defense, on top of her 13 digs and two blocks Friday. Junior outside hitter Jane Croson complemented Kingdon by recording a double-double on Friday with 18 kills and 17 digs against the Ducks and slamming down 13 kills against the Beavers. Freshman setter Penina Snuka contributed to both Arizona’s offense and defense by recording her fifth and sixth double-doubles, dishing out 46 assists and a career-high 17 digs in Friday’s match and 39 assists and 11 digs Sunday.

Men’s Tennis
Men’s tennis concluded their week at the ITA All-American Championships early after doubles team senior Fredrik Ask and junior Sumeet Shinde lost their qualifying match to Michael Alford and Florent Diep of Florida on Tuesday. The duo fell 8-5 in Tulsa, Okla. before turning around and traveling to San Diego for the Aztec Invitational on Friday.

Ask was joined by junior Carlos Bermudez and sophomores Matt Dunn and Naoki Takeda in San Diego, representing Arizona in both the singles and doubles brackets. Doubles partners Ask and Takeda battled their way to the finals, where they were defeated by USC’s Robbie Bellamy and Nick Crystal 8-3 yesterday afternoon. Before playing in the finals, the USC duo defeated Arizona’s second doubles team Bermudez and Dunn 8-6.

Ask and Dunn also recorded successful singles matches. Ask clinched a third-place finish in the tournament after defeating UCLA’s Ryoto Tachi in two sets, 6-1, 6-2. Dunn dominated the consolation final by sweeping Caryl Hernandez of UC-Irvine 6-4, 6-4 yesterday.

Women’s Tennis
Senior Lacey Smyth represented the Wildcats well at the ITA Women’s All-American Championships in Los Angeles last week. Smyth defeated California’s Lynn Chi in two straight sets, 6-4, 7-5 before falling to Georgiana Patrasc of Mississippi State in three, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

The 20th-ranked Wildcats men’s hockey team fell to upstate rival No. 2 Arizona State twice this weekend, losing 5-1 on Friday and 6-0 on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. Freshman Grant Nicholson scored the lone goal this weekend for the Wildcats, who failed to muster up much of any offense in either game. The Wildcats’ defense held the Sun Devils scoreless for the first 33 minutes of Saturday’s matchup, but couldn’t capitalize on their early success.

Women’s Golf
Sophomore Lindsey Weaver shot 5-under par to steal the Windy City Collegiate Classic title, earning Arizona’s first individual medal of the season. Weaver finished two strokes ahead of USC’s Kyung Kim and Oklahoma State’s Julie Yang, shooting rounds of 70, 69 and 69 to help Arizona record a third-place finish at the tournament. The Wildcats ended the tournament shooting 5-over (857 overall), tying with Stanford and trailing second place Oklahoma State by two strokes and tournament champions USC by four strokes.

Juniors Andrea Vilarasau and Kendall Prince both finished 3-over to share a ninth-place finish. Vilarasau carded rounds of 73, 69, and 74, while Prince scored 69, 71, and 76 over the three-day tournament. Freshman Jessica Vasilic was one of seven competitors to shoot 8-over, recording a 29th-place finish with her rounds of 73, 70, and 78. Junior Manon Gidali ended 14-over in her season debut, shooting rounds of 78, 75, and 74 to land in a five-way tie for 50th place.

Women’s Soccer
Arizona women’s soccer (5-4-3) fell 2-1 at California (9-0-3) yesterday. The Wildcats offense struggled to attack the net and recorded just nine shots on goal. California senior forward Rachel Mercik made an early statement, scoring the first goal in the 3rd minute of the game. Senior forward Jazmin Ponce answered with her seventh goal of the season in the 52nd minute of the game, but sophomore forward Ifeoma Onumonu capitalized on an assist from senior teammate Genessee Daughetee in the 71st minute to solidify a Bears win.

The Wildcats have yet to record a Pac-12 victory after also losing at No. 2 Stanford (9-0-1) in an overtime battle Friday night. The Wildcats offense aggressively attacked the Cardinal with 19 shots on goal, their lone goal coming from junior forward Emily Lai in the 77th minute of the match to send the game into overtime. Junior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman recorded three saves on the night, but was scored on by freshman forward Megan Turner in the 36th minute and t junior forward Taylor Uhl in the 99th minute.