Arizona Wildcats Beach Volleyball finished the regular season in style, with wins over the Cardinal and Bears on Senior Weekend.
On a perfect Friday night in Tucson, AZ, the Arizona Wildcat Beach Volleyball team delivered a statement to the Pac 12 – this is our house! The Wildcats split the opening flight against the Cardinal and then in the second flight of games, the Wildcats won the deciding match in 3 sets – what a performance!
In the first flight of matches, the Wildcats and Cardinal split each. The No. 4 doubles teams of Mia Mason and Brooke Burling lost their match 21-15, 21-18, but persisted to the very last point. The No. 5 doubles team of Natalie Anselmo and Halli Amaro won their match 21-15 and 21-18 with some impressive digs, serves and offensive put aways like this one:
In the second flight, the Wildcats won two of three to win overall 3-2. No. 1 doubles team of McKenna and Madison Witt, purely dominated their opponent in the first set winning 21-11. During the second set, the Cardinal gave it their all, but it was not enough in a losing effort 21-18. The Cardinal did however win the No. 3 doubles match up.
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All tied up at 2-2, it came down to the No. 2 team of Olivia Hallaran and Olivia Macdonald – the Olivia duos. What a showdown between the two teams! Both the Wildcats and Cardinal dug deep all over the court, but in the end the Olivias won in three sets 18-21, 21-19, 21-19.
The Wildcats continued their dominating ways on the sand Saturday afternoon, with a 5-0 win over the California Bears – nothing like a sweep! Before the match started, the three seniors, Amaro and the Witt sisters, were honored:
No. 5 doubles for the Wildcats, Anselmo and Amaro got on the board first with 21-17 and 21-15 wins in their match. The Witt sisters followed with a 21-12 and 21-10 win – that’s dominance! Next, the No. 2 doubles of Hallaran and Macdonald put on a offensive show in the first set and continued doing the same in the 2nd set for 21-15 and 21-9 victories.
The No. 3 doubles of Hailey Devlin and Jessica Manley, held their ground with 21-15 and 21-17 wins. Finally, the No. 4 doubles of Mason and Burling went the distance in the first set and won their match with finals of 28-26 and 21-16.
The Wildcat’s finished the regular season 15-8 overall and 4-3 in conference play. Up next for the Cats is the Pac-12 championship (which will be hosted in Tucson) and then hopefully onto the NCAA Championships. Zona Zealots wishes the team a great deal of success this post season. BEAR DOWN!