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No. 18 Sand Cats to Face Three Top-10 Teams in Seattle

No. 18 Sand Cats to Face Three Top-10 Teams in Seattle


TUCSON, Ariz.—The Arizona Beach Volleyball team is headed to Seattle, where they will face three top-10 beach volleyball programs at the Pac-12 North Invitational. The Wildcats are currently the No. 18 team in the country.
 
Arizona will play California and Oregon on Friday, April 5 and Stanford and UCLA on Saturday, April 6.
 
Pac-12 North Invitational Match Ups
 
California- The Wildcats have a winning record (7-5) against the Bears. The two teams last faced each other in March 2023 and the meeting resulted in a 5-0 Cal victory. The Bears are currently ranked No. 7 nationally.
 
Oregon- Arizona is 6-1 against Oregon and has a three-match win streak against the Ducks, defeating them three times in the 2023 season.
 
Stanford- The Wildcats and the Cardinal have historically been evenly matched, with Arizona earning a 6-5 advantage over Stanford. When the teams last met in the 2023 season, the Wildcats emerged with a 3-2 victory. Stanford is ranked No. 2 nationally.
 
UCLA- Arizona is 2-11 in their matchups against USC. USC is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation.

 

Pac-12 North Invitational full match schedule:

 

Friday, April 5:

 

MATCH 1- Arizona vs. Cal; Arizona State vs. USC (9:00 a.m. MST)

MATCH 2- USC vs. Stanford; Cal vs. UCLA (11:00 a.m.)

MATCH 3- Arizona vs. Oregon; Washington vs. Arizona State (1:00 p.m.)

MATCH 4-UCLA vs. Utah (3:00 p.m.)

MATCH 5-Oregon vs. Utah (5:00 p.m.)

 

Saturday, April 6:

 

MATCH 1- Utah vs. Stanford; Cal vs. USC (9:00 a.m.)

MATCH 2- Arizona vs. Stanford; ASU vs. Utah (11:00 a.m.)

MATCH 3- ASU vs. Oregon; Washington vs. Cal (1:00 p.m.)

MATCH 4- Arizona vs. UCLA (3:00 p.m.)

MATCH 5-Washington vs. Oregon (4:00 p.m.)

 

 Fans can follow along with live stats for each of the tournament’s matches.

 NOTING THE WILDCATS

 

Steve Walker is in his 11th season as the head coach for the Wildcats. Walker has a career record of 194-85 (.695) at Arizona. Named the 2016 Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Coach of the Year, Walker led Arizona to the first NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship in 2016.

Abby Russell has a career record of 56-34 (.622) as a Sand Cat. This season, Russell and partner Olivia McElroy are 14-5 (.737), with 7 wins at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.

In her first season at Arizona, freshman Olivia McElroy has built up a 14-5 record with…

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