Sunday, 14 April 2024

NCAA Beach Volleyball

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.



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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