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Sand Cats open regular season in Tucson with Cactus Classic

Sand Cats open regular season in Tucson with Cactus Classic


TUCSON, Ariz.—The Arizona Beach Volleyball team will open the 2024 season at home, playing in the Cactus Classic Feb. 23-24 at Bear Down Beach. Friday’s match between the Wildcats and Bakersfield will feature a guest serve by Arizona Volleyball head coach Charita Stubbs. Saturday will be Kid Cat/Youth day, and fans will have the opportunity to receive free water bottles. 
 
In the 2024 season, Arizona Beach Volleyball will compete in 30 regular season matches, 11 of which are conference matchups. The Sand Cats ended the 2023 season 21-12, with an 11-2 record at home.
 
Cactus Classic Match Ups
 
San Francisco- The Wildcats are undefeated (2-0) in their matchups against San Francisco. In their last meeting, in March 2023, the Wildcats defeated San Francisco in a 5-0 sweep in Malibu.
 
CSU Bakersfield- The Wildcats have an overall record of 5-1 against Cal State Bakersfield, winning their past four matchups against the Roadrunners. Their most recent matchup was in 2022 and resulted in a sweep for Arizona, with the Wildcats winning 5-0.
 
UTEP-Arizona is 2-0 in their meetings with UTEP and won their last matchup in the 2023 season 4-1.
 
Boise State- Arizona has dominated in their past matchups with Boise State, going 12-0 against the Broncos. In their most recent meeting last season, the Wildcats defeated Boise State 5-0 at home.
 
Cactus Classic full match schedule:
 
Friday, Feb. 23:
 
MATCH 1- Boise St. vs. Bakersfield (9:00 a.m.)
MATCH 2- UTEP vs. Colorado Mesa (10:00 a.m.)
MATCH 3- San Francisco vs. Arizona (11:00 a.m.)
MATCH 4- Colorado Mesa vs. Boise St. (12:00 p.m.)
MATCH 5- Bakersfield vs. Arizona (2:00 p.m.)
MATCH 5- San Francisco vs. UTEP (2:00 p.m.)
 
Saturday, Feb. 24:
MATCH 1- San Francisco vs. Colorado Mesa (9:00 a.m.)
MATCH 2- UTEP vs. Arizona (10:00 a.m.)
MATCH 3- Colorado Mesa vs. Bakersfield (11:00 a.m.)
MATCH 4- Boise St. vs. San Francisco (12:00 p.m.)
MATCH 5- Bakersfield vs. UTEP (1:00 p.m.)
MATCH 6- Arizona vs. Boise St. (2:00 p.m.)
 
The Wildcats will host three tournaments and one single match up against ASU over the course of the 2024 season:

  •  Feb. 23-24: Cactus Classic
  • March 14: Arizona Duals
  • March 22-23: Arizona Invitational
  • April 18: vs. ASU

 The Sand Cats roster is comprised of 10 returners and six freshman players.
 
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