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Sand Cats to Begin Conference Play at Pac-12 South Invitational

Sand Cats to Begin Conference Play at Pac-12 South Invitational


TUCSON, Ariz.—Following a successful showing at the Malibu Invite, the Sand Cats are on the road again, headed to Tempe, Arizona for the Pac-12 South Invitational on March 8-10. This tournament will be the first time in the regular season that the Cats will face Pac-12 opponents.
 
Arizona went 3-0 at the Malibu Invite this past weekend, defeating Vanguard 5-0 and Boise State and Pepperdine 3-2. In Tempe, the Wildcats will face Utah and Washington on Friday, March 8 and USC and ASU on Sunday, March 10.
 
Pac-12 South Invitational Match Ups
 
Utah- The Wildcats are 8-0 against the Utes and have won seven of the eight matchups between the two teams 5-0.
 
Washington- Arizona leads the series against Washington 9-2. The Huskies are 3-5 this season and are placed at No. 14 in this week’s AVCA Collegiate Beach Coaches poll.
 
USC- The Wildcats have an 0-12 record against the Trojans but look to secure their first win against USC this weekend following a strong performance at the Cactus Classic and the Malibu Invite. USC is currently 8-2 and has been ranked No. 3 in the AVCA poll for the past two weeks.
 
ASU- The Wildcats are 17-7 against their in-state rivals. The last time the two teams met, in April 2023 at the Pac-12 tournament, Arizona defeated ASU 3-1. This week, ASU is ranked No. 10 in the AVCA Collegiate Beach Coaches poll.
 
Pac-12 South Invitational full match schedule:
 
Friday, March 8:
 
MATCH 1- Washington vs. Utah (8:00 a.m.)
MATCH 2- UCLA vs. ASU (10:00 a.m.)
MATCH 3- Arizona vs. Utah (12:00 p.m.)
MATCH 4- Stanford vs. UCLA (2:00 p.m.)
MATCH 5: Washington vs. Arizona (4:00 p.m.)
MATCH 6: Stanford vs. ASU (6:00 p.m.)
 
Sunday, March 10:
 
MATCH 1- Cal vs. Oregon (8:00 a.m.)
MATCH 2- Cal vs. ASU (10:00 a.m.)
MATCH 3- Arizona vs. USC (12:00 p.m.)
MATCH 4- USC vs. Oregon (2:00 p.m.)
MATCH 5: Arizona vs. ASU (4:00 p.m.)
 
Fans can follow along with live stats for each of the tournament’s matches.

NOTING THE WILDCATS

 

The Wildcats are ranked No. 19 this week in the AVCA Collegiate Beach Coaches poll following an undefeated finish at the Malibu Invite last weekend.

Steve Walker is in his 11th season as a coach for the Wildcats. Walker has a career record of 187-82 (.695) at Arizona. Named the 2016 Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Coach of the Year, Walker led Arizona to the first NCAA Beach…

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