Sunday, 14 April 2024

NCAA Beach Volleyball

Sand Cats to Host Arizona Invitational

Sand Cats to Host Arizona Invitational

TUCSON, Ariz.—The Arizona Beach Volleyball team will host the Arizona Invitational March 22-23. The Sand Cats are 10-3 on the season and are undefeated at Bear Down Beach.
Last week, the Wildcats went 2-0 at the Arizona Duals, defeating both Park University and Benedictine in 5-0 sweeps. This week, Arizona will face Santa Clara, Utah, Missouri State and Arizona Christian.
This weekend the Wildcats will also honor six seniors on the team: Hope Shannon, Grace Cook, Maki Bispham, Miranda Erro, Abby Russell and Mady Noble. The Senior Day Ceremony will take place before Saturday’s match against Arizona Christian University.
Arizona Invite Match Ups
Santa Clara- The Sand Cats are undefeated (6-0) against Santa Clara. The last meeting between the teams, in March 2021, resulted in a 4-1 Wildcat victory.
Utah- The Wildcats are 9-0 against the Utes, with their most recent matchup at the Pac-12 South Invitational March 8 ending in a 3-2 Arizona win.
Missouri State-Arizona is 5-0 in their meetings with Missouri State. The Sand Cats won their last matchup in the 2023 season season 5-0.
Arizona Christian- The Wildcats have won all four of their matchups against Arizona Christian University. The last time the two teams met, in March 2023, the Wildcats walked away with a 5-0 victory.
Arizona Invitational full match schedule:
Friday, March 22:
MATCH 1- Missouri St. vs. Utah (10:00 a.m.)
MATCH 2- Santa Clara vs. Arizona (11:00 a.m.)
MATCH 3- Missouri St. vs. Utah (12:00 p.m.)
MATCH 4- Utah vs. Arizona (2:00 p.m.)
MATCH 5- Arizona Christian vs. Santa Clara (4:00 p.m.)
Saturday, March 23:
MATCH 1- Missouri St. vs. Arizona (10:00 a.m.)
MATCH 2- UTEP vs. Utah (11:00 a.m.)
MATCH 3- Arizona Christian vs. Missouri St. (12:00 p.m.)
MATCH 4- Santa Clara vs. UTEP (1:00 p.m.)
MATCH 5- Arizona Christian vs. Arizona (2:00 p.m.)
After this weekend, the Wildcats will be on the road for a few weeks, heading to Phoenix, Seattle, Boise and Stanford before returning home for a rematch against ASU April 18.
Steve Walker is entering his 11th season as a coach for the Wildcats. Walker has a career record of 190-85 (.691) 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.


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