Saturday, 25 March 2023

NCAA Beach Volleyball

Wildcats Finish Day 1 of Arizona Invitational

TUCSON- The 17th ranked Arizona Wildcats hosted day one of the Arizona Invitational at Bear Down Beach Friday. The SandCats came out with one victory against Southern Miss, 4-1, and one loss against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 1-4. 

Abby Russell and Hope Shannon took care of business on court two defeating Kellie Garraway and Taylor Pierce in two sets, 21-14, 23-21.

Kylee Fitzsimmons and Caroline White claimed the first set on court four against Southern Miss, 21-10. Hallie Phelan and Kai Norman(SM) then came roaring back in the next two sets, squeaking it out against the Arizona duo, 21-19, 15-13. Match score tied up 1-1 going into the second flight. 

SandCats came out firing in the second flight against Southern Miss, only needing two sets in all three courts. Alex Parkhurst and Sarah Blacker secured court one, 21-18, 21-17. Alana Rennie and Grace Cook cooked the Golden Eagles on court three, 21-11, 21-10. Annie Kost and Miranda Erro wrapped it up on court five, 21-12, 21-13. Arizona takes the win 4-1 against Southern Miss. 


Arizona’s second matchup of the day did not go according to plan, falling to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 1-4, on Friday. 

Corpus Christi proved a worthy opponent taking victories at all courts but one. Alana Rennie and Grace Cook carried the lone win on court three for Arizona. The pair controlled both sets handily, 21-16, 21-15. 

Arizona looks ahead to day two of the Arizona Invitational tomorrow as they finish the day 8-3 on the season. 

SandCats take on Arizona Christian at 11:00am and Cal Poly at 1:00pm at Bear Down Beach Saturday. 


#18 Arizona – 4, Southern Miss – 1


Court 1: Alex Parkhurst/Sarah Blacker (ARIZ) def. Aleksandra Chudzik/Vanessa Hurnikova (SM), 21-18, 21-17

Court 2: Abby Russell/Hope Shannon (ARIZ) def. Kellie Garraway/Taylor Pierce (SM), 21-14, 23-21

Court 3: Alana Rennie/Grace Cook (ARIZ) def. Reagan Sandlin/Valeria Siakidou Papakyriakou (SM), 21-11, 21-10

Court 4: Hallie Phelan/Kai Norman (SM) def. Kylee Fitzsimmons/Caroline White (ARIZ), 10-21, 21-19, 15-13

Court 5: Annie Kost/Miranda Erro (ARIZ) def. Madison Cassidy/Ashlyn Rough (SM), 21-12, 21-13 



#18 Arizona – 1 , Texas A&M Corpus Christi – 4


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