Saturday, 13 April 2024

NCAA Beach Volleyball

Wildcats Sweep Arizona Duals, Remain Undefeated at Home

Wildcats Sweep Arizona Duals, Remain Undefeated at Home

Tucson, Ariz. – Arizona completed a 2-0 sweep at the Arizona Duals, defeating Park University and Benedictine University at Mesa and maintaining their undefeated home record.

Pair Abby Russell/Olivia McElroy returned to the No. 1 spot at the Duals, after playing at No. 1 for the first time this season this past weekend in Tempe. The two won both of the day’s matches in two sets and are 9-4 (.692) this season. 

At No. 2, pair Grace Cook/Kylee Fitzsimmons defeated Park University’s Grace Baker/Nichole Gary 21-18, 21-16. The pair also won their afternoon match against Benedictine, defeating pair  Jewel Carling/Megan Hicks 21-7, 21-10. This is the second tournament the two have played in a pair together and they are 2-1 at No. 2.

On Court 3, Arizona’s Hope Shannon/Annie Kost took both matches in two sets. The first time the pair played together this season was at the Pac-12 South Invitational, and they are undefeated at No. 3.

Pair Jess Horwath/Kate Phillips went 2-0 at the Duals, and are 10-3 in their first season with the Wildcats.

Against Park, pair Miranda Erro/Ashlyn Zilliken emerged victorious at No. 5, defeating pair Eliza Pearson/Avery Turk 21-9, 21-7. The pair is 7-4 on the season. 

In the afternoon match against Benedictine, pair Elin Kaiser/Meghan O’Meara played together at No. 5 for the first time this season and rose to the occasion, defeating the Benedictine pair 21-12, 21-11. 

Next week, the Wildcats will host the Arizona Invitational, playing Santa Clara, Utah, Missouri State and Arizona Christian University. 

Arizona – 5, Park – 0

Court 1: Abby Russell and Olivia McElroy (ARIZ) def. Railey Druxman and Daisy Motes (PARK) 21-12, 21-11

Court 2: Kylee Fitzsimmons and Grace Cook (ARIZ) def. Grace Baker and Nichole Gary (PARK) 21-18, 21-16

Court 3: Annie Kost and Hope Shannon (ARIZ) def. Taylor Van Winkle and Jess Goldsmith (PARK) 21-12, 21-19

Court 4: Jess Horwath and Kate Phillips (ARIZ) def. Dani Miranda-Johnson and Porsche Bauer (PARK) 21-8, 21-12

Court 5: Ashlyn Zilliken and Miranda Erro (ARIZ) def. Eliza Pearson and Avery Turk (PARK) 21-9, 21-7

Arizona – 5, Benedictine – 0

Court 1: Abby Russell and Olivia…

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