Wildcat volleyball wins Arizona Invitational
The Wildcats cruised through the first two sets, but Lipscomb (3-7) jumped out to a substantial 21-9 lead in the third set. Arizona (5-3) rallied to use a 10-0 run to propel them to the victory.
Both teams played even through the beginning stages of the opening set, but with the score tied 9-9, Arizona reeled off three straight points to take a 12-9 advantage. Lipscomb was never able to cut into the lead as Arizona went on to take the set, 25-14. The Wildcats were extremely efficient in the opening set by hitting a season-high .500, while allowing Lipscomb to hit just .121. Individually, Kingdon and Arizobal each had five kills in the set. Kingdon was a perfect 5-for-5 in the frame.
The Wildcats took control from the very beginning of the second set as they led by as much as seven at 15-8. Lipscomb went on a rally to pull within two at 17-15, which forced an Arizona timeout. After the break, UA extended the lead back out and cruised to a 25-17 victory. The Cats continued their efficient play by hitting .480 in the set, while using a balanced effort that saw five players record two or more kills.
Lipscomb came out firing following the intermission by taking control of the third set. The Bisons jumped out to a quick 12-3 lead and forced Arizona to use both timeouts very early in the set. Lipscomb continued to build its lead as it ballooned to double figures. Just when it looked like Lipscomb would cruise in the third set after leading 21-9, Arizona started to put together a rally. The Cats went on an incredible 10-0 run to pull within two at 21-19. After the two teams traded points, Arizona won two consecutive to tie the score at 22. Following a Lipscomb kill, Arizona won the next three points to win the set and clinch the match.
Kaycee Green led the Bisons with 11 kills on her way to earning all-tournament honors. Jewell Dobson had nine kills and 10.0 points, while Caitlin Dotson dished out 29 assists.
TCU went a perfect 3-0 on the weekend to claim the tournament title. Arizona finished 2-1, while Lipscomb went 1-2 and Iona was 0-3.