Arizona volleyball sweeps Texas Southern at the end of the non-conference



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The direct victory against Texas Southern was important. He helped the Wildcats finish the season 8-3 without conferences and sweep the Wildcat Classic in just nine sets. With the Pac-12 game just days away, that wasn’t the only Arizona volleyball goal on Saturday.

First year blocker Nicole Briggs and junior off the batsman Dilara Gedikoglu started instead of Merle Weidt i Jaelyn Hodge. Weidt came in during the second set, but Hodge rested.

Briggs did not know until immediately before the match that it would begin.

“I like to be told before, so I don’t think too much,” he said.

Both Briggs and Gedikoglu made first impressions, scoring two of the first three points of the Wildcats game. Gedikoglu finished the day with a season-high of five kills and two asses for seven points. Five freshmen finally entered the match with the setter Ava Tortorello, medium blocker Alayna Johnson, and defensive specialist Madison Ellman rotating along with the boot Puk Stubbe.

“The most important thing for me is that these guys need as much experience as I can give them,” the Arizona head coach said. Dave Rubio dit. “And whether someone goes down or not, you never know. Jennifer Wroblicky has been falling since the second week of the season and we’ve had a history of concussions anyway. If Merle or Zyonna (Fellows) fell, we want to make sure we try to put these guys in position to succeed. “

The team was led by Sofia Maldonado Diaz and Stubbe with nine dead each. Both players were efficient. Maldonado Diaz hit .250 and Stubbe at .389. Maldonado Díaz added two block assists to get a maximum of 10 points.

The Wildcats also got production from the four intermediate blockers. Seniors Weidt and Fellows each had four murders in five flawless swings. Weidt added two blocks and the Fellows had one.

Briggs added two deaths in three swings without making any mistakes. Alayna Johnson, a member of the first block, matched the two seniors with four deaths at 0.677. Both freshmen had a blog.

“I was happier today than last night,” Rubio said. “It simply came to our notice then. We lost too many services and any time we start to miss it like that, I feel like we lacked concentration. But I think overall I liked what happened. “

Arizona had 11 service errors against seven aces for the game.

The Wildcats dominated the first set, leading from thread to thread in a 25-12 frame. Things were a little harder in the final two sets, but they were able to stay in control.

Texas Southern stayed close to Arizona for the first half of the second set. The Tigers won their last lead at 10-9. Even after that, the Wildcats didn’t advance more than two points until they took a 17-14 lead.

After stretching the lead to six points at 20-14, Arizona saw Texas Southern come back running when the lead narrowed to 21-18. This would be the last point scored by the Tigers, as the Wildcats closed out the set with a 4-0 run.

TSU started quickly in the third set. The Tigers went 4-1 up, but the Wildcats responded with their own 4-1 run to tie things at five points each. Arizona closed out the game by beating TSU 20-7 in the final tie.

Arizona travels to Tempe to face Arizona State on Thursday while the Pac-12 plays. On Sunday, the Wildcats return to McKale to face the state of Oregon.

Credit – https://www.azdesertswarm.com/volleyball/2021/9/18/22681291/arizona-wildcatsvolleyball-non-conference-texas-southern-wildcat-classic