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Seniors help volleyball drop Devils

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Alex Kulpinski/ Daily Wildcat UA vs. ASU volleyball on November 22, 2011. UA topped Arizona State 3-1.

The Arizona volleyball team won in four sets against rival ASU in McKale Center Thursday night.

The Wildcats (19-11, 11-10 Pac-12) defeated a struggling Sun Devil (8-22, 4-17) team on Arizona’s Senior Night, winning in sets of 25-21, 25-12, 23-25, 25-13.

“I was pleased that we got the win,” UA head coach Dave Rubio said in a press release. “I think we can be a little sharper. We had too many unforced errors.”

After a competitive first set that Arizona eventually pulled out, the Wildcats dominated the second, tallying 16 kills with a hitting percentage of 0.38. Meanwhile, the Sun Devils could only muster six kills with a 0.037 hitting percentage.

While ASU came back in the third set to stay alive, Arizona put it away in the fourth.

The Wildcats used a 11-1 run to put distance between themselves and ASU before closing out the final set with a 25-13 score.

“I think the quick turnaround was in our favor today,” Rubio said in a press release.

And it was fitting for Arizona that seniors Courtney Karst and Cursty Jackson helped the Wildcats with 18 and 17 kills respectively. Freshman Madison Kingdon led Arizona with 20 kills on the night and also contributed 23 digs, earning her eighth double-double of the season.

Freshman Chloe Mathis added 49 assists for the Wildcats.
Nora Tuioti-Mariner led ASU with 10 kills on the evening, but she also committed seven errors.

Shannan McCready tallied 33 assists for the Sun Devils.

On Senior Day, Karst, Jackson and fellow senior Marketa Hanzlova were honored in their final competition in McKale Center.

The Wildcats also celebrated Rubio’s 500th victory, which he earned last weekend in a win against then-No. 2 UCLA.

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