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Volleyball loses first home Pac-12 match

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Ryan Revock/ The Daily Wildcat Washington junior outside hitter Kaleigh Nelson spikes the ball which gets by UA’s Halli Amaro (left) and Jane Croson (right) at the McKale Memorial Center on Sunday.

Arizona (17-9, 7-7 Pac-12) fell to No. 3 Washington (21-1, 13-1 Pac-12) in three sets to record its first Pac-12 loss at home Sunday inside McKale Center.

Head coach Dave Rubio said he was disappointed with the way the match went and that there was nothing positive about it.

“I think our execution was horrible and we weren’t sharp … We weren’t connecting at all,” Rubio said. “In general I think it was a pretty poor performance in our part. I don’t remember playing this poor other than in Colorado.”

Juniors Madi Kingdon and Taylor Arizobal said their lack of team chemistry was also the main issue that caused the loss. Kingdon led Arizona with 15 kills.

Freshman Penina Snuka earned another double-double for the season with 23 assists and 11 digs. Snuka currently leads the country with double-doubles.

Washington started with the 4-0 lead forcing Arizona to go on a timeout early in the first set. The Huskies were leading the set 8-3 before they had a serving error, but Arizona didn’t take advantage. Snuka responded with a serving error while Washington had the 9-3 advantage.

Washington’s defense didn’t allow Arizona to do much as the Huskies took the 14-7 lead. Arizona tried to make a comeback when Washington led the set 19-14, forcing the Huskies to go on a timeout. The timeout worked to Washington’s advantage and the Huskies took the set 25-19.

The Huskies started strong in the second set with the 3-0 lead before sophomore Olivia Magill responded with a kill to get the Wildcats going. Magill’s kill started some momentum for Arizona but Washington responded right back.

Arizona called the first timeout of the set when Washington led the set 7-2. Washington’s defense was solid but Arizona showed aggressiveness on the offense and forced the Huskies on a timeout when they had the 7-5 lead.

Arizona tied the set 12-12 after a kill by Kingdon. After some back and forth play, Washington took the 20-15 lead. Washington finished strong and took the set 25-20.

During the third set the first timeout was called by Arizona when Washington had the 6-3 lead. Arizona battled and forced the Huskies on a timeout when they had the 8-7 lead.

Sophomore Halli Amaro tied the set 8-8 with a block. The Huskies responded and had the 12-8 advantage and didn’t allow Arizona to do much with Washington’s strong defense and dropped the third set 25-18.

The Wildcats have another short week on their schedule to get ready before they host Utah at 7 p.m. on Thursday at McKale Center.

— Follow Rose Aly Valenzuela @RoseAlyVal

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