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Wildcats outlast Utah in five-set road victory

Jesus Barrera

Arizona outside hitter Kalei Mau (10) spikes against Washington on Nov. 8 in McKale Center.

In what was a match that would come down to the very wire, No. 19 Arizona volleyball escaped Salt Lake City with a five-set victory over Utah (25-21, 25-14, 19-25, 27-29, 15-13).

The Wildcats had an opportunity to sweep Utah as they won the first two sets, but the Utes fought back with a third-set victory to avoid a sweep.

Utah won a hard-fought fourth set to force the deciding final set of the match.

The Utes kept the Wildcats on their heels by leading the fifth set 4-1. After trading mini runs, Arizona took control with a 7-0 run leading to a match point opportunity at 14-10. Utah would score three more before Arizona finished the game for good, winning 15-13.

Balance was key for the Wildcats as Kalei Mau led the way with 16 kills.

Penina Snuka had a double-double for the fifth straight game to give her 19 of the season, leading the Pac-12 conference. Snuka was once again the catalyst for the offense.

Laura Larson had a career-high 21 digs, which marks her 10th straight game recording double digits. Meanwhile Halli Amaro finished the match one block shy of 400 career blocks.

With this victory, the Wildcats are now tied for sixth in the Pac-12 Conference with a league record of 7-8. The Utes fall to 9-17 overall with the loss and are currently in last place in the Pac-12.

Arizona will be back in action Saturday as the Wildcats take on the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder, Colorado, at 7 p.m. Colorado will stream the match live.

Arizona faces No. 2 USC on Nov. 20 and No. 9 UCLA comes to town Nov. 22. The Wildcats then travel to Corvallis, Oregon, to take on Oregon State before ending their season at home against rival ASU on Nov. 27.

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