Wildcats swept by Colorado 3-0
Blocker Hallie Amaro (3) smiles mid game on Saturday, Nov. 14. Photo Courtesy of Arizona Athletics.
It was a rough outing for the Arizona Wildcats as they were swept by the Colorado Buffaloes Saturday in Boulder, Colo.
The Buffaloes won the first set easily with a 25-14 victory after starting the match off with an eight-to-two run.
The Wildcats would start the second set on a 3-0 run and put up more of a fight, before falling to Colorado 25-23. The Buffaloes would then close out the match with a 25-19 victory despite Arizona’s best efforts. Colorado also sweeps the season series as the Buffaloes defeated Arizona three sets to one when they came to Tucson last.
Penina Snuka led the Wildcats attack with 28 assists while and three digs on .182 hitting, while the Wildcats only hit 143. as a whole. Kalei Mau led the team in scoring with 13 points and Tyler Spriggs added 11 points and three blocks on a career high .471.
Halli Amaro ended up with two blocks to give her 401 for her career. Amaro is the seventh player in Arizona history to reach that plateau.
With this defeat, Arizona falls to 17-11 and 7-8 in conference play. The loss could potentially drop them out of the top 25 altogether as they are the only ranked team with double-digit losses in the top 25.
The Buffaloes seem to be gaining momentum as they leave the desert defeating both Arizona schools in the top 25. This win gives them their third upset over a top 25 team as they also defeated 12th ranked Stanford back on October 18th.
While the Wildcats have done a good job this season in beating opponents as they should, the Wildcats loss to Colorado marks the second time the UA has lost to an unranked team. Both time the team happened to be Colorado.
The Wildcats return to McKale Center on Friday to play three of their last four games and they have their work cut out for them as all of their home opponents coming up are in the top 25. First off, second ranked USC comes to the McKale Center followed by UCLA.
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