UA sports to attend during Spring Fling weekend

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Caleb Villegas | The Daily Wildcat Tucson Ariz.- Pitcher, Nate Brown (15) on the mound pitching as a closer on Saturday April 6, 2019. Nate was finished the game after the coach took out first closer Randy.

Spring Fling is this weekend on the UA Mall, and while the rides and food figure to be quite the attraction, there are several Arizona sports taking place on campus as well. Here are the different sports you can go see throughout the three-day event.


Women’s Tennis

Arizona women’s tennis will match up against conference rival Oregon this Friday. The ‘Cats are coming off one of their biggest wins of the season after beating No. 42-ranked Denver last weekend 4-3. 

This is the second time this season the UA has defeated a ranked team. The last time Arizona beat two ranked teams in a season was 2014. The Wildcats now hold a record of 10-10, with just two more matches before the Pac-12 tournament on April 24. 

The team has dominated at home this year, putting up an impressive 10-3 record in those contests. Camila Wesbrooks, Talya Zandberg and Gitte Heynemans will be the players to watch this weektend, as they all lead the team with 10 wins. First serve is at 10 a.m. at the Robson Tennis Center.


Beach Volleyball

Head out to Bear Down Beach this weekend, when No. 14 Arizona will host its final tournament of the season. Games are Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Ottawa, and 5:30 p.m. against Santa Clara. The Wildcats will then play New Mexico on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. and Santa Clara again at 1:30 p.m. Arizona is rolling through its schedule after sweeping the ASU tournament last weekend, going 4-0  with their biggest win of the season coming against No. 7-ranked Cal Poly. 

The team has now won seven straight and eight of its last ten. The Sand Cats’ offensive firepower has been spearheaded by the pairing of Natalie Anselmo and Madison Rigdon. The duo is now 13-0 since being paired together in the middle of the season, improving Anselmo’s individual record to 19-2. 

Rigdon and Anselmo haven’t been the only ones on fire, as the freshmen have dominated since the beginning of the season. Sarah Blacker and Jasmine Safar are 18-3 together, and Dana Parker is 17-4 with her partner Anise Havili. Arizona is getting hot at the right time, with just eight matches remaining before the Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles.


Baseball

The Wildcats will open up the weekend with a three-game series against California. Games will start at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and conclude with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. The Golden Bears are riding a six-game win streak, with an overall record of 17-11. They are led by junior first baseman Andrew Vaughn, who is slashing a .344 batting average with 10 homers and 30 RBIs. 

After failing to pick up a win in the road trip against No. 1 UCLA and No. 7 Arizona State, Arizona ended its seven-game losing streak with a three-game sweep at home against Washington last weekend. 

The ‘Cats are now 16-14 after the series sweep that was highlighted by a dominant 14-2 win on Saturday, followed by Andrew Nardi’s 10-strikeout performance in 5.2 innings pitched last Sunday. First baseman Matthew Dyer also had a big weekend at the plate, going 9-14 with two doubles and a triple. Arizona outscored the Huskies 30-9, and the team hopes to carry that momentum over into this weekend’s matchups.Women’s Tennis

Arizona women’s Tennis will matchup against their conference rival Oregon this Friday. The ‘Cats are coming off one of their biggest wins of the season after beating No. 42-ranked Denver last weekend by a score of 4-3. 

This is now the second time this season that the UA squad has defeated a ranked team. The last time Arizona beat two ranked teams in a season was back in 2014. The Wildcats now hold a record of 10-10 with just two more matches before the Pac-12 tournament on April 24. 

The team has dominated at home this year putting up an impressive 10-3 record in those contests. Camila Wesbrooks, Talya Zandberg, and Gitte Heynemans will be the players to watch this weekend as they all lead the team with 10 wins. First serve is at 10 a.m. at the Robson Tennis Center.  

Beach Volleyball

Head out to Bear Down Beach this weekend as No. 14 Arizona will host its final tournament of the season. Games are on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Ottawa and 5:30 p.m. against Santa Clara. The Wildcats will then play New Mexico on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. and Santa Clara again at 1:30 p.m. Arizona is rolling through its schedule after sweeping the ASU tournament last weekend, going 4-0 with their biggest win of the season coming against No. 7-ranked Cal Poly. 

The team has now won seven straight and eight of their last 10. The Sand Cats’ offensive fire power has been spearheaded by the pairing of Natalie Anselmo and Madison Rigdon. The duo is now 13-0 since being paired together in the middle of the season which improves Anselmo’s individual record to 19-2. 

Rigdon and Anselmo haven’t been the only ones on fire as the freshmen have dominated since the beginning of the season. Sarah Blacker and Jasmine Safar are 18-3 together and Dana Parker is 17-4 with her partner Anise Havili. Arizona is getting hot at the right time with just eight games remaining before the Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles.      

Baseball

The Wildcats will open up the weekend with a three-game series against California. Games will start at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and conclude with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. The Golden Bears are riding a six-game win streak with an overall record of 17-11.They are led by junior first baseman Andrew Vaughn who is slashing a .344 batting average with 10 homers and 30 RBIs. 

After failing to pick up a win in the road trip against No. 1 UCLA and No. 7 Arizona State, Arizona ended its seven-game losing streak with a three-game sweep at home against Washington last weekend. 

The ‘Cats are now 16-14 after the series sweep that was highlighted by a dominant 14-2 win on Saturday followed by Andrew Nardi’s 10-strikeout performance in 5.2 innings pitched last Sunday. First baseman Matthew Dyer also had a big weekend at the plate, going 9-14 with two doubles and a triple. Arizona outscored the Huskies 30-9 as the team hopes to carry their momentum over into this weekend’s matchups.



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