Arizona beach volleyball took to the courts again today against No. 2 UCLA and No. 14 Stanford in Santa Monica, Calif, and lost to both schools. After losing to both No. 2 UCLA and No. 14 Stanford today, No. 11 Arizona drops to 9-5 on the season.
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This weekend is a true test of talent for Arizona beach volleyball. It is a chance for the Sand Cats to prove they belong in the conversation for one of the top beach volleyball programs on the West Coast. The ‘Cats are set to compete in the Pac-12 South Invitational in Santa Monica, Calif. and will matchup against four nationally-ranked Pac-12 schools.
Beach volleyball took to the courts again on March 19 for a doubleheader in Monterrey, Calif. and had impressive doubleheader wins over San Jose State and Santa Clara.
Thanks to the extremely dominant performance by the No. 1 tandem Olivia Macdonald and Natalie Anselmo, the ‘Cats picked up their first win of the trip. The pair played against TCU’s Jillian Bergeson and Jae Greene in the spotlight match and defeated them in two commanding sets (21-3 and 21-13).
The SandCats are squared away for a four-game road trip to California this weekend. To open their trip, the ‘Cats face off against Texas Christian University and Cal Poly in the Cal Poly Tri-Match in San Luis Obispo, California. After the first day of playing, the ‘Cats travel up north to Monterrey, California for another double-header against San Jose State University and Santa Clara.
The ‘Cats performance was led by the No. 1 pair Natalie Anselmo and Olivia MacDonald. The sophomore-senior pair defeated LBSU’s Rachel Nieto and Nele Barber in a two-set sweep. The pair won 21-19 in the first set and 21-16 in the second set.
This morning, the ‘Cats played their final match of the Arizona Invitational against LMU at Bear Down Beach and were not able to win the best three-out-of-five match against the Lions, giving the SandCats their first loss of the tournament and of the season.
This evening, the ‘Cats faced off against the Washington Huskies in the second game of the Arizona Invitational at Bear Down Beach and won a neck-to-neck competition by a score of 3-2 due to the clutch performance by the No. 3 team, Mia Mason and Brooke Burling.
The University of Arizona will be on spring break from March 5–11, but that does not mean Arizona sports will be on break for an entire week. When visiting the UA for the Tucson Festival of Books, there will be a myriad of games to choose from and attend when you’re tired from the festival.
Day two of the tournament was very promising for the Wildcats as they swept both Abilene Christian and San Jose State, 5-0. The 'Cats were able to shut out San Jose State due to a decisive victory from senior Olivia MacDonald and sophomore Natalie Anselmo.
If you’ve ever gone out to watch our Sand Cats compete, then you have probably noticed the beautiful sandy courts on which they compete. But what’s the history behind it?