The sweat was barely dry and the rest was brief as Arizona was forced back into action as a result of dropping Match 2 to higher seeded UCLA tonight.
Although hosting the Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Tournament, the Wildcats found themselves with their backs against the wall and needing a win to stay alive at their home courts.
Stanford was in Tucson last weekend for the final match of the regular season. As with Cal, the Cardinal only went back to Palo Alto long enough to repack their bags before returning to the Old Pueblo.
With both teams now in the Competitors Bracket, there was no room for error and the loser would be removed from the final day’s action.
The Witt Twins — Madison and McKenna — returned to Match 1’s form and started with a key victory.
However, Stanford would not lay down as they took the next two matches, with the Cats winning the following match. This set up the “win or go home” final matchup with the 4’s team of Mia Mason (daughter of former Arizona basketball player Harvey Mason) and Brooke Burling counted on to win the match.
The action went back and forth as neither team could grasp any momentum. As the third and final set was winding down and the score 13-1q, Arizona finally found that spark that eluded them the match prior and walked out of Bear Down Beach victorious and still alive in the Tournament.
Mason and Burling won 20-22, 12-21, 15-11.
Arizona (17-9) will play Washington at 10 a.m. with the conclusion of the team competition and the beginning of the pairs competition.
Arizona 3, Stanford 2
1. McKenna Witt/Madison Witt (ARIZ) def. Jenna Gray/Kathryn Plummer (STAN) 21-14, 21-18
2. Payton Chang/Ivana Vanjak (STAN) def. Olivia Macdonald/Olivia Hallaran (ARIZ) 21-17, 14-21, 15-13
3. Morgan Hentz/Caitlyn Keefe (STAN) def. Hailey Devlin/Jessica Manley (ARIZ) 21-18, 21-18
4. Brooke Burling/Mia Mason (ARIZ) def. Catherine Raquel/Shannon Richardson (STAN) 20-22, 21-12, 15-11
5. Halli Amaro/Natalie Anselmo (ARIZ) def. Chelsea Red-Horse/Kat Anderson (STAN) 21-17, 21-11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,5,3,2,4)