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August 31, 2018 (Tucson) - The San Diego State volleyball team fell against Arizona in straight sets (22-25, 19-25, 17-25) on Friday night at the McKale Center.
The Aztecs (1-4) started the first set with a 16-14 lead, but a 5-0 spurt for the Wildcats (5-0) handed Arizona a 19-16 advantage it did not relinquish. The Aztecs were able to later tie the game at 21-21 after an Arizona attack error, but a pair of late-set Arizona kills ultimately solidified the first set at 25-22.
Hannah Turnlund led SDSU offensively in the first, recording three kills on seven swings.
Offense was limited in the second set, with the Wildcats outhitting SDSU .108 - .034. SDSU jumped out to a 10-7 lead in the second, but an 8-3 run for Arizona provided the Wildcats with a 15-13 advantage. The Wildcats ended the set on a 5-1 run to take a 2-0 lead after the 25-19 win.
Again, SDSU started the third set off with an early-set lead, holding a 9-8 advantage before forcing a Wildcat timeout. After the timeout, Arizona used a 6-0 run to take control of the third set to take a game-defining 15-9 lead. Arizona ultimately clinched the match with a 25-17 win with Ashlynn Dunbar posting a team-high four kills in the third set.
Dunbar finished the match with a team-high nine kills, while Turnlund finished just behind with eight. Delaney Taylor totaled 21 assists on the night while Sam McGrath led SDSU with 10 digs.