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Wildcat Wrap: Football loses to BYU, but soccer and volleyball keep winning

Let’s recap the week that was for the Arizona Wildcats

Kendra Dahlke recorded her 1,000th kill last weekend
Courtesy of Arizona Athletics

Football is back, but the #NewEra didn’t have the lavish beginning many hoped as the Arizona Wildcats lost to BYU to open the 2018 season.

Still, despite the outcome on Saturday and the subsequent hot takes from fans on Twitter, there were still many reasons for UA fans to cheer last week.

Let’s wade through it in our latest edition of the Wildcat Wrap. (If there is anything we missed, please add it in the comment section below!)



  • Arizona soccer won both games in the Sun Devil Desert Classic. They routed Southeast Missouri State 5-0 on Friday before beating New Hampshire 2-0 on Sunday. Arizona is now 4-1 and has won four straight since a puzzling loss to Albany. They have a big homestand coming up against Boise State and Baylor. Boise State won 13 games last season, while Baylor reached the Elite Eight.
  • Senior goalkeeper Lainey Burdett recorded her 21st career shutout against New Hampshire, making her the program’s new all-time shutouts leader.
  • Sophomore Jada Talley scored a goal in both games, upping her total to four on the season, which leads the team. Freshman Emily Knous scored in both games, too.
  • Freshman Brooke Wilson scored her second goal of the season Friday. She is believed to be the highest-ranked recruit Arizona has ever landed, so we sat down with her to find out why she chose the UA and what her goals are in Tucson.
  • The only bad news regarding soccer this week is that head coach Tony Amato actually isn’t the new all-time wins leader — at least not yet. He is currently tied at 58 with Dan Tobias. Tobias was originally listed at 55 wins — which Amato surpassed two weekends ago — but three wins were wrongfully credited to interim coaches in 2009 instead of Tobias, who resigned in the middle of that season.


  • Junior infielders Nick Quintana and Cameron Cannon were recognized by D1Baseball for their performances in the Cape Cod League this summer. Quintana was ranked the 12th-best draft eligible player in the league, while Cannon ranked 29th. Quintana finished the season with a .259 average, 28 hits and 23 RBIs. Cannon finished with a .263 average, 42 hits and 28 RBIs.
  • Sophomore teammate Donta’ Williams was listed as the No. 22 pro prospect in the Northwoods League. He is listed as the 11th prospect in the 2020 draft. Williams played for the La Crosse Loggers over the summer where he had a .252 average, 38 hits and 18 RBIs.
  • Former 3B/P Bobby Dalbec and P Kevin Ginkel were selected to play in the Arizona Fall League. Dalbec will represent the Boston Red Sox on the Mesa Solar Sox, while Ginkel will suit up for the Salt River Rafters and represent the Diamondbacks. Both players are with Double-A clubs, with Dalbec on the Portland Sea Dogs and Ginkel with the Jackson Generals.
  • Arizona had glove (and bat) day

Swimming & diving


  • Arizona released its 2019 roster. All-American first baseman Alyssa Palomino is listed as an outfielder but don’t read too much into that. She was listed as an outfielder last year, too.
  • The softball team is practicing at Hillenbrand Stadium during construction — or at least what remains of it: