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Arizona volleyball: Dave Rubio, Kendra Dahlke and Devyn Cross preview Cactus Classic and reflect on Hornet Invitational

The Wildcats are 3-0 heading into the Cactus Classic this weekend

Photo by Ryan Kelapire

The Arizona volleyball team will play its first matches at home this weekend when it hosts the Cactus Classic.

The Wildcats will face Lipscomb and San Diego State on Friday before closing out the tournament Saturday against Pacific.

Arizona is 3-0 to start the season, beating Cal State Northridge, Utah State and Sacramento State in the Hornet Invitational last weekend in Sacramento.

UA senior outside hitter Kendra Dahlke was the tournament’s MVP, racking up 67 kills in the three matches with a .370 hitting percentage. It was the first time in her career that she had 20 or more kills in consecutive matches.

Setter Julia Patterson and middle blocker Devyn Cross were also named to the all-tournament team. We caught up with Dahlke, Cross, and head coach Dave Rubio to discuss the Hornet Invitational and what’s ahead this weekend in the Cactus Classic.

Here are their respective interviews:

Dave Rubio

Arizona Volleyball coach Dave Rubio reflects on winning the Hornet Invitational and Kendra Dahlke being named tournament MVP + previews the Cactus Classic

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Kendra Dahlke

Senior Kendra Dahlke posted 20+ kills in consecutive matches for the first time in her career last weekend as Arizona Volleyball won the Hornet Invitational. She was named tournament MVP.

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Devyn Cross

Devyn Cross made the all-tournament team as Arizona Volleyball won the Hornet Invitational. She had 23 kills and 12 blocks in three matches.

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Tuesday, August 28, 2018