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UA prepares for season finale

By Joshua McClain
Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 25, 1999
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Outside hitter Ken Murczek (14) prepares to spike the ball into the Arizona State defense at the Student Recreation Center. The Wildcats are 22-4 overall and 20-0 in club play.

The Wildcat men's volleyball team takes its No. 1 ranking into Tempe to face Arizona State tomorrow. It is a rematch of a March 10 match in Tucson. It is the final regular season match and UA head coach Steve Carlat expects the match to be a tune-up for the conference tournament being held next week.

ASU, which the Wildcats regard as one of the better club teams, fell to Arizona in three straight sets, 15-7, 15-3, 15-9.

UA setter Steve Walker felt that injuries may have hurt the Sun Devils.

"They were a bit undermanned," Walker said. "Hopefully next match they can have everybody healthy to make it interesting."

The Wildcats are 22-4 overall and 20-0 in club play. They are hosting the conference tournament April 4.

Carlat said he expects the Wildcats to be ready for the Sun Devils.

"We believe that with our team playing together, we can play with anyone," he said.

Club water polo hosts weekend tourney

The UA men's water polo team is hosting a tournament at the Student Recreation Center this weekend.

Action begins Friday at 5 p.m. when Arizona faces Old Pueblo Masters, and continues all weekend, culminating in Sunday's championship game at 2 p.m.

The team faces New Mexico Masters Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. and Cal-Pinch at 6:30. Round-robin play closes for Arizona Sunday when it plays San Diego Shores at 9 a.m.

"I'm pretty confident in the team," head coach Bryan Kimball said. "We have some strong teams coming in here, but if we play the way we can, I think we can do well."

The women's water polo club is on the road this weekend at a regional tournament.

- Bryan Rosenbaum

Laxcats host two games this weekend

The Arizona Laxcats are home for two games this Saturday and Sunday at Wildcat Field.

UC-Davis comes to town Saturday night at 7, followed by Santa Clara Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Laxcats went 2-3 over spring break, defeating M.I.T. 9-5 and Loyola Marymount 16-7. They lost to Whittier 16-8, Haverford 18-4 and UC-Santa Barbara 14-1.

Arizona has only two more regular season games after this weekend before the West Coast Lacrosse League playoffs start April 10. - staff reports