Bruins Upset By Sun Devils
Sept. 21, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior outside hitter JulianaEscobar recorded 23 kills and 13 digs as the Arizona State Sun Devilsupset the 11th-ranked UCLA Bruins 3-1 Saturday night in Pac-10volleyball action at Wells Fargo Arena. Game scores were 30-26,28-30, 30-23, 30-26.
Arizona State improved to 5-2 on the season and is off to a 1-1 startin Pac-10 play. UCLA dropped to 0-2 in conference action and 7-5overall in 2002. The victory improved ASU to 2-1 vs. ranked opponentsthis year and snapped a 12-match losing streak to the Bruins. ASUlast recorded a victory over UCLA on Nov. 11, 1995 (3-0). ASUassistant coaches Christine Garner and Terri Cox were both members ofthat team. The victory also puts ASU one win away from No. 500 in the30 years of Sun Devil volleyball.
'This was a great win that I really expected us to walk away with,'said ASU head coach Patti Snyder-Park. 'We really worked on the blockall week and took advantage of the mismatches. We had some greatperformances from (Natalie) Harris and (Fernanda) Habiger that reallysparked out team.'
The Devils had four players reach double-digits kills behind astellar .315 team hitting percentage. Escobar (Sobradinho DF,Brazil), who was the AVCA/NJCAA Player of the Year in 2001 at BartonCounty CC, led ASU by recording her fifth match of 20 or more killsthis year and added her fifth double-double. She added two serviceaces in the win for a total of 25.0 points.
In a twist of events that has seen the Devils use two setters, seniorHabiger (Cruzeira, Brazil) was a big key to ASU's victory. Habigerregistered 25 assists, while adding a career-high four total blocksand four kills. Junior Cheryl Anglin (Queen Creek) led ASU with 30assists, moving to within 115 of second place in the ASU careerrecord books.
'Habiger was the difference in tonight's match,' added Snyder-Park.'She played great off the bench and really adds an excitement levelto this team when she is on the court. The competition between Cheryland Fernanda will be a huge advantage to this team.'
Junior middle blocker Jodi Smith (St. Johns) registered 12 kills(12-3-23) for the second night in a row while hitting at a .391 clip.Senior Julia Leddy (Mesa) had another strong night, contributing 11kills and hitting .409 for the match. Sophomore opposite hitterAlicia Akporiaye (Tucson) notched her third career double-double with11 kills and a career-high-tying 17 digs. Junior libero CourtneyBlocher (Scottsdale) anchored the ASU defense with a season-high 20digs.
The Bruins, who fell 3-1 to Arizona Friday night in Tucson, were ledby the 19 kills from outside hitter Lauren Fendrick. Brittany Ringel,Cira Wright, Brynn Murphy and Heather Cullen all recorded 10 kills inthe loss.