Volleyball Splits In Day One of ASU Sheraton Classic
Aug. 29, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. – Day One of the 2008 ASU Sheraton Classic kicked-off the 2008 volleyball season and ushered in Jason Watson as ASU’s Head Coach Friday, where he immediately led the team to a 25-20, 25-17 and 25-21 sweep of South Carolina before falling to a potent UNLV Rebel team 25-19, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-23. The Sun Devils are 1-1 after their first day of the 2008 season heading into Day Two of the ASU Sheraton Classic.
The Sun Devils started off the new tenure of Head Coach Jason Watson on the right foot as they came out in their first match of the 2008 campaign and blasted away South Carolina in three sets with Sarah Reaves leading the way with a double-double of digs and kills with 16 apiece.
The Sun Devils came out in the first set swinging as they collected a .361 team attack percentage as they took the lead after the first point and never relinquished it en route to a 25-20 win over the Gamecocks. The second set saw ASU share the offensive duties as Paige Mittelstaedt, Sarah Reaves and Sara Todorovich collected three kills each as ASU breezed to a 25-17 win going into the break.
The third set saw Sarah Reaves light up the scoreboard with six kills as the ASU defense was lights out, keeping SC to a .059 attack percentage with 29 digs, 11 by Reaves herself. The Sun Devils took the lead early and never fell behind as they grabbed a 25-21 victory to seal the win in their first time out on the season.
The second match on the day for the Sun Devils proved to be a tougher one as the 2007 Mountain West Conference Champions, the UNLV Rebels stepped to the court for the nightcap. In the first set alone there where 11 tie scores and five lead changes, but UNLV emerged with the win in the first set taking a 25-19 win powered by Jessica Walters seven kills.
The Sun Devils decided to make a match of it though as they battled with the Rebels in the second set where Margie Giordano blasted five kills for the Devils and Marina Mercer helping to make the difference with 13 assists as ASU posted a .342 attack percentage while taking a 25-20 win from UNLV going into the break.
ASU snagged the first point in the third set, but a five point rally by the Rebels after gave UNLV a cushion that they held through the rest of the set as Jessica Walters put away eight kills as Melody Nua set up UNLV with 15 assists as UNLV took off with a 25-19 win. The fourth set proved to be a nail-biter as no team led by more than four points through the set as both teams locked horns and tied the score four times. A late rally by the Devil fell just short though as UNLV pulled away with a 25-23 win for their first victory in 2008 season.
ASU is now 1-1 going into the second and final day of the 2008 Sheraton Classic, where they will set to face the Dayton Flyers (1-1) tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Tempe at ASU’s Wellso Fargo Arena. Tickets will not be charged for tomorrow’s match due to the football game.
Other scores from the 2008 ASU Sheraton Classic:
Dayton def. UNLV – 3-1
South Carolina def. Dayton – 3-1