Volleyball Unable to Fend Off 'Cats In Loss
Oct. 1, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. – An uncharacteristic night doomed the Sun Devil Volleyball team Wednesday night as their offense flat-lined to give their in-state rival, Arizona a three-game sweep. The ‘Cats won 25-23, 25-20 and 25-10 en route to their first win against ASU in over two years. The Sun Devils are now 10-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play as Arizona sits at 12-2 and 2-1 the Pac-10.
The first set started out strong for the Sun Devils who took the lead early, holding as much as a four point lead at times. The ‘Cats weren’t to be held back as they chipped away at ASU’s lead and pulled the score to a tie seven times before ASU’s eight errors cost them the lead at 20-19 and UA never looked back finishing out the set with a 25-23 win.
The second time around started out the same for ASU, hitting solid through the first part of the set, at one point going on a five point run after Arizona’s second timeout. But the wily ‘Cats wouldn’t go away though as they slammed the net with 12 blocks in the set to storm back again and take it 25-20.
The third set was no contest though as Arizona took the first point and ran with it, rattling off a 13-2 scoring rally at one point that was enough to put the nail in the coffin for the Sun Devils as the Wildcats took a 25-10 win in the third to seal the sweep.
“I think that everyone associated with the program is disappointed, we’re clearly working hard but it’s difficult when you don’t get a return on that work. These are opportunities that we need to use and take advantage of and get back in the gym and get better. There’s a lot more volleyball left in the season and we need to continue to improve each day throughout it.” Stated Head Coach Jason Watson after the loss.
The Sun Devils will rest for the remainder of the week before heading to the Bay Area to take on Cal and Stanford next Friday and Sunday, October 10 and 12 in Berkeley and Palo Alto, Calif.