Volleyball Toppled By No. 4 Cal
Oct. 10, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. – The Arizona State Sun Devil Volleyball found a tough opponent Friday night in Berkeley as they faced the fourth-ranked Cal Golden Bears and were unable to hold them off as they fell in a 25-16, 25-12 and 25-21 sweep. ASU is now 10-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play as Cal increases to 15-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play.
The first set saw the Bears snag the first point, but the Sun Devils gave ‘em some hell as they tied the score twice and kept it close, though Cal kept slowly pushing their lead wider and wider with their .484 attack percentage and two blocks as they pulled away from the Sun Devils with a 25-16 win.
The second set proved to be a debacle for the Sun Devils as the Bears dug their claws in, going on a four-point and two six-point scoring streaks by taking advantage of ASU’s errors while picking up enough momentum to roll into the break 2-0 with a 25-12 win.
Third set showed a marked improvement in the Sun Devils as they came out of the break with renewed vigor, taking the first point before Cal rattled off three straight which the Sun Devils matched right back, which the Sun Devils repeated again to go up 7-4. The Bears dug in though and gritted out an eight point-streak after though to take the lead and never look back. ASU still showed some life and hung tough though as they rattled off a five point streak as well and fired off a four point streak in the tail end, but Cal shook them off for a 25-21 final to finish the match.
Head Coach Jason Watson stated after the game “Our team showed some resolve in continuing to battle a very talented Cal team. There is work to be done on our side of the net though. We know it and will work hard to better ourselves and one another.”
The Sun Devils will take a day off between matches as they set to face off against the fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Sunday, October 12 at 2 p.m. in Palo Alto, California at Maples Pavilion.