Volleyball Falls In Close Match-up With No. 2 Stanford
Nov. 7, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. – With Sarah Reaves’ third-highest career total of 25 kills and 10 digs on the night spelled a tight match as the Sun Devils fell 25-23, 26-24 and 25-20 Friday night to the second-ranked Stanford Cardinal. The Sun Devils are now 12-12 overall and 3-8 in the Pac-10 while Stanford improves to 20-3 overall and 11-1 in conference play.
The first set saw Sarah Reaves come out swinging with eight kills for a blazing .571 attack percentage as ASU pushed the score tie four times with the Cardinal keeping it neck-and-neck, but Stanford’s .385 team attack percentage with Foluke Akinradewo leading the charge with six kills as Stanford edged away with a 25-23 win.
The second set saw the defense turn up on both sides of the ball as both teams were held under a .200 attack percentage, but Sarah Reaves couldn’t be contained again with eight kills and a .444 attack percentage. Blocks came into play in the end though as Stanford collected four to ASU’s two and barely took set two 26-24.
The third set saw ASU go on a seven point scoring rally to open the set forcing Stanford to an early timeout to recoup as ASU’s offense started to click into gear. Reaves again outdid herself with nine kills in the set for an amazing .727 attack percentage. While the Sun Devils hung tough for six tie scores and three lead swings, in the end the Cardinal were just too powerful as they snaked away with the sweep with a 25-20 win.
“I thought we competed well, we certainly created some opportunities for ourselves especially in game two. We need to close those out when the opportunity presents itself. Sarah Reaves continues to improve and create an identity for herself within a powerful conference. I think she played extremely well tonight and her work represents that.” surmised Head Coach Jason Watson post match.
The Sun Devils return to the home court tomorrow night as well, as they take on the sixth-ranked Cal Golden Bears in Tempe at Wells Fargo Arena starting at 7 p.m. MT.
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