Volleyball Rattles No. 6 Cal in Tough Loss

Nov. 8, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz.Another outstanding effort from Sarah Reaves with 26 kills and 13 digs spelled a close match with the sixth-ranked Cal Golden Bears as ASU fell in a 3-1 decision 26-24, 26-28, 25-17 and 25-21. The Sun Devils are now 12-13 overall and 3-9 in the Pac-10 as Cal advances to 20-4 overall and 10-3 in conference play.


The first set saw both teams come out with a vengeance as the Sun Devils out hit the Bears .235 to .211 and out blocking them as well 4.5 blocks to 2. The Bears kept it tight though and their tenacity proved worthwhile as their three service aces proved to be the difference in the set as they just edged the Sun Devils 26-24 in set one.


Set two spelled a similar story with a different ending though this time with ASU shutting down the service aces on the Bears while collecting 4.5 blocks. Margie Giordano, Sarah Reaves and Kristin Trayser led the assault for ASU, combining for 16 of ASU’s 18 kills as 21 tie scores and five lead changes later the Sun Devils knotted it even going into the break with a 28-26 win.


The Golden Bears came out with renewed vigor in the third set as they blasted a .424 team attack percentage with four Bears collecting three kills apiece. It also was the first set they out blocked the Sun Devils in with four blocks as they cruised to a 25-17 win in the third to take the lead.


The fourth set saw ASU run out of gas as Cal came out to hit .326 to ASU’s .206 as the Bears crushed 20 kills with Am’ra Solomon hitting .667 with seven kills to lead the effort. ASU stormed back in the end of the match to pull it close, but the effort wasn’t enough as the Bears finished out the win with a 25-21 win.


Head Coach Jason Watson spoke about the team’s effort after the match, stating, “I thought we competed well again, we kept going and going and going. It’s a reoccurring characteristic of our team. It gives us something to build on. We were dialed in for game one, but couldn’t hold it throughout and that’s what we need to focus on now. Keeping on task for the duration is what is going to make the difference for us. I feel good about the direction we’re going in, not winning isn’t enjoyable but the improvements are marked 


The Sun Devils hit the road again next weekend as their Pac-10 slate continues where they’ll head to Los Angeles to take on UCLA and USC next on Friday November 14 and Saturday November 15. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. PT.


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