Volleyball Unable to Hold Off No. 18 Arizona in 3-1 Loss

Oct. 16, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. – Sarah Reaves’ 16 kills and Paige Mittelstaedt’s .583 attack percentage weren’t enough to pull out the win Friday night as the ASU Volleyball team fell 25-23, 25-28, 21-25 and 25-14 to in-state rival, No. 18 Arizona. The Sun Devils falls to 11-8 overall and 1-6 in conference play while UA improves to 15-3 and 4-3 in the Pac-10.

Set one saw Paige Mittelstaedt come out with a vengeance, hitting an phenomenal .800 in the set with four kills and three block assists as the score seesawed back and forth in the set with 10 tie scores and five lead changes where ASU had their opportunities to put it away but the ‘Cats scrapped back into it besting ASU’s .226 attack percentage with a .360 to take off with the first set win 25-23.

Set two UA seemed unstoppable swinging a phenomenal .519 with six kills from Courtney Karst leading the way, but six errors also doomed the Sun Devils as UA walked off with a 25-18 win to head into the break with a 2-0 lead.

Set three saw ASU show some signs of life with three blocks and 12 kills to keep the party going as Sarah Reaves led the attack with five kills as ASU decided to make a match of it with a 25-21.

The Sun Devils didn’t have the endurance as UA came out to hit .363 even with ASU’s five blocks in the set the ‘Cats took it away with a 25-14 win to seal the Sun Devils’ fate.

Head Coach Jason Watson surmised his feelings on the match stating, “I’m still optimistic, I feel like we have chances, we just aren’t playing well enough long enough while taking care of the small details. Arizona forced us to make an enormous amount of errors and we didn’t adjust. There are some offensive things that need to be upgraded, and we aren’t doing that with the intensity that we need to.”

Up next the Sun Devils take off to the Bay Area as they take on Cal and Stanford next Friday and Saturday in Berkeley and Palo Alto, Calif.

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