Volleyball Falls To No. 18 Arizona 3-0
Nov. 13, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – A slow offensive night for the ASU Volleyball team proved to be the difference Friday night in Tucson as the Sun Devils fell in a tough 25-19, 25-21 and 25-20 loss to the No. 18 Arizona Wildcats to push their record to 13-13 overall and 3-11 in Pac-10 play. The ‘Cats advance to 18-7 overall ad 7-7 in conference play with only a few weeks remaining in the regular season.
Set one the Sun Devils hung tough with the ‘Cats in the first part of the set with eight tie scores through the early part of it before Arizona took advantage of some costly Sun Devil errors to go on a 7-1 run to take a 15-9 lead that ASU couldn’t recover from. UA also held the net with four blocks in the set as the Wildcats came out to take set one 25-19.
In the second set ASU hung longer with the ‘Cats with eight tie scores again, with a higher hitting percentage as well as Sofie Schlagintweit led the offense with four kills in the set but the ‘Cats got crafty again in the end as they broke a 21-21 tie and never looked back to take a 25-21 win and a 2-0 lead into the break.
The final set saw the Sun Devils come out throttling as they took a 17-13 lead with four tie scores in the early part of the set. Another 7-1 stretch for the ‘Cats though cancelled the lead out and saw UA start a slow pull-away from the Sun Devils as they just edged ASU with a .255 to ASU’s .237 attack percentage to finish the sweep with a 25-20 win.
Head Coach Jason Watson on the match stated, “We obviously struggled today offensively, and we really went out and beat ourselves. This team and program is better than the one displayed tonight, but consistency has been a challenge for us this season. The talent and skill is there, but where we lack is in consistency and playing top tier volleyball from first point to last.”
The Sun Devils will now return home next weekend to host their final home matches of the 2009 regular season with the Cal Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal coming in to knock on the door. ASU takes on Cal Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Stanford on Saturday, November 21 at 7 p.m. Both matches will be held in Tempe at Wells Fargo Arena.