Volleyball Pushes No. 11 Cal to A Tough Four Sets In 3-1 Loss
Nov. 20, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz – Solid outings from Ashley Kastl, Sarah Reaves and Sarah Johnson weren’t enough to keep the No. 11 Cal Bears at bay as the Sun Devil Volleyball team fell in a tough 25-22, 22-25, 25-20 and 29-27 loss. The Sun Devils are now 13-14 overall and 3-12 in Pac-10 play while Cal improves to 18-8 and 11-5 in conference play.
Set one saw ASU come out ready to rumble as they pushed Cal to 11 tie scores and three lead changes in the set with Sarah Reaves killing four and Sofie Schlagintweit and Paige Mittelstaedt killing three apiece, but Hana Cutura’s six kills and Cal’s four blocks gave Cal the edge in the set as they took the win 25-22.
Set two proved that ASU was there to play as they rattled off a .222 attack percentage with four team blocks to hold back Cal to a .108 attack percentage with four kills from Ashley Kastl to lead the assault and four block assists from Paige Mittelstaedt to hold it down to lead ASU to a 25-22 win to tie it up 1-1 going into the break.
Cal throttled back in the third set with a .355 attack percentage as they spread the wealth with four different Bears dropping three kills apiece as ASU couldn’t hold them with a 25-20 win. Set four saw the Sun Devils battle hard as they looked determined to take the win with Ashley Kastl and Sarah Reaves taking five kills apiece and the Devils locking scores seven times and forcing six lead changes. In the end the effort just wasn’t enough as Cal squeaked out the fourth set for the win with a 29-27 win.
After the match, Head Coach Jason Watson stated, “I felt we competed well and put ourselves in a position to close out some sets, especially set 4. We’ve come a long this season, we just need to at the little details.”
The Sun Devils will close out their home slate tomorrow night as they set to host the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Tempe at Wells Fargo Arena.