Sold Outing From Sarah Reaves Unable To Save Volleyball From 3-1 Loss to No. 16 USC

Nov. 27, 2009

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Even with Sarah Reaves’ 14th double-double on the season and Cat Highmark’s 40 assists, the Arizona State Women’s Volleyball Team was unable to edge the No. 16 USC Women of Troy Friday afternoon as they fell in a 25-16, 25-16, 22-25 and 25-18 loss in Los Angeles. The Sun Devils now drop to 13-16 overall and 3-14 in conference play as the Women of Troy improve to 20-9 and 9-8 in conference action.

A tough start was in store for the Sun Devils Friday as they opened the match with a solid .241 attack percentage in set one, with Sarah Reaves swinging it with five kills, but USC came out ready to put on a clinic as they hit a nasty .486 in the set with seven kills from Alex Jupiter and six from Lauren Williams to jump out and take the lead with a 25-16 win.

The second set saw ASU lose focus as the Women of Troy came out to dominate the set defensively with four blocks, with four block assists alone from Lauren Williams to hold ASU to only seven kills in the set. The USC offense was no slouch either as they hit .353 in the set, with Alex Jupiter blasting away six more kills as USC took the 2-0 lead into the break with another 25-16 win.

Coming out of the break was another story though, as ASU decided to jump in the fray, hitting .267 in the set with Sarah Reaves’ six kills taking the reigns. The Sun Devil D also decided to come out and play with 3.5 blocks to hold USC to an paltry .060 attack percentage and push the Women of Troy back on their heels with a 25-22 win to cut the lead 2-1.

USC put it back together in the fourth set though as they swung a .333 with Alex Jupiter bringing it with nine kills for an unheard of .615 attack percentage while the Women of Troy held it down at the net with three blocks to hold A State to .178 in the set and run off with the match with a 25-18 win.

Post-match Head Coach Jason Watson addressed the team’s play on the day, stating “I liked our resolve to compete after a difficult start. We continue to show signs of improvement, but need to be able to compete for a much longer period of time.”

The Sun Devils will return to the hardwood tomorrow as they wrap their 2009 regular season against the ninth-ranked UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles at 2 p.m. PT.

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