Arizona State Women's Volleyball Preview







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TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 13-17

2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 3-15/T9th



Starters Returning/Lost: 4/1

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 9/7

Newcomers: 7



Head Coach: Jason Watson

Alma Mater: Brigham Young '95

Record at ASU: 26-35 (2 years)

Assistant Coaches: Brent Aldridge, Sammi Stuart

 

PREVIEW

The 2009 Sun Devils were a young team with underclassmen carrying the brunt of the offense and defense and logging significant playing time. Third-year head coach Jason Watson has his eyes on a deep run in the NCAA Tournament in 2010. The Sun Devils have senior leadership on both offense and defense with outside hitter Sarah Reaves and libero Sarah Johnson. Reaves, a three-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, paced the team with 4.33 kills per set, fifth in the Conference last season. Johnson is the foundation of ASU's defense and led the team in digs for the second straight season (4.03 dps), good for sixth in the Pac-10. ASU returns nearly every player on defense including its top returning blocker in junior Sonja Markanovich, who averaged 1.24 blocks per set. Watson also welcomes one of the best recruiting classes in the nation to Tempe this season.


KEY MATCHUPS

Oct. 9 - Arizona State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Oct. 16 - UCLA at Arizona State, 7 p.m.

Nov. 5 - Oregon State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.

Nov. 12 - Arizona State at UCLA, 7 p.m.



The Sun Devils swept UCLA in Tempe to open Pac-10 play last season. It was only the seventh time in program history that they've swept the Bruins. ASU split the season series with the Beavers, falling at home before winning in Corvallis, 3-1.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#12 Sarah Reaves

Senior, Outside Hitter, Glendale, Ariz.



A three-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, Sarah Reaves is an incredibly athletic outside hitter and an undeniable force on the court for the Sun Devils. Reaves has 1,308 kills in her career and sits seventh on the ASU all-time kills list. She led the Sun Devils in kills for the third consecutive season with 459 last year. As a freshman in 2007, Reaves was only the second freshman in program history to led the team in kills.

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