Volleyball Earns Three-Game Victory Over Gonzaga

Sept. 5, 2003

RENO, Nev. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Juliana Escobar and Natalie Harris each recorded 14 kills to lead the Arizona State Sun Devils to a 3-0 victory over Gonzaga Friday evening in the first match of the SBC/Sands Regency Volleyball Classic. The Devils improved to 2-2 with the 30-23, 30-22, 30-20 victory.

Escobar (Brasilia, Brazil) also had 10 digs and led the team with three service aces for her second double-double of the year and 18th of her career. Harris (Tempe, Ariz.) continued her solid play with 14 kills on a scorching .462 (14-2-26) hitting percentage while also notching one service ace.

Freshman Katie Wilson (Fullerton, Calif.) had her best match as a Sun Devil with a career-high eight kills on a .583 hitting percentage. Sophomore Sarah Watkins also contributed nine kills on a career-high .375 (9-3-16) hitting percentage. ASU out-hit the Bulldogs .316 to .129 in the match to earn its first three-game victory of the season. Senior setter Cheryl Anglin (Queen Creek, Ariz.) led all players with a season-high 32 assists. Senior libero Courtney Blocher (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had a match-high 14 digs.

The Sun Devils continue play in the tournament hosted by the University of Nevada on Saturday with a 10 a.m. match against the University of Tennessee. ASU will also play the host Wolf Pack Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Arizona State Statistical Leaders (2-2):
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Escobar, Juliana 14-3-2; Harris, Natalie 14-1-1; Watkins, Sarah 9-0-2; Wilson, Katie 8-0-2; Stephens, Mandy 6-0-3; Mehlhorn, Kim 6-0-0; Blocher, Courtney 1-0-0; Melo, Giovana 0-1-0; Totals 58-5-6.0. (Assists) - Anglin, Cheryl 32; Melo, Giovana 19. (Dig leaders) - Blocher, Courtney 14; Escobar, Juliana 10

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