Volleyball Nets First Pac-10 Win Over Oregon
Oct. 8, 2004
EUGENE, Ore. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State sophomore outside hitter Nina Reeves recorded her first double-double of the season to lead four Sun Devils with double digits in kills in a four-game victory over Oregon in Pac-10 Volleyball action Friday night at McArthur Court. Game scores were 39-19, 30-21, 28-30, 30-25 in favor of the Sun Devils.
Taking a break from a rigorous schedule that has seen the Devils play five of their last six matches against ranked opponents, ASU picked up its first Pac-10 victory of the season to improve to 6-7 overall and 1-4 in league play. Oregon falls to 9-5 overall and 1-3 in Pac-10 play. ASU has now won 13 straight matches over the Ducks dating back to 1997 and leads the all-time series 30-7.
Reeves (Gilbert, Ariz.) paced a balanced offensive attack that saw a season-high four players reach double-digits in kills. The sophomore transfer from UTEP recorded a team high 16 kills added a season-high 18 digs to notch her first double-double of the season. Junior outside hitter Sarah Watkins (Mishawaka, Ind.) and sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton (Bonsall, Calif.) also contributed double-doubles performances in the victory. Watkins had 13 kills and 13 digs and added three service aces to finish with 16.5 points. Morton had 10 kills, 11 digs and two aces.
Freshman libero Sydney Donahue (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) anchored the defense with 24 digs and tied for the team lead with three service aces. Freshman middle blocker Colette Meek (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) also had a solid match for the Sun Devils with 10 kills on a .471 hitting percentage and led the team with four blocks.
ASU's .268 team hitting percentage is the third best of the season and the best in the last seven matches. The Sun Devils were held to only 6.0 total blocks, well below their season average of over 10.0 blocks per match.
Outside hitter Sarah Mason led Oregon with 14 kills and four block assists to finish with a team high 17 points. Libero Katie O'Neil led all players with 27 digs.
The Sun Devils continue their Oregon road trip Saturday night in Corvallis against Oregon State (8-5, 2-2 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. The Beavers were defeated in four games Friday night against No. 21 Arizona. Arizona State returns home next weekend to face No. 1 Washington (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.) and Washington State (Oct. 16, 7 p.m.) at Wells Fargo Arena.