Volleyball Finishes 2-1 At Auburn/Mizuno Challenge
Sept. 2, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. - Arizona State volleyball saw their undefeated streak come to an end in a five-game loss to #16 Purdue this morning, but they were able to bounce back with a three-game sweep of Virginia Tech this evening to finish a 2-1 weekend at the Auburn/Mizuno Challenge and run their season record to 5-1.
In the first match against the Boilermakers, the Sun Devils took game one 30-23 in a back and forth battle that saw seven ties and five lead changes. Purdue took game two, but the Sun Devils didn't go quietly, falling 30-28. Game two featured 13 ties and five lead changes before the Boilermakers were able to pull away and make it 1-1. Purdue jumped ahead early in game three and never trailed, coasting to a 30-18 win to make it 2-1. ASU would battle back, winning a see-saw game four 31-29 to force a decisive game five. The fourth game was the most heated of the match, as the two teams traded leads nine times and were tied on 14 occasions before the Devils pulled out the win. Game five was just as close, but the 16th ranked Boilermakers were able to outlast ASU 16-14 to hand the Sun Devils their first loss of 2006. ASU and Purdue were tied 11 times in the final game, but tournament MVP Kelli Miller and her 18 kills were too much for ASU to withstand.
Nicole Morton had had a double-double with 17 kills and ten digs, while Margie Giordano also turned the double digit trick, totaling 11 kills and 19 digs. Sydney Donahue recorded 24 digs to lead the ASU defense.
The nightcap saw the Sun Devils return to their winning ways, sweeping Virginia Tech 30-27, 30-28 and 30-27. ASU was in control from the outset, never trailing in game one and holding a lead for the majority of game two. The Hokies battled hard in a back-and-forth game three that saw 12 ties and six lead changes, but the Devils were able to hold them off to pick up the sweep victory. Margie Giordano led ASU with ten kills, while Sydney Donahue turned in 25 digs to pace the Devils.
Nicole Morton and Sydney Donahue both earned All-Tournament honors, as the Devils' 2-1 record was second to only to Purdue's perfect 3-0 mark at the Auburn/Mizuno Challenge. The Sun Devils now head to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State and Michigan State at the Sports Import Classic next weekend.