Volleyball falls to Stanford 3-0

Sept. 30, 2006

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Sun Devils drought at Maples Pavilion continued Saturday night, as they were swept 3-0 by the Cardinal. ASU fell 30-27, 30-21 and 20-25 to drop their season record to 9-5, 1-2 in the Pac-10. It was the Cardinal's 24th straight win over the Devils in Palo Alto.

The Sun Devils jumped to a 3-1 lead off of a kill by Nina Reeves in game one. Stanford bounced back with its own 4-1 run to take the lead, 5-4. Arizona State kept it close, tying the game at 10 on a kill by Margie Giordano. Stanford continued to pull ahead to an 18-13 lead with a service ace, but the Sun Devils put together a 5-1 run to move within a point, 19-18. Arizona State wouldn't back down, tying the game at 22 on an ace by Staci Smith. Following a timeout, an ASU serving error and a block kicked off a 3-0 Cardinal run, 25-22. Stanford claimed game one, 30-27.

Stanford opened to a 7-3 lead in game two, thanks to a 5-1 run. The Cardinal pulled ahead 10-5, but Arizona State rallied back with a 4-1 run, 11-8, on a service ace and kill by Nicole Morton. Stanford forced a string of errors from the Sun Devils, then a block capped off another 4-0 Cardinal streak, 16-9. Arizona State edged closer on kills by Morton, then pulled out their own 5-1 run, including an ace by Alison Lund. Stanford ended the streak with a powerful kill, 22-17, then Stanford later gapped the Sun Devils with five points in a row, including back-to-back service aces. Game two went to Stanford 30-21.

Game three opened in a tight contest, but Arizona State pulled into the lead on kills by Reeves and Tierra Burnley, 4-3. After Stanford tied the game, the Sun Devils quickly jumped back out to a 6-4 lead. Stanford fired back with a 4-1 streak to reclaim the lead at 9-8. The Devils and Cardinal went back and forth until a 6-1 Stanford streak ended any chance of an ASU comeback. The Cardinal took game three 30-25 and the match 3-0.Nina Reeves led the Devils with 16 kills while Sydney Donahue led the defense with 24 digs.

The Sun Devils return home next weekend to host USC and UCLA at Wells Fargo Arena. Both matched begin at 7 pm.

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