Volleyball Take Out Cougars 3-1

Oct. 20, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Heading into Friday night's match with Washington State, head coach Brad Saindon said his Sun Devils had to win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Senior Nicole Morton made sure the Devils did just that, as they took out the Cougars 3-1. Morton led the squad with 20 kills, helping ASU recover from a game one loss to take the final three and the match. With the win, Arizona State improves to 11-9, 3-6 in the Pac-10.

The two squads played about as even of a game as possible in the opener, as the teams combined for 14 tie scores and seven lead changes. Eventually Washington State was able to squeak out a 35-33 game one win to take an early 1-0 lead. Arizona State came back in game two looking to even things up, but once again the Cougars matched the Devils point for point. After ten ties and six lead changes, the Devils were able to even things up with a 30-27 win.

Arizona State came out of the intermission determined to protect their home floor and send the Cougars back to Pullman with a loss. They flexed their muscles in game three, hitting at a .310 clip to ease past WSU 30-19 in to take a 2-1 advantage. The Devils came out even hotter in game four, jumping out to a 6-0 lead and never looking back on their way to the 30-19 win to claim the match. ASU hit .326 in the clinching game, while holding the Cougars to a -.027 percentage.

Arizona State hit .220 for the match, compared to Washington State's .096. Morton hit .372 to go with her 20 kills, while Nina Reeves added 15 to go along with her 16 digs. Margie Giordano chipped in with a double-double, 14 kills and 15 digs. Sydney Donahue led the Sun Devil defense with 35 digs.

Arizona State will remain at home next weekend, hosting Stanford and California next weekend at Wells Fargo Arena. The Cardinal come to Tempe on Friday while the Golden Bears visit on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 pm.

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