Volleyball Outlasts Washington State In Five Games

Nov. 16, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Sun Devil volleyball team kept their NCAA Tournament hopes alive Thursday night in Pullman, outlasting the Washington State Cougars 3-2 to open their final regular season road trip with a victory. The win moves ASU to 14-13 overall, 6-10 in the Pac-10.

Washington State had upset on its mind in the early going, jumping out to a lead in game one and never trailing on their way to a 30-27 win. Arizona State answered back in game two, controlling the game for most of the way to even the match at 1-1 with a 30-26 win. Game three was another story, as the two teams fought hard into extra points. The Devils and Cougars played through 14 ties and saw the lead change hands four times before Arizona State was able to pull out a 32-30 win to take a 2-1 lead.

The Cougars would not go out quietly, as they rallied back to even things up with a 30-23 game four win. That set the stage for the decisive game five, and perhaps the defining moment of the Sun Devil's season. As they have all year, ASU answered the bell and was up for the challenge. After six ties and four lead changes, Arizona State was able to claim a 15-13 game five win and claim victory in the match three games to two.

Margie Giordano was a killing machine, recording a career high 23 kills to go along with her 21 digs. Nina Reeves was also an unstoppable offensive force, scoring 19 kills and 24 digs. Tierra Burnley also pitched in with 11 kills and Nicole Morton added ten.

Sydney Donahue continued her record setting year, recording 41 digs in the match. That brings her season total to 651, shattering her own school record of digs in a season (628) which she set last year.

The Devils now head to Seattle for meeting with the #2 Washington Huskies tomorrow night. The match gets underway at 8 pm.

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