Volleyball Rips Through Day One of ASU Sheraton Invitaional With Two Wins

Sept. 12, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Sun Devils opened the ASU Sheraton Invitational in style on Friday in Tempe where they took two wins, a 3-0 sweep of Montana and a 3-1 win over Cincinnati. The Sun Devils are now 7-2 overall going into the final day of the tournament.


ASU’s first match paired up the Sun Devils against the Montana Grizzlies where after a sluggish start the Sun Devils rallied back to take the first set 25-20 after breaking 13 tie scores for good with a kill from Sarah Reaves, to take the 18-17 lead before taking off with a 25-20 win. Paige Mittelstaedt and Sarah Reaves led the attack with five kills apiece to take the lead.


Posting a .241 attack percentage, Sarah Reaves and Margie Giordano led the charge in set two with four kills apiece, while Marina Mercer setting the offense for 13 assists as the Grizzlies battled back through the set with 13 tie scores and six lead changes before ASU took set two in extra points 27-25.


The ASU offense came to play in set three as they lit up the floor with a .484 team attack percentage with Sonja Markanovich and Paige Mittelstaedt grabbing four kills apiece as ASU grabbed 18 en route to a 25-13 win to seal the sweep and their sixth win of the season.


The nightcap of Day One of the ASU Sheraton Invitational pitted ASU against Cincinnati Bearcats where set one saw Margie Giordano lit it up with eight kills and five digs, but the Bearcats out hit the Sun Devils with a .185 attack average to snake the first game in extra points 29-27. ASU fired back with a .250 average in the second set though as Paige Mittelstaedt collected digs kills en route to an ASU 25-23 win to tie the game.


Set three the blasted a .346 team attack percentage as Margie Giordano stepped up to lead again with a .556 attack average to post five kills with Marina Mercer quarterbacking the offense with 11 assists as ASU took the lead with a 25-16 win. The Bearcats came back full-throttle in the fourth set tying the game ten times and forcing six lead changes, the effort wasn’t enough though as ASU came back to win it in extras 27-25.


Head Coach Jason Watson on today’s performance, “I thought we played well, we came back from tough situations and it proves a lot of our character that we’re working to build here at ASU.”


The Sheraton Invitational will wrap tomorrow in Tempe at Wells Fargo Arena with matches starting at 11 a.m. The Sun Devils will face off for Cal State Northridge for the crown at 1 p.m.


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