Volleyball Sends a Message Taking No. 9 Washington to Five Sets

Sept. 26, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz.The Sun Devil Volleyball team made sure to make conference foes aware of them Friday night as they forced the ninth-ranked Washington Huskies to a close five set match where ultimately the Huskies prevailed 23-25, 26-24, 16-25, 25-15 and 15-12. The loss drops ASU to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in conference action while the Huskies improve to 10-1 and 1-0 in the Pac-10.


ASU came out hot in the first set, hitting .234 as a team with Sarah Reaves leading the Sun Devils with six kills and matching Washington leader Jill Collymore. The second set proved to be more of a nail-biter though as both teams hit close to the same average, but the Huskies 70% sideout average just edged ASU’s 65%, making the difference as Washington took a 26-24 win to tie it 1-1 going into the break.


The Sun Devils jumped out of the gate in the third set though hitting a phenomenal .400 as they rocketed past UW 25-16 with Sarah Reaves and Margie Giordano going neck-and-neck with five kills apiece to lead the assault. The Huskies flipped the switch on ASU in the fourth though, taking advantage of several costly Sun Devil errors to take a 25-15 win.


It came down to the wire in the fifth set with the Huskies jumping out to take a 9-3 lead and forecast a grim ending, until a 5-1 scoring drive pulled ASU within reaching distance at 12-14, but the run wasn’t enough as Washington put it away in the next point to seal the win.


Head Coach Jason Watson expressed his estimation of ASU’s effort tonight, stating, “Clearly I’m proud of the work our team did to prepare for this evening. We came up short, but we did a lot of great things tonight. Our challenge now is to learn from it and get better and to prepare for Washington State.”


The Sun Devils will continue their Pac-10 slate tomorrow as they take on the Washington State Cougars at 3 p.m. in Tempe at Wells Fargo Arena. The match will be covered by Fox Sports Net and aired on tape delay Monday at 1 p.m. PT.


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