Volleyball Claims Holly Young Tournament Title With Two Wins

Sept. 19, 2009

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DUHAM, NH – With Sarah Reaves and Sofie Schlagintweit combining for 61 of ASU’s 91 kills on the day, the Sun Devil Volleyball team collected two more wins over Wyoming and New Hampshire to wrap the Holly Young Tournament Saturday night. ASU topped Wyoming 25-20, 25-12, 22-25 and 25-12 and New Hampshire 25-16, 25-6 and 25-17 en route to the tournament crown and their current 10-2 record.


First up on the day were the Wyoming Cowgirls, where ASU came out meaning business swinging a .444 team attack percentage in the first set with Sofie Schlagintweit killing six while the Devil D posted five blocks to stymie the Cowgirl offense to take a 25-20 win. Sarah Reaves joined the melee in the second set, killing seven with Camri Zwiesler stepped up to stuff three block assists as the Cowgirls were held to a .032 attack percentage in ASU’s 25-12 second set win.


The third set saw ASU fall out of sync as they hit only .073 to let Wyoming squeak back into the match with a 25-22 win to push it to four. Four was all ASU needed though as they put it back together with a .269 attack percentage and five service aces while posting six blocks to put away the Cowgirls 25-12.


In the nightcap, the Sun Devils faced the host with the most, the New Hampshire Wildcats where the Devil D came to shine again as Sonja Markanovich posted four block assists in the first set to hold UNH to a .029 attack percentage. Sofie Schlagintweit and Sarah Reaves both put down five kills apiece to lead the offense as ASU rolled out with a 25-17 win in set one. Set two was all A State as the offense threw down the hammer with a .526 attack percentage as the Sun Devils hit cruise control to a 25-6 win to take the 2-0 lead into the break.


The Wildcats rallied back in the third set but not enough as Sarah Reaves helped shut the door on the ‘Cats as she threw down eight kills in the set, led by Katie Crosby’s 15 assists as the Sun Devils won their fourth straight match with a 25-17 win in the third set.


Head Coach Jason Watson wrapped the day, saying “I thought we played really well today and showed immense progress in the right direction of the team and program. These matches have been a great opportunity for us to see where our strengths lie and what still needs to be worked on.”


The Sun Devils return home with the tournament title as well as three All-Tournament Team members in Sarah Johnson, Sarah Reaves and Sofie Schlagintweit. They return to the desert this week to open Pac-10 play against UCLA and USC next Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Tempe at Wells Fargo Arena.




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