Volleyball Stuns No. 14 UCLA With 3-0 Sweep
Sept. 25, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - For the first time since 2002 and only the seventh time in program history, the Sun Devil Volleyball team stormed out Friday night to sweep the 14th-ranked UCLA Bruins on ASU home court in Wells Fargo Arena. The 25-16, 25-22 and 25-22 win stunned the Bruins as ASU improved to 11-2 on the year while UCLA drops to 10-3. The 11-2 record is ASU's best record to open a season since 1992.
The first set saw ASU come out full throttle, hitting .417 in the set with Sarah Reaves throwing down the hammer, hitting .545 in the set with six kills while Cat Highmark posted a .464 assist percentage to lead the attack as ASU came out to stun the Bruins to a 25-16 loss in set one.
Set two saw the ASU defense manhandle the Bruins offense into 10 attack errors and five blocks with three block assists from Malia Marquardt to hold UCLA .087 attack average while three service aces and four kills from Sarah Reaves led ASU to a 25-22 win to take the 2-0 win into the break.
UCLA pushed back in the third set forcing nine tie scores and three lead changes in the match, but the ASU defense was stifling again as they put up six blocks with Malia Marquardt leading the way with four block assists while Cat Highmark guided the offense to the sweep with Sarah Reaves and Paige Mittelstaedt putting it down with five and four kills respectively as ASU stepped up to take down UCLA 25-22.
Wrapping up the match, Head Coach Jason Watson stated, 'Tonight was a tremendous night for the team and the program. The team has worked extremely hard to get to this level of competition and they continue to improve on a daily basis with their non-stop work ethic. They should enjoy this victory, but keep their eyes on the next challenge as the Pac-10 season is long and grueling. I'm proud of the team and the way they played for themselves and their fans today and look forward to what the rest of the season holds.'
The Sun Devils hit the home court again tomorrow as they set to take on the #13 USC Women of Troy in their home confines of Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. at 7 p.m.