Volleyball Falls In A Tough 3-1 Match To #13 USC

Sept. 26, 2009

Box Score

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TEMPE, Ariz.Even with Sarah Reaves’ 20 kills on the day and solid defense at the net, the No. 13 USC Women of Troy proved too tough for the ASU Volleyball team Saturday night as the Sun Devils fell 25-22, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-22 to fall to 11-3 on the season as USC improves to 12-2.


The first set saw ASU come out a bit sluggish as six attack errors saw the ASU offense a bit off-kilter as Alex Jupiter and the Women of Troy stormed the court with a .260 attack average as Jupiter led the attack with nine kills en route to USC’s 25-22 win in the first set.


ASU put it back together in the second set though as they rebounded with a .286 attack percentage with Sarah Reaves getting the job done with six kills while the Sun Devils held it down at the net with two blocks on the Women of Troy and forcing five attack errors.


Set three proved to be a tougher battle with eight tie scores and three lead changes, but ASU just couldn’t contain Jupiter on the outside with seven more kills while the USC defense posted three blocks.


ASU wasn’t ready to go quietly though as they pushed USC to 11 tie scores and three lead changes again in the fourth set that proved to be a fight as Sarah Reaves dropped five kills and Sofie Schlagintweit and Ashley Kelty combined for 11 digs to keep ASU in it. The Sun Devils defense also stepped up for four blocks with Cat Highmark and Erica Wilson collecting two block assists apiece. In the end the effort wasn’t enough though as USC squeaked by with a 25-22 win, assisted by ASU’s eight attack errors.


On the match Head Coach Jason Watson stated, “I thought we learned some valuable lessons today. There are so many details that go into winning a match and USC did a great job doing those things. We saw today more of what we need to work on, though tonight’s match showed positives too. I thought we hung tough, we just need to play better for a longer period of time and put together the details that will allow us a better chance of success.”


Up next, the Sun Devils take to the road next weekend as they head to the Pacific Northwest to take on the No. 3 Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars. A State faces Washington Friday, Oct. 2 and WSU Saturday, Oct. 3, both at 7 p.m. PT.

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