Volleyball Falls In A Tough Match To No. 11 Oregon
Oct. 9, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - Even as Paige Mittlestaedt led the ASU offense with a .364 attack percentage and two block assists, the effort didn't prove to be enough Friday night as the ASU Volleyball Team fell in a tough 25-15, 25-14 and 25-23 set to the No. 11 Oregon Ducks to drop their record to 11-6 overall and 1-4 in Pac-10 play. The Ducks improve to 12-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Set one A State came out sluggish as the offense just couldn't put it together with Oregon racking up a .321 team attack percentage as ASU posted only nine kills along with eight errors in the set. ASU wasn't able to get around the Duck D as well as Oregon posted five blocks in the set to quite the Sun Devil assault as Oregon took off with a 25-15 win in set one.
The second set didn't show any improvement in ASU's situation as the D stepped up more for three blocks, but nine unforced errors in the set threw off ASU's rhythm again as the Ducks just kept swinging to a .324 attack percentage while putting away sixteen kills and collecting four total blocks. To take a 25-14 win.
ASU came out of the break with renewed vigor as they held UO to their lowest attack percentage of the night while collecting their highest. Five total blocks and six kills from Sarah Reaves kept them in the set against the while forcing 12 tie scores and three lead changes throughout it to make the Ducks work for it. In the end the effort fell just shy as UO was able to take two points after a 23-23 deadlock to win the third and final set 25-23.
After the match Head Coach Jason Watson stated, 'It was a tough match for us and certainly not our best on the year. A lot of that can be put on the coaches as well though with better preparation and focus as our main focal points for tomorrow night's match and for the rest of the season. We're a better team than we showed tonight and it's the coaches responsibility to make sure that better team represents ASU for the rest of the season.'
Up next the Sun Devils continue their home stand tomorrow night as they set to host the Oregon State Beavers at 7 p.m. in Tempe at Wells Fargo Arena.