Volleyball Holds Tough in Loss to No. 6 Stanford

Oct. 24, 2009

PALO VERDE, Calif. – Double-doubles from Sofie Schlagintweit and Sarah Reaves weren’t enough Saturday afternoon as the ASU Volleyball team fell 33-31, 25-21, 25-20 to the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal to drop ASU to 11-9 overall and 1-7 in Pac-10 play as Stanford improves to 13-5 overall and 6-2 overall.

Set one saw ASU come out fighting at the opening bell where they locked up with the Cardinal twenty times with tie scores and 11 lead changes to push the set into extra points with Sarah Reaves and Sofie Schlagintweit  leading the assault with ten and seven kills apiece. In the end  Stanford’s five blocks coupled with Eileen Murfee’s ten kills set them apart as Stanford squeaked off with a 33-31 win in the first set.

Set two saw ASU hit a match-high .213, but four unforced errors combined with Eileen Murfee’s seven kills and Lisa Sharpley’s five kills was too much for the A State defense who only collected a block and  a half in the set as Stanford headed into the break 2-0 with a 25-21 win.

The offense just wasn’t able to pull itself back on course in the third set as 11 attack errors along spelled the story for the Sun Devils, while the Cardinal enjoyed five team blocks and 12 kills in the set as ASU couldn’t right the ship, falling 25-20 to finish the sweep for the Cardinal.

Head Coach Jason Watson after the match said, “I though we really showed ASU caliber volleyball in the first set. We pushed Stanford to the brink and hung with the point for point, something we know we can do as a team, we just can’t see to do over long periods of time. The greatness of this team is there and you can see it in flashes, but in a conference like the Pac-10, flashes aren’t good enough. We need to play high-caliber volleyball for a long period of time and finish what we start in these matches.”

Up next the Sun Devils travel to Berkeley tomorrow to take on the No. 15 Cal Bears at 1 p.m. on Comcast Sports.

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