Volleyball Steps Up Big In Win Over No. 21 Washington State

Oct. 30, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. – A phenomenal night from Erica Wilson, Sarah Reaves and Cat Highmark set the tone for a stellar four-match win over the No. 21 Washington State Friday night in Tempe. The Sun Devils topped the Cougars 25-22, 25-18, 15-25 and 25-22 to push their record to 12-10 overall and 2-8 in Pac-10 play while WSU falls to 16-5 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

Set one came down to the wire as 19 tie scores and 10 lead changes in the set saw ASU finally pull it out in the end, led by Sarah Reaves’ four kills and Cat Highmark tossing the rock for 13 assists and a .419 assist percentage as she led the offense to a 25-22 win, boding well for the Sun Devils who entered the match 9-0 when winning the first set.

Second set ASU flexed a little offensive muscle as they hit a .314 in the set with Sarah Reaves hitting .357 with six kills while Cat Highmark was lights out with an .833 assist percentage as ASU threw the hammer down with a 25-18 win to enter the break with a 2-0 lead.

WSU came out of the break to make a match of it as they hit .324 while ASU’s offense struggled a bit wit 12 attack errors while WSU posted five blocks in the set as the Cougars ran off with a 25-15 win to push it to 2-1 in ASU’s favor.

The Cougars put up a great fight in the fourth set as well as they hit .314, but ASU’s .353 attack percentage helped them just edge the Cougars with Sofie Schlagintweit leading the assault with five kills with a .714 attack percentage in the set as ASU edged WSU 25-22 to seal their second Pac-10 win of the season.”

Head Coach Jason Watson said after the match, “We put together a great win tonight, I’m extremely proud of the team and how they played with each other. That’s the team we have seen all year in flashes, but tonight showed exactly how strong this team can be, especially against a very strong Washington State team.”

The Sun Devils will hit the home court again this Sunday as they face the fifth-ranked Washington Huskies at 1 p.m. in Tempe at Wells Fargo Arena.

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