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Season Starts With Split for No. 20 Sand Devils at Canyon Classic

Feb 26, 2021

PHOENIX – No. 20 Sun Devil Beach Volleyball split their matches on opening day on Friday, sweeping Colorado Mesa before falling 4-1 to No. 7 Grand Canyon.
Arizona State (1-1) started with a 5-0 win over Colorado Mesa. All five matches were two-set wins as well with the matches on courts one and three holding their opponents to single digits in both sets. In the 4-1 loss to Grand Canyon, freshmen Taryn Ames and Kate Fitzgerald won their match after taking the first set 21-17 and getting the second set via injury forfeit.
Game One – No. 20 Arizona State 5, Colorado Mesa 0
The Sand Devils began with a bang, sweeping the Maveriks. Three freshmen made their collegiate debuts: Lila Bordis, Taryn Ames and Kate Fitzgerald. The No. 3 pair of Samantha Plaster and Lauren Weintraub clinched the win, though the No. 1 and 5 courts were not far behind.
Results (Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3*, 1, 5)

  1. Katelyn Carballo/Lexi Sweeney (ASU) def. Macie Lachemann/Savannah Spitzer (CMU) 21-8, 21-9
  2. Cierra Flood/Sarah Waters (ASU) def. Sierra Hunt/Hahni Johnson (CMU) 21-10, 21-11
  3. Samantha Plaster/Lauren Weintraub (ASU) def. Ara Norwood/Tye Wedhorn (CMU) 21-7, 21-8
  4. Lila Bordis/Maddy Salazar (ASU) def. Maddi Foutz/Sabrina VanDeList (CMU) 21-11, 21-13
  5. Taryn Ames/Kate Fitzgerald (ASU) def. Rianne Brown/Mary McGinnis (CMU) 21-12, 21-11

Game Two – No. 7 GCU 4, No. 20 Arizona State 1
After a tough first wave for the No. 2 and 4 pairs, the second wave saw some bright points. Ames and Fitzgerald won their match, winning the first set 21-17 and the second set due to injury forfeit. On court three, Plaster and Weintraub went to three sets, coming up short.
Results (Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3*, 1, 5)

  1. Bella Bauman/Teagan DeFalco (GCU) def. Katelyn Carballo/Lexi Sweeney (ASU) 21-10, 21-17
  2. Alli Hansen/Madi Relaz (GCU) def. Cierra Flood/Sarah Waters (ASU) 21-16, 21-17
  3. Anaya Evans/Taylor Jarzombek (GCU) def. Samantha Plaster/Lauren Weintraub (ASU) 15-21, 21-15, 15-10
  4. Paula Hoffman/Allanis Navas (GCU) def. Lila Bordis/Maddy Salazar (ASU) 21-15, 21-9
  5. Taryn Ames/Kate Fitzgerald (ASU) def. Alyssa Garber/Katie Sarber (GCU) 21-17, INJ

Up Next
The Canyon Classic continues on Saturday with a pairs tournament. Follow along on social media on Twitter (@SunDevilBeachVB) and Instagram (@sundevilbeachvb) for updates.