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Bears Come to Town for Two This Weekend

Mar 10, 2021

ASU Notes | Cal Notes

TEMPE, Ariz. - Coming off of a big win over Arizona on Sunday, Sun Devil Volleyball will host the Cal Bears for two matches this upcoming Friday and Sunday at the Desert Financial Arena.

Sun Devil Outlook
Arizona State (2-10)

  • Arizona State broke its losing streak against their in-state rival Arizona this last weekend, earning half of the Territorial Cup point for the team.
  • Sophomore Annika Larson had a solid weekend, reaching team highs in digs in both matches. She is second on the Pac-12 for total digs with 192, reaching double figures in all but two matches.
  • The duo of Marta Levinska and Iman Isanovic continue to impress on the pins. They have the two highest kill totals with 162 for Isanovic and 153 for Levinska, the only two on the team in triple digits. Notably, Levinska notched 16 kills on a .371 clip against the Wildcats. 
  • The setting duties have been primarily in the hands of freshman Ella Snyder, leading the team with 361 assists this season. In the win over Arizona, sophomore Shannon Shields came in to set and collected a season-high 33 assists. 
  • Sophomore middle blocker Kennedi Boyd has been a strong force at the net this season. She is currently ranked third in the conference and 31st in the nation for total blocks with 60.

Opponent Outlook
Cal Berkley (1-13)

  • The bears are currently on a seven-match losing streak. Their lone win of the season came against their rival Stanford, upsetting the Cardinal in five sets.
  • For the last four matches, freshman middle blocker Lydia Grote has been a bright spot and has led her team with double figure kills. She is the current team leader in kills with 135.
  • In 2019, Cal finished their season at 20-10. Despite the strong record, Cal did not advance to the NCAA Tournament. 
  • The last time the Sun Devils beat the Bears was in 2018 when ASU won in five sets on the road for Arizona State head coach Sanja Tomasevic's first Pac-12 win. Last season, Cal swept the season series.

How to Watch 
The two teams will face each other on Friday at 3 p.m. MST and Sunday at 12 p.m. MST. The first match will be live on the Pac-12 Networks and Sunday's will be streamed on the ASU Live Stream. Fans can also follow along via live stats or Twitter (@SunDevilVB)