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Defending Champs Await Sun Devils This Weekend

Mar 17, 2021

ASU Notes

TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Volleyball is taking its three-match win streak on the road this weekend, traveling to play at Stanford on Friday and Sunday.
Sun Devil Outlook
Arizona State (4-10)

  • The Sun Devils are currently on a three-match win streak, winning nine of their last sets in a row. ASU swept the season series over Cal for the first time since 2016.
  • Leading the offense has been the pin hitter duo of sophomore Iman Isanovic and freshman Marta Levinska. They have the two highest kill totals with 188 for Isanovic and 175 for Levinska, the only two on the team in triple digits.
  • Sophomore middle blocker Kennedi Boyd has been a strong force at the net this season. She is currently ranked second in the conference and 30th in the nation for total blocks with 65.
  • Sophomore Shannon Shields has been the primary setter for the last three matches, leading the team to two of its top three hitting percentages of the season. She has 120 assists on the season.
  • Sophomore libero Annika Larson has had a strong season, starting all but two matches at libero, and still starting those two matches as a defensive specialist. In the last match against Cal, she led ASU to a strong serve receive game, not allowing a single ace. She has a team-high 221 digs on the year and has reached double figures in digs in all but two matches this season. She is second in the Pac-12 for total digs.

Opponent Outlook
Stanford (1-5)

  • The Cardinal has had a tough season due to COVID-related issues and precautions. With just six matches under their belt, their only win has come against Cal at home.
  • Sophomore Kendall Kipp leads the team in kills with 84, notching double digits in all but one match so far. Fellow sophomore Selina Xu has been the primary setter 211 assists. On defense, freshman Elena Oglivie has 83 digs to lead the team.
  • Stanford is the defending national champion, winning in 2019.
  • ASU is looking for its first win over Stanford since 2015 and first win at Stanford since 1982.

How to Watch
Friday's match will begin at 4 p.m. MST and will be on Stanford's live stream. The matchup on Sunday will be on the Pac-12 Network, starting at noon MST.