Sand Devils Fall in Ranked Matchups
TUCSON, Ariz. – Sun Devil Beach Volleyball wrapped up the Pac-12 South Invitational on Sunday with a pair of 4-1 setbacks against No. 18 Stanford and No. 14 Arizona.
Arizona State fell to 4-7, 1-4 in Pac-12 play. Two Sand Devil pairs picked up wins on Sunday. Cierra Flood and Sarah Waters won at the No. 4 spot against the Cardinal, while Katelyn Carballo and Lexi Sweeny took down the Wildcats' top duo.
Game One: No. 18 Stanford 4, Arizona State 1
The Sun Devils competed against the Cardinal on courts four and five. Flood and Sweeney won in straight sets for ASU's lone point of the dual. Lila Bordis and Samantha Plaster took Stanford's No. 5 pair to three sets, ultimately coming up short.
Results (Order of Finish: 4, 1, 3, 2*, 5)
- Charlie Ekstrom/Sunny Villapando (STAN) def. Katelyn Carballo/Lexi Sweeney (ASU) 21-12, 21-12
- Xolani Hodel/Kate Reilly (STAN) def. Emily Anderson/Aleksandra Sochacka (ASU) 17-21, 21-8, 15-9
- Maya Harvey/Maddi Kriz (STAN) def. Taryn Ames/Kate Fitzgerald (ASU) 21-13, 21-17
- Cierra Flood/Sarah Waters (ASU) def. Maddie Dailey/Jordan McKinney (STAN) 21-12, 21-13
- Emmy Sharp/Amelia Smith (STAN) def. Lila Bordis/Samantha Plaster (ASU) 19-21, 21-18, 15-11
Game Two: No. 14 Arizona 4, Arizona State 1
In the first rivalry dual of the season, the two teams competed in tight contests, four of the five going to three sets. The Sun Devils won the first sets on courts one, three and five, but the Wildcats responded and forced all of them to three sets. Carballo and Sweeney were the only ASU pair to come out victorious. The No. 2 pair of Anderson and Sochacka were able to bounce back in their second set to force a third but came up short.
Results (Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1, 5*, 2)
- Katelyn Carballo/Lexi Sweeney (ASU) def. Alex Parkhurst/Alana Rennie (ARIZ) 21-16, 17-21, 15-9
- Sarah Blacker/Brooke Burling (ARIZ) def. Emily Anderson/Aleksandra Sochacka (ASU) 21-16, 17-21, 15-11
- Natalie Anselmo/Carly Lowry (ARIZ) def. Cierra Flood/Sarah Waters (ASU) 20-22, 21-12, 15-8
- Mady Noble/Dana Parker (ARIZ) def. Taryn Ames/Kate Fitzgerald (ASU) 21-17, 21-10
- Olivia Hallaran/Hope Shannon (ARIZ) def. Lila Bordis/Samantha Plaster (ASU) 12-21, 21-15, 15-11
The Sand Devils are off for the next weekend before hosting the Pac-12 North Invitational from April 10-11 on Grand Canyon's campus.