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Sand Devils Upset No. 11 Cal, Split the Day

Apr 10, 2021

PHOENIX – Sun Devil Beach Volleyball upset No. 11 Cal 3-2 on the first day of the Pac-12 North Invitational on Saturday, clinching the dual with a win from Cierra Flood and Sarah Waters in three sets. Arizona State also faced No. 1 UCLA, falling 5-0.

Arizona State Head Coach Brad Keenan
Overall Thoughts
"We battled today. We are starting to do things in matches that wea re asking them to do in practice, so it's finally starting to translate into matches, which will hopefully keep leading us to more wins."
On Cierra Flood and Sarah Waters clinching the win
"I think it was huge. Both of them were super aggressive at the end of their game. We have been harping on them all year that we need to be aggressive and they came out and were aggressive in that third set and it paid off.
On other stand-out performances
"Lila (Bordis) and Sam (Plaster) balled out all day. They took it to Cal. Katelyn (Carballo) and Lexi (Sweeney) are our steady duo at ones. That's a huge spot to get a win. The fact that they are running plays and being aggressive, they're playing good volleyball and it's helping the whole team."

Game One: #1 UCLA 5, Arizona State 0
To start their day, the Sand Devils (5-8, 2-5 Pac-12) played the Bruins (17-1, 8-0 Pac-12). Despite losing 5-0, Lila Bordis and Samantha Plaster were a bright spot at the four spot, taking UCLA's duo to three sets.

Results (Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*, 5, 4)
1) Denaburg/Simo (UCLA) def. Katelyn Carballo/Lexi Sweeney (ASU) 21-11, 21-14
2) Monkhouse/A. Van Winkle (UCLA) def. Cierra Flood/Sarah Waters (ASU) 21-17, 21-18
3) Newberry/Sparks (UCLA) def. Emily Anderson/Kate Fitzgerald (ASU) 21-16, 21-14
4) Muret/Quade (UCLA) def Lila Bordis/Samantha Plaster (ASU) 21-19, 19-21, 15-8
5) Powers/Whitmarsh (UCLA) def. Tarym Ames/Lauren Weintraub (ASU) 21-16, 21-19

Game Two: Arizona State 3, #11 Cal 2
The Sun Devils earned their first win over a ranked opponent by beating the Bears (9-7, 4-3 Pac-12). ASU picked up wins on courts one, three and four. After Bordis and Plaster won on court four in straight sets, Katelyn Carballo and Lexi Sweeney followed that up with a two-set win on the top court. The dual was tied at 2-2 when Flood and Waters were in their third set. Their 15-12 win clinched the dual and gave ASU the win over Cal.
Results (Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1, 5, 3*)
1) Katelyn Carballo/Lexi Sweeney (ASU) def. Mirkovic/Schafer (CAL) 21-19, 21-17
2) Polo/Radell (CAL) def. Emily Anderson/Kate Fitzgerald (ASU) 21-10, 21-14
3) Cierra Flood/Sarah Waters (ASU) def. Inman/Paulson (CAL) 18-21, 21-12, 15-12
4) Lila Bordis/Samantha Plaster (ASU) def. Gessner/Nierly (CAL) 21-17, 21-10
5) Buchner/Mann (CAL) def. Taryn Ames/Maddy Salazar (ASU) 11-21, 21-15, 15-8

Up Next
Day two of the Pac-12 North Invitational is on Sunday at the GCU Beach Stadium. Arizona State will face Washington before taking on No. 2 USC in the finale of the invitational. Live stats will be available for all duals.