Sun Devils Finish Weekend With Setback
LINCOLN, Neb. - Sun Devil Volleyball fell in three to No. 4 Nebraska (25-20, 25-12, 25-22) on the Huskers' home court, wrapping up the Ameritas Players Challenge on Saturday.
- Arizona State (3-3) faced a big challenge against Nebraska (5-0) at the infamous Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Sun Devils went 1-2 at the tournament this weekend.
- Junior outside hitter Iman Isanovic collected a team-best 14 kills despite facing a triple block at times throughout the match. She has reached double figures in kills in every match so far this season. She was the lone Sun Devil named to the all-tournament team.
- Sophomore outside hitter Roberta Rabelo notched her first kills of the season, earning four in this match.
- Sophomore Ella Snyder played the majority of the match at setter, dishing out 19 assists. Junior Shannon Shields also saw time, earning five assists and a kill.
- The dig leaders for the Sun Devils in the match were junior libero Annika Larson and grad defensive specialist Jamye Cox with nine each.
Set One: Nebraska 25, Arizona State 20
The teams kept it close early to start the set. ASU put together three in a row to take the 8-6 lead, capped off by Cooper's first career ace. However, the home team responded with four points to put them up 10-8. Arizona State allowed Nebraska to go on a 7-3 run made up of five kills to extend its lead to 17-12, forcing ASU to use its second timeout. The Sun Devils scored a couple late points off of Isanovic kills, but the Huskers were able to finish the set, 25-20.
Set Two: Nebraska 25, Arizona State 12
Carrying momentum from the first set, the Cornhuskers jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in this frame, prompting an early Sun Devil timeout. After two more Nebraska points, a kill from Andi Kreiling sparked a 3-0 Sun Devil run to make it an 8-4 deficit. ASU's second timeout came after four in a row from Nebraska to extend its lead to 12-4. The home team would go on to dominate the set, 25-12.
Set Three: Nebraska 25, Arizona State 22
Arizona State came out strong to start the third set, jumping out to a 3-0 lead that was capped off by a kill from Isanovic. A 3-1 run from Nebraska tied it up at 8-8 and the teams would go on to trade points for a while. Tough serves from Snyder pushed her team to three points in a row to make it a 14-11 lead for ASU, forcing Nebraska's first timeout of the match. The Huskers tied it up at 17-17 after three-straight kills and the two squads swapped sideouts until the home team string together four in a row to take the lead for the first time this set, 23-20. The Huskers would complete the comeback to get the sweep, 25-22.
The Sun Devils will participate in the Lumberjack Classic at Northern Arizona next Friday and Saturday. ASU will play Utah Valley and NAU on Friday before finishing the weekend against UC Davis on Saturday.