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Bay Area Trip This Weekend For Sun Devils

Sep 29, 2021

TEMPE, Ariz. - Hitting the road for the first time in Pac-12 play, Sun Devil Volleyball is traveling to the Bay Area this weekend to take on Stanford on Friday and Cal on Sunday.

How to Follow
The game against the Cardinal will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network at 7 p.m. MST while the matchup against the Bears will be on the Cal Live Stream at noon MST

Sun Devil Outlook
Arizona State (7-6, 0-2 Pac-12)

  • The Sun Devils are looking to bounce back after dropping their last three matches, all in five sets. Due in part to the lengthy matches this season, the team ranks first in the Pac-12 in three categories: total kills, total assists and total digs. 
  • Junior Iman Isanovic has been a force for Arizona State this season. She leads the team and the Pac-12 in total kills (201), as well as in total points (228.0). Heading into this weekend, she has a 14-match streak of double-digit kills, dating back to last season.
  • Anchoring the defense this season has been junior libero Annika Larson. She is first on the team and in the conference for total digs with 215. This season, she has had four matches of 20 or more digs.
  • Two additional Sun Devils are in triple figures in kills. Sophomore pin hitter Marta Levinska has 152 and sophomore middle blocker Claire Jeter has 127. Those two and Isanovic have been the three offensive leaders so far this fall.
  • Sophomore Ella Snyder has been the primary setter this season, totaling 403 assists so far. She has had two matches with more than 40 assists this season.

Opponent Outlook
No. 17 Stanford (6-4, 1-1 Pac-12)

  • Due to difficulties navigating COVID-19 in 2020-21, Stanford went ??2-11 in conference-only play last season and did not qualify for the post season tournament, snapping a streak of 39-straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. They finished 11th in the Pac-12. 
  • This season, the Cardinal is back in the rankings. They have wins over No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Nebraska and No. 18 Penn State. They opened Pac-12 play with a win against Cal on Wednesday before coming up short to then-No. 19 UCLA on Sunday.
  • After losing the first matchup last season against Stanford,, the Sun Devils bounced back to earn their first win against the Cardinal since 2015. It was also the Devils first win at Stanford since 1982. 

California (7-6, 0-2 Pac-12)

  • The Bears struggled in the spring season, getting a 1-21 record and finishing 12th in the conference.
  • Cal opened Pac-12 play with losses at Stanford on Wednesday, then against USC at home on Sunday. 
  • In the spring, the Sun Devils swept both matches against the Bears, which was the first season sweep against Cal since 2016. ASU leads 39-32 all time against Cal.