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Sun Devils Drop Match At No. 17 Stanford

Oct 1, 2021

STANFORD, Calif.-  The duo of Iman Isanovic and Marta Levinska both reached double figures in kills as Arizona State dropped a four-set match to No. 17 Stanford (25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20) at Maples Pavilion on Friday night.

Notable stats 

  • Arizona State (7-7, 0-3 Pac-12) faced the No. 17-ranked Stanford Cardinal (7-4, 2-1) where the Sun Devils tallied seven service aces.
  • Junior outside hitter Iman Isanovic had 14 kills. This is her 15th match in a row reaching double digits in kills, dating back to last season. Isanovic also added seven digs and two aces tonight versus the Cardinal.
  • In her fifth match (10th of the season) in a row reaching 10+ digs, junior libero Annika Larson had 19 digs.
  • Sophomore setter Ella Snyder played the entirety of the match where she had 36 assists and 10 digs. This was her fifth double-double of the season for the Sun Devils. She also notched two aces.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Roberta Rabelo matched her season high in kills with eight. She added three blocks and four digs as well.
  • Sophomore pin hitter Marta Levinska had 12 kills; this was her 11th match of the season reaching double digits in kills. 
  • Fifth-year senior defensive specialist Jamye Cox started for the Sun Devils this evening. Cox had six digs for ASU this evening. 

Set One: Stanford 25, Arizona State 17
A service ace by Isanovic gave the Sun Devils an early 6-3 lead over the Cardinal to begin the match. A block by Stanford would tie the set, 8-8, but ASU regained its lead on a block from Rabelo and Badini. The Cardinal would go on a 4-0 run to take a 14-11 lead, which led to the Sun Devils taking their first timeout.  An error by ASU along with a kill by Stanford increased its lead to five, 18-13. The Cardinal had their largest lead of the set of seven, 24-17, and would take the first set on a kill.

Set Two: Arizona State 25, Stanford 21
A 5-0 run gave ASU a 10-5 lead where Snyder had two aces throughout the stretch, leading to a timeout from Stanford. The Cardinal cut their deficit to two on consecutive kills, but a quick 3-0 spurt by the Sun Devils pushed their lead back to five, 16-11. An error by ASU along with a kill by Stanford later in the second set brought the Cardinal within two, 21-19, causing the Sun Devils to take a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Sun Devils had consecutive points to take a four-point lead, where a kill by Jeter gave ASU the second set, 25-21.

Set Three: Stanford 25, Arizona State 23
With ASU taking a 9-7 lead in the third set, the Sun Devils and Cardinal kept the first half of the third set very close. Four straight by ASU gave it a five-point lead, 13-8, but three kills in a row from Stanford plus an error from ASU cut its deficit to one, 14-13. Back-to-back kills from the Cardinal would tie the set, 16-16. Stanford would have four straight to take a four-point lead, but kills from Badini and Rabelo cut the deficit to two, 20-18. A kill from Rabelo decreased the lead to one, when the Cardinal called a timeout. The Sun Devils tied the set 23-23 on a block from Isanovic and Jeter, but Stanford ultimately won the set on a kill, 25-23.

Set Four: Stanford 25, Arizona State 20
The fourth set at the beginning was back and forth until the Sun Devils slightly crept away from the Cardinal, 8-6. Stanford had an 11-9 lead and after a timeout by ASU, the Cardinal increased their run to 7-0 to lead, 14-9. Falling to a 16-10 deficit, the Sun Devils took their second timeout. Jeter had a block late in the fourth set while trailing the set 21-14, but the Cardinal continued to build on their lead. Kills by Isanovic, Levinska and Badini cut the deficit to five, 23-18, and they cut the deficit to four on Stanford's match point. They would drop the set and match on a kill by the Cardinal, 25-20.

Up Next
Arizona State will travel to Berkeley to face the Cal Bears on Sunday at noon MST in another road Pac-12 matchup. The match can be viewed on the Cal Live Stream.