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Isanovic Leads Sun Devils To Win At Cal

Oct 3, 2021

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Led by a double-double from Iman Isanovic, Sun Devil Volleyball earned their first Pac-12 win on Sunday in four sets (14-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-21) on the road against Cal.

Notable Stats

  • Arizona State (8-7, 1-3 Pac-12) won at Cal (7-8, 0-4 Pac-12), snapping a four-match losing streak and extending the Sun Devils' win streak over the Bears to three-straight. This was the first win at Cal since 2018, which was when head coach Sanja Tomasevic earned her first Pac-12 win.
  • Junior outside hitter Iman Isanovic had her fifth double-double of the season, 11th of her career, with a match-high 16 kills and 12 digs. She extends her streak of double-digit kills to 16 matches in a row.
  • Sophomore pin hitter Marta Levinska had 11 kills; this was her 12th match of the season reaching double digits in kills. 
  • Sophomore setter Ella Snyder had 42 assists in the match, the sixth time in her career with 40-plus assists. She also tied her career high in kills with four. 
  • Junior libero Annika Larson had 20 digs in the victory, her sixth match in a row (12th of the season) with 10-plus digs. 
  • Junior middle blocker Beatrice Badini had a strong outing in the win, matching her personal best in kills with six and serving up the first two aces of her career. She also had three digs, her highest number this season so far.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Roberta Rabelo notched a season-high nine kills in the match. She also had two aces, a career best.

Set One: Cal 25, Arizona State 19
The Sun Devils trailed early in the first set, 5-2, but ASU fought back to tie it back up at 5-5 with a service ace by Rabelo and a kill by Isanovic. The two teams then traded points back and forth until Cal was leading by one at 9-8, a lead they would not relinquish. The Golden Bears were able to string together a 4-0 run to lead 13-8. The Golden Bears had their largest lead of the night at 10, 24-14, and would take the set on a kill. 

Set Two: Arizona State 25, Cal 19
ASU came out strong in the second set with a 4-1 run that included two service aces by Rabelo and two kills by Isanovic. Cal was able to score six straight, including five kills to lead by two, 10-8, before an ASU timeout. After the timeout, the Sun Devils went on a quick 5-0 spurt that included four kills to lead by three, 13-10, to force a Cal timeout. ASU continued its strong play with a 6-0 run and had its largest lead of the game at seven, 19-12, after multiple kills. The Sun Devils would finish the set with kills by Jeter and Snyder to win 25-19. 

Set Three: Arizona State 25, Cal 20
The Sun Devils carried the momentum into the third set, starting off with a 6-2 run, including a service ace by Badini and four kills by four different players. Cal was then able to string together its own 5-0 run to take the lead by one, 7-6. The two teams kept the game close, trading points back and forth until ASU was able to pull away slightly with a 4-1 run to make it 18-14 and force a Cal timeout. The run included four kills, two by Isanovic. The timeout was unable to slow down ASU as they went on another 3-0 run to have its largest lead of the day at seven, 21-14. Cal fought back to make the game close again at 23-19 before an ASU timeout. The Sun Devils were ultimately able to take the third set with an error by the Golden Bears and a kill by Snyder. 

Set Four: Arizona State 25, Cal 21
The beginning of the fourth set was back and forth until Cal had a 3-0 run to take a four point lead at 9-5 and force an ASU timeout. After multiple errors by Cal and an ace by Badini, the game was tied at 12-12. The two teams traded points until two errors by the Sun Devils gave the Golden Bears a two point lead, 17-15, and caused another ASU timeout. The Sun Devils came out of the timeout with a 4-1 run, which included two kills by Levinska, to take the lead at 19-18 and force a Cal timeout. An ace by Badini and a kill by Isanovic sealed the set and match for the Sun Devils, 25-21. 

Up Next
Arizona State will host Washington State and Washington next week, taking on the Cougars on Thursday at 7 p.m. MST and the Huskies on Sunday at noon MST. Both matches will be broadcast on the ASU live stream.