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Washington Schools Come To DFA This Week

Oct 5, 2021

TEMPE, Ariz. -- With some momentum from a road win, Sun Devil Volleyball is back in Desert Financial Arena for the first of two-straight home weekends, taking on Washington State on Thursday at 7 p.m. MST before No. 11 Washington on Sunday at noon MST.

How to Watch
Desert Financial Arena will be open to the public and tickets are available here. Fan safety protocol information is here. Both matches will be on the ASU Live Stream and there will be live scoring available as well. Follow along on social media, @SunDevilVB on Twitter and @sundevilvolleyball on Instagram, for more updates.

Thursday's matchup against Washington State is the Maroon Monsoon match, and fans are encouraged to wear maroon to match the team. 

Sun Devil Outlook
Arizona State (8-7, 1-3 Pac-12)

  • The Sun Devils are looking to build on their momentum from their first conference win against the Cal Golden Bears on Sunday. Last weekend, ASU split its road matches, losing to No. 17 Stanford in four and ending a four-match skid at Cal with a 3-1 win on Sunday. 
  • Junior outside hitter Iman Isanovic continues to lead the Sun Devils and the Pac-12 with 231 kills on the season. Isanovic has a 16-match streak of double-digits in kills that dates back to last season. 
  • Leading ASU defensively is junior libero Annika Larson, who has a team and conference-high 254 digs so far this season. In Sunday's win over Cal, Larson had 20 digs and now has six matches in a row with 10 or more digs.
  • Sophomore setter Ella Snyder has 482 assists in 15 matches where she's been the primary setter for ASU this season. She has reached 40+ assists in three matches and most recently in Sunday's match she had 43 assists. In career assists, she is closing in on 1,000 with 974 total after last weekend.
  • The other leaders on offense this season for ASU have been sophomore middle blocker Claire Jeter with 143 kills and sophomore pin hitter Marta Levinska with 175. Levinska and Jeter, along with Isanovic, are the three Sun Devils in triple digits with total kills. 

Opponent Outlook
Washington State (8-6, 2-2)

  • Last weekend the Cougars faced USC and No. 15 UCLA where they were defeated in both matches in a homestand in Pullman. This season, WSU has wins over then-No. 24 Colorado and in-state rivals then-No. 16 Washington.
  • The Cougars appeared in their fifth-straight NCAA tournament last season after finishing fourth in the Pac-12 conference. In the 2020-21 NCAA tournament, WSU was the No. 15 seed where they were defeated by Western Kentucky in the second round.
  • In the spring, the Cougars played the Sun Devils in a two-match series at Desert Financial Arena, where ASU fell in both of the matches. Arizona State has a 13-16 all-time record against Washington State.
  • Junior outside hitter Pia Timmer leads WSU with 197 kills so far this season and was the Sport Imports/AVCA Division I Women Player of the Week last week, as well as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second-straight week.

No. 11 Washington (9-3, 2-2 Pac-12)

  • Over the weekend, the Huskies got back on track after an 0-2 start to Pac-12 play. UW defeated No. 15 UCLA in a five-set match on Friday before beating USC in four on Sunday. UW has two ranked wins this season: No. 15 UCLA and No. 22 Pepperdine.
  • Last season, the Huskies finished with a 20-4 record. Washington won the Pac-12 conference title and made it to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament where they came up short to eventual national champion Kentucky. 
  • The Sun Devils opened the spring 2021 season against the Huskies, where they split the two matches in Seattle. ASU upset the then-ranked No. 8 Huskies in straight sets in the first match but lost the second to Washington in four sets. 
  • Junior outside hitter Claire Hoffman leads UW with 162 kills this season and has reached 20 kills twice this season, most recently in Friday's win over UCLA. Junior setter Ella May Powell is the leader in assists and digs for the Huskies as she has 505 assists and 131 digs so far this season.