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Snyder, Offense Impressive In Five-Set Loss To No. 11 UW

Oct 10, 2021

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In another five-set battle, Sun Devil Volleyball came up short to No. 11 Washington (22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 17-15) in Desert Financial Arena on Sunday afternoon, despite a career-high 51 assists from Ella Snyder and three reaching double figures in kills. 

Notable Stats

  • Arizona State (8-9, 1-5 Pac-12) played its eighth five-set match on Sunday against head coach Sanja Tomaseivc's alma mater Washington (11-3, 4-2 Pac-12). The Sun Devils are now 2-6 in matches that go to a fifth set.
  • With a career-high 51 assists, sophomore Ella Snyder passed 1,000 assists in her career (1,017). She is the first Sun Devil to collect 50+ assists since 2018 when current volunteer assistant Nicole Peterson reached that mark. Snyder also registered her sixth double-double of the season with a season-high 16 digs and her fourth match with 40+ assists. She also earned two aces, her third time doing so this season.
  • Grad libero Jamye Cox started at libero for the Sun Devils, her first time in the role for an entire match at ASU. She had 17 digs, a season high, and reached double digits for the first time this season. Cox also had her season high in assists with four. 
  • Junior outside hitter Iman Isanovic had a team-high 22 kills while hitting a .373 clip. This was her fourth match this season with 20 or more kills. Isanovic also had 12 digs, her the sixth double-double this season.
  • Sophomore pin hitter Marta Levinska matched her season-high in kills with 16. She also notched five digs. 
  • Coming off the bench, freshman outside hitter Geli Cyr had a breakout match on Sunday. She earned a career-high in kills with 12 and reached double figures in kills for the first time. Additionally, she was targeted on serve receive 13 times and had no reception errors.
  • Sophomore middle blocker Claire Jeter had a match-high hitting percentage of .562 with nine kills on 16 attempts.


Arizona State Head Coach Sanja Tomasevic

Opening Statement
"Tough loss, but I thought we played well against a really good team. It was just cool to see how the girls fought and how much more disciplined they were. I loved to see Geli come out and play well today and then super happy to have Marta and Iman have a good night together, along with Claire. When you play Washington, you have to get all of your points and we did a good job getting all of our points and being put in some tough situations, and I'm just looking forward to building off of this."

On Geli Cyr's career-high performance
"Geli's coming back from her shoulder surgery and it's just taking time to get that confidence back to be able to hit every shot while competing in the Pac-12 as a freshman, there's just a lot going on. She gets the work done in a week, she always talks about how she likes learning from Iman's play, so she's trying to simulate some of the things she does. She was ready to come off the bench and that's what we talked about with everybody on the bench staying engaged and ready to go."

On staying competitive in five-set matches
"They hate losing the fifth set more than all of us do. If you think about winning the next 15 points, that's a hefty goal. We need to think about being patient and doing it one at a time, which is what we talk about a lot, just do your job, and score one point and move onto the next point. Just like thinking about 15 mini games compared to one big game. We had a really good meeting about it on Friday and good things came out of it, which was great to see today."
On what Ella Snyder means to the team
"She's awesome, I keep saying the same stuff about her, but I really mean it. She's a workhorse, a student of the game, and those are two requirements to be elite at this level. They all have the physical stuff, if they didn't have it they wouldn't be here, but once they get here it's about what you're going to do to take it to the next level. We have all these resources and not everyone uses those resources, but Ella is milking everything out of it. Ella gives you no chance to not work on her, which is a cool trait to have in her. Especially as our setter so we'll go as Ella goes."

Grad libero Jamye Cox
First start as libero

"You can always be better, so there is a lot of stuff that when I get in the gym, I want to work on. I think the cool thing about our group is that it's a constant competition. Annika (Larson) and I constantly compete with the other defensive specialists. Just getting in the gym, staying dialed in and having our blockers backs better, digging more balls, and covering that deep five zone."

Energy within team after loss
"I mean that's exciting (to go to five), but we know we are better than that. We know we could have won. I think a lot of us are definitely upset, definitely mad, ready to get in there and win this next game. We're excited; today was a good day and nothing but getting better from here."

Message after loss to Washington State
"In general, I do not think Thursday was us. I think today was about snapping back. We had a conversation on Friday about who we are and what we want to be known for and we do not want to be known as a team that comes in and gets walked on. We always want to be competing."


Set One: Arizona State 25, Washington 22
The Huskies went on a 6-1 run to take an early 7-2 lead. The run stopped on a kill from Isanovic, but Washington had three of the next four points to take a six-point lead, 10-4. After their first timeout while down six, the Sun Devils went on an 8-2 run to tie the set, 12-12, leading to a timeout from the Huskies. After the timeout, ASU continued its run to take a two-point lead, but four-straight points by UW gave it a 16-14 lead. A dump from Snyder and kill by Isanovic gave the Sun Devils a 20-18 lead, and a kill followed by a block from Rabelo gave ASU set point, 24-20. UW then had consecutive points, but a kill from Stahlke gave ASU the set, 25-22. The Sun Devils held the Huskies to a .000 hitting percentage.

Set Two: Washington 25, Arizona State 15
The Huskies opened the second set with an 8-5 lead. UW increased its lead to five, 13-8, when ASU took its first timeout. Jeter had a kill after the timeout to cut the deficit to four, but the Huskies then increased their lead to seven, 17-10. To stop a quick 3-0 run from the Huskies, back-to-back kills by Levinska and Jeter cut ASU's deficit to eight, 22-14. UW won the set on a service ace, 25-15. 

Set Three: Washington 25, Arizona State 18
The Huskies had an 8-5 lead early in the third frame, but consecutive kills from Levinska and a block error by UW tied the set, 8-8. A 4-0 spurt by the Huskies gave them a 14-11 lead, but Isanovic had a kill coming out of the timeout to stop the run. ASU called its second timeout down 17-12, after UW scored three in a row. A kill by Jeter on set point for the Huskies cut the Sun Devils deficit to seven, but ASU would drop the set on a UW kill, 25-18.

Set Four: Arizona State 25, Washington 21
The fourth set started with the score going back and forth. The Huskies went on a 4-0 run to take a 10-7 lead, but the Sun Devils responded with three points of their own to tie the score. ASU and UW continued to trade points until the Sun Devils took a two-point lead with a kill from Cyr and an ace by Snyder, 18-16. A block from Jeter and Snyder along with a kill by Isanovic  gave ASU a four-point lead, 23-19. The Sun Devils took the set on a service error by the Huskies, 25-21, in a set where ASU hit .480. 

Set Five: Washington 17, Arizona State 15
UW took an early 3-1 lead in the fifth set, but consecutive kills by Isanovic gave ASU a 4-3 edge. UW took a timeout after back-to-back kills by Levinska to give ASU the 7-5 edge, and the stride continued after the timeout with a kill from Cyr. UW took the lead at 11-10, but Levinska had her third kill of the set to tie it up again, 11-11. ASU called its second timeout trailing 13-12, and back-to-back points by the Sun Devils gave them the first match point, 14-13. ASU had a second match point at 15-14, but UW had the last three points to take the set and match, 17-15.

Up Next
Arizona State will host USC and UCLA next weekend, taking on the Trojans on Friday at 7 p.m. MST and the Bruins on Sunday at 1 p.m. MST.  Friday's match will be broadcasted on the ASU Live Stream and Sunday's match can be viewed on the Pac-12 Network.