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Balanced Effort Leads To Win At Colorado

Oct 24, 2021

BOULDER, Colo. - With four reaching double figures in kills and digs, Sun Devil Volleyball beat Colorado 3-1 (25-23, 30-32, 25-16, 25-21) in the CU Events Center on Sunday afternoon to sweep the mountain trip and extend the winning streak to three in a row.

Notable Stats

  • Arizona State (11-10, 4-6 Pac-12) defeated Colorado (12-7, 3-7 Pac-12) to snap the Sun Devils' three-match losing streak against the Buffaloes. The all-time series between the two programs is now tied 11-11.
  • The Sun Devils swept their first conference weekend of the season and first road series since 2019. 
  • With the first half of Pac-12 play in the book, Arizona State will head into the second half on a three-match winning streak and back in Tempe next weekend.
  • In a balanced showing, four Devils reached double figures in kills and four reached double figures in digs, with three earning double-doubles.
  • Coming into this match, junior Annika Larson and Colorado's libero Brynna DeLuzio were tied for the most digs in the conference. On defense, Larson, a Colorado native, had 24 digs to DeLuzio's 22, giving Larson lone possession of first place in the Pac-12 in digs. Larson led all players in digs. This was her 15th match reaching double figures in digs and sixth notching 20 or more.
  • The team leader in kills was junior outside hitter Iman Isanovic with 18, which was also tied for the match high.
  • The middle blockers put in work in the win. Sophomore middle blocker Claire Jeter had the second-highest kill total with 14. She also had five digs and three blocks. Fellow sophomore Claudia Stahlke led all players in blocks with seven, including two solo blocks. That number matched her season high. 
  • The two other pin hitters Marta Levinska and Geli Cyr both reached 13 kills and earned double-doubles. Sophomore Levinska reached 13 in both digs and kills for her ninth double-double of the year. Freshman Cyr had her second double-double of her career tallying 13 kills and 12 digs. This was also her third match in a row reaching double figures in kills.
  • Sophomore setter Ella Snyder matched her career high with 51 assists, a number she also reached earlier this season. She also had 11 digs, three blocks and two aces. This was her 10th double-double this season.
  • Freshman defensive specialist Meadow Cooper reached a career high in aces, earning two against the Buffaloes. She added three digs as well. 

Arizona State Head Coach Sanja Tomasevic
"I love seeing the growth and fire our team brings. Everyone is ready to go at all times, even the bench players that came on the court are all contributing when their number is called. We will keep working hard and getting better, but for now we will enjoy these two big time wins against two good teams on the road."

Set One: Arizona State 25, Colorado 23
Consecutive kills gave Colorado the early 4-1 lead in the opening set. A kill from Isanovic brought the Sun Devils within one, 4-3. After ASU called its first timeout down 9-4, Jeter had a kill to spark the Sun Devils to take three of the next four points to be within three after a block from Stahlke, 10-7. A kill by the Buffaloes gave them a 15-9 lead, which led into ASU's second timeout of the first set. Back-to-back hitting errors by Colorado and a kill from Jeter led to three points in a row by the Sun Devils to cut their deficit to three, 16-13. ASU got within one on an ace by Snyder and a hitting error by the Buffaloes, then an ace by Cox and a kill by Cyr gave the Sun Devils a lead, 22-21. Colorado tied the set 23-23, but a kill from Cyr, who had five kills in the first set, gave ASU the set, 25-23.

Set Two: Colorado 32, Arizona State 30
The Buffaloes opened the set with a 6-3 lead after a kill. ASU would go on a 5-0 run to take an 8-6 lead after a block by Jeter and Snyder followed by a kill from Jeter. A 3-0 spurt by the Sun Devils that saw Isanovic with consecutive kills as well as a kill from Jeter gave ASU the 12-9 advantage, which led to a timeout by Colorado. The Buffs had a 3-0 run of its own to tie the set 12-12, but a kill from Isanovic stopped the run. An ace by the Buffaloes gave them the lead, 16-15. An ace by Cooper brought ASU within one, 19-18, but back-to-back errors by the Sun Devils gave Colorado a 21-18 lead. The set went to extra points, ASU fighting off six set points while getting to a set point of their own. The Buffaloes would take the set on a kill, 32-30.

Set Three: Arizona State 25, Colorado 16
A 5-0 run by the Sun Devils gave ASU an 8-2 lead. Stahlke's fourth block of the match pushed the Sun Devils' lead to eight, 14-6. With the set mostly dominated by ASU, a kill from Cyr kept her team up, 19-12, which was Cyr's 10th kill of the match. Colorado had a kill and a block on the Sun Devils' set point, but a kill from Cyr would seal the set for ASU, 25-16.

Set Four: Arizona State 25, Colorado 21
The Sun Devils jumped out to an early 7-2 lead over the Buffaloes following a block from Snyder and Jeter. With ASU up by seven 10-3, the Buffaloes took their first timeout of the set. Colorado cut its deficit to two, but kills from Jeter and Levinska put ASU back on track on offense, 16-12. The Buffaloes came within one of the Sun Devils, 18-17, after consecutive kills. An ace by Snyder brought ASU back up by three, 20-17, and a kill from Levinska gave ASU the set point. The Sun Devils would seal the match on a kill from Jeter, 25-21.


Up Next
Arizona State will return to Tempe to face California on Friday at 7 p.m. MST and Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m. MST. Friday's match can be viewed on Pac-12 Arizona and Sunday's match can be viewed on the ASU Live Stream.