Blocking Not Enough In Loss At No. 13 UCLA
LOS ANGELES -- Splitting the season series, Sun Devil Volleyball fell in straight sets at No. 13 UCLA (25-21, 25-18, 25-19) on Friday night to start the two-week road trip.
- Arizona State (14-14, 8-9 Pac-12) out-blocked UCLA (21-4, 14-3 Pac-12) in the loss, 11-8. Sophomore middle blocker Claudia Stahlke matched her season high with seven total blocks to lead all players.
- Junior outside hitter Iman Isanovic had 13 kills to lead the team in the match, extending her streak of reaching double figures in kills to 12 in a row.
- Sophomore Ella Snyder earned her 12th double-double of the season with 22 assists and 12 digs.
- Starting at libero for the fourth match in a row was fifth-year senior Jamye Cox, earning a team-high 14 digs. She has reached double-digit digs in each of the last four matches.
- Three Sun Devils notched five kills in the setback: Marta Levinska, Geli Cyr and Claire Jeter.
Set One: UCLA 25, Arizona State 21
The teams kept it close in the first set, a block from Jeter and Levinska tying it at 3-3. Arizona State put together a 4-0 run that saw a kill from Isanovic and a block from Isanovic and Stahlke to push its lead to 18-13, forcing a timeout from UCLA. The Bruins later responded with four points in a row to tie it up at 20-20 before a kill from Cyr ended the drought. However, the home team went on a 5-0 run to end the set and win 25-21.
Set Two: UCLA 25, Arizona State 18
The block got hot to start the second frame, two in a row giving ASU the 8-7 lead. After more back and forth, UCLA scored two-straight points to take the 13-11 lead, but Arizona State got two in a row from kills from Levinska and Cyr to tie it again. There was finally separation after the Bruins strung together five in a row to take the 20-16 lead. ASU allowed UCLA to go on a 3-0 run to win the set, 25-18.
Set Three: UCLA 25, Arizona State 19
To start the third, the teams were close again. After the Bruins scored three in a row, the Sun Devils responded with a 3-0 run of their own to go up 7-6, capped off by an overpass kill from Snyder. From there, the teams traded sideouts until UCLA put together four-straight points to go up 15-12 into the media timeout. The Sun Devils battled back with a 4-0 run sparked by two blocks to take the 18-17 lead. However, the Bruins got back on top with a couple blocks of their own to lead 20-18 and force the Sun Devils' final timeout. The home team held the lead and completed the sweep, winning 25-19.
Arizona State will go across town to take on USC on Sunday at 2 p.m. MST. It can be viewed on the USC Live Stream