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Home Opener For Sand Devils On Tuesday

Mar 7, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Sun Devil Beach Volleyball Facility will hold its first official games on Tuesday as Sun Devil Beach Volleyball hosts Benedictine University at Mesa at 11 a.m. MST, as well as rival Arizona at 3 p.m. MST. 

The matchup between the Sand Devils and the Wildcats will be the first of two Territorial Cup games for beach volleyball. The winner will receive a half point towards the series. In addition to the two ASU duals, there will be a neutral site dual between Benedictine and Arizona at 1 p.m. MST. 

How to Follow
Both duals will be free and open to the public, as well as live on the ASU Live Stream and live scoring for those unable to attend. Fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets as there are no bleachers. 

Sun Devil Outlook
Arizona State (3-3)

  • The Sand Devils had a solid weekend at the Cactus Classic, going 3-1. The only loss came against No. 9 Hawai'i, but ASU got revenge against Boise State, winning 3-2 to avenge the opening-weekend loss. 
  • Two duos have 4-2 records this season to lead the team. The top pair of fifth-year senior Cierra Flood and junior Lexi Sweeney have four wins on the top court, while sophomore Lila Bordis and junior Sarah Waters have reached that mark at the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
  • Flood is making her way up the record book, upping her total to 55 wins to put her in a tie for fifth place for career wins. Her partner Sweeney also moved up, her 21 wins putting her in 17th place. Additionally, Waters now has 19 career wins to move into the top 20, good for 19th. 

Opponent Outlook
Benedictine (1-1)

  • The Redhawks are 1-1 heading into the three duals they are set to play on Monday in California. They have a 3-2 win over South Mountain Community College.
  • In 2021, Benedictine had a short season, playing just six duals. The team went 2-4 in those matchups.
  • This will be the first meeting between ASU and Benedictine.

No. 13 Arizona (4-2)

  • At the Cactus Classic last weekend, Arizona matched ASU's record at the tournament and went 3-1. The lone loss came to No. 9 Hawai'i.
  • Last season, the Wildcats went 22-6 with five ranked wins, including top-10 wins over No. 7 Stanford and No. 8 Pepperdine. However, the team came short of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
  • In the all-time series, ASU has just three wins over Arizona. The last win for the Sun Devils came in 2017 when they won in Tucson.