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Road Trip Continues At Baylor Invitational

Sep 7, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – The second week on the road is taking Sun Devil Volleyball to another ranked school to participate in the Baylor Invitational on Friday and Saturday, hosted by the No. 15 Bears.

How to Follow
Arizona State will play two matches on Friday, facing Evansville at 12 p.m. MST before taking on Colorado State at 6 p.m. MST. The tournament will wrap up for ASU by facing Baylor on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. MST, which will be on Big 12 Now. All matches will have live scoring. 

Sun Devil Outlook
Arizona State (4-2)

  • The Sun Devils went 2-1 last weekend at the Georgia Tech Invitational, picking up wins over Florida International and 2021 NCAA Tournament team Dayton. The lone loss came to No. 5 Georgia Tech, falling in four sets.
  • This weekend is the second of five-straight weekends on the road for the Sun Devils. Arizona State is the only Pac-12 team to not play a home match in September. Among Power 5 teams, ASU is one of three, along with Northwestern and Ohio State, to be on the road for the entire month.
  • Senior outside hitter Iman Isanovic reached 1,000 career kills over the weekend, currently sitting at 1,045. She is the 18th Sun Devil to reach that mark and is now in 16th place in the record book for career kills. Currently, she's on a five-match streak of earning double-digit kills.
  • Isanovic and junior pin hitter Marta Levinska were named to the Georgia Tech All-Tournament Team. This is the second all-tournament honor of the season for Levinska. The duo of Levinska and Isanovic lead the team in kills with 76 and 74, respectively.
  • Junior Ella Snyder has been the primary setter this season, accumulating 141 assists so far, a team best. She also is first in aces with 10 after she had a career-high five in the win over Dayton, which is tied for the seventh-most in a match in ASU history. She helped the Sun Devils earn 15 aces, which is the second-most in program history.
  • A couple Sun Devils have been shining on defense. The team's block leader is junior middle blocker Claire Jeter with 28. She is also first on the team in hitting percentage with .333. At libero, sophomore transfer Jaden Ravsnborg has started each match, earning a team-best 78 digs this season.

Opponent Outlook
Evansville (2-5)

  • The Purple Aces had a tough weekend last week, falling in all three contests at the Golden Eagle Invitational.
  • Last season, Evansville played in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship for its postseason competition, winning two matches. The team went 21-12 (9-9 Missouri Valley Conference).
  • This will be the first meeting in program history between ASU and Evansville.

Colorado State (4-2)

  • The Rams went 2-1 over the weekend at their home tournament, picking up wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Alabama State. Colorado State has yet to play a match away from home.
  • In 2021, CSU went 19-11. Like Evansville, Colorado State played in the postseason at the National Volleyball Invitational Championship, winning one match.
  • The Sun Devils are 11-1 all-time against the Rams. They last faced off in 2015, with ASU defeating No. 9 CSU in a sweep in Fort Collins.

No. 15 Baylor (3-2)

  • Of the Bears' two losses this season, one came against No. 5 Minnesota and the other came in an upset at Pepperdine last weekend. Baylor has a win over defending champions No. 3 Wisconsin.
  • The Bears are coming off of a big 2021 where they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen at the NCAA tournament. They had a 22-6 record (14-2 Big 12).
  • ASU is 1-1 against Baylor all-time, with the two teams not having met since 1998. The Bears won that last meeting.