Sun Devils Fall In Both Matches On Friday
LUBBOCK, Texas – Senior outside hitter Iman Isanovic notched two double-doubles on Friday, but Sun Devil Volleyball came up short in both matches on the first day of the Red Raider Classic, falling to SMU and Texas Tech.
- Arizona State (5-6) found success in various areas throughout the day but struggled to put it all together. After hitting .132 in the first match against SMU (7-5), ASU hit .223 in the night matchup against Texas Tech (10-2). The Sun Devil block had 10 in the early match but three in the later match.
- The match against SMU was the fourth five-set match this season. ASU is now 2-2 in those matches.
- Senior outside hitter Iman Isanovic earned her third and fourth double-doubles of the season today. She had 16 kills and 11 digs against SMU and earned those exact numbers against Texas Tech as well.
- Sophomore libero Jaden Ravnsborg has reached double figures in digs in all but one match this season. She had 16 against the Mustangs and 10 against the Red Raiders.
- The setting duties were primarily handled by junior Ella Snyder. She totaled 62 assists on the day, including a season-high 36 against Texas Tech.
- Junior Marta Levinska reached double-digit kills in both matches, starting with 11 and ending with 12. She also had four blocks in the afternoon match and eight digs in the night match.
Game One: SMU 3, Arizona State 2
After a strong start in the first match to go up 2-0, the Sun Devils allowed the Mustangs to come back and win the next three sets to take the match (25-27, 23-25, 25-14, 25-18, 17-15). Three from ASU reached double-digit kills: Isanovic with 16, Levinska with 11 and Cyr with 10. Isanovic also had 11 digs for a double-double. The digs leader was Ravnsborg with 16.
Set One: Arizona State 27, SMU 25
The first set was a battle from the start, with neither team creating separation for the majority of the set. The Mustangs went up 15-13 at the media timeout. After four in a row behind two kills from Cyr and an ace from Isanovic, the Sun Devils took the 18-16 lead. ASU led by as much as four at 21-17 after another Cyr kill, but SMU battled back with a 4-1 run to make it 23-21. The Sun Devils had set point at 24-23, but the Mustangs knotted up the score. With some "overtime," the Sun Devils won a tight set by two, 27-25.
Set Two: Arizona State 25, SMU 23
The second set was similar to the first in that neither team was able to create much separation. There were nine dies and five lead changes in this frame. After a couple kills from Isanovic, ASU had the early 6-3 kill. However, later in the set a 3-0 run from SMU tied it up at 10-10. Behind a 3-0 run of their own, the Sun Devils got back on top, 16-14. After more tight competition saw ASU down 23-20, Jeter was clutch down the stretch to serve four in a row and give Arizona State the 25-23 win.
Set Three: SMU 25, Arizona State 14
SMU made an early run to make it 7-3, a lead it would not relinquish. The Mustangs went on a 4-0 run to extend the lead to 13-6. The Sun Devils put together a couple in a row thanks to a kill from Isanovic, but the damage had been done. SMU closed out the set with a 4-0 run, winning 25-14.
Set Four: SMU 25, Arizona State 18
The teams battled from the start of the fourth, neither able to pull away at first. A few Sun Devil errors and a pair of Mustang kills gave SMU the 9-6 lead. After an ASU timeout, Cyr's kill made it 12-8, SMU. Despite trading points for a while, the Sun Devils were not able to make up ground. Arizona State made a late push with Snyder serving, putting together five in a row thanks to some SMU errors to make it 22-18. However, the comeback fell short with the Mustangs forcing a fifth set.
Set Five: SMU 17, Arizona State 15
The final set was another close set, seeing eight ties and six lead changes in the short time. ASU allowed SMU to take the lead from the start as the Mustangs jumped out to a 5-1 advantage. However, the Sun Devils responded with four in a row to tie it at 5-5 with Annika Larson at the service line. An ace from Meadow Cooper gave ASU the 10-9 lead, but SMU responded with a kill to tie it and push the team to a 3-0 run, making it 12-10. Facing match point, Levinska's kill held it off and a Mustangs error tied it at 14-14. Isanovic then put down the ball to give ASU match point, but SMU had three in a row to win it, 17-15.
Game Two: Texas Tech 3, Arizona State 0
Arizona State fell in straight sets to Texas Tech (25-23, 25-22, 25-21) despite a second-straight double-double from Isanovic with 16 kills and 11 digs. Snyder was the primary setter this match with 36 assists. Ravnsborg at libero chipped in 10 digs.
Set One: Texas Tech 25, Arizona State 23
ASU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead that saw kills from Isanovic and Andi Kreiling. However, Texas Tech put together six in a row to take the 8-5 lead. With help from two kills from Levinska and another kill from Isanovic, the Sun Devils went on a 4-1 run to cut into the deficit, down just one at 14-13. From there the score was close until the end of the set, no team going up by more than two. Sophomore Meadow Cooper subbed in to serve and brought a spark off to the court, getting two big digs to help the team take the 21-19 lead. However, three in a row for the Red Raiders put the home team back on top at the end, getting them the 25-23 win.
Set Two: Texas Tech 25, Arizona State 22
The second set was much of the same, with the Red Raiders getting an early lead and holding on until the end. The Sun Devils got within one at 7-6 after a kill from Isanovic, but the lead increased to three after two-straight points. Momentum picked up for ASU to make it a one-point deficit at 20-19 after a 5-1 run capped off by few scrappy plays to keep the ball alive. Texas Tech extended its lead with a 3-0 run to make it 23-19, eventually winning 25-22.
Set Three: Texas Tech 25, Arizona State 21
After going down 5-1 early, the Sun Devils put themselves in a tough position. A kill from Isanovic stopped a 4-1 run, putting the score at 10-5. Trailing the whole set, ASU battled back late. Sparked by two blocks from Claudia Stahlke, Arizona State scored four in a row to be down four at 22-18. A 3-0 Sun Devil run held off three match points, but the run came too late as the Red Raiders won 25-21 to take the match.
The Sun Devils wrap up the Red Raider Classic on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. MST. It will be streamed live on YouTube and will have live stats.