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Sun Devils Come Up Short At WSU

Oct 23, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two reached double figures in kills, but Sun Devil Volleyball was unable to defeat Washington State, falling in straight sets (25-16, 25-22, 25-21) on the road on Sunday. 

Notable Stats

  • Arizona State (10-12, 4-6 Pac-12) struggled to contain the offense from Washington State (15-6, 7-3 Pac-12) as the Cougars hit .379.
  • Senior outside hitter Iman Isanovic led all players with 15 kills, her fourth match in a row in double figures for kills, 16th match of the season. She also had six digs.
  • Senior libero Annika Larson-Nummer had 11 digs, which was tied for match-high with two Cougars. This was her seventh match in a row with double-digit digs, which is the longest streak of her career.
  • Another Sun Devil with double-digit kills was junior Marta Levinska with 10 on a .318 clip. She added two blocks as well.
  • Setters Shannon Shields and Ella Snyder had 16 and 14 assists, respectively. Shields also had two aces and six digs.

Set One: WSU 25, ASU, 16
Arizona State got off to a slow start in the first set, giving up the first three points until a kill by Isanovic put the Sun Devils on the board. Washington State remained in front when Shields came in and immediately served an ace, cutting into the deficit and making it 11-8. Down 17-11, ASU called a timeout. Andi Kreiling had two-straight kills after the timeout, making the score 17-13. Despite a productive set from Kreiling and Isanovic, the Sun Devils could never quite close the gap on the Cougars, as ASU dropped the first set 25-16. 

Set Two: WSU 25, ASU 22
The two teams traded points until an ace by Larson-Nummer gave the Sun Devils an early 4-3 lead. Another service ace, this time by Snyder, extended ASU's lead to two, making the score 6-4. A four-point scoring run allowed WSU to regain the lead, going up by one, until a kill by Leah Miller ended the Cougars' run, tying things up at nine apiece. The teams continued to battle throughout the set. A kill by Cyr capped off a three point-run by ASU that tied the game at 14. A late ace by Shields gave the Sun Devils a slim 19-18 lead. Unfortunately it wasn't enough as WSU was able to close out the set 25-22. 

Set Three: WSU 25, ASU, 21
The third set did not start off well for ASU as they fell behind 3-0. A kill by Isanovic followed by an ace from Larson-Nummer gave ASU its first two points of the set, but WSU was able to side out after that. The teams tied it up four times after that until an 8-0 run for the Cougars allowed them to take a commanding 17-10 lead. ASU tried to mount a late comeback, going on a 7-0 scoring run to put them within two, but ultimately fell short, losing 25-21. 

Up Next
The Sun Devils will be back in action at Desert Financial Arena next weekend, starting on Friday, October 28, when they host the Oregon State Beavers. On Sunday, ASU will host No. 20 Oregon.