Devils Fall 3-1 at No. 8 Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. – Sun Devil Volleyball took a set from No. 8 Stanford on the road, but the comeback effort fell short as Arizona State fell in four sets (25-22, 25-11, 22-25, 25-14) on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.
- Arizona State (11-18, 5-12 Pac-12) lost the first two sets before winning the third, but Stanford (21-4, 16-1 Pac-12) extended its winning streak to 15.
- Junior pin hitter Marta Levinska led the team in kills with 15, making it nine consecutive matches in double figures. She also added eight digs.
- Senior setter Shannon Shields earned her fifth double-double of the season with 32 assists and 13 digs.
- Another Sun Devil with double-digit kills was senior outside hitter Iman Isanovic, earning 12 digs for 11 in a row with double-digit kills.
- Senior libero Annika Larson-Nummer, who was in the libero jersey for the first two sets, notched 11 digs tonight, improving her career-long streak of double-digit digs to 14 in a row.
- Taking over at libero in sets three and four was sophomore outside hitter Geli Cyr. She had 10 digs tonight, as well as three kills.
- Junior outside hitter Roberta Rabelo saw time in the last two sets, tallying seven kills and seven digs.
- At middle blocker, junior Claire Jeter led the team with three blocks, adding five kills and two aces as well.
Set One: Stanford 25, ASU 22
The Sun Devils opened with the lead, as Isanovic came out and got the first two kills of the match. The Cardinal stacked six of the next seven, but the Sun Devils remained close. They remained within one, at 10-9, after head coach Sanja Tomasevic's challenge on a Stanford touch was a success. ASU would not lead but did not trail by less than three. Jeter's ace tied the set at 18, and Levinska tied it again at 19, with a kill. At 21 all, the Sun Devils were only able to manage one last kill as the set came to a close with Stanford's quick knocks around and past ASU's defense.
Set Two: Stanford 25, ASU 11
The second set proved to be tougher for the Sun Devils to prevent one of the top teams in the country from scoring. Isanovic was responsible for three of ASU's first five points, but Stanford did not let up, extinguishing a small spark from ASU with five straight to reach 22 points. The home team closed out with a block.
Set Three: ASU 25, Stanford 22
Set three showcased a true bounce-back effort from the Sun Devils. Similar to the first set, ASU remained close even when trailing. Rabelo entered the match for the first time and made a difference, getting four kills and a dig to help ASU go on a 5-0 run to jump ahead by three and lead for the first time of the set, at 15-12. Jeter also helped push the Sun Devils along, with a kill and service ace to lead by four. Isanovic and Levinska continued their solid performances, with Levinska's three kills responsible for the majority of the last four points to win the set.
Set Four: Stanford 25, ASU 14
Levinska and Isanovic each added a pair of kills to their total tally early, however the Sun Devils already faced a steep deficit of eight. Rabelo added her third kill of the set to top off a 4-0 run, but the Cardinal still held a nine-point lead. After seeing two Stanford points that put them up 22-11, ASU went on another miniature run, this time of three to make it 22-14, Cardinal. But Stanford responded with a triad of kills to end the match.
Arizona State will play its last road match of the season at Cal on Sunday at 1 p.m. MST and can be viewed on the Pac-12 Network.