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Levinska Gets Career High In Five-Set Win At Cal

Nov 20, 2022

BERKELEY, Calif. – Behind a career-high 25 kills from Marta Levinska, Sun Devil Volleyball came back down 2-1 to win in five (25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-5) at Cal on Sunday afternoon in the final road match of the year. 

Notable Stats

  • Arizona State (12-18, 6-12 Pac-12) has won four in a row against Cal (7-21, 0-18 Pac-12), sweeping the season series for the second year in a row.  
  • Junior pin hitter Marta Levinska earned a career-high 25 kills in the win, her third match of the season with 20-plus kills. She also had her fifth double-double of the year, adding 14 digs.
  • As a team, the Sun Devils had 10 aces and 10 blocks. This is the third time this season ASU has had double-digit aces, led by three from Iman Isanovic. On the block, Claudia Stahlke led the way with seven, followed by five from Levinska. 
  • Senior outside hitter Iman Isanovic tallied 17 kills and moved into eighth place in the ASU record book, passing Jami Coughlin (1998-01). She also had seven digs and a team-best three aces.
  • Starting the match at DS before moving to libero in the third set, Jaden Ravnsborg had 21 digs, her second timie this year with 20-plus digs. This was her first match reaching double figures in that category since the last matchup with Cal earlier this season. She has 12 matches with double-digit digs this season. She also had two aces, a personal best.
  • Sophomore Geli Cyr had a well-rounded match, getting 14 digs and eight  kills on a .438 clip. She started at libero for the first time in her career. In the last two matches, she put on the different jersey late in the matches, making this her third appearance  at the position. After the first two sets, she switched back to outside. 
  • The setting duties were split between Shannon Shields and Ella Snyder, earning 36 and 19 assists, respectively. 
  • ASU has played in eight five-set matches this year and has a 5-3 record in those. The team also finishes with a 4-9 road record.


Set One: ASU 25, Cal 23
ASU got off to a quick start, going up 5-1. Levinska served an ace, putting the Sun-Devils up 9-3. The teams continued to trade points, but another ace kept ASU in front 12-7. Cal called another timeout after ASU served their fourth ace of the set, giving them a 20-14 lead. The Bears responded and went on a three-point run, forcing the Sun Devils to call a timeout of their own, as their lead was cut to one. A block by Cal allowed them to tie things up at 21, but ASU was able to sideout after that. After another tie at 23-23, the Sun Devils were able to close out the first set, thanks to back-to-back kills by Levinska. 

Set Two: Cal 25, ASU 20
A kill gave ASU a 5-3 lead, but Cal was able to tie it up. Another kill gave the Sun Devils the edge with a 6-5 lead, however that was followed by a three-point run by the Bears, putting them up 9-6. The Devils tied it up at nine after a 3-0 run, but the Bears took control after that, going up 15-12 at the media timeout. Another timeout was called by ASU, as two straight errors extended Cal's lead 17-13. Arizona State managed to make up a little ground, scoring three-straight points with Rabelo at the service line, closing the gap to 21-17.  After a kill by Cal, ASU was able to sideout and score two more, making the score 22-19 in Cal's favor. However, the comeback came up short and the Bears finished out the set. 

Set Three: Cal 25, ASU 21
An ace by Isanovic put the Sun Devils on the board first, but Cal was in control after that, getting up 9-2 early. Arizona State went on a 4-0 run, making the score 10-7 in Cal's favor. Both teams traded points until the media timeout, where Cal held a 15-9 lead. Following the media timeout, the Bears served two-straight aces, causing the Sun Devils to call another timeout with the score at 17-9. Levinska answered with two-straight kills, making the score 17-11.  ASU then went on a 5-0 run, to pull within two. After a quick sideout by Cal, ASU scored three more points, tying the set up at 20. Similar to the second set, the effort fell just short as the Bears took the 2-1 lead in the match.

Set Four: ASU 26, Cal 24 
ASU got off to a decent start, going up 5-2 early in the set. It was a very close set in the first half until Cal went up 13-9.  However, the Sun Devils responded and a kill by Cyr managed to put ASU within one. A few plays later, the Sun Devils were able to tie it up at 18, thanks to an ace by Meadow Cooper. It was close after that, but ASU remained in the lead when Cal called another timeout with the Sun Devils up 23-21. Cal was able to hold off ASU thanks to a service ace, but the Sun Devils managed to close it out in extra points. 

Set Five: ASU 15, Cal, 5
ASU started off strong, going up 5-2 and quickly forcing Cal to call a timeout. At the halfway point, Arizona State still held the lead, up 8-3. ASU scored again and Cal called another timeout, but the Sun Devils kept the momentum going, closing out the set on a four-point run. An ace from Ravnsborg sealed the win.

Up Next:
ASU wraps up the regular season with two home matches. Arizona State will host Utah on Wednesday, November 23, before senior night against Arizona on Saturday, November 26.