Volleyball falls to Stanford
Sofie Schlagintweit led the assault Saturday night with 12 kills as the Sun Devil Women’s Volleyball team closed out their 2009 home season with a tough 25-21, 25-15, 25-20 loss to the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal to fall to 13-15 overall and 3-13 in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal improve to 20-7 on the season and 13-14 in conference play with one week left in the regular season.
Set one saw A State come to play as they hit .250 with Erica Wilson and Sofie Schlagintweit both collecting five apiece to hang tough with Stanford, but the Cardinal were just able to best the Maroon and Gold with a .310 team attack percentage and two blocks to just edge ahead with a 25-21 win.
The Cardinal came out rocking in set two as well as they posted an amazing .455 attack percentage to blaze by on the coattails of Barbara Ifejika’s five kills and two team blocks to take a 25-15 win.
Coming out of the break the Sun Devils showed a bit more heart with three blocks to hold down the Cardinal as best as they could, but Eileen Murfee was swinging to win it with seven kills and a blazing .467 attack percentage that ASU just couldn’t contain as Stanford completed the sweep with a 25-20 to wrap the match.
Post match, Jason Watson stated, “We seemed to struggle with the small details again today, which is something we’ve been working on all season. We had solid outings from Sofie Schalagintweit and Paige Mittelstaedt, but we just weren’t able to get everyone in sync throughout the match.”
Up next the Sun Devils will wrap up the 2009 regular season as they head to Los Angeles next weekend to take on the UCLA Bruins and USC Women of Troy next Friday and Saturday night.