Volleyball continues home stand versus Colorado, Utah
THIS WEEK IN SUN DEVIL VOLLEYBALL
The four-game home stand continues this weekend for Arizona State with matches against their Rocky Mountain Pac-12 opponents. The Devils (6-19 overall, 2-14 Pac-12) will see first serve against the Colorado Buffaloes at 8 p.m. MT on Friday night, and spike off their matchup with the Utah Utes at 7 p.m. MT on Saturday evening.
FOLLOW THE SUN DEVILS LIVE!
FOX Sports Arizona will host a live video stream on their web site on both Friday and Saturday night. Make sure to stop by the ASU volleyball live chat for both matches this weekend, hosted by a media relations staff member sitting right on the sideline. Gametracker will also be up and running with live statistics for both teams. All links are provided above.
TWITTER CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
Following Friday night’s match, the Sun Devils will hide the game ball somewhere on the Arizona State University campus. One lucky fan can find the ball, signed by the entire team, using clues from our official Twitter page! Make sure to follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/SunDevilVB for your chance to win!
LEND A HELPING HAND
The volleyball team will be hosting a canned food drive during the entire weekend. Bring in any non-perishable food item and receive a special $3 admission. All food will go directly to the United Food Bank of Mesa. You can find more information on the Facebook event page by clicking here or visiting https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=277859302238206
PREVIOUSLY FOR THE SUN DEVILS…
A-State had a stellar outing this past weekend as they returned to Wells Fargo Arena to face the No. 20 Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers. The Devils fought a tough battle against the Ducks, and hit above .500 in all four sets before faltering to Oregon 3-1. Ashley Kastl reached 27 kills on the night, and Nora Tuioti-Mariner had five block assists to help the Devils outblock the Ducks 11.0 to 5.0. The squad carried that momentum into their next match, where they defeated the Beavers 3-0 in their first conference win and first sweep since facing the Colorado Buffaloes on Oct. 15. ASU gathered 48 kills total in the match, and hit .338 overall, which marked their season best in three-set games.
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOES
The Buffs (5-20 overall, 0-17 Pac-12) remain winless in Pac-12 play after losing tough battles to No. 3 Stanford and No. 7 Cal. Both matches were pushed to four sets at the Coors Events Center, the first home games since facing Arizona State three weeks prior. On Friday, CU held the Cardinal to under .400 on the night, but Stanford had 14.5 blocks to Colorado’s 4.5, and Kerra Schroeder was the only Buffalo to record double-digit kills with 15. The Buffs faced an even tougher battle against Cal on Saturday, with two Colorado players hitting double-digits in kills to contribute to 46 total on the night. The Buffs outblocked the Golden Bears 8.0 to 6.0, but it wasn’t enough as Cal came back with a .424 attack percentage in the fourth set to grab the W. Schroeder is currently 44th in the nation in kills per set with 4.03 on average. The last time the Devils took on the Buffs, ASU got the better end of the deal, sweeping Colorado on their home turf.
SCOUTING THE UTES
Utah (9-17 overall, 4-13 Pac-12) also took on the top-10 ranked west coast opponents and lost both matches. The Utes fought No. 7 Cal Golden Bears through five tough sets with five players recording double-digit kills, but the effort wasn’t enough to gain a victory. Utah notched 10.5 more blocks, but Cal recorded 14 more kills, lifting them to take the fifth set. Crimson Court didn’t see as close of a match the next night as the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal swept the Utes, who only grabbed 32 kills on the night, the highest individual count going to Chelsey Schofield with 8. Nationally, Erin Redd is tied for twelfth in blocks per set with 1.45, and Danielle Killpack is 31st in the same category with an average of 1.27, helping boost the Utes as a team to fifth overall with 3.03 blocks per set. The Utes swept the Devils in Salt Lake City in their most recent get-together.