Volleyball hosts SoCal competitors
THIS WEEK IN SUN DEVIL VOLLEYBALL
The Sun Devils prepare to face yet two more ranked teams as they return to the familiar confines of Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State will confront the No. 2 UCLA Bruins on Friday night before facing the No. 5 USC Trojans on Saturday evening.
FOLLOW THE SUN DEVILS LIVE!
There will be three different ways for you to keep up with your Sun Devils as they play this weekend! You can follow the matches on Gametracker, which shows live statistics and play-by-play action, and also participate in the ASU CoverItLive chat, which takes place right from the sideline. Fox Sports Network will also be streaming live video on their web site. The links for each match are provided above and in the sidebar on the 2011 schedule.
WALK THROUGH CROWDS OF GOLD
Friday’s match against the Bruins is Gold Night! Be sure to break out your best gold attire and come to Wells Fargo Arena to receive a special $3 admission.
SAVE SECOND BASE
To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Devils will be playing pretty in pink on Saturday night against the Trojans. Come in your pink to get $3 admission. Representatives from the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be on site distributing information.
PREVIOUSLY FOR THE DEVILS…
Arizona State is currently on an eight-game losing streak, tying the longest in team history since 2005. Their last win was against Georgia Tech in pre-conference play. Three of the six Pac-12 opponents for the Devils have been nationally ranked in the AVCA Coaches Top-25 Poll, making the play for a victory even more difficult. Most recently, ASU took on No. 6 Stanford and No. 4 California, losing both matches 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.
ON THE BRUINS
The Devils hold an 8-62 record against the Bruins, most recently suffering a sweep in the 2010 season. UCLA stayed in the No. 2 slot after steadily sweeping both Utah and Colorado. The Bruins jumped from seventh to second in the AVCA polls after tallying wins against the #1 and #2 teams of California and Stanford. Junior Bojana Todorovic is currently first overall in the conference and 24th in the nation in aces per set with 0.46. Junior Rachael Kidder is fifth in the conference and 21st in the nation in kills per set with 4.28.
ON THE TROJANS
Arizona State is 11-56 when facing the Trojans, who also scratched wins against Stanford and California to gain a jump from No. 12 to No. 5 in the polls before facing Colorado and Utah. The Trojans swept both opponents, marking their sixth win in a row. Senior Lauren Williams holds the ninth-best hitting percentage in Division I with .412, while freshman teammate Hannah Schraer follows at 23rd with .386. Both girls are second and third respectively in the Pac-12 for their hitting percentage. Senior Alex Jupiter is second in conference and ninth nationally in points per set, with 5.23.