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Volleyball starts home stand against Oregon, OSU

November 02, 2011

FRIDAY, NOV. 4: Arizona State vs. No. 20 Oregon, 7 p.m.
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SATURDAY, NOV. 5: Arizona State vs. Oregon State, 7 p.m.
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Wells Fargo Arena will play host to two Arizona State matchups this weekend. The Devils (5-18, 1-13 Pac-12) will go up against the No. 20 Oregon Ducks on Friday night at 7 p.m. ASU then challenges the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday night, also at 7 p.m. 

Every ASU home game features live statistics and a live interactive chat hosted by a staff member of ASU Media Relations. This Friday and Saturday night will be no different, and you can find the links to participate above. Make sure to stop on by and shout out your Sun Devil support! Friday night’s game against the Ducks will also be featured in a live video stream on FOX Sports Arizona’s web site. 

Saturday night’s match against the Beavers is Sun Devil Youth Night/Camper Reunion Night. All youth ages 12 & under will receive $3 admission when wearing their volleyball club team jersey or shirt. All former Sun Devil summer camp attendees are encouraged to attend and reconnect with friends.

ASU comes off of a tough weekend in the northwest, notching two losses against No. 10 Washington and Washington State. The Devils forced five lengthy sets against Washington as the Huskies took the first and third sets but ASU won both the second and fourth sets by 22-25. Ashley Kastl’s 17 kills and the team’s nine tie scores weren’t enough to close as UW won the final set 15-13. A-State didn’t have as much luck against the Washignton State Cougars, who swept the Devils 3-0 on the night. The Cougs hit above .300 in all three sets and held ASU to zero blocks through the match to take the victory. 

No. 20 Oregon (15-7, 8-6 Pac-12) comes to Tempe after splitting the weekend with a win against Colorado and a loss against Utah. Oregon felt the pressure in Utah as the Utes brought the match to a five-set upset. Junior Katherine Fischer saw 18 kills on the night and three Ducks players were in double-double figures. The victory over the Buffs the next night was Oregon’s 11th sweep on the season as junior Alana Bergsma had 13 kills on a .379 percentage, and the team had a .360 hitting percentage on the night. The Ducks currently rank seventh overall in kills per set (14.64) and eighth in assists per set (13.51). Sophomore Lauren Plum is sixth in the nation in assists per set with 11.79. Bergsma is both 12th in kills per set (4.53) and 14th in points per set (5.05). In the most recent face-off between the Devils and the Ducks, Oregon (then ranked 16th) walked away with the 3-1 win. 

Oregon State (14-10, 6-8 Pac-12) gained a lot of momentum this weekend with back-to-back wins against Utah and Colorado. The Buffaloes held the Beavers to five sets on Friday night but junior Camille Saxton’s 22 kills sustained OSU to get the W. Two other Beavers had double-figure kills and junior Megan McBride earned her eighth double-double on the year. Oregon State brought the heat the next night against the Utah Utes in a 3-0 sweep with 42 kills that were spread across all members of the team. The Beavers are ranked 49th in the nation in blocks per set with 2.49. When the Devils faced OSU earlier this season, ASU took the loss 3-2.