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Volleyball travels to Golden State

September 29, 2011

The Devils will take to the road again this weekend, traveling to the West Coast to face two nationally ranked Pac-12 opponents. Both the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal and the No. 4 California Golden Bears will take on the Sun Devils, who currently hold a record of 4-9 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

After coming off of the longest road trip in eight seasons, the Devils returned to Tempe, Ariz. with a four game losing streak to face the Washington State Cougars and then-No. 4 Washington Huskies. Arizona State dropped both matches, losing to the Cougars in a heart-wrenching 3-2 match and to the Huskies in a 3-0 sweep.

Arizona State currently stands at 4-57 overall against the Cardinal. Stanford entered the previous weekend ranked No. 2 in the AVCA Polls, but that did the Cardinal no good as they lost both of their matches. Stanford fell 3-2 to No. 7 UCLA, keeping close scores in the first four sets but dropping the fifth 9-15 after UCLA took a 2-0 lead and never gave it up. No. 12 USC then swept the Cardinal, where all three sets were lost by only two points. Despite the losses, outside hitter Rachel Williams recorded two double-doubles, totaling 24 kills and 30 digs on the weekend. Morgan Boukather also had a season high with 13 kills on 28 attempts and two errors against UCLA.

The Devils have an all-time record of 28-26 against the Bears. California began last weekend at the cherished No. 1 position in the AVCA Polls with a 13-match win streak. They faced the same fate as Stanford, losing both matches to the same opponents. The weekend started out with a 3-0 devastating sweep at No. 12 USC, which snapped the win streak and marked the first three sets dropped since facing Stanford. The Bears then traveled to face No. 7 UCLA, where the Bruins took the first two sets but regardless of a third-set rally by Cal, they dominated the fourth set and won by ten points. Tarah Murrey also stacked up her first two double-doubles on the season, with 32 kills and 34 digs over the weekend.