TEMPE, Ariz.- No.16 Arizona State volleyball continues the first week of Pac-12 play with a trip to Palo Alto, Calif. to take on No. 7 Stanford on Friday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. The match will be broadcasted live on Pac-12 Networks.
Arizona State (12-1, 1-0 Pac-12) is coming off three-straight sweeps over the weekend at the Arizona State Marriott Invitational, which resulted in the Sun Devils climbing the polls up to No. 16. The newly released ranking also constitutes the highest appearance for the Sun Devils since 1995 where ASU made a solid run into the post-season tournament. The Sun Devils continued with the dominance into the commencement of Pac-12 play Tuesday night where they were able to sweep the Arizona Wildcats, 3-0.
ASU now sets its sights to a stout No. 7 Stanford (8-2, 1-0 Pac-12) where The Cardinal is coming off a 3-1 win at rival California on Sept. 25.
ABOUT THE STANFORD SERIES: Arizona State is 4-62 against Stanford overall. The last win came on Sept. 30, 2000 over No. 15 Stanford in the 3-1 set win in Tempe. The win over the Cardinal was the first for ASU over Stanford since Oct 22, 1993. Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat leads the Pac-12 and ranks third in the nation with a .484 hitting percentage this season while also averaging 1.41 blocks per set. Three members, including Wopat, of the Stanford squad have tallied 100 plus kills on the season – Brittany Howard (105), Rachel Williams (103), and Wopat (102).
ASU IN THE RANKINGS
ASU ranks first in the Pac-12 in opponent hitting percentage, with opponents averaging a mere .103.
ASU is second in the conference in service aces with 63 (1.54 avg/set) with a season-high 10 against Alabama St on Sept 21. Three players have accrued 10 or more on the season- Stephanie Preach (14), Bianca Arellano (12) and Shannan McCready (11).
The Sun Devils are third in the conference in digs with 646 (15.76 avg/s) led by the senior libero, Preach, with her 187 digs (4.56 avg/s), which is the 4th most in the Pac-12. Preach has also moved into the second all-time position in ASU history with 1,647 total career digs, passing Christy Nore who has held the position since 1988.
ASU’s .374 attack percentage against ULM (Sept 21, 2013) is the fifth-highest performance in ASU history (rally scoring).
THE KILLER B’s
ASU ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in blocks, averaging 2.67 a game (109 total)
Whitney Follette-44, (36 ba, 8 bs)
Mercedes Binns- 42 (36 ba, 6 bs)
Bianca Arellano-35, (32 ba, 3 bs)
BreElle Bailey-30 (26 ba, 4 bs)
Mercedes Binns’ 10 total blocks (1- 9) in her performance against then-No.14 Illinois (Sep 13, 2013) is ranked seventh in the conference. The performance also pushed her into the ASU record books for a tie at second for total blocks in an individual match.
MACEY, MACEY, MACEY
Sophomore outside hitter Macey Gardner ranks first in kills in the Pac-12 and sixth nationally, averaging 4.89 per set with a total of 181 kills.
Gardner also holds four of the top five spots in the Pac-12 for kills in 3-sets:
KILLS 3-SETS (K-E-TA)
22 (22- 3-42) Macey Gardner (Arizona State) at UNLV (Sep 07, 2013)
21 (21- 6-38) Macey Gardner (Arizona State) vs Seattle (Sep 06, 2013)
21 (21- 3-40) Toner, Lila (Oregon State) at Oakland (Aug 31, 2013)
20 (20- 7-52) Macey Gardner (Arizona State) at Gonzaga (Sep 07, 2013)
19 (19- 1-34) Macey Gardner (Arizona State) at North Dakota State (Aug 31, 2013)
Freshman outside hitter BreElle Bailey’s performance in the 3-0 sweep of then-No.24 Wichita State on Aug 30, 2013 has her ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in the individual match high list for attack percentage- .636 (16-2-22). Bailey also had the game-winning block against Arizona on Tuesday, sealing the deal over the Wildcats. Bailey isn’t all block, however. The freshman has recorded seven games with an attack average over .300.
8/30 vs. Utah Valley: .550 (13-2-20)
8/31 vs. #24 Wichita State: .636 (16-2-22)
9/7 vs. UNLV: .333 (10-3-21)
9/12 vs. Youngstown State: .389 (10-3-18)
9/20 vs. Cal Poly: .389 (9-2-18)
9/21 vs. ULM: .700 (7-0-10)
9/23 vs. Arizona: .429 (11-2-21)