By Bennett Dwosh, SDA Communications
TEMPE, Ariz. — The No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devil Volleyball team was defeated by the No. 21 Oregon Ducks in four sets (25-21, 19-25, 10-25, 20-25) during Sunday’s matinee game at Wells Fargo Arena in front of a crowd of 1,617. The defeat by Oregon (9-5, 2-2) brings the Sun Devil’s record to 13-3 overall and 2-2 in Pac-12 play.
Macey Gardner led the team with 20 kills, followed by teammates BreElle Bailey and McKenzie Willey with 10 and six kills respectively. Bianca Arellano, in typical fashion, recorded her seventh double-double this season, with 38 assists and 12 digs. Stephanie Preach led the team in digs with 14, while Shannan McCready, Caitlyn Francis, and Bianca Arellano all followed with 12 digs each.
The first set was a battle between the Ducks and Sun Devils. Oregon made an early 8-6 run, but Arizona State responded with a streak of five unanswered points and would end up taking the set 25-21. BreElle Bailey and Macey Gardner had a big first set with 6 kills each.
Arizona State scored quickly in the second set, leading to a timeout by Oregon as the Devils led 2-0. However, Oregon would go ahead after a 4-1 run and would not relinquish the lead throughout the rest of the set. Liz Brenner’s six kills for Oregon were the difference maker in the second set and Oregon won 25-19.
Oregon dominated the third set after surmounting an early Sun Devil lead. The Ducks would end the third set on an 11-1 run, winning the set 25-10. Oregon’s set three victory would put the Ducks up two sets to one.
The fourth set was a nail biter with nine ties throughout and four lead changes. Oregon took a timeout down 18-16 to Arizona State but the Ducks responded with four straight points. Head coach Jason Watson would then call timeout down 18-20 to Oregon. The Ducks would end the set on a 5-2 run, winning by a score of 25-20 and taking the match three sets to one.
Arizona State Volleyball next heads to Washington this upcoming week for a Friday night matchup in Pullman versus Washington State at 6 p.m. PT and a Sunday matinee in Seattle versus the University of Washington at 3 p.m. PT. Both matches will be shown on Pac-12 Networks.