TEMPE, Ariz.—The Arizona State volleyball team (16-10, 5-9) remains at home this week, hosting Utah and Colorado in Wells Fargo Arena. Thursday’s contest with Colorado will start at 7 p.m. MT and will be live streamed through thesundevils.com. Sunday’s match against Utah is set for a Noon MT first serve and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
Tempe Road Closures On Nov. 17
Due to the upcoming Ironman Triathlon, a number of roads near Wells Fargo Arena will be either closed or restricted.
Please take note of the restrictions below and note that traffic may be heavier around the Tempe campus on game day.
Coming from the West, use AZ143 South to University, east to campus.
Coming from the North, use the 101, Exit on University, west to campus.
• Rio Salado Parkway will be restricted to one lane eastbound between Mill Avenue and McClintock Drive. All traffic at intersecting streets and driveways will be required to turn right. No lefts or through movements will be permitted along this stretch of Rio Salado Parkway.
• Rio Salado Parkway will be closed westbound between McClintock Drive and Mill Avenue. All westbound traffic (east of McClintock Drive) must turn left onto southbound McClintock Drive. Limited access will be granted to local residents between Rural Road and Mill Avenue (from southbound Rural Road only).
• Priest Drive will be restricted to two lanes northbound between Rio Salado Parkway and the SR202L eastbound on-ramp.
• Mill Avenue will be closed southbound between Washington Street/Curry Road and 2nd Street.
• Mill Avenue northbound will be closed at 2nd Street (access to businesses maintained).
• Scottsdale Road southbound will be closed at the SR202L. Local access will be provided to area businesses and residents south of the SR202L.
• Rural Road northbound will be closed at Rio Salado Parkway. All northbound traffic must turn right onto eastbound Rio Salado Parkway.
• McClintock Drive will be closed in both directions between Rio Salado Parkway and the SR202L on/off-ramps. North of the SR202L on/off-ramps, traffic will be restricted to one lane northbound. All southbound traffic that does not turn right onto eastbound Curry Road will be forced onto westbound SR202L.
• All traffic exiting the SR202L at Scottsdale Road will be required to turn northbound onto Scottsdale Road. Local access will be provided to area businesses and residents south of the SR202L.
• All traffic exiting eastbound on the SR202L at McClintock Drive will be required to turn northbound onto McClintock Drive.
About the Colorado Series
The Buffaloes dropped a pair of home matches to Stanford and California last week. Against Stanford, Colorado was held to a .085 hitting percentage. Taylor Simpson led the way with 13 kills for the match.
Against California, the Buffaloes battled to a 28-26 victory in the first set, before being narrowly edged in each of the following three frames. Simpson once again led the team in kills with 21 while Alexis Austin added 11 of her own.
Earlier this season, the Sun Devils dropped a 3-1 decision to Colorado, with Macey Gardner and BreElle Bailey recording 14 and 13 kills, respectively.
About the Utah Series
Over the weekend, the Utes dropped a pair of straight-set home matches to California and Stanford. Against the Bears, Chelsey Schofield led the way with nine kills while Erin Redd-Brandon added eight.
Against Stanford, Shelby Dalton led the way with eight kills and a hitting percentage of .217. Morgan Odale also added eight kills to the match.
The Sun Devils and Utes last met in Salt Lake City on Oct. 24. Despite recording a career high 29 kills, Utah outlasted ASU in a five-set battle. Nora Tuioti-Mariner recorded a season-high 14 hills while BreElle Bailey added 13 to the match.
Last Time Out
Over the weekend, the ASU picked up its first straight-set victory since Oct. 4 as the Sun Devils topped Washington State in a late-night battle on the Pac-12 Networks.
BreElle Bailey led the way with 15 kills while Shannan McCready added 35 helpers to the contest.
On Saturday, the Sun Devils honored the careers of its senior class: Stephanie Preach, Bethany Jorgensen, Jenny Teslevich, and Caitlyn Francis, before facing Washington.
ASU took the first set before being narrowly edged in the second and then dropping the final two for a 3-1 final. Macey Gardney led the way with 18 kills while McCready added 40 assists and Preach recorded a season-high 28 digs.
Heating Up The Polls
The Sun Devils had previously been ranked every week between Sept. 16 and Oct. 24 in the AVCA Division I volleyball polls, and have picked up five votes toward the poll for the week of Nov. 11.
ASU’s move to No. 15 in the Sept 30, 2013 poll constitutes the highest ranking since 1995 where the Sun Devils, led by Patti Snyder-Park, made it into the Sweet 16.
ASU’s debut at No. 18 in the polls was the first top-25 ranking since Nov. 4, 2002.
Stifling Sun Devils
ASU continues to lead the league in opponent hitting percentage with a low of .160.
In Oct. 4 contest with Oregon State, the Sun Devils held the Beavers to a scant eight points in the second set, which marks the lowest ASU has held a squad in a set this season.
Racking Up The Kills
Macey Gardner has racked up 377 kills so far this season, and leads the league in kills per set with a clip of 4.54. Gardner also sits in third in the conference in points per set with an average of 4.84. Additionally, both marks rank Gardner nationally: 15th in kills per set and 24th in points per set.
Setter Bianca Arellano has posted 10 double-doubles this season, which places her in the top-five in the conference. Arellano posted a season high 55 assists on Oct. 12 at Utah.
Gardner Has Career Night
Macey Gardner picked up a new career high in kills at 29 in the five-set battle with Utah on Oct. 24. Gardner was one kill away from tying the single-game kill record (per the rally scoring era) of 30, set by Sarah Reaves in a match against Western Kentucky on Sept. 20, 2008.
Gardner’s previous career high of 28 from the match at UC Irvine on Aug. 31, 2012, marks the ASU freshman record, which is shared by Reaves, who recorded the same mark in a match against Oregon on Sept. 27, 2007.
Watch Out For Tuioti-Mariner
Nora Tuioti-Mariner has emerged as a force on the court for the Sun Devils, picking up 30 kills in a span of three matches, second most on the team. At Utah, Tuioti-Mariner recorded 14 kills, and 14 digs, both season highs.
2013 Sweep Count
On the season, the Sun Devils have swept their opponent en route to 13 of their wins. Notably, the then-unranked squad defeated then-No. 2 Texas in straight sets at the Illini Classic on Sept. 13.
Attacking The Warhawks
Arizona State’s blistering attack percentage of .374 in the win over Louisiana Monroe during the ASU Marriott Invitational (Sept. 20) ranks as the fifth-highest performance at ASU in the rally-scoring era (2001).
ASU Opens with Program-Best Start Since 1997
The Sun Devils began the 2013 season with a 7-0 start, the program’s best since Patti Snyder-Park’s 1997 squad posted the same record.
Starting with A Sweep
The Sun Devils recorded a sweep in each of its first seven wins this season, marking the longest stretch of wins without relinquishing to start a season during the rally-scoring era, which was instituted in NCAA Volleyball in 2001.
Arellano Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week
Bianca Arellano was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following her performances in the Illini Classic. The sophomore recorded 13-digs, 32-assists for her fourth double-double performance in the 3-0 sweep of then No. 2 Texas Longhorns. Arellano also added a season-high six kills in the match win.
Arellano, a Phoenix-native newcomer to the Sun Devils, also posted 40 assists and 20 digs in the five-set setback to host team No. 14 Illinois, after leading ASU to a win by totaling 29 assists. Arellano average 4.90 digs and 9.18 assists per set, as ASU went 3-1 in the Illini Classic.
Gardner Named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week
Sophomore outside hitter Macey Gardner was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday, Sept. 9. Gardner, a native of Gilbert, Ariz., was named the Most Valuable Player of the Gonzaga Invitational where she averaged 5.94 kills and 7.06 points per game, while hitting .367 over three matches. Gardner had three-consecutive 20-kill outings, including 22 in a 3-0 win over UNLV. She hit .452 in that match, committing just three errors.
Ranked Teams vs. Watson
Head coach Jason Watson has grabbed 10 wins over ranked teams in his tenure at Arizona State. Most recently, the Sun Devils snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Oregon on the road in Eugene, Ore.
Notably, ASU topped defending national champion and then-No. 2 Texas, 3-0, at the Illini Classic on Sept. 13. This marks the second time in Watson’s tenure that ASU has defeated the No. 2 team in the country, as the Sun Devils defeated Cal, 3-2, during the 2011 season.
Top-25 Wins Under Watson
Oct. 25, 2008 at No. 24 Oregon State.........W 3-0
Sept. 25, 2009 No. 14 UCLA* ...................W 3-0
Oct. 15, 2010 No. 5 USC* .........................W 3-1
Oct. 16, 2010 No. 10 UCLA* .....................W 3-1
Nov. 24, 2011 at No. 2 California* .............W 3-2
Nov. 2, 2012 No. 6 USC*............................W 3-0
Nov. 21, 2012 at No. 5 Washington*...........W 3-1
Aug. 31, 2013 No. 24 Wichita State ……..W 3-0
Sept. 13, 2013 No. 2 Texas ……………….W 3-0
Nov. 1, 2013 No. 23 Oregon ...........................W, 3-1
The Sun Devils closed out the non-conference slate at home, hosting the Marriott Invitational, Sept 20-21. Arizona State picked up straight-set wins over Cal Poly, Alabama State and Louisiana-Monroe, and Bianca Arellano was named tournament MVP. Stephanie Preach and BreElle Bailey were named to the All-Tournament Team.
ASU earned its first marquee win of the year to close out the Ilini Classic, defeating the defending national champion and then No. 2 ranked Texas in straight sets.
In the second tournament, the Sun Devils trekked to Spokane, Wash., for the Gonzaga Invitational, Sept. 6-7. ASU defeated Seattle and UNLV in straight sets before executing the sweep of host-Gonzaga. Macey Gardner was voted tournament MVP for the second time this season while Bianca Arellano was voted to the All-Tournament Team.
ASU opened its 2013 season with a tournament win over the Utah Valley La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational, defeating Utah Valley and North Dakota State before upsetting then No. 24 Wichita State, Aug. 30-31.
Macey Gardner was named Tournament MVP, while Stephanie Preach and BreElle Bailey were named to the All-Tournament Team.