TEMPE, Ariz.—The Arizona State sand volleyball team is set for the Pac-12 Invitational, April 19-20, hosted by USC at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, Calif.
Joining the Sun Devils (No. 5 seed) and USC (No. 1 seed) are Arizona (No. 3 seed), CSUB (No. 4 seed), Loyola Marymount (No. 2 seed), and Cal Poly (No. 6 seed).
In the team competition, which will take place on Friday, ASU will take on CSUB at 9 a.m. PT, and the winner will take on USC at 10 a.m. PT. In the lower half of the bracket, the winner of Arizona and Cal Poly’s 8 a.m. PT match will face LMU at 11 a.m. PT.
Saturday’s breakdown of the opening rounds of the individual pairs competition is as follows:
ASU 1 (Bianca Arellano & Bethany Jorgensen) vs. USC 4 OR Arizona 5
ASU 2 (Macey Gardney & Whitney Follette) vs. CSUB 3
ASU 3 (Jordy Checkal & Kizzy Willey) vs. Arizona 2
ASU 4 (BreElle Bailey & Genevieve Pirotte) vs. USC 5
ASU 5 (Nora Tuioti-Mariner & Andi Lowrance) vs. CSUB 4
Prior to the invitational, ASU will take on LMU in a dual match on Thursday, April 17 at 2 p.m. PT.
LAST TIME OUT
ASU sand volleyball opened its home slate, hosting Nebraska on March 26, at the PERA Club.
The match came down to the tiebreaker match on court one, but Nebraska held out for a narrow, 3-2 victory over ASU.
At No. 2, Macey Gardner and Whitney Follette defeated Amber Rolfzen and Kira Larson, 22-20, 21-18, while Nora Tuioti-Mariner and Andi Lowrance defeated Mary Pollmiller and Kelsey Fien, 21-19, 22-20, at No. 5.
Sand volleyball is contested with five pairings in the best of three sets, which are played to 21 points. The tiebreaker third set is played to 15.
The team win goes to the squad that secures three of the five wins throughout the match.
ASU’s team pairings for the 2014 season will be:
1. Sophomore Bianca Arellano and senior Bethany Jorgensen (3-2)
2. Sophomores Macey Gardner and Whitney Follette (4-1)
3. Freshman Kizzy Willey and sophomore Jordy Checkal (3-2)
4. Freshmen Genevieve Pirotte and BreElle Bailey (2-3)
5. Sophomore Andi Lowrance and junior Nora Tuioti-Mariner (4-1)
THE PERA CLUB
The PERA Club, ASU’s new home, is located three and a half miles north of the Tempe Campus on 1 East Continental Dr.
PERA, which stands for Project Employees Recreation Association is a private club for the employees and families of the Salt River Project.
The 83-acre club houses a social center, employee store, fitness center, swimming pool, game courts, and fields and offers children's programs, fitness classes, business meetings, sports leagues, and parties.
This season, indoor volleyball director of operations, Jackie Bunker, will serve as the sand assistant coach, joining head coach Jason Watson.
2013 INDOOR RECAP
In the fall, the Sun Devils (19-14, 8-12 Pac-12) unseated the defending national champions en route to its second-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. ASU opened the season with a 12-1 record, sweeping each team they defeated. Battling through the Pac-12 Conference schedule, the Sun Devils rounded out their season in Hawaii, falling in a five-set thriller to BYU. Senior Stephanie Preach stepped into the record books, rounding out her career as the second-ever Sun Devil to reach the 2000-dig plateau. Macey Gardner was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team, while BreElle Bailey was named to the All-Freshman Team. Caitlyn Francis earned First-Team All-Academic honors, while Shannan McCready was named to the second team, and Gardner and Whitney Follette each earned honorable mention nods.