TEMPE, Ariz.—The No. 22 Arizona State volleyball team fell to UCLA in straight sets (23-25, 20-25, 21-25) in a Sunday-morning meeting at Wells Fargo Arena.
With the loss, ASU falls to 13-7 on the season while UCLA improves to 11-7. Both squads have posted the same Pac-12 Conference record at 2-6.
Junior Nora Tuioti-Mariner had a standout day for the Sun Devils, leading the way with nine kills, one short of her career high of 10, while sophomores Whitney Follette and Macey Gardner contributed eight kills apiece to the fight.
In the opening set, both sides were plagued by service and reception errors, and the Sun Devils overcame an 11-5 deficit as Gardner and Tuioti-Mariner each recorded three kills. After clawing back to tie the game at 18-18, the Sun Devils kept within two points, tying once more at 23-all before an attack error and a kill from UCLA’s leader, Karsta Lowe, ended the set in the Bruins’ favor.
The Sun Devils struck first in the second set on a kill from Gardner, assisted by sophomore Bianca Arellano, who totaled 24 assists on the day, along with eight digs. The score remained close early on in the set before UCLA pulled away to a 16-11 lead before taking the set, 25-20.
In the final set, ASU continued to stick to the Bruins’ heels, tying things up at 7-7 before UCLA pulled away and wrapped up the set, 25-21.
For the Bruins, Lowe led the way with 17 kills, while Kelly Reeves added nine more and Megan Moenoa picked up 29 assists.
The Sun Devils have now lost five-consecutive games, and will face a tough road test for the next four. Next week, ASU travels to Utah to take on the Utes on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 27, the Sun Devils will face Colorado in Boulder at 3 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.