EUGENE, Ore.- Arizona State volleyball upset the No. 23 ranked Oregon Ducks Friday night (25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 25-15), snapping the seven-game losing streak dating back to October 4. The Sun Devils improve to 14-9 (3-8 Pac-12) before heading to Corvallis Saturday to take on the Oregon State Beavers.
The 3-1 set win over Oregon (25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 25-15) constitutes the first victory over Oregon since Oct. 26, 2007, when the Sun Devils took the win in Tempe. The success in Eugene also marks the first conference road game for ASU since Nov. 21, 2012 when the Sun Devils took down the then-ranked No. 5 Washington in Seattle.
Macey Gardner led the way for ASU with 24 kills, hitting a blistering .364 attack percentage throughout the four-set match. Freshman BreElle Bailey tallied up 18 kills in the performance, setting her career-high kill record.
Middle blockers Whitney Follette and Mercedes Binns racked up 21 kills as well as the impressive zero attack errors between the both of them. Each also had noteworthy attack percentages to close the night, with Binns and Follette hitting .619 and .818, respectively.
The win over the No. 23 Oregon Ducks marks the 10th win over a ranked opponent in head coach Jason Watson’s tenure with ASU and the third this season. The Sun Devils, along with Watson, defeated then-ranked No. 24 Wichita State and No. 2 Texas in straight sets in preseason play.
Gardner quickly started things off for ASU, going on a three-straight kill streak in the opening frame, give the Sun Devils the early 3-1 lead over the Ducks. From there, both teams would fight for the lead before a 5-0 run aided by kills from Follette and Gardner prompted a timeout from the Oregon bench. ASU would lead by as many as six before Oregon battled from behind, led by sophomore Liz Brenner. Brenner would end the night with 23 kills on a .385 hitting percentage. Oregon would be within one late into the match before two kills from Follette lifted the Sun Devils for set point.
ASU found itself down early, trailing 7-3 before three-straight kills from Bailey got the Sun Devils within four. The freshman ended the set with an impressive eight kills, aiding ASU to come within hands grasps for the win. The Sun Devils did not see the lead in the entirety of the second set, despite various scoring rally efforts. ASU would pull within three late, 24-21, before a service error clinched the win for the Ducks.
In the third set, ASU saw an early 10-6 lead with back-to-back kills from Gardner and Binns, causing a timeout from the Oregon bench. From there, ASU controlled the set with Oregon unable to regain the lead for the remainder of the set. Binns and Bailey closed things out with a monster double block, clinching the set, 25-19.
The Sun Devils, with the 2-1 lead over the Ducks, came out and controlled the final frame for its entirety, jumping out to a 10-2 point lead. The Sun Devils would lead by as many as 10 points late in the set before Oregon would attempt to close the gap with a 5-0 run, prompting a timeout from the ASU bench, leading 22-14. The Sun Devils used the timeout to its potential, responding with three-straight kills, sealing the win over the Ducks.
The Sun Devils have a quick turnaround as they head to Corvallis, Ore. to take on the Oregon State Beavers Saturday Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. In the last meeting between the two teams, ASU came away with the straight-set win in Tempe on Oct. 4. The match will be broadcasted on Pac-12 Networks.