Courtesy Allie Long, SDA Communications
TEMPE, Ariz.--The Arizona State volleyball team (16-10, 5-9 Pac-12) fell to No. 3 Washington (20-1, 12-1 Pac-12), 3-1 (26-24, 22-25, 15-25, 17-25), on Saturday afternoon in Wells Fargo Arena.
Prior to the game, the Sun Devil senior class of Stephanie Preach, Jenny Teslevich, Caitlyn Francis, and Bethany Jorgensen were honored for their careers and accomplishments in Maroon and Gold.
The first set of action served as a clear indicator of the approaching intensity in the next three sets. That set alone saw 16 tie scores and six lead changes. Whitney Follette went error free in the first set against the Huskies, which mirrored her error-free first set in Wednesday night’s win over WSU.
The Sun Devils were able to spread the attacking wealth with two kills from Follette, three from McKenzie Willey and four from Macey Gardner, Mercedes Binns and BreElle Bailey. The collective offensive effort proved too comprehensive for the Huskies’ high-scoring attacker Krista Vansant. Ultimately, the Sun Devils bested the Huskies in the first set 26-24.
The second set was no less of a nail biter with eight more tie scores and five lead changes. The Sun Devils found themselves in a hole early on but managed to come back with a 7-0 run to tie the score at 19-19. However, the closely-fought set went to the Huskies 25-22 despite the six Gardner kills and 27 Shannan McCready assists.
The Sun Devil defense showed up to party in the third set as the ball was rarely allowed to touch the court in Sun Devil territory. Both teams upped the intensity as they attempted to clinch their second sets of the day. A series of both offensive and defensive errors by the Sun Devils earned the Huskies the 25 points needed to best the Sun Devil 15 to clinch the third set.
With the Huskies leading 2-1 going into the fourth set, the Sun Devils came out swinging and led the set for the first several points before the Huskies came out ahead and close play ensued. Unfortunately, the fourth set saw far fewer lead changes than previous sets, and the Sun Devils were unable to make their way back and fell, 17-25.
The match did prove fruitful for Preach, who bested her season high of 27 digs to reach 28. McCready also racked up a double-double with 40 assists and 17 digs on the day.
The Sun Devils will take on Colorado at home on Thursday, Nov. 14 which will be live-streamed at thesundevils.com. ASU will then wrap a four-game homestand hosting Utah on Sunday, Nov. 17 at noon in Wells Fargo Arena. The match against Utah will be aired on the Pac 12 Network.