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Sand Volleyball To Host Nebraska In Home Opener
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 03/24/2014
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TEMPE, Ariz.—The Arizona State sand volleyball team will take on Nebraska in its first-ever match at its new home, the PERA Club, on Wednesday at 3 p.m. PT.

For fans unable to make it out to the PERA Club, the match will be live streamed through

The Cornhuskers (0-2), last competed at the both the Hawaii Invitational and Chaminade Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu.

Nebraska’s pairing of Brenna Lyles and Alicia Ostrander went 2-0 in the Hawaii Invitational while Justine Wong-Orantes and Melanie Keil won the Chaminade Invitational title as they defeated teammates Amber Rolfzen and Kira Larson.

Two weeks ago, ASU (3-1) picked up a pair of wins as the team made their second trip to Tucson for the Wildcat Spring Invitational.

Against Tulane, the Sun Devils and Green Wave were even at 2-2 following the first four matches, with the match-clinching win coming down to court one, where Bianca Arellano and Bethany Jorgensen outlasted Tea Juric and Jackie Wenger in three sets, 21-16, 18-21, 17-15.

ASU wrapped its weekend in Tucson with another 5-0 victory over Arizona Christian.

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 (3-1)
2. Sophomores Macey Gardner and Whitney Follette (3-1)
3. Freshman Kizzy Willey and sophomore Jordy Checkal (3-1)
4. Freshmen Genevieve Pirotte and BreElle Bailey (2-2)
5. Sophomore Andi Lowrance and junior Nora Tuioti-Mariner (3-1)

The Sun Devils will host four matches this season, starting with Nebraska on Wednesday, March 26 at 3 p.m.

Arizona Christian will make the trip to Tempe on Friday, April 11 for a match at 4 p.m., and ASU will round out the 2014 slate with a pair of home matches, hosting Arizona on April 24 at 3 p.m. MT before playing their finale against Boise State on April 25 at 4 p.m. MT.

ASU will also make a trip to California, taking on Loyola Marymount on April 19 at 4 p.m. PT before competing in the Pac-12 Tournament on April 19-20 in Santa Monica. 

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 Scarduzio, will serve as the sand assistant coach, joining head coach Jason Watson. 

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.

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