Oct. 28, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - Arizona State volleyball (15-10, 4-8 Pac-12) topped the California Golden Bears 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in Haas Pavilion with set scores of 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 13-25, 16-14.
Opening with a slow start in the first set, Arizona State trailed 2-10 before kills from Erica Wilson sparked an offensive run to cut the deficit in half at 7-14. On a five-point streak, the Sun Devils forced Cal (11-11, 5-7 Pac-12) into a timeout at 10-14 before closing in at 16-18 via three unanswered kills.
A pair of attacks from Wilson tied it at 19-19 and saw California take its second timeout of the set with momentum swinging towards the maroon and gold. Using a pair of final kills from Macey Gardner, ASU finished the set 25-23.
The second frame opened with the teams trading points five times before Cal moved ahead by three, 6-9. Working from behind ASU came back at 12-13 before knotting it at 17-17 on a Whitney Follette ace. A timely block by Alexis Pinson, followed by a kill from the junior kept ASU in the game at 19-19 and 20-all. Picking up its first lead since 6-5, Arizona State went up 23-22 leading to a Cal timeout. The Golden Bears rallied for the final three points, 23-25, leveling the match at 1-1.
Battling for command of the scoreboard and moving ahead after 7-7, the Sun Devils stretched its largest lead of the day to seven, at 18-11. Holding on to the advantage, ASU used its .500 hitting clip to take the set 25-18. In the fourth, Arizona State struggled to halt the Cal offense which jumped to a 5-12 lead. The Golden Bears did not let up, taking the frame 25-13 despite a late rally by the Devils to force a fifth and deciding set.
Down 0-3 in the fifth, Arizona State worked swiftly to answer, tying it at 4-4. Behind the serve of Teslevich, the Sun Devils tied it and then proceeded to take an 8-7 lead. A brief spurt from Cal tied it at 11-11 but Arizona State continued to fight through three additional ties to come out with a 3-2 victory on a fifth-set 16-14 thriller.
ASU hosts USC on Friday Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the opening night of Maroon and Gold Weekend. On Saturday, the Sun Devils host UCLA at 7 p.m. for Junior Sun Devil Club Night. For more information about the weekend's marketing promotions, click here.
ASU is now 3-2 on the year in five set matches. In five, ASU has topped Idaho State (Aug. 24), UC Irvine (Aug. 31) and Cal (Oct. 28).
Sunday's 3-2 win against California is ASU's first Pac-12 road victory in 2012 and the first since the Sun Devils swept Colorado Oct. 15, 2011.
Allison Palmer recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 55 assists and 14 digs.