Nov. 1, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State volleyball returns to Wells Fargo Arena this upcoming weekend after splitting the road trip to Stanford and California. The Sun Devils (15-10, 4-8 Pac-12) will host to No. 6 USC (21-3, 9-3 Pac-12) Friday evening with doors opening at 4:30 p.m., followed by a match against No. 5 UCLA (17-4, 9-3 Pac-12) at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
After a tough loss against No. 2 Stanford and a nail biting five-set win over California, Arizona State volleyball comes home to Tempe for two top-25 matches in this season's Maroon and Gold Weekend.
About the So.Cal Schools
They enter their first road matches in over two weeks when they travel to Tempe/Tucson on Friday. In Pac-12 play this year, USC and UCLA are just 2-2 on the road - both lost matches at Stanford and Washington.
About the USC Series
The Trojans picked up the first win of this years series, 3-1 in LA. All-time USC leads the Sun Devils 11-1-59. The Trojans are on a current five-match win streak and have won eight of their last 10 matches.
About the UCLA Series
In the last meeting, ASU suffered a 3-0 sweep at then-ranked No. 6 UCLA. All-time ASU trails 8-65 to UCLA. The last time ASU beat the Bruins was Oct. 16, 2010 in Tempe. UCLA is on a current five-match win streak.
Freshman Records Fall
Macey Gardner has already tied the freshman record for most kills in a match (28 at UC Irvine 8/31/12) and is 28 kills shy of tying Christine Garner's freshman season record of 475, recorded in 1992. Currently Gardner averages 4.71 k/s, and needs to finish above Garner's 4.17 k/s to rewrite that 1992 record as well. Under Jason Watson, three freshman class records have been compiled thus far.
Single Season Updates
Following big outings on the road at Stanford and Cal, Macey Gardner and Stephanie Preach are on their way to tallying single-season records. Gardner is currently 12th in kills (447) and is just 12 shy of tying for 10th (459). Preach ranks 12th in digs (436) and needs just 28 to tie for 10th (464).
Career Leaders Update After Oct.
At the end of the month of October, ASU has three who rank all-time in career records at ASU. Preach in digs (7th, 1277) and Wilson in block assists (5th, 286) and total blocks (8th, 313).
Devils in the Rankings
Rankings from this week include:
Overall Season in Pac-12:
Macey Gardner 1st in kills per set (4.71)
Erica Wilson 5th in kills per set (4.24)
Allison Palmer 2nd in assists per set (11.43)
Erica Wilson third in service aces (0.32)
Stephanie Preach third in digs per set (4.59)
Team digs is 4th with 14.62 per match
Gardner third in kills per set (4.58)
Wilson 7th in kills per set (4.22)
Palmer third in assists per set (10.86)
Preach 7th in digs per set (4.24)
Wilson 32nd in kills per set (4.24)
Gardner 15th in points per set (5.02)
Wilson 27th in points per set (4.86)
Palmer 16th in assists per set (11.42)
Mmmm FREE Baconators and Frosty's to all you fans first come first served on Friday. South Plaza at Wells Fargo Arena. Thx Wendys Tour RT-- Sun Devil Volleyball (@SunDevilVB) November 1, 2012
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Weekend: Maroon and gold weekend: all fans wearing ASU colors receive $3 admission all weekend.
Friday: Wendy's Tour is coming to ASU volleyball serving FREE Baconators and Frosty's to all fans. First come first served, so get to the South Plaza at Wells Fargo Arena early to get your FREE burger and Frosty before enjoying Sun Devil Volleyball! Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., half an hour earlier than normal, in order to give fans plenty of time to participate.
Saturday: Jr. Sun Devil Club Night. All Jr. Sun Devils in attendance will get to `Serve with the Sun Devils' following the match. For more information or to register for this event, please call 480-727-7700.