Opening weekend ends with setback in Toledo

TEMPE, Ariz. — Wrapping up opening weekend, Sun Devil Volleyball fell 3-0 to Toledo on Saturday afternoon at Desert Financial Arena to end the Webb-Burbridge Classic.

Notable statistics

  • Arizona State (2-1) fell to Toledo (3-0) in the final game of the weekend. The Rockets blocked the Sun Devils 10 to four.
  • Senior outside hitter Iman Isanovic led the team with 10 eliminations, their second straight match reaching double the numbers. His career kill count is as high as 997, just three shy of the illustrious 1,000 kills mark.
  • Two Sun Devils hit double digits in digs. Second year libero Jaden Ravnsborg landed 12 digs as fellow sophomore Geli Cyr had 11. Cyr also added seven kills.
  • Junior setter Ella Snyder was the assist leader for ASU today with 17 and seven digs. Senior Shields of Shannon added 11 assists and five digs.
  • In the middle, junior Claire Throw had another solid outing. She led the team in blocks with four and had seven kills on a .429 clip.

Webb-Burbridge All-Tournament Team:

Toledo – Jada Bouyer (MVP), Ryann Jaqua
USS- Marta Levinska, Claire Throw
UNI – Inga Rotto
CSUB – Hayley McCluskey

Arizona State Head Coach Sanja Tomasevic

“A difficult day today, I felt like we couldn’t start our attack, they [Toledo] were firing on all cylinders, especially in the middle, so our serve was a bit weaker than last night. I hate to say the late night game wasn’t ideal, but I scheduled it, so we’re going to have to play better over time. Even when we’re tired because if you want to make the tournament, that’s how it’s going to be.”

Round 1: Toledo 25, ASU 19

After scoring back and forth on both sides to start, the Sun Devils began to fall behind. A gap as wide as eight at 16-8 caused ASU to call a timeout. After regrouping, the Sun Devils went five unanswered points on the board. The Sun Devils spark forced the Rockets to call their own timeout as ASU pulled back to make it 16-13, Toledo. The home side failed to close the deficit, however, as the Rockets pushed to win the first set.

Set 2: Toledo 25, ASU 22

Starting close, the gap widened as ASU lost up to seven points to Toledo at the halfway point. The set took a turn after a service error gave the Sun Devils a point to put the game at 20-14, Rockets. Before the miss, the Sun Devils hadn’t chained more than one point at a time, but it shook up a 4-0 run that put the game within three at 20-17 Toledo. Isanovic was a mainstay of that streak, tallying three of ASU’s five points. The Sun Devils put four more on the board, compared to the Rockets’ two, forcing opponents to call a second timeout. The blast would stall the Sun Devils offense, allowing the Rockets to wrap up a 25-22 victory.

Set 3: Toledo 25, ASU 21

Just like the previous two sets, the third started with a battle for the lead. four of by Claire Jeter seven kills came in the third set, playing a big role in keeping ASU in a competitive position. After tying their four-game streak, ASU saw themselves just two shy of tying the game at 15. The Sun Devils continued to look capable of coming out on top, drawing Toledo to call a timeout, the ASU facing a deficit of only two, at 18-16. The Sun Devils came back slowly but resumed once Geli Cyr buried a kill from a safe distance to make the game 22-18, Rockets. With the Rockets having 23, team block chief Claire Throw mustered a kill and service ace, and Isanovic backed up the late effort with a kill to get less than two. The push alerted Toledo to call a timeout, serving them well as they put away the final two points to end the tournament.


The Sun Devils kick off a nearly month-long road trip with a tournament in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia Tech Invitational. They will face Dayton, Florida International and Georgia Tech in two days, September 2-3.