Season highs push Sun Devils to victory

LUBBOCK, Texas — In a match that had many season highs, Sun Devil Volleyball got back on track by defeating Oral Roberts in four sets (25-20, 25-8, 23-25, 25-15 ) on Saturday to end the classic Red Raider.

Notable statistics

  • Arizona State (6-6) ended non-conference play on a high by beating Oral Roberts (3-9). Besides falling short in the third set, ASU was in control of the entire match, leading ORU in almost every category.
  • Senior Libero Annika Larson made her first debut this season and made a big impression. She had 25 digs, her season high by a wide margin (the previous high was three) and her 11th game of her career with 20+ digs. His dig count is also the highest total of any Sun Devil this season.
  • The bowling duo Iman Isanovic and Marta Levinska both kill in double figures with 17 wins each. Isanovic had his third straight double-double with 11 digs to his name.
  • Isanovic was named to the Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team. She had a double-double in every game this weekend.
  • The team hit .348 in the win, paced by the junior passer Ella Snyder. She had 41 assists and 11 digs (both season highs) for her first double-double of the year.
  • The two middle blockers had good performances. Junior Claire Throw had three blocks and nine kills on a .533 clip, a season-high percentage. Junior Companion Claudia Stahlkewho started for the first time this season, also had three blocks, a season high for her.
  • Junior outside hitter Roberta Rabelo had his best performance of the season. She had nine kills, hitting .304, along with 10 digs and two blocks. All of those numbers are season highs, with total digs being a career high. She also had the game-winning ace.
  • Second Year Defensive Specialist Meadow Cooper made his first career start in today’s game.

Set one: ASU 25, ORU 20
The first set started close with both teams battling until a three-point series put ASU 11-7, forcing Oral Roberts to call a timeout. After that, ASU was able to pull away as they slowly started to pull away with the rest of the set. Snyder and Jeter finished the set with a block, securing the first set win. While no player had more than three kills in the opening set, Stahlke led the way defensively with three blocks. ASU as a team had six total blocks throughout the set.

Set 2: ASU 25, ORU 8

The second set was quick. ASU opened the set with a three-point run that ended in a kill by Oral Roberts. The Sun Devils then went on a 4-0 run with Cooper serving to make it 8-2. Isanovic has managed three straight wins during this run. A few points later, the Sun Devils went on a 9-0 run to climb to 20-4. After two straight Levinska wins, ASU closed the set with a block from Jeter and Rabelo.

Set Three: ASU 23, ORU 25

Oral Roberts started the third set 4-0, but ASU managed to knock out a kill from Isanovic. The two teams continued to trade points until the Sun Devils managed to close within a point after a three-point streak, making the deficit 8-7. A service ace from Jeter tied the set-up at 12 apiece. After going back and forth, the Sun Devils finally took a 20-19 lead thanks to an offensive error from Oral Roberts. It was a close battle the rest of the way with the Golden Eagles closing the set.

Set four: ASU 25, ORU 15

ASU took an early 9-2 lead that they would not relinquish thanks to a 7-0 run to start the set. The Sun Devils controlled the entire set, hitting .417 as a team. An Isanovic kill sparked a 7-2 run by ASU to extend their lead to 18-8. After finishing on a 5-0 streak that allowed ORU to close the gap, Rabelo closed the set with a service ace.

Arizona State begins Pac-12 play next week, starting with a Territorial Cup game against Arizona in Tucson on Wednesday before heading to Colorado on Sunday in Boulder.