Sun Devils shared day one at the Baylor Invitational

WACO, Texas — Day one of the Baylor Invitational on Friday saw Sun Devil Volleyball split their matches, sweeping Evansville with another solid serve performance and losing a match in five sets to Colorado State despite posting career highs of a pair of newcomers.

Notable statistics

  • Arizona State (5-3) beat Evansville (2-8) in three sets (25-15, 25-17, 25-9) before losing to Colorado State (6-3) in five sets (15- 25, 24-26). , 25-22, 25-17, 15-9).
  • Service continues to be a strong point for ASU. The team had 13 against Evansville, which is tied for the fourth-highest total in the rally scoring era at ASU. Senior Shields of Shannon had five to lead the team, which is his career high and is tied for seventh in the rally scoring era. First year passer Allie Gray also reached a career high with two.
  • In the win over the Aces, the Sun Devils hit a season-best .419. Two members of the team set new career highs in hit percentage: Marta Levinska with .583 and Andi Kreiling with .538.
  • Senior outside hitter Iman Isanovic moved up to 15th in career wins at ASU. She now has 1,062 after winning 17 in total today.
  • On the opposite pin, junior Marta Levinska led the team in eliminations in both games, starting with eight against the Aces and then reaching 15 on a .343 clip against the Rams.
  • At the libero, second year student Jaden Ravnsborg hit a career-high 21 in the game against CSU, his first time topping 20 in that category.
  • Freshman pin hitter Leah Miller earned a career-high 13 eliminations against Colorado State. It was his first outing with double-digit wins.
  • Second-year intermediate blocker Andi Kreiling had a career-high five blocks in the win over Evansville, as well as a team-high and season-high eight eliminations.
  • The head coach Sanja Tomasevic drops to 17-22 in five-set matches. This season, ASU is 2-1.

Game 1: Arizona State 3, Evansville 0
In their first game of the day, the Sun Devils managed to pull off a 3-0 win over Evansville. Andi Kreiling had a day with five career-high blocks and a season-high eight eliminations. The team’s serve also stood out today with 13 aces, tied for fourth in ASU history in the era of rally scorers. Shields led that effort with a career-high five aces.

Round 1: USS 25, Evansville 15

Thanks to a few long scoring streaks throughout the set, ASU was able to win the first set. It was a back and forth for the first half of the set, but a big block from Levinska and Kreiling set the tone early to give the Sun Devils a narrow 6-4 lead. A killing by Claire Throw was the start of the first long five-point streak to put ASU up 17-9. After a timeout and a sideout from Evansville, ASU came back on another round of runs. A Levinska kill opened the second long five-point streak to give the Sun Devils a 22-10 lead. ASU was able to close the set on an ace of service from Isanovic.

Set 2: ASU 25, Evansville 17

A kill from Levinska tied things to three early on. The set was pretty tight after that as Evansville managed to keep it tight until a kill from Isanovic started a 6-0 run to put ASU ahead 20-11. In the middle of this series of points, there was the only service ace in this set, which came from Jeter. After redeeming points for the rest of the set, Geli Cyr was able to end things with a kill.

Set Three ASU 25, Evansville 9

Going into the final setup 2-0, the Sun Devils continued that momentum to quickly close things out in the third set. A four-goal streak put ASU ahead 7-3 early on. Allie Gray had two service aces during that run. The Sun Devils ran away with the set on a long 11-0 streak that saw Shields’ five aces give ASU a 21-8 lead. A kill from the other team ended the race, but ASU was able to come right back with a kill from Kreiling which was the first point of another race, this time of four, to win the set and the game.

Game 2: Arizona State, Colorado State
Despite starting the game with a commanding presence up to 2-0, the Sun Devils eventually fell to the Rams in five. Levinska managed a team-best 15 eliminations and Isanovic followed close behind with 14 of his own. Snyder and Shields both continued to deliver on the assist front, with 21 and 19, respectively. Both Ravnsborg and Miller reached career highs, the former with 21 digs and the latter with 13 kills.

First set: ASU 25, State of Colorado 15

Even at four, the Sun Devils took the lead with a kill from Levinska and a service ace from Shields, which gave ASU a three-point boost to go up, 7-5. Colorado State’s kill reduced them to one, but a service error sparked a breakthrough in the set for the Sun Devils. ASU would stack seven more for a 10-point lead. That effort was led by Miller with two kills and five Rams errors. At 16-6, the Sun Devils’ strong midfield performance came in handy, as the final 18 points of the set were evenly split at nine for a 25-15 finish. Levinska had a perfect set with four kills while reaching 1,000.

Set 2: ASU 26, State of Colorado 24

The Sun Devils went the distance in the second set. Errors on the Colorado State side provided ASU with five of its first seven points. Led 13-9, the Sun Devils picked up the pace, snapping five in a row, with three kills against Isanovic. After the Rams’ timeout, ASU would see two more added to their tally, with the last three of their 7-0 streak coming down to errors on the opposing side. After a tie, the Sun Devils regained their lead at 20-18, with Levinska winning three straight. She put aside the two final kills to put the set at 26-24. This season, ASU is 2-0 in sets that have gone to extra points.

Series 3: Colorado State 25, ASU 22

Trailing by three, Cyr overturned the set with a kill, while Miller, Kreiling and Isanovic followed with one apiece to give them a two, 8-6 lead. A Jeter kill and Rams error gave the Sun Devils their biggest lead of three, 10-7. Tied at 13, the Sun Devils would see Colorado State take the lead and hold it. A late attempt at a comeback saw ASU pick up five of six runs, to face a lone deficit at 21-20, but the score would collapse to bring a fourth set.

Set four: Colorado State 25, ASU 17

The opening part of the set looked promising for the Sun Devils. Two unanswered three-point streaks saw them double the Rams’ total 8-4. Eliminations of Miller and Kreiling gave ASU their biggest lead of the set with five, at 11-6. However, Colorado State would catch fire, going 10-1 to go up 17-13. Late in the set, Levinska added two more kills, and Miller also added another, but the Rams would even the set count to force a fifth.

Series Five: Colorado State 15, ASU 9

Riding the momentum, Colorado State took an early lead at 5-1. An ASU timeout was called after going down 7-2, but the Rams added three more for an eight lead. ASU cut their deficit in half, waking up the offense in the end, as Isanovic added three more kills, but the momentum kicked in too late as ASU would seal the win.


The Baylor Invitational concludes with the Sun Devils taking on the No. 15 Bears on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. MST. It will be live on Big 12 Now, with live scores also available.