Monday, 27 March 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

2023 Sand Devil Season Preview

2023 Sand Devil Season Preview

TEMPE – The Sun Devil Beach Volleyball team preps to start their season a week from today. Coming off of their winningest Pac-12 season and a home slate at a brand new facility, the team has 14 returners and five newcomers who are looking to have another high-winning season. 

Looking Into the Future

Coming off of the second-highest winning season, the Sand Devils are looking to do it again.  Throughout the season the team is scheduled to play nine teams ranked in the AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll, seven of which they play in the month of March. This includes playing the reigning Pac-12 and national champions USC during the Pac-12 North Tournament on April 7. ASU is receiving votes in the poll.

The Sand Devils will host a total of five matches at home this season. The first home match will happen against Arizona on March 29. The other four home matches will occur during the home tournament on the weekend of April 14-15. 

Last Season

Last season marked the inaugural opening of the Sun Devil Beach Volleyball facility. The Sand Devils hosted nine matches last year, including a ranked win over in-state rival Arizona. The Sand Devils ended the season with a record of 17-15, with a 5-6 record in Pac-12 play. 

Last season, the Sand Devils went on a run in the Pac-12 tournament, ending in 4th place, which is tied for their best finish. The team lost against then-ranked No. 8 Stanford in the opening match, which led to them being placed in the contenders bracket. After that loss, the Sand Devils rallied and went on to beat Washington and then-ranked No. 17 Arizona to get them into the win-or-go-home part of the tournament. Then, the Sand Devils competed, and lost, to then-ranked No.12 California, which landed them in 4th place in the Pac-12 Championships.

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Fourteen Sand Devils are returning this season to continue the winning path for the program. Among the returners is senior Lexi Sweeney, who is looking to continue her climb up the individual wins category with 30 total in her career. She is currently ranked No. 11 in the Sun Devil record book and has played the majority of her career on court one. Coming off of her highest single-season win total in 2022 to lead the team with…

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