Tuesday, 23 April 2024

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Conference Matchups Await #12 Sand Devils in Seattle This Weekend

Conference Matchups Await #12 Sand Devils in Seattle This Weekend

TEMPE – No. 12 Sun Devil Beach Volleyball heads to Seattle to compete in the Pac-12 North Tournament this weekend from April 5-6 at Alki Beach. ASU will go head-to-head with No. 3 USC and No. 13 Washington on Friday before finishing the weekend off against Utah and Oregon on Saturday. 

How to Follow

Friday’s dual against USC will be at 9 a.m. MST/PDT, followed by the second matchup of the year against Washington at 1 p.m. MST/PDT. ASU will start off Saturday against Utah at 11 a.m. MST/PDT and finish off the weekend against Oregon at 1 p.m. MST/PDT

There will be no live stream, but there will be live scoring. Fans can follow along on Instagram and X (formerly known as Twitter), @sundevilbeachvb, for updates. 

Sun Devil Outlook

No. 12 Arizona State

  • Last Saturday, ASU got two ranked wins over No. 18 Stetson and No. 16 GCU to improve to 9-4 on the year against ranked opponents. The win over the Lopes’ was also the Sun Devils’ first over them since 2019.
  • With the two victories over the weekend, the Sun Devils’ all-time record is now 132-132, the first time ASU has been at .500 or better since the first season in 2014.
  • Despite switching up the partners, freshman Ava Williamson and sophomore Arden Besecker extended their individual win streak to 11 games each on courts one and two, respectively. That is the longest winning streak in team history. They have the best win total on the team, both with a 17-3 mark. 
  • Sophomore Adriana Nieves Papaleo made her way back into the lineup over the weekend, picking up two wins on court five with freshman Ava Haughy. Nieves Papaleo is now 11-1 on the year.
  • No. 3 pair graduate Lexi Sweeney and senior Taryn Ames also picked up two wins this weekend, including a three-set finish to complete the 4-1 victory over No. 16 GCU. They have the second-best win total on the squad with a 14-6 record and are the only pair to stay together all season.

Opponent Outlook

No. 3 USC (21-3)

  • The Trojans spent last weekend at the Death Volley Tournament in Baton Rouge where they picked up three wins, but were upset by then-ranked No. 10 LSU.
  • The program’s only other losses this season came at the hands of Stanford and UCLA. 
  • USC currently leads the all-time meeting record against ASU, 14-1. The Sun Devils’ lone win over the Trojans came in 2015.

No. 13 Washington…

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