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Win Streak Extends For #11 Sand Devils

Win Streak Extends For #11 Sand Devils


FORT WORTH, Texas – Behind clutch performances from courts two and three, No. 11 Sun Devil Beach Volleyball has now won four duals in a row after beating Florida Gulf Coast 4-1 and No. 14 Washington 3-2 on Friday at the Fight in the Fort at TCU.

Arizona State (13-3, 3-2 Pac-12) has won four duals in a row with the two wins today. The 13 wins are the fourth-most in a single season in program history. Additionally, the win over UW is the sixth ranked win of the season, extending the team record for ranked wins in a single season.

The No. 2 duo of sophomore Arden Besecker and freshman Ava Williamson continued their hot streak, winning both matches today to extend their winning streak to seven in a row. That is tied for the second-longest winning streak by an ASU pair in team history, tied with Berridge/Okaro (2017) and Parnell/Wedepohl (2016). Adding to their impressive season, this duo is now tied for 10th in ASU history for single season pairs record. 

Graduate Lexi Sweeney and senior Taryn Ames won both of their matches today, both in three sets. The win against the Huskies clinched the dual, the second time this pair has clinched a 3-2 dual win over a ranked team (also against No. 2 Stanford). 

Game One: #11 ASU 4, FGCU 1

The Sand Devils started off the day by beating the Eagles (10-11). The first three courts that finished got it done to clinch the win, all three winning in straight sets. For Besecker and Williamson, that was their sixth-straight win. Courts one and three went to three sets, with Taryn Ames and Lexi Sweeney pulling out a win.

Results (Order of Finish: 5, 4, 2*, 3, 1)

  1. Beisner/Rosales (FGCU) def. Daniella Kensinger/Anya Pemberton (ASU) 18-21, 21-14, 22-20
  2. Arden Besecker/Ava Williamson (ASU) def. Johnson/Soncrant (FGCU) 21-15, 21-16
  3. Taryn Ames/Lexi Sweeney (ASU) def. De Oliveira/Luebbers (FGCU) 18-21, 21-18, 15-13
  4. Ava Kirunchyk/Carys Thomas (ASU) def. Carpenter/Thompson (FGCU) 21-14, 24-22
  5. Ava Haughy/Rylie Kael (ASU) def. English/Majick (FGCU) 21-12, 23-21

Game Two: #11 ASU 3, #14 Washington 2
After dropping the first dual matches, the top two courts set up Ames and Sweeney to clinch the win for the Sand Devils against the Huskies (8-8), getting the reverse sweep. Kensinger and Pemberton won in straight sets on court one while Besecker and Williamson grabbed their seventh…

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