We continue with the first round of the #SunDevilMoments series with matchup between one of the top football players of the year and one of the top volleyball records in ASU history. But first, here is how the bracket looks after three matchups have been completed.
#SunDevilMoments First Round - Seed No. 2: Kareem's Orr's Pick-six against Arizona vs. Seed No. 15: Macy Gardner breaks ASU's all-time kills record.
If you asked Arizona State fans to summarize the 2015 football season, they might use words such as "disappointing" or "frustrating" when describing ASU's 6-7 campaign.
That being said, one game always stands out among the rest when the schedule is released: the Territorial Cup. The Wildcats held the cup entering the 2015 season by way of their 2014 victory in Tucson.
On November 21, 2015 the two teams met on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Tempe.
The Sun Devils jumped out to a 14-0 lead and led 31-10 at halftime, seemingly on their way to a third victory over Arizona in Todd Graham's four years as head coach.
The Wildcats made their move in the third quarter, outscoring the Sun Devils 13-0 to bring the score to 31-23 after three. After ASU took a 38-23 lead on a D.J. Foster touchdown run, Arizona pulled within eight on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Hawkins to Tyrell Johnson.
After an ASU punt, Arizona took over at their own six-yard line with 4:08 left. After a four-yard rush and an incomplete pass, the Wildcats faced a third and six from the 10-yard line.
Arizona lined up with two receivers split to either side and a back next to Dawkins. The Sun Devils brought six and forced Dawkins to rush his throw.
The Arizona quarterback airmailed his intended receiver and the pass fell into the arms of a leaping Kareem Orr. The freshman safety took the ball at the 21-yard line near the far hash and went untouched into the end zone to give ASU a 45-30 lead to effectively put the game out of reach.
College basketball was still a month from opening tip, but on October 2, 2015, nerves filled Wells Fargo Arena. The cause for anxiety wasn't rooted in failure. In fact, the then-No. 6 ranked Arizona State volleyball team headed into the third-set break up 2-0 over California.
Rather, the Sun Devil faithful were nervous because ASU was winning too quickly. Most if not all of the 1,943 people in the stands were expecting to witness history. ASU senior outside hitter Macey Gardner entered the night 12 kills shy of becoming the all-time kills leader in program history, but two sets in, the star attacker had only recorded four kills.
Most figured Gardner would eventually break the record, but the Sun Devils were scheduled to play their next four matches on the road, and breaking the record in front of friends and family would make the moment all the more special for the Gilbert-native.
And so, as she did for three-and-a-half seasons in Tempe, Gardner delivered. She recorded kills on five of ASU's first 10 points in the third set, and with the Sun Devils leading 21-18, Gardner put away the record-breaking kill.
Any star collegiate student-athlete playing a sport other than football or men's basketball has a case for "best athlete at (insert school) that you haven't heard about," but on this day, Gardner cemented her legacy as one of the best athletes to ever play in Tempe.
She led the Sun Devil volleyball program to heights not previously reached. Just two days earlier, Gardner posted 22 kills and 11 digs to help her Sun devils take down then-No. 8 Stanford for the first time in 15 years. The win over Cal also gave ASU its first ever 4-0 start in Pac-12 play. The following Monday, the Sun Devils were ranked No. 5 in the country, best in program history. ASU's 15-0 start was the best in over 40 years, and a national title run seemed to be a certainty.
Individually, the kills record was just Gardner's latest individual honor. Earlier in the season, Gardner became the 17th Sun Devil to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. Following a stellar junior season, she was named to the AVCA All-American third team, the first Sun Devil to earn that honor since 2000.
Unfortunately, Gardner's record-breaking day was the final time ASU fans saw her at full strength. Gardner's career came to an end all too early as she tore her ACL in the following match against Washington. The Sun Devils were unable to get past the first round in the NCAA Tournament.
That said, Gardner pioneered the turnaround for ASU volleyball, and for her to claim her place on top of ASU volleyball's kills list seemed to be the perfect way to cement herself in the hearts and minds of Sun Devil fans.
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