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ASU Volleyball: Sun Devils fall again while Harker reaches milestone

Despite losing in four sets, libero Halle Harker surpassed 1,800 career digs.

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Once again, the Arizona State Sun Devils (10-11, 0-9 Pac-12) struggled to hit efficiently and dropped their ninth straight Pac-12 matchup at the hands of Oregon State University (15-7, 5-5 Pac-12) on Friday night, 29-17, 17-25, 16-25, 23-25.

The first set was blow-for-blow the entire way. With senior opposite Oluoma Okaro reaching eight kills in the set to lead the charge.

Sophomore setter Nicole Peterson did a good job spreading the offense around, utilizing freshman outside hitter Griere Hughes as a focal point as well.

The second and third sets were all Beavers however, as the Sun Devils committed multiple hitting errors throughout the sets, including having six balls blocked by the OSU front row.

The Sun Devils would fight in the fourth set to make it close, but the inefficiency of the offense would prove too much.

On the night, ASU hit a meager 16.8 percent and would finish with 29 errors.

Okaro finished the match leading the Sun Devils in kills with 21. She also fell one dig short of a double-double.

Senior outside hitter Mary-Kate Marshall had 22 kills for the Beavers, and hit with an impressively efficient .295 hitting percentage.

For the Sun Devils, senior libero Halle Harker passed a career milestone. She recorded 24 digs in the match giving her more than 1,800 digs in her four years as a Sun Devil. Only the third Sun Devil to ever pass the mark.

She currently trails former Sun Devil fan favorite Stephanie Preach by 197 digs for second all-time.

ASU will continue its road trip through Oregon on Saturday night when it faces off against the No. 9 Oregon Ducks.

Head coach Sanja Tomasevic is not traveling with the team, as she is currently expecting her first child. Assistant coach Carlos Moreno took over the head coaching duties and Macey Gardner was his first assistant coach.