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ASU Volleyball: Sun Devils fall short in a tight senior night match

Okaro notched 26 kills, but it was not enough.

Photo taken by Nicole Hernandez/houseofsparky.com

The Oregon State Beavers (19-9, 9-7 Pac-12) came into Tempe and spoiled Arizona State’s (10-18, 0-16 Pac-12) senior night with a five set victory, 19-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-19, 15-11, on Saturday night.

The Sun Devils honored four seniors Saturday night; Halle Harker, Oluoma Okaro, Blair Robalin and Isabel Miller who all played their last game in Wells Fargo Arena.

ASU would battle throughout the five set match to try and send the seniors out with a bang, and it was Okaro leading the charge on the offensive front. She totaled a whopping 26 kills on 57 attempts with only six errors. She would accumulate 16 digs as well to finish the night with a double-double.

Harker was steady in the back row as usually. Helping out the ASU defense with 29 digs of her own.

As a team, the Sun Devils would out-dig the Beavers 97 to 71.

Sophomore setter Nicole Peterson took the Sun Devil offense in her hands and spread the ball out well, racking up 56 assists in the match.

The problem was in the ineffective attack. The errors were abundant with the attackers combining for 28 kills, leading to an inefficient night with a .202 hitting percentage.

However, it was senior outside hitter Mary-Kate Marshall and freshman outside hitter Maddie Goings that took down the Sun Devils on the other side of the net.

Marshall, who has been a consistent force in the Beaver offense for four years now, had 21 kills, respectively.

Goings would add 17 kills on a .310 hitting percentage as well.

The Beavers would also outblocked the Sun Devils by a total of 14 blocks to nine.

ASU will end its season with four road matches with the first one being against No. 12 Utah on Friday.

The other three will be against unranked opponents, as the Sun Devils travel to Colorado, Washington State and Arizona.

ASU is at risk of not winning a single Pac-12 match for the first time in program history. The program has began in 1973.