The Arizona state Sun Devils (10-22, 0-20 Pac-12) had one last shot to get their first conference win, but the Arizona Wildcats (11-18, 5-15) took away an last hope they had on Saturday in Tucson, as ASU lost 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17.
Senior libero Halle Harker had the lone bright mark for the Sun Devils. She officially moved into second all-time at ASU in digs, passing former libero Stepahnie Preach.
Harker finished the night with 31 digs, which was a season-high. In her Sun Devil career she finished with 2029 total digs.
The problem was that the offense could not covert many of the chances that Harker was providing them.
As a team, the Sun Devils could only muster a .179 hitting percentage with 20 errors.
However, senior opposite Oluoma Okaro did finish with 10 kills, bringing her season total to 489. Tying the 10th best ASU single-season mark to leave her stamp on Sun Devil volleyball.
Freshman setter Shelbie Dobmeier got some playing time in order to try and correct some of the Sun Devils errors, notching 26 assists and 10 digs, finishing the match with a double-double.
The Wildcat attack just proved to be too much to handle though. Hitting nearly .300, Arizona 59 of their 146 swings for kills.
They were led by freshman outside hitter Paige Whipple had 19 kills and only seven errors to propel the Wildcats in four sets.
While the Sun Devils are graduating two of the top players on this years roster, there is not much turnaround. ASU will bring back both outsides, both setters and both middles.
The offseason recruiting pattern should be interesting to follow in head coach Sanja Tomasevic’s first full season to pull players in.
But for the Sun Devils, there is only one direction to go and that is up.