Arizona State won its first set in their last four matches against No. 10 Washington, but fell in four sets (20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22) on Friday night.
The Sun Devils (10-8, 2-5 Pac-12) came out strong, as they took the first set from Washington (14-3, 5-2). However, the early lead was lost in the second set and the Huskies didn’t look back.
The Sun Devil defensive back line showed promise in the match, with three different players reaching double-digit digs. Seniors Courtney Leffel and Ivana Jeremic finished with 26 and 14, respectively. Leffel had her eighth match of the season with 20 or more digs, finishing with a match-high 26. Setter Noa Miller had 13.
“I’m proud of how we played,” said head coach Sanja Tomasevic. “This is something to build off of. We are due for a win if we continue to play well and fix the little things. If we keep getting better in practice like we have been, we will get there.”
The Huskies front row shined in the win. The group had 12 blocks, and Washington starting middle blocker Lauren Sanders finished the match with seven blocks, two more than the Sun Devils’ five.
For ASU, the offense is still trying to find its groove, and is headed in the right direction despite a tough outcome against a top-10 adversary. Two players had double-digit kills in the match. Claire Kovensky had 15 and freshman Iman Isanovic had 13, tying a career-high. The freshman might be the next hitter to see the ball passed her way if she continues to grow her game.
At setter, senior Callie Jones split duties with Noa Miller. Miller had her fourth double-double of the year with 22 assists and 13 digs. Jones finished with 20 digs.
Arizona State will now head to The Palouse to take on Washington State this Sunday at noon in Pullman. The match will be streamed on the Pac-12 Network.