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ASU Volleyball: Sun Devils beat Oregon in five-set thriller

Come from behind win

Richard Martinez/House of Sparky

Down 2-0 for the second match in a row, Arizona State (12-8, 4-5 Pac-12) managed to come back for the second time in as many games, defeating Oregon (6-12, 2-7 Pac-12) in five sets (21-25, 17-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-12) on Friday night at Desert Financial Arena.

For the first time in their history, the Sun Devils have won back-to-back reverse sweeps.

ASU defeated the Ducks in five after losing the first two sets. This was the first time the Sun Devils have come back down 2-0 to beat the Ducks in program history.

In a similar come-from-behind win last week, ASU took down then-No. 21 Washington State on the road.

The offense was sparked tonight in the first game of the weekend in Tempe. Junior outside hitter Andrea Mitrovic had a team-high 13 kills with a high .444 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Jada Burse was another pin hitter with double-digit kills, earning 12 in the win.

Additionally, senior outside hitter Ivana Jeremic plages well defensively, as she finished with a season-high six blocks.

She played well in other areas as well, earning nine kills and six digs. Jeremic wasn’t the only Sun Devil to play well defensively in the match, though, as senior libero Courtney Leffel had a team-high 18 digs.

The setter rotation also continued to change tonight as senior setter Nicole Peterson finished with 18 assists and a season-high 13 digs. That was her third double-double of the season.

Junior outside hitter Claire Kovensky may not have had the loudest match of the game, but her match-high three aces and two solo blocks got the job done.

The Sun Devils’ home has a new name, previously called Wells Fargo Arena. The win was the first win for ASU athletics in Desert Financial Arena

Oregon State (9-11, 3-6 Pac-12) comes to the new venue on Sunday, October 27 at 12 p.m. MST to face the Devils. Oregon State is coming off of a win against Arizona on Friday night, another five-set thriller.