A balanced offensive attack led Arizona State volleyball (13-8, 5-5 Pac-12) to a win over Oregon State (9-12, 3-7) on Sunday afternoon, beating them in straight sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-20).
Despite no Sun Devils finishing with double-digit kills, ASU dominated on the offensive side of the match, as the team hit for a .340 hitting percentage.
Junior Megan Beedie led the way for the Devils in the middle of the court, as she tied her career high with a .750 hitting percentage. She finished the match with 9 kills, a mark tied with Jada Burse for the most by a Sun Devil in the match. Beedie also finished with three blocks.
“I felt awesome,” Beedie said of her career night. “But when practice good all week long it’s not really a surprise.”
Senior Ivana Jeremic had a solid night as well, finishing with 8 kills. Her .381 was her highest since she broke her career high against Arizona in the Pac-12 opener.
Beedie wasn’t the only middle blocker to contribute in the match. Avital Jaloba added three kills and two blocks to Beedie’s solid night, keeping the Beavers defense guessing.
Senior Nicole Peterson and sophomore Noa Miller split setting duties tonight. Peterson go the start as Miller came for situational serving and setting duties. Peterson finished with 22 assists and a service ace, as the team hit over .500 when balls were passed from her. Miller’s 11 assists off the bench kept the Beaver defense off guard as well.
“Nicole did a really good job today,” head coach Sanja Tomasevic said of her setter. “It’s pretty awesome to see.”
Arizona State’s defensive came to play as well, in arguably the Devils most complete win dating back to the Pac-12 opener against Arizona. The Sun Devil defense held the Beavers to a .176 hitting percentage, the second match in a row the Devils have held their opponents under a .200 hitting percentage. That mark was also the Beavers’ lowest of their season. The Devils’ defensive unit ended the night with six blocks as well.
The Devils confidence is building as they will head to Utah to face the Utes on Friday night, followed up by a matchup against Colorado on Sunday.
“Knowing we can win no matter what is something we have never had before,” said Beedie after the win.