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ASU Volleyball: The Sun Devils swept in Los Angeles, lose to UCLA

Tough road

Richard Martinez/ House of Sparky

After sweeping Arizona to start 2019 Pac-12 play, the Arizona State volleyball team got swept themselves by UCLA (25-13, 25-14, 25-20).

The Sun Devils (9-4, 1-1 Pac-12) couldn’t find their offensive groove in Southern California, as the team’s leader in kills, Claire Kovensky, could only manage to finish with eight.

The UCLA Bruins move to 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2011, they are now 7-4 overall.

Offensively the Devils couldn’t find the success they had in the home opener. ASU finished with only a .082 hitting percentage, a new season-low. Kovensky was the bright spot for head coach Sanja Tomasevic, as she connected for eight kills on 20 attacks, finishing with a .250 percentage.

Tomasevic continued to use a two setter offense, as seniors Callie Jones and Nicole Peterson both were responsible for setting up the offense. Jones finished with 11 assists, compared to Peterson’s five. Jones also served two aces.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Devils struggled as well. The Bruins hit the ball at a .311 percentage, the highest Arizona State has allowed all season. Outside hitter Mac May finished with 15 kills for the Bruins. Senior libero Courtney Leffel led the Sun Devils in digs, with 10 in the three sets.

Arizona State will return to Tempe next weekend to host Colorado on Friday. The match will be live on the Pac-12 Network at 7 pm.