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ASU Volleyball: Sun Devils nearly pull off the upset of No. 11 Washington

So close once again

Zac BonDurant

Arizona State volleyball (8-9, 1-5 Pac-12) has suffered a handful of tough, close losses this season, but Sunday’s result may have been the most heartbreaking. No. 11 Washington escaped Tempe with a 3-2 win (22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 17-15).

The Sun Devils were able to push another contest to the fifth set. Unlike the past ones, they had a lead very late into it. Arizona State had game point following a kill Claire Jeter, but things went south fast. Three straight errors from the Sun Devils led to a Washington victory. This marks the sixth Sun Devil loss in five sets this season.

Iman Isanovic, Marta Levinska and Jeter had a nice bounce back game. Isanovic led team with 22 kills. Meanwhile, Levinska and Jeter combined to add 25 more. All three all had a hitting percentage over .350. Geli Cyr came off the bench and boosted the attack herself. In four sets played, she had 12 kills.

Blocks set Washington apart. The Huskies blocked 12 shots while Arizona State only had three. Lauren Sanders had nine herself and Samantha Drechsel denied five as well. All-American Claire Hoffman brought the offense having a game-high 25 kills.

Arizona State stays home next weekend to host USC and No. 16 UCLA.