Iman Isanovic brought the offense, Claire Jeter brought the defense. Arizona State (10-10, 3-6 Pac-12) notched its second straight upset win Friday. Behind Isanovic’s 24 kills and Jeter’s nine blocks, the Sun Devils edged out No. 18 Utah 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 25-27, 28-26).
“I loved how Iman and Claire played today. Our blocking was amazing and it made it so much easier to dig and convert,” Arizona State coach Sanja Tomsasevic.
In the first two sets, Arizona State held off two comebacks from Utah. And Jeter and Isanovic each delivered the set points in each. Utah’s lone set win had the Utes finally making the comeback. The Sun Devils had set point, but Utah earned three straight points to keep the match alive.
The fourth set had as much drama as the first three. Each team was one point away from taking the set, but the Sun Devils got a kill from Marta Levinska and a block from Geli Cyr and Jeter to secure the win.
SUN DEVILS BEAT NO. 18 UTAH ON THE ROAD‼️ pic.twitter.com/3w0GHSvQga— Sun Devil Volleyball (@SunDevilVB) October 23, 2021
Another key element in the Sun Devils’ win was limiting Utah’s All-American Dani Drews. Yes, Drews had 23 kills, but she only had a .145 hitting percentage. For reference, Drews hit for .366 and .354 in Utah’s wins over the Sun Devils last season.
Arizona State will try to make it a true winning streak on Sunday when they head to Colorado.