Arizona State (5-1) can’t seem to lose at home this season. The Sun Devils’ 6-1 win over New Mexico State (1-3) marked their fourth straight win and protected their undefeated home record.
After securing the doubles point once again, the Sun Devils dominated the singles matches as well. The five points secured from Nathan Ponwith, Tim Ruehl, Andrea Bolla, George Stoupe and Christian Lerby all swept their matches.
ASU returns to action on Friday, Feb. 19 at San Diego. They’ll then head to Texas to face TCU on Sunday, Feb. 21 in Fort Worth.
On Saturday, No. 23 Arizona State women’s tennis (5-2) narrowly fell to Texas Tech (4-1) 4-3. The Sun Devils took the doubles point in another match. Sammi Hampton/Marianna Argyrokastriti (6-1) and Ilze Hattingh/Lauryn John-Baptiste (6-4) pairings took their matches to start ASU off right.
The singles matches went differently. Sammi Hampton scraped by in three sets and won the final one 7-5. Tereza Kolarova swept her match in two sets. Hattingh and Argyrokastriti pushed their matches to three sets, but neither could prevail.
The Sun Devils head to Texas on Feb. 27 and 28 for matches against Wichita State and Rice.
There was a top-25 water polo matchup in Tempe on Saturday. No. 6 Arizona State (2-0) faced off against No. 17 San Diego State (0-2) in a doubleheader.
In the first game, the Sun Devils were consistent throughout on their way to a 15-9 win. Led by Luca Petovary’s team-high five goals, Arizona State opened the first three periods with four goals in each period and added three more in the fourth.
Petovary’s first goal put her team up three to start the game and they never looked back. Arizona State also took advantage of its 10 power play opportunities, as it scored on six of them.
The second game featured even more offense. Despite less power play chances, the Sun Devils scored more in a 20-9 win. Petovary once again had five goals. Amira Van Buren and Alison Cameron nearly matched her with four goals each as well.
Emma Fraser had five assists between the two games and protecting the goal, Itzahiana Baca had five saves in the first game and Chelsea Karimazondo followed with seven in the second game.
The two teams play again on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. MT.
Track and Field
Turner Washington of ASU Track and Field broke an NCAA Indoor record on Saturday at the Texas Tech Shootout, as the shot put thrower put up a 21.85m (71-8.25) in his final attempt.
The heave shattered former Payton Otterdahl’s previous record from North Dakota State. Washington also jumped to No. 1 on the ASU top-10 indoor list for the event. The previous record holder was Olympian Ryan Whiting’s 21.73m in 2008.
With a strong showing in Lubbock, here was a look at how the rest of the Sun Devils performed in their respective events on Saturday:
Women - Jorinde Van Klinken – 2nd – 17.67m (57-11.75)
Men - Turner Washington – 1st – 21.85m (71-8.25)
Christina Warren – 12th – 12.13m (39-9.75)
Sydnee Larkin – 10th – 12.65m (41-6)
Michael Chadwick – 6th – 5.17m (16-11.50)
Cole Riddle – 3rd – 5.32m (17-5.50)
Women - Arius Williams – 12th – 24.55
Keira Christie-Galloway – 19th – 25.70
Ma’Kayla Dickerson – DNS
Men - Antonio Mitchell Jr. – 8th – 21.24
Kentre Patterson – DNS
Jamar Marshall Jr. – DNS
Arius Williams, Keira Christie-Galloway, Taryn Hankins, Ta’Nalya Gordon – 8th – 3:52.53