Plenty of Sun Devil sports were in action on Friday. Volleyball, Men’s Tennis, Track & Field and Cross Country all competed.
On the court, Arizona State (1-4) pushed the No. 8 Utah Utes (5-0) to the limit in Tempe in a 3-2 match (25-8, 21-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-8) but fell in the end.
The Utes dominated the first set, which included a 15-2 run by Utah to finish it. Arizona State bounced back well.
The Sun Devils took each of the next two sets 25-21. Blocks really helped them get going in those games. Overall, ASU out blocked Utah 15-6. Megan Beedie, Kennedi Boyd and Marta Levinska each accounted for seven blocks.
Utah came roaring back and took control of the final two sets. The fourth set ended closer than it played out when the Sun Devils had a 4-0 run before the Utes cashed in set point.
The final set felt more of the same and Arizona State was unable to create any flow to their attack.
The biggest difference in the contest was simply the performance by Utah’s All-American Dani Drews. A game-high 31 kills, the second highest in her career, and her .354 hitting percentage gave the Utes the edge.
Iman Isanovic earned another double-double after a team-high 12 kills and 15 digs. Freshman setter Ella Snyder’s had 29 assists and 10 digs to net her own double-double.
The two teams will play again on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. MT.
Down at Whiteman Tennis Center, Arizona State (3-1) pulled off the upset. The Sun Devils were nearly flawless in a 6-1 win over No. 22 Pepperdine (0-2).
In a pair of 6-3 wins from Nathan Ponwith/Max McKennon and Christian Lerby/George Stoupe, Arizona State started off with the doubles point once again.
Arizona State then took five of the six singles points. Andrea Bolla, Ponwith, Stoupe and McKennon swept their points. Tim Ruehl took three sets, but also earned a victory.
The Sun Devils host Northern Arizona on Sunday in Tempe at 3:00 p.m. MT.
Track & Field
Arizona State’s track and field group headed to the Arkansas Qualifier. Below you’ll find the results:
Keira Christie Galloway — 60m Hurdles (Finished 5th)
Ta’Nalya Gordan — Long Jump (6th)
Sevanna Hanson — Pole Vault (4th)
Tommi Hintnaus — Pole Vault (3rd)
Sydnee Larkin — Triple Jump (7th)
Lena Lebrun — 800 Meters (DNS), 1 Mile (7th), 3,000 Meters (DNS)
Haley Rayburn — Pole Vault (7th)
Caitlin Rose — 800 Meters (DNS), 1 Mile (9th), 3,000 Meters (DNS)
Christina Warren — Triple Jump (9th)
Arius Williams — 400 Meters (13th)
Michael Chadwick — Pole Vault (NH)
Fearghal Curtin — 3,000 Meters (2nd)
Austin Kratz — 60 Meters (Did not qualify for finals)
Jamar Marshall Jr. — 60m Hurdles (6th)
Vincent Mauri — 1 Mile (2nd)
Adam Meyer — 800 Meters (5th)
Antonio Mitchell II — 60 Meters (2nd), 200 Meters (3rd)
Kentre Patterson — 60m Hurdles (5th)
Dubem Nwachukwu — 400 Meters (3rd)
Cole Riddle — Pole Vault (3rd)
Track & Field heads back to Lubbock for the Texas Tech Shootout on Feb. 12.
Cross Country returned as it headed down to south for the Arizona Invitational with the Wildcats and UCLA.
Arizona State did not place as team in the event. Joseph Dicke’s 25:51.5 was the seventh best time at the event. Dylan Kingston finished 14th, Nick Shampoe was 16th and Garrett McSheffery finished 17. Chris Keeley did not finish.
The women showed off some talented individual performances. Megan Reniewicki placed third overall with a 22:13.8 and Ava Shackell’s 22:36.6 was good enough for sixth. Jenna Lee and Emily Gallegos-Francksen were 15th and 16th. Bianca Tinoco did not finish. The Sun Devils also didn’t place as a team.
Cross Country’s next scheduled event isn’t until March 5. in Washington for the Pac-12 Championships.