Arizona State gymnastics wrapped up its regular season on Friday. The trip to Idaho came up just short after Boise State beat the Sun Devils 196.750-196.700. Nevertheless, there were plenty of positives from the final meet before the Pac-12 Championships.
Hannah Scharf won her seventh all-around title at 39.475 that included a 9.900 career-high mark on bars.
Anaya Smith took home another vault title and Emily White had the best result on beam. Scharf and teammate Cairo Leonard-Baker as well as the Broncos’ Adriana Popp and Tatum Bruden all scored a 9.925 on floor.
In the end, Boise State’s 49.475 floor total proved to be the difference in the final rotation after Arizona State had led most of the time.
A cap tip goes to Boise State because the Sun Devils forced the Broncos to have that type of routines after Arizona State scored at least a 49 in every event.
The Sun Devils travel to Utah for the Pac-12 Championships on March 20.
Arizona State took down Cal and swept the Golden Bears in three sets at Desert Financial Arena on Friday. Once again, Sun Devil freshman outside hitter Marta Levinska was a force.
She had a match-high 15 kills, while sophomore Iman Isanovic was deadly when she went back to serve. Isanovic had five aces to go along with eight kills in the match. Libero Annika Larson had 15 digs as well. ASU has now won two in a row following a long losing streak.
“That’s super exciting. We had a tough going early on. We opened with Washington, Washington State and Utah. Those are the best teams in the conference and yes, we had them at home, but still those are the best teams in the conference,” said head coach Sanja Tomasevic. “We’re just learning how to play with Rob (Rabelo) and Regan (Tinkle) so that was tough. We talk about not letting whatever happened early on define how we move forward. We talk about short-term memory loss and just make sure we forget about the last game whether it’s good or bad, last point whether it’s good or bad, and be in the now. Volleyball is a game of now and we have to play it as such. It felt really good though because how they walk, they talk differently and you want to see that in your young team because they need that confidence.”
The Devils will go for the sweep of Cal on Sunday at noon.
ASU couldn’t pull off the upset of No. 21 Stanford on Friday, as the Cardinal took down the Sun Devils 15-9 in Palo Alto.
Stanford outscored ASU 6-4 in the first half and then pulled away by a 9-5 margin in the second. For the Devils, senior attacker Kerri Clayton had a goal and two assists while Carley Adams led ASU offensively with five goals.
Goalkeeper Berkeley Bonneau was also stellar, making 13 saves to help her team and give them an opportunity to pull off the upset.
Four straight goals coming out of the half would prove to be the difference for the Cardinal though, and they would close things out down the stretch. ASU trimmed into the lead, but it wouldn’t be enough.
Up next, ASU will make the trip up to Berkeley on Sunday for a matchup with Cal at noon.
It took two days, but ultimately VCU (8-0) bested No. 17 Arizona State (11-3) on Saturday. The Sun Devils started Friday night with the doubles point after the pairings of Nathan Ponwith/George Stoupe and Christian Lerby/Andrea Bolla won their matches.
Makey Rakotomalala and Ponwith won their singles matches before the contest was paused due to rain. The match came down to the lone singles series played on Saturday between Stoupe and VCU’s Inigo Torre Martin. After three sets, Inigo Torre Martin took the win for the Rams.
Arizona State will look to bounce back on Sunday against UNLV.
ASU moved to 2-0 in conference play by defeating Washington State earlier this afternoon. The Sun Devils came out winning the doubles point and winning three of the opening four singles matches. They eventually finished with a 6-1 victory over the Cougs in Pullman.
Sammi Hampton, Domenika Turkovic, and Lauryn John-Baptiste all won their singles matches and were strong contributors in the victory. Here’s a look the full results from the courts:
- #50 Ilze Hattingh/Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) def. Michaela Bayerlova/Hikaru Sato (WSU) 6-4
- Melisa Antes/Yang Lee (WSU) def. Sammi Hampton/Marianna Argyrokastriti (ASU) 6-3
- Domenika Turkovic/Guilia Morlet (ASU) def. Pang Jittakoat/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 7-6 (7-4)
- #37 Ilze Hattingh (ASU) def. #55 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-3)
- #115 Sammi Hampton (ASU) def. Hikaru Sato (WSU) 6-3, 6-4
- Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) def. Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 6-0, 7-6 (7-1)
- Guilia Morlet (ASU) def. Pang Jittakoat (WSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
- Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def. Marianna Argyrokastriti (ASU) 6-4, 6-2
- Domenika Turkovic (ASU) def. Melisa Ates (WSU) 6-2, 7-5
Track And Field
Five Sun Devils competed in the NCAA Indoor National Championship on Friday, and the event was highlighted by thrower Turner Washington, who once again etched his name into the record books at ASU.
Washington took home the shot put title with a heave of 21.36m/70-1 on his fifth attempt. After transferring from the school down south, Washington has turned into a star in Tempe, setting multiple records thus far this season.
“It’s kind of seeing all of my hard work pay off and all of the sacrifices with transferring,” Washington said in his postgame Zoom. “If you would have told me four years ago that I’d be a national champion, I’d tell you you’re crazy.”
Along with Washington, Jorinde van Klinken finished third in the women’s shot put for the maroon and gold by going 17.56m/57-7.5. Thus, ASU will be coming flying home from Arkansas with some hardware.