The Sun Devils pushed the game as far as it could go. In the end, it didn’t fall their way. UNLV (9-2) ended Arizona State’s (7-4) winning streak Saturday after beating the Sun Devils 3-2 (25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 17-25, 15-11).
Arizona State certainly didn’t go down without a fight. UNLV took the first two sets, putting the Sun Devils against the wall. The Rebels even took the third set to match point. Down 24-21, Arizona State took five straight points to keep the game going.
The momentum continued into the fourth set. In the most decisive set yet, the Sun Devils pushed the contest into a fifth set behind Iman Isanovic’s game-high 23 kills. However, the quick start for the Rebels in the final set was too much for the Sun Devils to overcome.
The Sun Devils lost but played a very good team really well heading into Pac-12 play. UNLV’s two losses this season were to two top 15 teams in Purdue and BYU. Arizona State will now head into conference play starting Sept. 23 when it hosts rival, Arizona.