- Arizona State def. Arizona 3-2, (19-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-18, 20-18)
- Arizona State improves to 12-20, 5-15 Pac-12, Arizona falls to 18-14, 10-10 Pac-12
- Hosted by Arizona State
Courtesy of Arizona State Athletics
TEMPE, Ariz.—The Arizona State volleyball team (12-20, 5-15 Pac-12) sent its senior class out with a win on Saturday, defeating Pac-12 rival Arizona (18-14, 10-10 Pac-12) in five sets, 19-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-18, 20-18, at Wells Fargo Arena.
With the win, ASU secures the second half of the volleyball Territorial Cup ® series point.
Following the match, the Sun Devils recognized the careers and accomplishments of their three seniors, Mia Mazon, Maya McClendon, and Cassidy Pickrell.
“So excited for Mia (Mazon), Maya (McClendon), and Cassidy (Pickrell) to finish off their careers with three straight wins and to beat the U of A at home,” head coach Stevie Mussie said. “Five set thrillers are always great, Oly (Okaro) and Iva (Jeremic) did a nice job, and I thought Carmen (Unzue) was fabulous. It was just a good overall match for everyone.”
For the second straight match, four Sun Devils scored double-figure kills, led by freshman Ivana Jeremic‘s career high 21 on .409 attacking. Junior Oluoma Okaro posted 20 on .472 attacking, while sophomore Carmen Unzue tied her career high with 11 on .391 hitting. Senior Maya McClendon added 10 to the team total.
Sophomore Kylie Pickrell set a career high in assists with 64 on the night, a mark that sits at No. 10 in ASU’s rally scoring era single-match record. She also added 10 digs for her second consecutive double-double, her fourth on the year.
Junior Halle Harker led ASU with 31 digs, the most since she set her career high of 34 in 2014. She ends her third year with the program with 1,403 digs, No. 6 all-time at ASU. Freshman Courtney Leffel added 11 digs, and Jermeic and Pickrell added 10 each.
For Arizona, Kendra Dahlke led the Wildcats with 21 kills, while Kalei Mau added 18 and Katarina Pilepic posted 10. Penina Snuka posted a double-double with 52 assists and 16 digs, added four kills and three blocks.
Kills: Jeremic (21)*, Okaro (20), Unzue (11), McClendon (10)
Attack Pct: Okaro (.479; 20K 3E 36TA), Jeremic (.409; 21K 3E 44TA), Unzue (.391; 11K 2E 23TA)
Assists: K. Pickrell (64*)
Digs: Harker (31), Leffel (11), Jeremic (10), K. Pickrell (10)
Double-Doubles: K. Pickrell (4th; 64 assists & 10 digs), Jeremic (3rd: 21 kills & 10 digs)
Rally Scoring Era Assists:
1. Cheryl Anglin (10/18/02 at Oregon)–76
2. Marina Mercer (9/8/07 at Utah Valley)–73
3. Marina Mercer (9/27/07 vs. Oregon)–72
4. Cheryl Anglin (12/6/02 vs. Cincinnati)–70
5. Cheryl Anglin (11/17/01 vs. California)–68
6. Cheryl Anglin (9/14/02 vs. Cincinnati)–67
7. Rachel Mittelstaedt (10/16/04 vs. WSU)–66
Giovana Melo (10/27/05 vs. WSU) –66
9. Rachel Mittelstaedt (11/4/04 vs. Oregon St.)–65
10. Kylie Pickrell (11/26/16 vs. Arizona)–64
Top-10 Career Digs At ASU
1. Sydney Donahue, 2004-07—2385**
2. Stephanie Preach, 2010-13—2010
3. Christy Nore, 1985-88—1597
4. Jami Coughlin, 1998-01—1528
5. Sarah Johnson, 2007-10—1439
6. Halle Harker, 2014-present—1403
7. Terri Cox, 1994-97—1382
8. Mindy Gowell, 1987-91—1365
9. Leanne Schuster, 1991-94—1284
10. Christine Garner, 1992-95—1253
** Pac-12 Record
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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State defeated Arizona in five sets in the regular season finale (19-25, 24-26, 25-22, 18-25, 20-18).
Kendra Dahlke had 21 kills and Penina Snuka put up a double-double with 52 assists and 16 digs, but it would not be enough as the Sun Devils outlasted Arizona a five-set nailbiter.
After Arizona led the match 2-1 after three sets, ASU won convincingly in the fourth, 25-18, before winning a marathon of a fifth, 20-18.
Arizona finished the regular season 18-14, 10-10 Pac-12 and will find out its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday when the NCAA Tournament bracket is announced at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
Both offenses dominated in the first set, but Arizona’s was just a bit better, hitting .444 on its way to a 25-19 victory. Kalei Mau led the way with five kills on nine swings.
Arizona State responded out of the gate in the second, grabbing an early four-point lead. UA chipped away and eventually took the lead before ASU retied the second set at 21. The Sun Devils edged Arizona 26-24 in the frame.
It was ASU opening the third set hot once again, but a 7-1 run turned an 11-8 ASU lead to a 15-12 Wildcat advantage. UA never looked back from there, defeating the Sun Devils 25-22 to take a 2-1 lead.
Arizona State held Arizona to an .098 hitting percentage in the fourth and the Sun Devils won the fourth 25-18.
The Sun Devils went on to win the fifth set, 20-18.