Devils Upset No. 15 Huskies In Seattle

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10/23/2022 | 11:00 AM

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october 23 (Sun) / 11:00 AM

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SEATTLE – Behind career highs and a stellar defense, Sun Devil Volleyball persisted in a back-and-forth affair to take the five-set victory (25-21, 24-26, 26-24, 15-25, 15-12) at No. 15 Washington for the first ranked win of the season.

“I’m super proud of this huge team win,” Arizona State Head Coach Sanja Tomasevic said. “I loved the way everyone fought, and I’m super proud of the composure we showed when it mattered. This team is special and I love to see them get amazing wins like this one on the road against the No. 15 team in the countries!”

Notable Stats

  • Arizona State (10-11, 4-5 Pac-12) improves to 4-2 in five-set matches this season after beating Washington (14-5, 6-3 Pac-12). ASU out-hit UW .219 to .187.
  • The Sun Devils picked up their first ranked win of the season after four previous tries. Head coach Sanja Tomasevic now has three wins against her alma mater, the last win coming in the spring 2020-21 season in Seattle.
  • Middle blocker Claudia Stahlke was a force at the net, earning a career-high 10 blocks, which also was a match high. She is the first Sun Devil with double-digit blocks since Oly Okaro on September 21, 2016. Her 10 total blocks are tied for fourth in the ASU record book in the rally-scoring era. Her nine block assists are tied for seventh. The team as a whole had 13 blocks, a season high.
  • Senior outside hitter Iman Isanovic had a strong outing, notching a double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs. She also hit .326 and had three aces.
  • Another double-double came from sophomore Geli Cyr with 14 kills and a career-high 20 digs.
  • An additional stand-out on defense was senior libero Annika Larson number who had season-high 27 digs to lead all players. This was her third match this season with 20-plus digs.
  • The team ran a 6-2 in the match with Ella Snyder and Shannon Shields splitting setting duties. They had 24 and 16 assists, respectively. Snyder had a double-double with a season-high 12 digs.
  • Back in the lineup, junior pin hitter Marta Levinska had 10 kills and a season-high six blocks.


Down goes no. 15Washington ??

— Sun Devil Volleyball (@SunDevilVB) October 22, 2022

Set One: ASU 25, UW 21
The opening set was close, with 15 ties and nine lead changes. ASU held the lead at 5-4, thanks to a kill from Stahlke, Isanovic and Kreiling. A third service error from Washington and a second kill from Levinska gave ASU the lead at 7-6. The Sun Devils stacked on four, following the Huskies 3-0 run to take the lead at 11-9. The Sun Devils responded to a three-point deficit by getting six of the next eight, with four unanswered. The Huskies called a timeout only for ASU to get five of the next seven, with a kill from Cyr and Stahlke and a block assist from Levinska and Kreiling. The Huskies called their second timeout, seeing ASU lead 22-19. Within reach of closing out the first set, Levinska and Stahlke joined forces for a third block assist of the set and Cyr notched a service ace for the closing 25th point.

Set Two: UW 26, ASU 24
ASU opened with a 4-2 lead on Isanovic’s 21st ace of the season, a kill from Kreiling and two errors. Cyr earned a kill and ace back-to-back to keep the Huskies away by three. After Washington tied it, errors from the Huskies helped ASU lead by one at 10-9. Cyr added two more kills, with Levinska and Isanovic adding another of their own to tie it at 14. The block stayed hot as Stahlke teamed up with Isanoivc for a block assist to go up by one at 17-16. Two more errors from the Huskies, along with a swing from Cyr got ASU to set point, but Washington caught fire and finished with four straight to even the sets.

Set Three: ASU 26, UW 24
Again, ASU led early at 8-4 with two Cyr kills. Washington went on a 3-0 run to tie it at 12. Tied at 13, Miller and Stahlke blocked Washington’s attack for a one-point lead. A 4-0 Huskies run gave them the first lead of the set. ASU called a timeout, and Isanovic collected three of ASU’s next four points on kills to tie it at 18. Isanoivc’s third ace of the match gave ASU a 20-19 lead. Following a Washington timeout, the Huskies added four in between an ASU timeout, to lead 23-20. With the Huskies at set point, the Sun Devils flipped the script and scored five in a row, three kills coming from Cyr, to win in extras, 26-24.

S3 | The hustle from Annika to keep the play alive and then @stahlke_claudia’s SIXTH block of the match ????????????

??: @Pac12Network ??:

— Sun Devil Volleyball (@SunDevilVB) October 22, 2022

Set Four: UW 25, ASU 15
ASU saw a 5-3 lead quickly turn into a five-point deficit after the Huskies put five on the board. Isanovic got a kill and Stahlke got an ace to get within one, but the Huskies went on two separate runs of three to put the set at 15-9, Huskies. ASU decided to call a timeout after falling 17-9, with Isanovic and Levinska both getting a kill returning from the break, but the Huskies still led by seven. At 19-11, the Sun Devils would add four, but could not contain the opponent’s late attack to take it to a fifth set.

Set Five: ASU 15, UW 12
Going up 2-0, the Sun Devils suffered from a 5-0 Washington run, until an ASU timeout sparked the offense, helping them jump ahead to a 7-5 score. Following Levinska’s and Isanovic’s kills to tie the set at nine, the Huskies took the lead at 10-9. Stahlke and Miller imposed on the front lines, getting back-to-back blocks, with Miller then adding a kill to make it 12-11, ASU. Tied at 12, a service error put the Sun Devils within two. Cyr and another Washington error to close out a 57-second rally won the Sun Devils the match against the ranked Washington side.

What a moment for @21Tomasevic at her alma mater! Her third win against the Huskies in her career ??#ForksUp /// #EarnIt

— Sun Devil Volleyball (@SunDevilVB) October 22, 2022

up next
Arizona State will play at Washington State on Sunday at 11 am MST. It can be streamed on the WSU Live Stream.