Sun Devils take on No. 7 Stanford in 3-1 loss


TEMPE, Ariz. — Sun Devil Volleyball won the first set for No. 7 Stanford before losing the next three to fall 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-16) at Desert Financial Arena on Sunday.

Notable statistics

  • Arizona State (9-11, 3-5 Pac-12) and Stanford (12-4, 7-1 Pac-12) met in the first two sets, seeing 23 ties and 11 lead changes in those sets alone . However, the Cardinal took control in the final two frames to claim victory.
  • Junior outside hitter Roberta Rabelo surpassed his season high on Friday with 12 kills on a .345 clip, which was the game-best hit percentage of any pin hitter.
  • Another double-digit Sun Devil in kills was senior Iman Isanovic with 13 to lead all players. She also had eight digs and two blocks.
  • At the head of the defense of the Devil of the Sun, the senior libero Annika Larson-Nummer with 14 and second Geli Cyr with 11. Larson-Nummer has reached double figures in digs in eight of the last nine matches, including the last five in a row.
  • Senior setter Shields of Shannon had 34 assists and a near-double-double with nine digs. She reached exactly 1,000 career assists today.
  • An ASU couple hit new career highs in the blocks. Leading the blocks today was second-year middle blocker Andi Kreiling with six, a new personal best for her. Freshman in front Leah Miller had a career-high four blocks in the game. Both also had five wins apiece.


Arizona State Head Coach Sanja Tomasevic

Opening Statement

“I’m really proud of the way we fought. I thought it was a good game. We played well. If that second set had ended a little differently, I think we would have had a whole different ball game. They are a very good team. They are ready to perform. I like the way we presented. I like the way we fought. I thought of Leah [Miller] and [Roberta Rabelo] played a very good game tonight.”

On what the team learned:

“I think they’ve learned that if they fight for every point they’re going to like the result. That’s what I told them before the game. Being composed and executing the mission is what I mean by fight. We need to make sure we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, and I think we’ve done a good job. One thing I wish we did better is when things aren’t right in our sense or when we miss the mission it’s move on and think about the next game we hold things in too long which makes it easier for our opponent i wish we let things go a bit faster.

On At Lea Miller’s Growth:

“She was great. What I liked about the way she played was that she knew what her job was. She owned it. She did a good job of not being stubborn and hurting herself on swings She blocked well. Overall, for a freshman, it was nice to have her. Obviously, we miss Marta. [Levinska], but she filled big shoes. It’s kind of nice to have Leah doing the job she did for us today.”

on how Roberta Rabelo play:

“I’m so proud of her. [Roberta] worked very hard in practice. She ended up hitting higher than any pin in the field. I’m super proud of her. She’s worked really hard, and it’s so cool to see that hard work paying off. She brings a ton of fire to the team. She’s a good teammate. It’s just super fun to see the hard work pay off after all these years.”

Junior outside hitter Roberta Rabelo

Seeing his hard work pay off on the court:

“For me, I think I’ve worked really hard in the weight room and on the pitch and off the pitch. But the main thing is my team. We always support each other, we’re always there (one for each other), our staff are always there to support us and give us energy and feedback. I’ve worked very hard, but my team is always by my side, so I really appreciate each and every one of them. .”

On today’s game learning experience:

“Stanford are a very good team. They served very hard today. They kept playing aggressively and unfortunately it wasn’t the result we wanted. But we’ll keep working hard, keep working on our team as a whole. Keep your cool, because that’s something we’ve been working on. And like I said, Stanford is a really good team. And it was really good to play with them and maintain our level.”

First run: ASU 25, Stanford 22
Kreiling’s first big play was a solo block to tie the set at three, helping the Sun Devils get four straight on the board to propel them to their first lead of the set. A 46-second rally that saw each team play the ball seven times rewarded Miller with a point to make it 6-5, ASU. Isanovic ended Stanford’s 3-0 run after picking up a kill at the hands of two Cardinal blockers that inspired an unanswered four from the Sun Devils for a 15-12 lead. Stanford won four of the next five to tie at 16, before Kreiling again gave ASU the lead. The Cardinal took the lead at 20-19, urging the Sun Devils to call a time out. ASU got six of the next eight points, including back-to-back blocks from Kreiling to take the win at 25-22.

Set 2: Stanford 25, ASU 23
Stanford took a 7-3 lead, but ASU began to fall back, as Rabelo’s kill made it 9-7. , a Kreiling kill and a bad set and a mistake from Stanford, to make it a 13-all set. ASU took a 16-15 lead on back-to-back Stanford errors. ASU fell behind, calling a timeout, which again rejuvenated the team, securing three straight games and taking a 20-19 lead on an Isanovic kill. At 21-20 for ASU, the Sun Devils suffered an offensive drought, adding just one more kill as the Cardinal moved past six of the last eight to tie the sets.

Set 3: Stanford 25, ASU 16

Three errors and a kill from Kreiling put the Sun Devils in good stead early; however, they fell behind 11-4 with a tough serve from the Cardinal. Isanovic and Rabelo had a pair of kills and Miller added one, but the team was still facing an eight deficit. The Sun Devils got their last three points with Stanford at set point, but a Cardinal kill would wrap up the third.

Set 4: Stanford 25, ASU 16

The second set started close as kills from Miller and Rabelo put ASU ahead at 8-7. Twice errors put the Sun Devils within one, but they weren’t able to string together a run. Kreiling’s kill gave ASU their last score by less than one, as Stanford went on a 4-0 run to split for the rest of the set. Two more Stanford errors kept the set at under three, but another 4-0 run put the set at a tough 20-13. The Cardinal would close the match, 25-16.


Arizona State travels to Washington for matchups against the No. 15 Washington Huskies on Friday at 6 p.m. MST and the Washington State Cougars on Sunday at 11 a.m. MST.


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