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ASU volleyball picks up two wins at the Rebel Challenge

The team finishes its non-conference schedule 8-3


ASU junior outside hitter Andrea Mitrovic (16) prepares to serve during ASU's Maroon vs Gold scrimmage in Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.

The Sun Devils volleyball team (8-3) captured two more wins in the Rebel Challenge to finish off its non-conference schedule.

Junior outside hitter Andrea Mitrovic led ASU’s offensive attack, totaling 25 kills across the two matches.

Freshman outside hitter Claire Kovensky contributed 22 kills in the Rebel Challenge for the Sun Devils.

ASU needed five sets to take down UNLV in its opener on Thursday (21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 20-25, 15-9).

The Sun Devils got off to a slow start, only gaining a lead once early on in the first set. However, the team caught fire and won the next two sets, including hitting at a 53.8% clip in the third set.

After UNLV won the fourth set, ASU went on a key 4-0 run late in the fifth set to give them enough of a cushion to win the match.

The Sun Devils handled Kansas in more comfortable fashion, sweeping the match in three sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-17).

ASU got off to another slow start, giving up a 4-0 run to begin the first set. However, the team climbed back to tie the set at 8-8 and later ripped off a 4-0 run of its own in the set to carry them to victory late in the game.

The second set went back and forth until the Sun Devils pulled away late and put the team in pole position to win the match.

ASU used late runs of 5-0 and 3-0 to win the third and final set.

Senior libero Courtney Leffel's streak of double-digit digs ended at 14 games after recording just eight against the Jayhawks.

The Sun Devils will play their home opener against the University of Arizona on Sep. 26 at 7 p.m. MST.

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Jeffrey HorstDigital editor-in-chief

Jeffrey Horst is the digital editor-in-chief of The State Press. He previously served as the publication's sports editor and worked at Cronkite News and

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