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ASU volleyball bounces back with scrappy win over Colorado

A 31-29 first set win for the Sun Devils was the longest played set across Pac-12

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ASU Senior Setter Callie Jones (#25) sets the ball in their 3-1 victory over Colorado at Wells Fargo Arena Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona.

ASU volleyball (10-4) captured its second win in Pac-12 play (2-1) against Colorado in four sets on Friday night (31-29, 25-22, 16-25, 25-18). 

Senior outside hitter Ivana Jeremic led the Sun Devils with 13 kills and three blocks. Senior outside hitter Jada Burse provided 12 kills and two blocks.

Redshirt sophomore Meegan Hart led Colorado with 13 kills. 

The first set went down to the wire as the two teams traded long rallies towards the end. Both the Sun Devils and Buffaloes had chances to end the set earlier, but ASU strung together two kills from Jeremic and junior outside hitter Claire Kovensky to capture the first point. The set was the longest set played by ending point total in Pac-12 play thus far.

In the second set, both teams matched up well again. However, the Sun Devils made sure the Buffaloes never gained momentum as Colorado never had a run greater than 2-0. 

ASU was not able to build much momentum in the third set. CU went on multiple runs to give them a sizable cushion to win including a 5-0 run to end the set.

The Sun Devils rebounded with multiple 4-0 runs in the fourth set to win the match.

Head coach Sanja Tomasevic noted the win was far from perfect, explaining how the Sun Devils hit themselves into 16 Buffalo blocks.

"It was kind of like, 'Take a car, and run it into a wall,'" Tomasevic said. "We need to do a better job of not making as many errors, not letting them block us."

ASU also committed 31 attacking errors and 12 service errors in the match.

Tomasevic and junior middle blocker Megan Beedie noted the inconsistent play throughout the match, and the need to remember fundamentals in order to smooth out their play. 

"I see to rely on my teammates and my coaches," Beedie said. "My other middle (blocker) is telling what is going on and what I need to do and look out for really helps me and really slow things down."

Tomasevic took a silver lining from the game, noting how the team was able to win an ugly game.

"I'm going to take that. We're going to learn something from this too," Tomasevic said. "The Pac-12 is like that. Everybody can beat everybody."

The Sun Devils will play No. 20 Utah on Sunday in Tempe at 12 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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