ASU volleyball made the trip to Waco, Texas, home of the Baylor University Bears, to play in the Baylor Invitational last weekend.
ASU began the tournament on Sept. 9 against the University of Evansville. The Sun Devils took advantage of the new start to dominate the game and won 3-0 in sets.
Andy Kreiling, a sophomore middle blocker, led the game with eight kills and five blocks. Marta Levinska, a junior outside hitter, also had eight kills and finished the game with two blocks.
ASU quickly moved on to the next game against Colorado State University. ASU won the first game over the Rams 25-15. Levinska controlled the set with her murderous precision.
The Sun Devils struggled during the second set against CSU. ASU eventually pulled out a narrow win against CSU, but got off to a slow start early in the set. The Sun Devils got momentum from their offensive players like Levinska, Kreiling and senior outside hitter Iman Isanovic. The final score of this set was 26-24.
The third set of the match was extremely close, but the Sun Devils fell 25-22. Isanovic, Kreiling, Levinska and sophomore outside hitter Geli Cyr kept the offense going at the net allowing the Sun Devils to keep pace with CSU. Midway through the set, CSU jumped out to a lead and held it with hitting and service records.
The fourth set against CSU was tough for the Sun Devils, with the final score being 25-17, a loss for ASU.
ASU entered the final set tied 2-2 and eventually lost 15-9. The Rams took an early lead in the set that carried over into the rest of the match. ASU couldn’t gain enough momentum to beat the Rams and lost 3-2.
ASU went on to face No. 15 Baylor Bears on Saturday at Baylor’s home stadium. The Sun Devils took a four-point lead in the first set thanks to some Bears mistakes. The Bears eventually overcame the slow start and took over the set, cruising to a 25-16 victory.
The second set was a fresh start for the Sun Devils, and the team went on a three-point streak. The Sun Devils lost momentum and allowed the Bears to get their own scoring streak. The set was close, but the Bears eventually prevailed, winning the set 25-23.
The Sun Devils were looking for a win in the third set, but couldn’t get it. The Sun Devils started slowly and soon found themselves falling behind. A run by Cyr gave ASU some momentum late in the set, but the Sun Devils couldn’t keep the momentum going and lost 25-17. The Bears walked away with a 3-0 victory.
The Sun Devils are preparing for the Red Raider Classic at Texas Tech University beginning Friday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. MST.
The wave of men
History was made last weekend as the men’s golf team produced the lowest three-round tournament score in program history by finishing with an 800 (271-257-272). ASU finished the 2022 Maui Jim Intercollegiate as the runner-up to Auburn with an outstanding 12-under performance from veteran senior Ryggs Johnston.
Freshman standout Michael Mjsaaseth showed his impressive potential by carding a 4-under par 72 performance to tie for the win in his Sun Devil debut. Returning sophomore Kiko Coelho also finished at four-under just barely missing out on a top 10 spot.
The amazing weekend featured an abundance of records and highlights, but the center of attention was senior Gabe Salvanera. Salvanera finished with a 7-under 63 on Saturday, which was tied for the fourth-lowest round in program history. The overall team card was ASU’s best ever.
Former Sun Devil star David Puig announced his move to join LIV Golf on Monday. He will head to Chicago this week to prepare for his first professional event.
Arizona State’s next stop will be in Olympia Fields, Illinois for the Fighting Illini Invitational from September 16-18.
Edited by Kathryn Field, Wyatt Myskow, and Piper Hansen.
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