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Rubio’s squad falls to Sun Devils

Arizona volleyball concluded its regular season with a 3-1 loss to in-state rival ASU in Tempe on Saturday night.

After beating ASU on Tuesday, Arizona (19-12, 11-11 Pac-12) went into the game against its rivals looking for a repeat performance to find a more aggressive opponent fueled by an arena filled with Devils’ advocates.

The Wildcats fell 20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-23, and ASU’s win can be attributed to its aggressiveness on both offense and defense that only allowed the Wildcats to take the first set. After that, it was all Sun Devils, who improved upon their 9-22 overall and 5-17 conference record.

“It is really disappointing,” head coach Dave Rubio said in a press release. “ASU played much better than they did on Tuesday. They played much hungrier than we did, and they were just much more aggressive than we were.

“We made too many errors, and it’s just unfortunate to end the (regular) season like that.”

After taking the first game, the Wildcats carried the momentum to the second with a 12-9 lead, but quickly fell behind when the Sun Devils forced a 10-1 run that eventually closed out the set. The third set followed the same tune.

However in the fourth set, Arizona led for the majority of the game, yet gave up a 4-0 run at with a 23-21 lead to lose the match.

Arizona’s big hitters were seniors Cursty Jackson and Courtney Karst, who made 16 and 15 kills respectively. Freshman Madi Kingdon made 11 kills for the team, as well as 15 digs.

Sophomore Candace Nicholson made the team high of 20 digs, and sophomore Emily Helm had 15 digs for the Wildcats.

Freshman setter Chloe Mathis had 44 assists and 12 digs.

Notable Sun Devils were sophomores Ashley Kastl and Stephanie Preach, both making match-highs with Kastl’s 18 kills and Preach’s 36 digs.

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