Appearing for the first time since its three-set upset over defending national champion Texas last week, the Arizona State volleyball team swept Cal Poly, 25-19, 25-14, 25-19, in its home opener Friday.
Climbing to No. 18 in the national rankings after previously being unranked, ASU improved to 9-1, while the Mustangs are 4-7.
“I think there were some unrealistic expectations upon us, but we are still a work in progress,” ASU coach Jason Watson said. “We wanted to be perfect, but it’s hard to do that. There was a lot of that in Game One, but in Game Two it evened out a bit. We are a little more physical than we’re being.”
Freshman middle blocker BreElle Bailey blocked the winning point, as the Sun Devils won the second set, then after ASU missed its first match point, Bailey killed the winner in the third.
Sun Devil sophomore outside hitter Macey Gardner led all players with 10 kills, Bailey had nine, and Mercedes Binns had six.
“I’m in a really good spot, but I have a lot of work to be done,” Binns said. “Being home is always better than being away. After having a big win, we have to show how good we are.”
Bianca Arellano had 32 assists for ASU, and Stephanie Preach had 11 digs. Chelsea Hardin led the Mustangs with eight kills, Maddie Kuber recorded 22 assists, and Steffi Sooter had 15 digs.
The ASU Marriott Invitational continues from Wells Fargo Arena Saturday, with the following matchups:
Cal Poly vs Louisiana Monroe, 10 a.m.
Arizona State vs Alabama State, noon
Cal Poly vs Alabama State, 5 p.m.
Arizona State vs Louisiana Monroe, 7 p.m.
In the earlier game Friday, Louisiana Monroe defeated Alabama State in five sets, 18-25, 28-26, 22-25, 30-28, 15-10. The Warhawks (4-10) feature three Arizona natives: Maria Garcia (Chandler-Gilbert CC, 10 kills), Kayla Kane (Phoenix College, 46 assists) and Alannah Collum (Sunnyslope High, 11 kills). Tiara Kelley had a career high 16 kills for the Hornets (5-9).
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