IRVINE, Calif. – Freshman standout Macey Gardner tallied a team-best 28 kills to lead Arizona State to a 3-2 victory over UC Irvine on Friday in the UC Irvine/Loyola Marymount Dual Classic volleyball tournament. Game scores were 25-21, 23-25, 25-13, 18-25, 15-11.
Gardner also contributed 16 digs for the Sun Devils (4-0). Allison Palmer had 59 assists and 17 digs, and Erica Wilson added 18 kills.
ASU rallied from a 9-6 deficit in the decisive fifth set. Stephanie Preach held serve for five points to put the Sun Devils ahead 13-10, and Nora Tuioti-Mariner and Whitney Follette closed the match with back-to-back kills.