— A crowd of more than 2,000 fans waited in the dark for the first time since the Pac-12 Conference Championship game at the Coliseum.
The Arizona State volleyball team played a perfect exhibition match against the Utah State team it defeated in the second round of the conference tournament on Saturday.
The game was the first in the season opener, which ended with a 9-2 victory.
It marked the third straight game in which the Arizona State women’s volleyball team has defeated a Utah State opponent.
The Wildcats, who finished first in both the Big 12 and Pac-10, defeated Utah State in the third round of last year’s conference tournament.
The volleyball team, which has played five of the last six meetings, dominated the first half and was in control in the contest.
The teams were evenly matched in scoring until the Utah players caught a ball that went in the net.
Arizona State had the lead for much of the first set but had to settle for a tie with 15 seconds remaining.
But the Wildcats quickly tied it up at 9-8 with two quick digs and an unforced error.
The match was tied at 9 when Arizona State went up 2-0.
Utah State came into the game with a 5-3 record, but the Wildcats responded with a run that set up a 3-pointer by Jaimie Aumann and a layup by Angelique Williams for a 6-4 lead.
The Wildcats got the last laugh with two straight points from Brittany Cressman to make it a 7-7 game.
Arizona’s Jaimi Kallinen hit a 3, the last Arizona State basket of the game, and was fouled on a layin.
The ball was tipped over the back of the net by Arizona State’s Katie Roeselmeyer.
The crowd of 1,037 erupted when Arizona’s Lauren Hennings scored the game’s final point on a 3.
It was her second career three-pointer.
Utah State finished the half up 3-0, but Arizona State tied the game on a 2-point play by Lauren Hensinger.
The match was the sixth in a row that Arizona State has won.
The first-round matchup between the two teams was a three-set affair that featured a pair of three-pointers and two of the Wildcats hitting free throws.
The last time the Wildcats won the first-set match in the series was Feb. 27, 2011.