Standout Players from this Season
This season, ASU had multiple high impact players – Jeremic, Ford and Leffel were three of ASU’s best.
To begin the season, Jeremic was the Sun Devils’ go-to offensive weapon. In six out of her first 10 games, she recorded a double-double with double digit kills and digs.
Jeremic also recorded double-digit kills in 13 out of the team’s first 15 games. During that time, she had her season high in kills in a match against Wyoming. Despite her valiant effort, the Sun Devils fell short and lost the match.
Jeremic finished the season second on the team in kills with 309 and a .205 hitting percentage. She also played all but six sets during the season.
She was not only important on the offensive side, but the defensive side of the ball as well. Jeremic was second on the team in digs this year, digging 262 on the season.
As the season went on, teams started to game plan around Jeremic, so other options had to step up. The senior transfer from USC, Ford, was the one to answer the call.
She missed the first three games of the season dealing with an injury, but she made her presence felt when she came back. In 19 out of the 29 matched Ford played, she recorded double digit kills. In four of the matches, she recorded more than 20 kills.
The season high for Ford was 29 kills in a match against Colorado. In the match, much like Jeremic’s season high, the Sun Devils lost despite the scoring outburst.
Ford led the Sun Devils in kills this season with a total of 363. She also led the team in total points scored with 394.
For Ford’s terrific season, she was named to the Pac-12 Honorable Mention list.
This season, the Sun Devil defense was led by the junior libero, Leffel. She had a career year and was a rock for ASU’s defense the whole season. Leffel was the only player on the roster to play in all 113 sets this year.
She led the team in digs with 506, which was over 200 more than Jeremic who was in second. Leffel’s 506 digs was also good enough for sixth-best in the powerhouse conference that is the Pac-12.
This season, Leffel had a streak of 11-consecutive matches with double-digit digs, which is a personal best. In only four of her matches this season she didn’t reach double digits. Leffel had nine matches with at least 20 digs, including a career high 28 digs against Northern Arizona University.
All three of these players had great impacts for the Sun Devils this season and while Ford will be graduating, Jeremic and Leffel will be back next year striving to be even greater.