Sun Devils seizing control of Cup series

Sun Devils seizing control of Cup series
(Cover photo courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics)
(Cover photo courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Arizona State Sun Devils have taken back control of the Territorial Cup Series race.

After a quick start for Arizona in the Fall (UA 3.5-1.5) ASU rebounded with a pair of upsets in the Winter that has the Sun Devils currently holding a 7.5-6.5 advantage.

Arizona State won the Gymnastics and Men's Swimming points.

The Sun Devils had never placed above the Wildcats in Men's Swimming at the Pac-12 Championships in the eight-year history of the series.

The fourth place finish in March was Arizona State's highest since 2008 when they also placed fourth.

UA took fifth.

Meanwhile the Gym Devils had not won a Pac-12 meet since they beat the Wildcats in 2014.

UA had won the Gymnastics point in five of the seven years of the competition.

ASU continues to dominate the indoor track season against UA. The Wildcats have not won a point in that realm in five years.

The Sun Devils took the Women's Tennis point on Saturday with a 4-0 Senior Day win over the Wildcats.

The sides have split the point so far in Beach Volleyball which you could also consider a mini-upset.

The two could meet in this week's Pac-12 Championships in Tucson and if so that point will fall to one side.

There are six sports still to be decided over the next month and a half (Softball, Baseball, Women's and Men's Golf and Women's and Men's Track and Field).

The Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships start today at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson. The Sun Devils beat the Wildcats by three shots at the Pac-12 Preview in October and by 20 strokes at their PING/ASU Invitational earlier this month.

The Softball series will be contested at Hillenbrand Stadium starting on Friday night.

The first school to accumulate 10.5 victories wins the series for the athletic year.

The breakdown so far this school year:

Arizona State (7.5)

Men's Cross Country
Men's Swimming and Diving
Men's Indoor Track and Field                             
Women's Indoor Track and Field

Arizona (6.5)

Women's Cross Country
Women's Soccer
Men's Basketball
Women's Swimming and Diving


Indoor Volleyball
Women's Basketball
Beach Volleyball

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