Amanda Burbridge Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week
Oct. 23, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. -- After recording one of the best weekends of volleyball in Arizona State history, senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week as announced by conference commissioner Tom Hansen Monday morning in Walnut Creek, Calif.
The senior averaged 8.56 kills per game and 77 total between two matches against Washington State and Washington. In Friday's thrilling 3-2 win over WSU, Burbridge recorded a school-record 39 kills. The following evening she nearly matched that total with 38 more. Burbridge is currently ranked second in the Pac-10 with 5.66 kills per game and has helped lead the 14-7 Sun Devils to a 6-5 (4th place) record in the Pac-10.
The following is a recap of Burbridge's amazing weekend on the court:
10/20/00 - 3-2 Win Over Washington State (Sets School Record with 39 Kills)
In what ended up as a record-breaking night for Arizona State's premier outside hitter Amanda Burbridge, it was only fitting that she was the one who put the exclamation point on a wild 3-2 win over the visiting Washington State Cougars by ending the match in the fifth game with a block. Burbridge, a senior from Scottsdale, shattered the 18-year-old school record of 35 kills with 39 and recorded a career high with 29 digs. The outside hitter hit .313 for the match (39-13-83), breaking the school record for kills in a match set by All-American Lisa Stuck in 1982 vs. Santa Clara. The mark ranks as the fourth most in a match in Pac-10 history, last duplicated by former WSU All-American Sarah Silvernail in 1996.
10/21/00 - 3-1 Win Over Washington (Completes Stellar Weekend with 38 more kills)
One night after shattering the school record for kills in a match, Burbridge backed up her 39-kill effort vs. WSU with 38 more against Washington. The 38 vs. UW would have also broken the 18-year-old school record of 35 set in 1982. For the weekend, the outside hitter tallied 77 kills for an amazing 8.56 kpg average. The senior also added 19 digs and four solo blocks in the victory over UW. With the 8.56 kpg average for the two matches, Burbridge was a near unanimous selection for Pac-10 Player of the week and is a strong candidate for the AVCA National Player of the Week honor. The last ASU player to gain Pac-10 Player of the Week honors was current assistant coach Christine Garner in 1995. To add to her already numerous accolades, Burbridge also moved into fourth place in the ASU career record books with 1,428 kills. Burbridge has tallied double-digit kills in each of her 19 matches played in '00, six of which she has recorded at least 20 kills and 20 digs, and two were 30-20 matches.
The Weekend Totals For Burbridge (77 Kills, 8.56 kpg, 5.22 dpg, 10 Blocks)
In what may go down as the best single performance in one weekend in 27 years of Arizona State volleyball history, senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (10/23) by recording 77 kills over two matches for a 8.56 average per game. The senior set the school record for kills in a match with 39 vs. WSU and then came back the next night and nearly matched that effort with 38 more kills. In leading the Sun Devils to their first season sweep of the Washington schools since 1993, Burbridge hit .342 (77-23-158) combined between the two matches. She also totaled 5.22 digs per game over the weekend. The Sun Devils are now 14-7 on the year with a 6-5 record in Pac-10 play (4th place). For the season, Burbridge is averaging 5.66 kpg (430 total) and with seven more matches to play is already 11th in school history for single-season kills. Burbridge has rapidly moved up the career list in kills in `00 as well, now ranking fourth with 1,428.