ASU Volleyball Takes To The Road For Matches Against Nationally Ranked USC And UCLA

Nov. 6, 2000

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17-8 ASU Volleyball On The Road Again At Nationally Ranked USC and UCLA:The Arizona State University Sun Devil volleyball team will take to the road for the final three games of the regular 2000 season and are hot heading into a pair of games vs. nationally ranked USC and UCLA. The Sun Devils have won five of their last six matches and closed out their home schedule with five straight wins at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU head coach Patti Snyder-Park picked up her 100th and 101st career Pac-10 wins this past weekend vs. Oregon and Oregon State. The 3-0, 3-1 victories over the Ducks and Beavers respectively moved the Sun Devils to 17-8 on the season and assured ASU of a .500 mark in Pac-10 play with a 9-6 record. With a No. 7 regional ranking and ranked 26th in the recent AVCA poll, the Sun Devils, without assurances, are a lock for the NCAA tournament. Senior Amanda Burbridge will reach a few milestones in the USC match on Thursday. She needs just five more digs to reach 1,000 for her career and seven more kills to reach 1,500. She will become only the 17th player in Pac-10 history to join the 1,500 kill, 1,000 dig club. She also needs just five more kills to reach 500 kills for a season, marking only the third time in school history at someone has topped that number.

MATCHING UP VS. USC AND UCLA: The Sun Devils will travel to Southern California this weekend to take on two national powers. ASU will take on the No. 6 USC Women of Troy who are 19-2 on the year and 12-2 in Pac-10 play. USC beat the Devils 3-1 (9-15, 15-13, 15-6, 15-12) earlier this year in Tempe. ASU has a nine match losing streak to the Trojans and have not won in at North Gym since 1995. Patti Snyder-Park is 6-17 in her career against USC and 3-8 in Los Angeles. The Bruins come into Friday's match with a 17-5 record (pending Pepperdine match) and a 12-2 mark in Pac-10 play and are ranked seventh in the AVCA poll. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion, but has since been switched to 7:30 PST to accommodate TV. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net. ASU played the Bruins to a touch 3-2 nationally televised match on Oct. 13 in Tempe. ASU is 5-43 career vs. the Bruins and 2-20 since 1989.

BURBRIDGE STRIDING TOWARDS ALL-AMERICAN: Senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge wasted no time putting her name on the list as a candidate for All-America in 2000. The Scottsdale native recorded 31 kills in the five-game win over Cal Poly in the second match of the year. Burbridge then etched her name in the ASU record books with a career weekend vs. WSU and UW by recording a school record 39 kills vs. the Cougars and backing that with 38 vs. the Huskies. For her efforts, Burbridge was named the Pac-10 and AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week. The Pac-10 and national award marked the first time an ASU player earned both honors since 1995 when current assistant coach Christine Garner matched the honor. The Pac-10 Player of the Week honor was only the 13th in school history. So far in '00, the senior outside hitter has three matches with over 30 kills. Burbridge is currently leading the Sun Devils and second the Pac-10 in kills with 495 (5.56 per game) behind UCLA standout Kristee Porter. Burbridge is also third in the Pac-10 with 3.93 digs per game. For her career, Burbridge continues to climb the ASU record list. With her 77-kill effort vs. WSU and UW, Burbridge moved into fourth place in the ASU record books and is now eyeing third place with 1,493 career kills. With 7 more kills, Burbridge will become only the 26th player in Pac-10 history to reach the 1,500 kill mark. To add to her already impressive numbers, Burbridge is five digs away from becoming the 12th player in ASU history to reach the 1,000 mark. She should pass both marks in the USC match this Thursday. Burbridge has recorded 19 double-doubles this season and has at least 20 kills in 14 matches. She has yet to have a match with less than double-digit kills (23 of 25) and has recorded 20 or more digs six times in 2000. Burbridge has recorded 20+ kill matches in 10 of her last 13 matches played. She has six 20-kill, 20 dig matches in 2000 and has recorded two 30-20 matches. Her 38 and 39 kill matches ranks as the top two performances in the Pac-10 this year, and fourth and fifth respectively in Pac-10 history.

HEAD COACH PATTI SNYDER-PARK: Head Coach Patti Snyder-Park is in her 12th year at the helm of the ASU volleyball program. Snyder-Park has led ASU to five NCAA appearances in the last eight years and has posted a winning record in seven of her last 10 seasons. She has posted a career 190-149 record as a Sun Devil. She recently became the fourth coach in Pac-10 history to surpass the 100 win mark in league play. Her overall Pac-10 record is 101-112. A graduate of Portland State University, Snyder-Park is assisted by fifth-year assistant coach Scott Swanson and first-year assistant Christine Garner. Snyder-Park is married to husband John and has two kids (Sydney, 6) and (Samuel, 4). Another child is on the way and due in late December.

COUGHLIN'S CORNER: Junior outside hitter Jami Coughlin recently became the 11th Sun Devil all-time to record over 1,000 digs in a career. She now has 1,058 in her career, most among active Pac-10 players. Coughlin has been solid all year for the Sun Devils and a true 'iron women' on the court, playing in each of ASU's 97 games. She was named the tournament MVP at the UNM Clubhouse Invitational and is currently ranked second in the Pac-10 with 3.96 digs per game. The junior has tallied 16 double-doubles this season and has 20 or more kills in three matches. She also has six matches with 20 or more digs. Coughlin is averaging 3.48 kills per game to rank 10th in the conference, which is well above her 2.94 average from 1999. The Glendale native also has a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom and is almost a sure lock for Academic All-American honors. She recorded her first 20 kill, 20 dig match of the year vs. UCLA with 20 kills and 24 digs.

CHERYL ANGLIN RUNNING OFFENSE WITH EASE: Freshman setter Cheryl Anglin broke the freshman school record for assists in a season vs. Stanford, and with 1,219 already in 2000 and with three matches remaining in the regular season, will end her rookie season in the top five in single season ASU history. Anglin passed Regina Stahl who recorded 1,062 in her freshman year of 1984, to set the freshman record. In her first collegiate start, she wasted no time leaving her name in the ASU record books. The Valley Christian product recorded 77 assists vs. Cal Poly to rank fourth (at the time and now fifth) all-time in single-match history at ASU. Anglin recorded the second-best assist performance in school history with 84 vs. Washington State. The 84 assists broke her own freshman school record which she set vs. Cal Poly with 77. The record was previously set by Tracy Heflin (74) in 1995. The school record for assists in a match is 90 set by Regina Stahl in 1987. Anglin also ranks 10th on that same list with a 71-assist performance at Washington State, and once again added her name to the record books with a 65-assist performance vs. USC (19th). Anglin has eight 60+ assists matches in '00. For the year, Anglin leads ASU with 1,219 assists (13.25 average), which also ranks third in the Pac-10. The freshman also sang the national anthem before ASU's 3-1 victory over Oregon State.

News and Notes:

* Amanda Burbridge will become the 17th player in Pac-10 history to join the 1,500 kill, 1,000 dig club.

* ASU has won 20 of 25 first games, and are 15-5 when they win the opening set.

* After starting the year 1-6 at home, the Sun Devils turned it around to win the last five in a row to post a 6-6 record at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU is 11-2 on the road this year.

* Head Coach Patti Snyder-Park has won 101 Pac-10 games in her career, marking only the fourth time in league history a coach has surpassed that milestone.

* ASU received 38 votes in the recent AVCA poll, ranking 26th in the nation. They also received votes in the Volleyball Magazine poll.

ASU IN POSTSEASON PLAY: Before last year's advancement to the NCAA tournament, ASU'S last postseason appearance came in 1995. The Sun Devils hosted UC-Santa Barbara in second-round action, picking up the win 3-2. Arizona State then traveled to Honolulu, playing Hawaii in regional action. The Devils lost, 3-1 in the semifinals. ASU has made 12 postseason appearances dating back to 1981. 1999 was the Devils sixth postseason appearance under head coach Patti Snyder-Park. The last time ASU made consecutive trips to the postseason was in 1994-95.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: While the Sun Devils have turned it up a notch lately with a 6-6 record at Wells Fargo Arena, including a five-match win streak to end their home season, ASU has played exceptionally well on the road in '00 with a 11-2 record. ASU recently completed home with a senior night win over Oregon State, and are now on the road for the final three matches of the regular season at USC and UCLA this weekend, and then at Arizona for the Duel in the Desert II.

THE STANFORD MATCH: It took seven years and 14 matches, but the monkey is finally off the backs of the ASU volleyball program. The Sun Devils beat #15 Stanford 3-1 on Sept. 30 for the first time since 10/22/93, a span of 13 matches. The win over the Cardinal was only the fourth in school history. With four consecutive loses, the Stanford Cardinal go into this weekend's action with the Washington schools with four-match losing streak for the first time in school history.

SUN DEVILS ON THE NET: Catch all the latest news, statistics, bios, feature stories and match results on the Arizona State volleyball team on the official Sun Devil Athletics website at http://www.TheSunDevils.com.

ACADEMIC ACCOLADES: Three Sun Devils were named to the 1999 Pacific-10 All-Academic Team: Amanda Burbridge (first team), Jami Coughlin (first team) and Laura Hibsman (second team). Two Arizona State student-athletes were selected to the 1999 GTE Academic District VIII All-Academic Team as well. Burbridge and Coughlin were both second team picks. They were two of only twelve athletes selected to the first and second teams (out of 49 total nominations). Burbridge, Coughlin and Julia Leddy were all nominated for Academic All-Americans this year.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING, ANGLIN ON PACE FOR SINGLE-SEASON TOP FIVE IN ASSISTS: You may need to get your calculators out to figure this one out, but statistically speaking, freshman setter Cheryl Anglin is on pace to finish in the top three in ASU single-season history for assists. Currently ASU is averaging 3.91 games per match, and applying that to ASU's remaining matches, the Sun Devils will play roughly 19.57 more games in '00. Anglin is currently averaging 13.41 assists per game, meaning she would record roughly 262 more assists in '00 (keeping the above calculations in mind). If you add that with her freshman record of 1,140 assists she has going into the Oregon/Oregon State matches, she will end up with roughly 1,402 assists for her freshman year. That total would be the most in a single season since Noelle Fridrich had 1,444 in 1988 and would be the fourth most in single-season ASU history. Anglin already hold the record for most assist by a freshman in a match (84) and will add to her already freshman record for assists in a season.

20/20 VISION:Two players, Amanda Burbridge and Jami Coughlin have recorded at least one match of 20 kills and 20 digs. Burbridge has been part of the 20/20 club seven times in '00, most recently with two amazing matches vs. WSU and UW. Coughlin joined the club vs. UCLA as well with 20 kills and 24 digs. Burbridge has two 30/20 games this year vs. Cal Poly and Washington State (39 kills, 28 digs).

NATIONAL TELEVISION: The Arizona State volleyball team played the a thrilling five-game match vs. the UCLA Bruins on Oct. 13, and have again selected to play on national TV when ASU travels to LA this weekend. ASU and UCLA will battle on Fox Sports Net at 7:30 PST.

MEDIA INFORMATION: All media interview requests should be directed through Jeff Evans in the ASU Media Relations Office. Media guides, game notes, rosters and any other information for matches are usually ready by Wednesday before a weekend series. The Media Relations Office is located on the first floor of the ICA Building at Sun Devil Stadium.

THREE DOT NOTES: Jamie Coughlin recently became the 11th player in school history to record over 1,000 digs... Amanda Burbridge has double-digits in kills in each of her 21 matches played in 2000... Burbridge's six service aces vs. IUPUI is the second best mark in the Pac-10 this season... Coughlin's five service aces vs. Cal was a career high... Burbridge's five solo blocks vs. UCLA are a high for all Pac-10 players in '00... her 1,493 career kills is second best among active conference players (Kristee Porter, 1,694) and with seven more kills will become only the 26th player in Pac-10 history to reach the 1,500 kill mark... Coughlin is first among active Pac-10 players with 1,058 digs... Burbridge is one of only four players in the Pac-10 to record 30 or more kills this year... her 39 and 38 kills vs. WSU and UW rank as the fourth and fifth best performances in Pac-10 history... ASU is 8-1 in three-game matches... Cheryl Anglin sang the national anthem before the match vs. OSU.

FRESHMAN PHENOMS: The Sun Devils picked up four freshman from Chandler's Valley Christian High School in a recruiting class that ranks as one of the best in school history. Cheryl Anglin (S), Courtney Blocher (OH/DS), Natalie Harris (OH/OP) and Kim Mehlhorn (OP) all hail from the volleyball powerhouse that has won seven consecutive 2A Arizona State volleyball championships. Blocher was the Arizona Gatorade State Player of the Year in 1999 and was honored as a honorable mention All-American. While the freshman four came to ASU highly acclaimed, the combo has not let down. Mehlhorn has started 15 matches and played in 24 of the 25 matches. She is averaging 1.49 kills per game. Blocher has been a key defensive specialist this year and has played in every match. She is averaging 2.62 digs per game and has 20 service aces. Anglin is the most prolific freshman setter in ASU history (see related notes) and Harris has been solid off the bench in key spots. She came off the bench vs. OSU in the fourth game to deliver three quick kills.

GATORADE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR ARE COMMON AT ASU: Gatorade really is thirst aid for Arizona State University recruits coming out of high school. For the past four years Patti Snyder-Park and her crew have brought into the program the Gatorade Arizona State Player of the Year. Laura Hibsman (1998), Amanda Burbridge (1997), Jami Coughlin (1998) and Courtney Blocher (1999) have all won the prestigious award as the state's best prep volleyball player.

THIS IS ASU VOLLEYBALL: The ASU volleyball program is rich in tradition with 12 appearances in the NCAA tournament. The Sun Devils advanced five years in a row in the mid '80s under head coach Debbie Brown, and have made five appearances under current head coach Patti Snyder-Park. The program has an overall 483-326 (.597%). However, in 14 years of competition in the toughest volleyball conference in the nation (Pac-10) ASU has not garnished a league championship.

LEDDY AND MORTENSEN HITTING HARD IN THE MIDDLE: Middle blocker Julia Leddy (Mesa, Ariz.) has been playing well for ASU thus far in 2000 and leads the team with a .335 hitting percentage, ranking 8th in the Pac-10. Leddy has tallied 292 kills out of a possible 620 attacks. Leddy set a career high with 18 kills in the Arizona match and duplicated that against Washington State. She has recorded a hitting percentage of over .300 in 14 matches, over .400 eight times and over .500 five times. Her season and career high is .714, both being 11-for-14 matches this year vs. UW and IUPUI. Senior Michelle Mortensen is hitting .330 during her senior campaign, ranking ninth in the conference. She has duplicated her career high of 22 kills twice in '00 and was named the tournament MVP at the B&G Properties Invitational in San Marcos, Texas. Mortensen contributed a big match on senior night vs. Oregon State with 16 kills and hit .652 for the match.

SNYDER-PARK NEARING 100 PAC-10 WINS: Patti Snyder-Park recently became only the fourth coach in Pac-10 history to reach 100 league wins. Here is how she stacks up with some legends:

1.	Don Shaw, Stanford	229-23 (14 years)2.	A. Banachowski, UCLA	223-43 (15 years)3.	Cindy Fredrick, WSU	103-109 (12 years)4.	Patti Snyder-Park, ASU	101-112 (12 years)
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