Volleyball Looks For Strong Finish Vs. Arizona To End Regular Season
Nov. 14, 2000
The Arizona State University Sun Devil volleyball program will travel South to Tucson for their final match of the 2000 regular season, and what a better way to finish up with their rival Arizona Wildcats. The No. 6 Wildcats will be no small chore, but behind the strong play of senior Amanda Burbridge and strong supporting cast, the Sun Devils will be up to the challenge. Four seniors will be making their last trip to Tucson to battle the Wildcats. Starting defensive specialist Ashley Hubbard is a Tucson native, having prepped at Salpointe Catholic High School. The Devils are coming off a tough weekend vs. two nationally ranked programs, being swept by the No. 6 USC Trojans and No. 7 UCLA Bruins. ASU is still 17-10 on the year and maintains a lock on fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 9-8 record. The Sun Devils are assured of at least a .500 mark in Pac-10 play for the second year in a row and the fifth time under Patti Snyder-Park.
MATCHING UP VS. ARIZONA: The Sun Devils will travel to Tucson this weekend for the heated rivalry with the University of Arizona Wildcats. The Wildcats are currently in first place in the Pac-10 with a 15-2 record in league play and are 23-3 overall. They are ranked fifth and sixth respectively in the AVCA and Volleyball magazine polls. Earlier this year the Wildcats defeated the Sun Devils 3-2 in Tempe on Sept. 13. After taking the first two games, ASU ended up losing the match 3-2. Five-game matches are customary in this heated rivalry, with four of the last contests in Tucson being decided in five games. The Devils are 7-4 in Tucson under the guidance of 11-year head coach Patti Snyder-Park, with eight of those 11 matches going the full distance. Since 1983, only five matches have not gone the maximum five games at the McKale Center. Overall, ASU holds a 33-26 lead in the all-time series, and are 14-9 since 1989. Arizona has won three of the last four in Tucson, with the Sun Devils pulling out a 3-1 win last year in Tucson.
BURBRIDGE STRIDING TOWARDS ALL-AMERICAN: ASU senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge 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 537 (5.59 per game) behind UCLA standout Kristee Porter. Burbridge is also third in the Pac-10 with 3.88 digs per game. For her career, Burbridge continues to climb the ASU record list. With 22 kills vs. No. 7 UCLA last weekend, Burbridge moved into third place in the ASU record books with 1,535 career kills. Last weekend was also a record breaking weekend for the outside hitter. In game one vs. USC (11/9) Burbridge recorded her 1,500th career kills and 1,000th career dig. She became the 26th player in Pac-10 history to top the 1,500 kill mark and only the 16th player to reach the 1,500 kill, 1,000 dig mark in a career. With 537 kills on the season, Burbridge is only the third ASU player to pass the 500-kill mark in a season and is only 19 kills away from breaking the single-season school record of 555 set by former Sun Devil Mindy Gowell-Rich. Burbridge has recorded 20 double-doubles this season and has at least 20 kills in 16 matches. She has yet to have a match with less than double-digit kills (25 of 27) and has recorded 20 or more digs six times in 2000. Burbridge has recorded 20+ kill matches in 12 of her last 16 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. The senior is also being nominated for an Academic All-American.
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 190-151 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. She is 14-9 vs. Arizona in her career, including a 7-4 mark in Tucson.
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 1,083 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 104 games. She was named the tournament MVP at the UNM Clubhouse Invitational and is currently ranked second in the Pac-10 with 3.93 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 3.40 kills per game, 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 1,293 already in 2000 and with one match 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 1,293 assists (13.06 average), which also ranks fourth in the Pac-10. The freshman also sang the national anthem before ASU's 3-1 victory over Oregon State.
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 11-4 record. ASU recently completed its home schedule with a senior night win over Oregon State, and are now on the road for the final regular season match 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.