ASU Volleyball To Take On Duke In First Round Action Of NCAA Tournament
Nov. 27, 2000
DEVILS MAKE 13TH NCAA APPEARANCE:
The Arizona State University Sun Devil volleyball program will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on Duke in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The Sun Devils finished the regular season with a 17-11 record and with a 9-9 record in the Pac-10, joined five other conference schools to advance to postseason play. The Sun Devil volleyball program has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 13 times in school history. ASU's first-round opponent, Duke, finished the regular season with a 21-12 and 8-8 in the ACC. The Sun Devils have never met Duke in head-to-head play in school history. Arizona State has been led by a balanced defensive attack that led the Pac-10 with 18.9 digs per game. Senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge is ranked in the top 10 in the nation with her 5.63 kpg average and was named to the All-Pac-10 Team for the second consecutive year. Burbridge is currently in third place for career kills (1,561) and broke the school record for kills in a season (563).
ASU IN POSTSEASON PLAY:
The Sun Devils will be making their 14th appearance in postseason play and their 13th in the NCAA Tournament. This years marks the first time since 1994-95 that the Devils have made back-to-back appearances in the Tournament. The program has played 21 matches in postseason play all-time, chalking up a 7-14 record. This year marks the sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament under head coach Patti Snyder-Park. For complete match-by-match postseason information in ASU volleyball history, please refer to page 12 of this release.
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 563 (5.63 per game). Burbridge is also third in the Pac-10 with 3.90 digs per game. She is ranked eighth in the NCAA in kills. For her career, Burbridge continues to climb the ASU record list. She is currently in third place in the ASU record books with 1,561 career kills. She became only the 16th player in Pac-10 history to surpass the 1,500-kill and 1,000-dig mark in a career. She also became only the 26th player in Pac-10 history to top the 1,500 kill mark . She broke the single-season record for kills with 563, breaking the old record of 555 set by former Sun Devil Mindy Gowell-Rich. Burbridge has recorded 21 double-doubles this season and has at least 20 kills in 17 matches. She has yet to have a match with less than double-digit kills (26 of 28) and has recorded 20 or more digs six times in 2000. Burbridge has recorded 20+ kill matches in 13 of her last 17 matches. 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. The senior was selected as a District VIII Academic All-American and for the second consecutive year was named an All-Pac-10 performer.
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. Snyder-Park has led a team to postseason play five prior seasons and is 5-7 in the NCAA Tournament.
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 1,100 in her career, second 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 108 games. She was named the tournament MVP at the UNM Clubhouse Invitational and is currently ranked second in the Pac-10 with 3.94 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 3.47 kills per game, which is well above her 2.94 average from 1999, and ranked 10th in the Pac-10. The Glendale native also has a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom and was named a All-Pac-10 and all-District VIII Academic award winner.
CHERYL ANGLIN RUNNING OFFENSE WITH EASE:
Freshman setter Cheryl Anglin broke the freshman school record for assists in a season vs. Stanford, and with 1,350 in 2000, will end her rookie season in the top four 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, and leads ASU with 1,350 assists (13.11 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.
ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS PLENTY FOR SUN DEVILS:
Four Sun Devils were honored by the Pac-10 when the conference announced its annual awards. Amanda Burbridge became only the second player in school history to earn back-to-back all-league honors. Current assistant coach Christine Garner is the only other Sun Devil to match that honor. Michelle Mortensen was named honorable mention. Freshman setter Cheryl Anglin made All-Pac-10 Freshman and Kim Mehlhorn was an honorable mention selection for the freshman team.
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.
A LOOK AT THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:
The Sun Devils are one of six Pac-10 teams that advanced to postseason play, and Oregon State very well could have been the conference's seventh team. The last time the Pac-10 has had six teams advance to the NCAA Tournament was in 1997. Twice the Pac-10 has sent seven teams to the tournament (1983, 1989) Only the Big Ten and the Big 12 had the same amount of teams (6) advance to this years 64-team NCAA Tournament. Nebraska, USC, Wisconsin and Hawai'i all got the No. 1 Regional seeds and have home court advantage should they win their opening round matches. The 2000 NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four will be held in Richmond, Virginia, Dec. 14-16. This year's tournament is hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University.
SUN DEVILS ON THE NET:
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Amanda Burbridge and Jami Coughlin were both named Verizon District VIII Academic All-Americans with their outstanding performances in the classroom. Burbridge has a 3.43 GPA in Sociology and will graduate in May. Coughlin has a perfect 4.0 in Education. Coughlin was selected to the All-Pac-10 Academic first team, while Burbridge and Julia Leddy were second-team picks. Three Sun Devils were named to the 1999 Pacific-10 All-Academic Team: Burbridge (first team), 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).
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 six 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).
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.
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 became the 11th player in school history to record over 1,000 digs and Burbridge became the 12th ... Amanda Burbridge has double-digit kills in each of her 26 matches played in 2000... Burbridge's 247 career blocks is eighth among active players in the Pac-10... Coughlin's five service aces vs. Cal are a career high... Burbridge's five solo blocks vs. UCLA are a high for all Pac-10 players in '00... her 1,561 career kills is second best among active conference players and she became the 16th player in Pac-10 history to eclipse the 1,500-kill, 1,000-dig mark... Coughlin is second among active Pac-10 players with 1,100 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 8-2 in three-game matches... Cheryl Anglin sang the national anthem before the match vs. OSU... ASU had not been to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years since 1994-95.
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 18 matches and played in 27 of the 28 matches. She is averaging 1.45 kills per game. Blocher has been a key defensive specialist this year and has played in every match. She is averaging 2.53 digs per game and has 25 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.
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 483-329 (.596%). 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 .325 hitting percentage, ranking 7th in the Pac-10. Leddy has tallied 306 kills out of a possible 658 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 .316 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 fifth 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 225-45 (15 years)3. Lisa Love, USC 119-61 (10 years)4. Cindy Fredrick, WSU 106-110 (12 years)5. Patti Snyder-Park, ASU 101-115 (12 years)