2000 ASU Volleyball Review
Jan. 9, 2001
The Arizona State University Sun Devil volleyball program finished the 2000 season with a 18-12 record and made their 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. At the conclusion of 28 years of ASU volleyball, the program made great strides towards returning to a national power. The team led the Pac-10 defensively with 18.89 digs per game and Amanda Burbridge finished second in the Pac-10 with 5.55 kills per game. ASU won their first NCAA Tournament game since 1995 when they knocked off Duke 3-1 in Minneapolis, Minn. The host Golden Gophers, ranked 9th in the nation, beat ASU 3-1 the following night to end the Sun Devils season. While ASU loses four seniors, the team returns its four fabulous freshmen from Valley Christian High School, two redshirt freshmen, middle blocker Julia Leddy and standout outside hitter Jami Coughlin. Coughlin will be the lone senior on the squad. First year setter Cheryl Anglin broke the school record for assists with 1,452 and finished third in the Pac-10 with a 13.08 per game average. Coughlin racked up the fifth most digs in a season in ASU history with 464 and finished second in the Pac-10 with a 4.00 dpg average. Her overall total of 464 led the conference. The 18 wins in 2000 is the most by a Sun Devil squad since 1995 when the team won 19 matches. ASU has now placed fifth in the Pac-10 the last three years.
ASU IN POSTSEASON PLAY: The Sun Devils made their 14th appearance in postseason play and their 13th in the NCAA Tournament. 2000 marked the first time since 1994-95 that the Devils have made back-to-back appearances in the Tournament. The program has now played 23 matches in postseason play all-time, chalking up a 8-15 record. The Sun Devils are 6-12 in NCAA Tournament play after going 1-1 in 2000. This year marked the sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament under head coach Patti Snyder-Park.
BURBRIDGE ENDS TREMENDOUS CAREER WITH 1,597 KILLS: 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. The senior outside hitter had three matches with over 30 kills. Burbridge led the Sun Devils and finished second the Pac-10 in kills with 599(5.55 per game). Burbridge was also third in the Pac-10 with 3.84 digs per game. For her career, Burbridge finished her four years in Tempe atop the record lists in several categories. She is third in the ASU record books with 1,597 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 recorded 22 double-doubles this season and had at least 20 kills in 17 matches. She did not have a match with less than double-digit kills (28 of 30) and recorded 20 or more digs six times in 2000. Burbridge recorded 20+ kill matches in 13 of her last 19 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. In addition to being named a first-team All-Pac-10 performer for the second year in a row, the senior was also selected as a Academic All-American. The senior was named a District VIII Academic All-American and a third-team University Division Academic All-American. She was also picked for the AVCA All-Pacific Region team and is a candidate for All-American when the annual team is announced at the NCAA Final Four.
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 191-152 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 6-8 in the NCAA Tournament.
COUGHLIN'S CORNER: Junior outside hitter Jami Coughlin became the 11th Sun Devil all-time to record over 1,000 digs in a career and also became the 11th Sun Devil in history to surpass 1,000 career kills. She now has 1,138 digs in her career, most among active Pac-10 players, and already ninth in the ASU record books with one season remaining in her career. She is only the eighth Sun Devil to join the 1,000 kill, 1,000 dig club. Coughlin set a career high with 26 digs in the Duke match and for the season recorded 27 matches with at least double-digit digs. Her 4.00 digs per game ranked second in the Pac-10, while her 464 digs is the fifth most in a season in ASU history. Her dig total this season is the most by a Sun Devil since Mindy Gowell's school record of 601 in 1990. Coughlin was solid all year for the Sun Devils and a true 'iron women' on the court, playing in each of ASU's 116 games. She was named the tournament MVP at the UNM Clubhouse Invitational. The junior tallied 17 double-doubles this season and had 20 or more kills in three matches. She also had seven matches with 20 or more digs. Coughlin averaged 3.48 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, all-District VIII Academic, and Academic All-American award winner.
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.
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ACADEMIC ACCOLADES: 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 named a first-team Academic All-American in the University division, while Burbridge was a third-team pick. 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).
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 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).
ANGLIN SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH 1,452 ASSISTS: Freshman setter Cheryl Anglin broke the freshman school record for assists in a season vs. Stanford, and continued on to break the overall school record with 1,452 in a season. 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 had nine 60+ assists matches in '00. Her 13.08 assits per game average ranked third in the Pac-10. She was named to the all-Pac-10 freshman team . The freshman also sang the national anthem before ASU's 3-1 victory over Oregon State.
ASU Single-Season Assists1. Cheryl Anglin (2000) 1,4522. Regina Stahl (1985) 1,4503. Noelle Fridrich (1988) 1,4444. Regina Stahl (1986) 1,4135. Regina Stahl (1987) 1,255
INSIDE THE NUMBERS PART II:The Sun Devils led the Pac-10 with 18.89 digs per game... Amanda Burbridge's seven service aces vs. Minnesota ranks third in the ASU record books... she also recorded six vs. IUPUI... Michelle Mortensen recorded the ninth most block assists in single-season history with 98... ASU was picked to finish fifth, and that is right where they ended up... Jami Coughlin reached the 1,000 kill mark in 81 matches, while Amanda Burbridge reached the mark in 72 matches... ASU was 11-4 in September... 17-3 vs. unranked opponents... 1-9 vs. ranked opponents... 9-2 in three-game matches... ASU won the first game in 23 of 30 matches in 2000... Courtney Blocher finished second on the team with 0.24 service aces per game... Natalie Harris made two of her four starts in the NCAA Tournament.
FRESHMAN PHENOMS:The Sun Devils picked up four freshman from Chandler's Valley Christian High School in a recruiting class that ranked 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 started 19 matches and played in 29 of the 30 matches. She averaged 1.36 kills per game and 1.67 digs. Blocher was a key defensive specialist in 2000 and played in every match. She is averaged 2.58 digs per game and had 27 service aces. Anglin is the most prolific freshman setter in ASU history (see related notes) and Harris came on strong late in the season to start two of her four matches in the NCAA Tournament. She set a career high with 12 kills vs. Duke.
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 484-330 (.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.) played well for ASU in 2000 and led the team with a .328 hitting percentage, ranking 7th in the Pac-10. Leddy tallied 326 kills out of a possible 705 attacks. Leddy set a career high with 18 kills in the Arizona match and duplicated that against Washington State. She recorded a hitting percentage of over .300 in 16 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 capped her career by hitting .306 during her senior campaign. 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. Her 98 block assists this season is the ninth most in school history.
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)