ASU Volleyball Announces 2001 Schedule

July 18, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Highlighted by 14 home matches and a highly competitive Pac-10 conference slate, the 2001 Arizona State women's volleyball team released their season schedule today. The Sun Devils will begin their journey towards a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth on Aug. 31 by hosting Nevada-Reno in the annual Phoenix Airport Hilton/Sun Devil Challenge held at Wells Fargo Arena on the ASU campus.

Led by 12-year head coach Patti Snyder-Park (191-153), who is the currently the third winningest active coach in the Pac-10, the Sun Devils return eight letterwinners and three starters from the 18-12 team that went 1-1 in the NCAA Tournament last year. The Sun Devils return one senior, one junior, six sophomores and feature six newcomers that comprise the 2001 roster. Snyder-Park is assisted by Scott Swanson (6th year) and former ASU volleyball standout Christine Garner (2nd year).

In addition to hosting the annual Sun Devil Challenge (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) with Nevada, South Carolina, Hofstra and Santa Clara, ASU will also play in the Loyola Marymount Volleyball Challenge (Sept. 7-8) with New Mexico, Indiana and LMU. A home match with in-state rival Northern Arizona (Oct. 23, 7 p.m.) rounds out the Devils non-conference slate in 2001. The Sun Devils open Pac-10 play on the road in the Bay Area at Cal (Sept. 14) and at Stanford (Sept. 15). ASU's first home Pac-10 matches are vs. the Oregon schools, hosting the Ducks (Sept. 21) and the Beavers (Sept. 22). ASU's entire home schedule, with the exception of the Nevada (1 p.m.) and Hofstra (3 p.m.) matches will be played at 7 p.m.

'I am excited about what we have coming back on the court,' said Snyder-Park. 'We had one of the best freshman classes in school history last year and they didn't only play, but they produced and really made strides. Now they are a year older and all six of them are going to be a key factor to our success.'

The Devils will be led by lone senior Jami Coughlin, who is the active Pac-10 leader with 1,138 career digs and became only the 11th player in ASU history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. Coughlin (OH) led ASU and was second in the Pac-10 last year with 4.00 digs per game and averaged 3.48 kills per game, ranking 10th in the highly competitive Pac-10. To add to her athletic success, Coughlin was an Academic All-American last year, boasting a perfect 4.0 GPA in Education.

'Of all the players I have coached, I don't think I have ever had someone like Jami Coughlin,' said Patti Snyder-Park. 'She is the hardest worker I have ever seen and raises the whole team's level of play. She is as solid as they come on the court and we are really looking for her to have a big year for us. There is no question she could rank as one of the elite in the Pac-10 this year.'

The Devils will feature a nice mix of leadership and youth in 2001, but the Devils won't be looking to replace second-team All-American and two-time all-Pac-10 member Amanda Burbridge. Burbridge set a single-season ASU mark with 599 kills during her senior season last year and was second in the league with 5.55 kpg.

'I don't think you can replace a player like Amanda, she is just that good,' said Snyder-Park. 'But we have a bunch of players who complimented her nicely last year and they are all back. Amanda had an unbelievable four years and helped bring ASU volleyball back to prominence.'

The Sun Devils will boast a powerful sophomore class, highlighted by returning starters Kim Mehlhorn (OP) and Cheryl Anglin (S). Anglin set the school record for assists in a season with 1,452 in her freshman year of 2000, earning Pac-10 All-Freshman honors. Courtney Blocher (DS/OH), Natalie Harris (OH), Jodi Smith (MB) and Mandy Stephens (MB) are the remaining members of the 'Sensational Sophomores.' Junior Julia Leddy is slated as the starter at middle blocker,

returning her team-high .316 hitting percentage and 2.86 kills per game. Anglin, Mehlhorn, Blocher and Harris are all projected starters in 2001 and have been playing together for four years after prepping at volleyball powerhouse Chandler Valley Christian.

Also in the mix is a group of newcomers who will be expected to step right in and contribute. Alicia Akporiaye (MB), Ashley Jensen (MB), Crystal Bluth (OH), Fernanda Oliveira (S/OP), Brittany Ahlstrom (DS) and Melissa Stapely (OH) all make up a talented recruiting class that Snyder-Park is excited about.

'We have a lot of talented newcomers that will step right in and make this program better,' said ASU's 12-year head coach. 'Some will have defined roles, but others have the ability to come right in and compete for a starting spot. We have a lot of depth this year and that is only going to make our team better down the stretch.'

The 2001 season will also feature an important rule change, introducing a new rally-score, point-per-serve scoring format. Games 1-4 will be to 30 points (no cap and no side-out) with game five to 15 points (no cap). For more information on Arizona State Volleyball, point your web browser to www.thesundevils.com.

2001 Women's Volleyball Schedule


Day Date Opponent Location TVOutcome/Time
Sat 08/18/2001 Maroon and Gold Match Tempe, Ariz.
(Student Rec Center)
6:30 PM PT
Sat 08/25/2001 Alumna Match Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Fri 08/31/2001 $Nevada Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
1:00 PM PT
Fri 08/31/2001 $Santa Clara Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
5:00 PM PT
Sat 09/01/2001 $Hofstra Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
3:00 PM PT
Sat 09/01/2001 $South Carolina Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Fri 09/07/2001 #New Mexico Los Angeles, Calif.
(Gersten Pavilion)
5:00 PM PT
Sat 09/08/2001 #Indiana Los Angeles, Calif.
(Gersten Pavilion)
10:00 AM PT
Sat 09/08/2001 #Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, Calif.
(Gersten Pavilion)
7:00 PM PT
Fri 09/14/2001 *California Berkeley, Calif.
(Harmon Gym)
7:00 PM PT
Sat 09/15/2001 *Stanford Stanford, Calif.
(Maples Pavillion)
7:00 PM PT
Fri 09/21/2001 *Oregon Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Sat 09/22/2001 *Oregon St. Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Fri 09/28/2001 *USC Los Angeles, Calif.
(North Gym)
7:00 PM PT
Sat 09/29/2001 *UCLA Los Angeles, Calif.
(Pauley Pavillion)
7:00 PM PT
Fri 10/05/2001 *Arizona Tucson, Ariz.
(McKale Center)
7:00 PM PT
Fri 10/12/2001 *Washington Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Sat 10/13/2001 *Washington St. Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Thu 10/18/2001 *Oregon Eugene, Ore.
(McArthur Court)
Fox Sports (Delay)7:00 PM PT
Fri 10/19/2001 *Oregon St. Corvallis, Ore.
(Gill Coliseum)
7:00 PM PT
Tue 10/23/2001 Northern Arizona Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Thu 10/25/2001 *UCLA Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Fri 10/26/2001 *USC Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Sat 11/03/2001 *Arizona Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Fri 11/09/2001 *Washington St. Pullman, Wash.
(Bohler Gym)
7:00 PM PT
Sat 11/10/2001 *Washington Seattle, Wash.
(Bank of America Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Fri 11/16/2001 *Stanford Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM PT
Sat 11/17/2001 *California Tempe, Ariz.
(Wells Fargo Arena)
7:00 PM MT
Thu 11/29/2001 NCAA First/Second Round On-Campus Sites TBA
Fri 11/30/2001 NCAA First/Second Round On-Campus Sites TBA
Sat 12/01/2001 NCAA First/Second Round On-Campus Sites TBA
Sun 12/02/2001 NCAA First/Second Round On-Campus Sites TBA
Thu 12/06/2001 NCAA Regionals On-Campus Sites TBA
Fri 12/07/2001 NCAA Regionals On-Campus Sites TBA
Sat 12/08/2001 NCAA Regionals On-Campus Sites TBA
Sun 12/09/2001 NCAA Regionals On-Campus Sites TBA
Thu 12/13/2001 NCAA Final Four San Diego, Calif. TBA
Fri 12/14/2001 NCAA Final Four San Diego, Calif. TBA
Sat 12/15/2001 NCAA Final Four San Diego, Calif. TBA

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