Volleyball Takes To The Road At No. 4 USC And No. 8 UCLA
Sept. 26, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP:
The Arizona State volleyball team opened Pac-10 play with a 1-1 weekend against the Oregon schools. ASU enters a tough stretch of road matches at No. 5 USC, No. 8 UCLA and No. 3 Arizona with a 5-4 overall record, 1-1 in Pac-10 play. The Devils extended their winning streak to four matches with a 3-0 crushing of Oregon, but then dropped a 3-2 match with Oregon State. Arizona State will have its hands full with the No. 5 Women of Troy and the No. 8 Bruins. The Sun Devils will play at USC in the Lyon Center Friday night at 7 p.m., then travel across town for a 7 p.m. match Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion.
RECAPPING THE LAST TIME OUT:
The Devils opened Pac-10 play with a 1-1 start. ASU easily defeated Oregon, 3-0, to open the Pac-10 season in winning fashion. The Devils handled the Ducks by scores of 30-17, 30-19, 30-27 to gain the victory. Sophomore Kim Mehlhorn led the way for ASU with 14 kills and 10 digs. ASU dropped its next match with a 3-2 setback to the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers prevailed in five games, winning by scores of 23-30, 32-30, 28-30, 30-15, 15-9. Mehlhorn had another solid match, putting up career highs in both kills (17) and digs (19). It was her fourth double-double of the season. ASU still owns the all-time series with both schools, going 24-7 vs. the Ducks and 23-9 vs. the Beavers. The loss to OSU was the first by ASU under head coach Patti Snyder-Park when the Sun Devils open the Pac-10 season with one of the Oregon schools. They came into the weekend a perfect 6-0 against either Oregon or Oregon State on opening weekend.
The Sun Devils are not ranked in both of the national polls, but will take on two teams that have been ranked in the top 10 all season long. USC is ranked fifth in both the AVCA/USA Today and Volleyball Magazine polls, while the Bruins are ranked eighth and ninth respectively. ASU is 0-2 this season vs. ranked opponents, falling to then No. 22 Santa Clara and No. 23 South Carolina when they hosted both teams in the season-opening tournament. After travelling to the Southern California schools, ASU will battle another top-ranked opponent, when they travel to Tucson to take on the No. 3 Arizona Wildcats (Oct. 5).
THE SENSATIONAL SOPHOMORES:
While senior Jami Coughlin and junior Julia Leddy are the extent of the veteran leadership on the 2001 squad, a group of six talented sophomores make up the core of the team. Tabbed as the 'Sensational Sophomores,' setter Cheryl Anglin, middle blockers Jodi Smith and Mandy Stephens, defensive specialist Courtney Blocher, outside hitter Natalie Harris and utility player Kim Mehlhorn all have a valuable year of experience in the Pac-10 and NCAA Tournament under their belt. Anglin set the school record for assists in a season with 1,452 during her rookie campaign, earning Pac-10 All-Freshman honors. Mehlhorn played a valuable utility role and earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman honors. Blocher, Mehlhorn, Harris and Anglin all prepped together at volleyball powerhouse Chandler Valley Christian High School. Mehlhorn, Blocher and Anglin are all starting for ASU this year, while Harris is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES:
The Sun Devils have historically not had much luck with USC and UCLA on the volleyball court. ASU is a combined 15-82 vs. both schools, having gone 5-45 vs. UCLA and 10-37 vs. USC. Head Coach Patti Snyder-Park is 2-22 vs. the Bruins and 6-18 vs. USC. Snyder-Park is 3-9 when playing on the road at USC and 1-11 when playing at Pauley Pavilion. The Sun Devils currently have a 10-match losing streak to both schools, dating back to 1995 when ASU earned a season sweep of both schools. Current assistant coach Christine Garner was a driving force behind that season sweep.
Head Coach Patti Snyder-Park is in her 13th year at the helm of the ASU volleyball program. Snyder-Park has led ASU to six NCAA appearances in the last nine years and has posted a winning record in seven of her last 10 seasons. She has posted a career 196-157 record as a Sun Devil, which ranks first in ASU history. Last year she became the fifth coach in Pac-10 history to surpass the 100-win mark in league play. Her overall Pac-10 record is 102-113. A graduate of Portland State University, Snyder-Park is assisted by sixth-year assistant coach Scott Swanson and second-year assistant Christine Garner. Snyder-Park is married to husband John and has three kids, daughters Sydney (6) and Sophia Rae (9 months) and son Samuel (4). Snyder-Park is only five wins short of 200 for her career.
Senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin is ASU's leader in kills this season, totaling 150 in ASU's nine matches for a 4.05 kpg average. She also leads the Devils with 3.14 digs per game and has amassed six double-doubles so far this year. Coughlin has the distinct honor of being only the eighth Sun Devil in the program's illustrious history to record over 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in a career. Her 10 kills in the season finale at Minnesota in 2000 put her over 1,000 in her career. With a stellar start to the 2001 season, Coughlin now has 1,161 kills and 1,234 digs in her career. Her kill mark is ranked ninth in school history, while her 1,254 digs are the most among active Pac-10 players and already the fifth most in ASU history. She needs 343 digs to match the school career record of 1,597 set by Christy Nore (1985-88). Coughlin set a career high with 26 digs in the Duke (12/1/00) match and for the 2000 season recorded 27 matches with at least double-digits in digs. She is off to a fast start again in the dig and kill department in 2001, recording double-doubles in six of her nine matches. Her 4.00 digs per game ranked second in the Pac-10 in 2000, just .01 behind the league leader, while her 464 digs were the fifth most in a season in ASU history. Her dig total in 2000 was 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 woman' on the court, playing in each of ASU's 116 games. She has not missed a game or match so far this year. She tallied 17 double-doubles during her junior campaign 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 was 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 an All-Pac-10, all-District VIII Academic, and Academic All-American award winner.
ASU Career Digs1. Christy Nore 1,5972. Mindy Gowell 1,3653. Terri Cox 1,3824. Leanne Schuster 1,2845. Jami Coughlin 1,2546. Christine Garner 1,253
Sun Devil Player Notes...
#1 Mandy Stephens (6-3, So., MB, Napa, Calif.) --
Has been solid in the middle with a 2.88 kill per game average in ASU's nine matches... also averaging 0.69 blocks per game, third best on ASU... contributed three service aces as well... matched her career high in kills with 11 vs. Nevada (8/31)... had 10 kills vs. New Mexico... had five kills and two blocks vs. Oregon (9.21)... is competing for starting middle blocker position.
#2 Alicia Akporiaye (6-2, Fr., OH, Tucson, Ariz.) --
Has started six of ASU's eight matches as a freshman... averaging 1.79 kills per game... had 12 kills and 12 digs vs. Hofstra (9/1)... season-high four block assists in loss to Santa Clara... averaging 0.63 blocks per game... season and career high 17 digs vs. Loyola Marymount... averaging 2.48 digs per game... has accumulated 76.0 total points while playing in 33 games.
#4 Natalie Harris (5-11, So., OH, Tempe, Ariz.) --
Has played in 11 games and is averaging 1.18 kills per game... hampered by shoulder injury that may sideline her for a few weeks... had 10 digs vs. Nevada in first match of 2001... currently sidelined with shoulder injury... tba when expected back.
#5 Julia Leddy (6-2, Jr., MB, Mesa, Ariz.) --
Named tournament MVP of Loyola Marymount Volleyball Challenge... leads ASU with .380 hitting percentage... has recorded double-digits in kills in six of ASU's nine matches... tied career high with 18 kills vs. Santa Clara ... had 8.0 total blocks vs. Loyola Marymount for season high... hit .500 with 14 kills vs. Hofstra... named all-tournament at Phoenix Airport Hilton/Sun Devil Challenge... averaging 2.83 kills per game.... ranked sixth in conference in hitting percentage.
#7 Kim Mehlhorn (5-11, So., OP/OH, Tempe, Ariz.) --
Has been ASU's most potent weapon on the court as of late... averaging 2.85 kills per game and 2.56 digs per game this season... coming off career-high match with 17 kills and 19 digs vs. Oregon State (9/22)... has started eight of ASU's nine matches... moved into starting role at opposite hitter at LMU Volleyball Classic... recorded 15 kills vs. New Mexico (9/7) and 16 vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8), which were then career highs... also had 14 kills in season opener vs. Nevada (8/31)... her dig average (2.56) ranks second on the team... ranked third on team with 107.0 points.
#8 Courtney Blocher (5-7, So., DS/OH, Scottsdale, Ariz.) --
Has started all nine matches in 2001... has tallied double-digits in digs in five matches this year... season-high 13 digs vs. Nevada (8/31)... in addition to duties as defensive specialist, may see time at outside hitter with injury to Natalie Harris... averaging 2.54 digs per game, third best on team.... tied for team lead with .35 service aces per game.
#9 Crystal Bluth (5-11, Jr., OH, Las Cruces, N.M.) --
Transfer from Auburn who has played in five games this year... averaging 1.11 kills per game and 1.33 digs... also has 0.11 blocks per game to her credit... career-high six digs vs. Oregon State (9/22)... has added a spark to the ASU lineup when inserted... in addition to providing depth off the bench, may see increased playing time with injury to Harris.
#10 Cheryl Anglin (5-9, So., S, Queen Creek, Ariz.) --
School single-season record holder for assists when she had 1,452 in 2000... averaging 11.19 assists per game this year as ASU's starting setter... improved defense with 1.73 digs per game and is fourth on the team with 0.14 service aces per game... had 60 assists in season opener vs. Nevada (8/31), her ninth career match logging over 60 assists... has four matches this year with 50+ assists... had season and career-high six kills vs. Oregon (9/21)... she coauthors a column on ASU's website titled Coughlin's Corner and Anglin's Angle... currently ranked sixth among active Pac-10 setters with 1,866 in her career, but is the only underclassman on that list.
#11 Jodi Smith (6-1, So., MB, St. Johns, Ariz.) --
ASU's only two sport female athlete... also a high jumper on the ASU track & field team... named to all-tournament team at LMU Volleyball Classic... has three matches with double-digit kills, including career-high 13 kills vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8)... also had 12 kills vs. South Carolina (9/1)... added career high four total blocks vs. South Carolina... second on the team with 0.73 blocks per game... averaging 2.47 kpg, fifth best on ASU, and her .361 hitting percentage is second behind Julia Leddy... has started six matches... had 4.0 total blocks vs. both Oregon (9/21) and Oregon State (9/22).
#12 Fernanda Habiger (5-11, Jr., S, Cruzeira, Brazil) --
Has seen limited action on the court while still learning the offense... has played in seven matches and 19 games... recorded 12 assists and four kills vs. South Carolina (9/1)... credited with two block assists vs. Hofstra... credited with season high 15 assists vs. Indiana... averaging 0.68 kills per game and 3.05 assists in 2001.
#13 Brittany Ahlstrom (5-7, Jr., DS, Mesa, Ariz.) --
Junior defensive specialist who has played in all 37 games for the Sun Devils... tied for the team lead with 13 service aces, including team high four vs. Loyola Marymount... averaging 2.22 digs per game, fifth best on the squad... had career high 16 digs vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8)... has recorded 10 of her 13 service aces in the last four matches.
#14 Jami Coughlin (6-0, Sr., OH, Glendale, Ariz.) --
ASU's lone senior and team co-captain... named to the all-tournament team at Sun Devil Challenge... has three 20+ kill matches this year... is currently the active career leader in the Pac-10 with 1,254 career digs... her 1,254 career digs ranks fifth in ASU history, recently moving past current ASU assistant coach Christine Garner... also has 1,161 career kills which ranks her ninth in school history, 58th in Pac-10 history and is third among active Pac-10 players... is only the 8th player in ASU volleyball history with 1,000 career digs and 1,000 career kills... has recorded double-digits in digs in 69 of her 91 matches played as a Sun Devil, including 13 career matches with 20 or more digs, and owns a career 3.59 dpg average... also has 10 career matches with 20 or more kills and three career 20-20 matches... first-team Academic All-American last year with a 4.0 GPA in Education... leads ASU and is fifth in Pac-10 with 4.05 kills and 3.14 digs per game in 2001... has reached double-digits in kills in all nine matches and has six double-doubles (kills-digs) this year... leads ASU and is fifth in the Pac-10 with a 4.65 points per game average.
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Amanda Burbridge and Jami Coughlin were both named Verizon District VIII Academic All-Americans in 2000 with their outstanding performances in the classroom. Burbridge has a 3.43 GPA in Sociology and graduated last May after four outstanding years in the Maroon and Gold. Coughlin, ASU's lone senior in 2001, continues to maintain 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). ASU has 24 Academic All-Americans since 1996, the second most in the Pac-10 behind Stanford's 26.
ANGLIN SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH 1,452 ASSISTS IN 2000:
So far in 2001, starting sophomore setter Cheryl Anglin is averaging 11.19 assists per game, eighth best in the Pac-10. She has recorded three matches with more than 50 assists and one 60-assist match.Anglin broke the freshman school record for assists in a season vs. Stanford (10/27/00), and continued on to break the overall school record with 1,452 in a season with 39 assists in the season finale in the NCAA Tournament at Minnesota. 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 (9/1/00) 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 (10/20/00). 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 (9) 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 in 2000. Anglin is currently ranked sixth among active Pac-10 setters with 1,866 career assists, but is the highest ranked player that is not a senior.
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
Pac-10 Active Assist Leaders1. Erika Selsor, UCLA**** 5,1732. Dana Burkholder, ARIZ**** 4,5383. Candace McNamee, CAL**** 2,9554. Julie Gerlach, ORE**** 2,4565. Britni Churnside, UW**** 1,8936. Cheryl Anglin, ASU** 1,866
2000 SEASON IN REVIEW:
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 lost four seniors, the team returns its four fabulous freshmen from Valley Christian High School, two redshirt freshmen middle blockers, 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 laced fifth in the Pac-10 the last three years.