Volleyball Hosts Third-Ranked Stanford And California This Weekend
Nov. 14, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP:The Arizona State Volleyball team (8-14, 3-11 Pac-10) will become familiar foes with the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal (23-2, 14-1) and the California Golden Bears (8-15, 3-12) over the next two weeks. Hosting the Bay Area schools this weekend at Wells Fargo Arena, ASU will then finish its season at Stanford and Cal as makeup matches for the Sept. 11 tragedy in New York City and Washington D.C. ASU opens the weekend set with a 7 p.m. match with the Pac-10 leading Cardinal at 7 p.m. The Nov. 17 match vs. Cal (7:30 p.m.) will be part of a rare Arizona State Athletics triple-header, with the ASU men's basketball team taking on Stephen F. Austin at 11 a.m. and the Sun Devil women's hoops team hosting St. Peter's at 2:30 p.m. The match with Cal will be ASU's first match not playing on their normal Sport Court in over three years.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS. THE CARDINAL:Having not met Stanford on the court this year, ASU will have its hands full by playing one of the best teams in the nation two times over a course of eight days. Stanford enters the match with a Pac-10 best 23-2 overall record and 14-1 in Pac-10 play. ASU was 1-1 vs. Stanford last year, picking up its first win over the Cardinal since 1993 when they handed the then No. 15 Cardinal a 3-1 setback on Sept. 30. ASU is 4-37 overall vs. Stanford, with current head coach Patti Snyder-Park 2-22 in her career vs. Stanford. ASU's only two wins in the series under Snyder-Park have come in Tempe. Snyder-Park grew up in Palo Alto near The Farm.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS. THE GOLDEN BEARS:The Sun Devils will be looking to pick up two crucial Pac-10 wins when they face the Golden Bears twice in the last two weeks of the season. The Golden Bears enter the weekend just below ASU in the Pac-10 standings with an 8-15, 3-12 Pac-10 record. The Golden Bears and Sun Devils split the series last year, each picking up wins on the road. ASU has a 24-10 edge in the all-time series and is 17-7 under Snyder-Park. Snyder-Park, who spent five seasons as an assistant at Cal before coming to Tempe in 1989, is 8-4 vs. the Bears in matches held in Tempe.
NO. 200 UP NEXT FOR PATTI SNYDER-PARK:Arizona State head coach Patti Snyder-Park's next win will be a memorable one. With four matches remaining in the 2001 season, Snyder-Park needs just one win to record her 200th career victory. Posting a 199-167 record in her 13 seasons, Snyder-Park will become the 7th active Pac-10 coach to record 200 or more victories in a career.
MEHLHORN TURNS IT UP A NOTCH IN PAC-10 PLAY:Sophomore Kim Mehlhorn (Tempe, Ariz.) is second on the team with 3.34 kills per game and third with 2.92 digs per game, but as of late, Mehlhorn has been the hottest Sun Devil on the court. Posting 11 consecutive matches with 10 or more kills, Mehlhorn has continued a recent trend that has seen her break her career-high in kills time, and time, and time again. Already breaking her 2000 career high of 11 kills seven times this year, Mehlhorn equaled her recent career high of 19 kills vs. Arizona (11/3). Over her 11-match streak with double-digits in kills, Mehlhorn is averaging 3.97 kpg and 3.35 dpg. The sophomore has recorded double-digits in kills in 16 of her 22 matches played (73%) and is second on the team with 12 double-doubles. In Pac-10 play, the sophomore is ranked ninth with 3.82 kpg, sixth with 3.31 dpg and 10th with 4.18 points per game.
A LATE FINISH TO THE REGULAR SEASON:Due to the Sept. 11 tragedy in New York City and Washington D.C., ASU will be making one of its latest ends to the regular season in recent history. ASU will travel to Stanford (Nov. 24) and California (Nov. 25) to conclude the 2001 season. It is ASU's latest finish to a regular season since playing UC Santa Barbara (11/26) and Long Beach State (11/27) in 1993.
CAN YOU DIG IT? COUGHLIN, MEHLHORN AND BLOCHER SURE CAN:Sophomore defensive specialist Courtney Blocher, sophomore outside hitter Kim Mehlhorn and senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin have combined to put on one heck of a defensive display on the court as of late. Blocher recorded a career-high 26 digs vs. Arizona, while Coughlin also had 26 to match previous high of 26 set in the NCAA Tournament last year. The duo combined for 51% of ASU's season-high 101 digs. Coughlin then recorded the 10th best single-match dig performance in school history when she tallied 30 vs. Washington (11/10). For the season Coughlin, Blocher and Mehlhorn are 1-2-3 on the team in digs, with Coughlin recording a Pac-10 best 3.96 dpg, Blocher ranked 6th with 3.14 digs per game and Mehlhorn ranked ninth with 2.92 dpg. As a team ASU is ranked first in the Pac-10 with 17.76 dpg.
COUGHLIN MOVIN' ON UP IN RECORD BOOKS:Senior Jami Coughlin is on the move again, as her name continues to jump up the charts in the ASU career record book. With 24 kills over the weekend vs. WSU and UW, Coughlin moved into sole possession of sixth place in ASU history with 1,320 career kills. Playing in her 100th career match vs. UCLA (10/25), Coughlin moved into second in ASU history for career digs passing Terri Cox (1994-97). She is now 7th in Pac-10 history and is currently the career active Pac-10 leader in that category. She is also 37th in kills in the Pac-10 record books and has her eyes set on cracking the top five in career kills in the ASU record books. With six matches remaining in her senior campaign, she will have to average 18 kills a match to reach the fifth spot on ASU's career kills list (Valentina Vega, 1,392).
COUGHLIN'S CORNER:ASU senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin (Glendale) will make her final appearance at Wells Fargo Arena this weekend. ASU's lone senior this year, Coughlin currently leads the Devils with 3.72 kpg and 3.96 dpg. She leads the Pac-10 in digs with her 3.96 overall average and an amazing 4.49 average in Pac-10 only matches. 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 career kill (1,320) mark is sixth in school history, while her career dig total (1,467) is the most among active Pac-10 players and already second most in ASU history. Coughlin has recorded 15 double-doubles this year and is coming off a career-high 30-dig effort vs. Washington. In 2000 she finished second in the Pac-10 with 4.00 digs per game, just .01 behind the league leader, and leads the conference this year with 3.64 digs per game. Her 464 digs last year were the fifth most in single-season ASU history and 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. Coughlin has a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom (Special Education) and was named an All-Pac-10, all-District VIII Academic and Academic All-American award winner last year. She will add to her academic hardware when she is announced to the Verizon District VIII Academic All-America Team.
ASU Career Digs:1. Christy Nore 1,5972. Jami Coughlin 1,4673. Terri Cox 1,3824. Mindy Gowell 1,3655. Leanne Schuster 1,2846. Christine Garner 1,253
Sun Devil Player Notes...#1 Mandy Stephens (6-3, So., MB, Napa, Calif.) -- Averaging 2.37 kills per game, playing in 15 matches and 30 games... has made two starts this year... also averaging 0.50 blocks per game, fourth best on ASU... 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)... eight kills vs. UCLA (9/29)... has four career 10+ kill matches.
#2 Alicia Akporiaye (6-2, Fr., OH, Tucson, Ariz.) -- Has started 13 of ASU's 22 matches as a freshman... averaging 1.59 kills per game... had career-high 13-kill effort vs. Arizona (11/3)... had 12 kills and 12 digs vs. Hofstra (9/1)... contributed second double-double of 2001 with 10-kill, 15-dig effort vs. Arizona (10/5)... season-best 6.0 total blocks vs. Arizona as well... season-high four block assists in loss to Santa Clara... averaging 0.60 blocks per game to rank third on team... season and career high 17 digs vs. Loyola Marymount... sixth on team with 1.93 digs per game.
#4 Natalie Harris (5-11, So., OH, Tempe, Ariz.) -- Played in 11 games and is averaging 1.18 kills per game... had 10 digs vs. Nevada in first match of 2001... underwent shoulder surgery on Nov. 2 on her right shoulder... eligible for medical redshirt season after playing in only 11 games..
#5 Julia Leddy (6-2, Jr., MB, Mesa, Ariz.) -- Had career-high 23 kills vs. Washington (10/12) ... added career-high seven digs vs. Washington State (10/13)... career-high .789 attack percentage with 15 kills vs. Oregon (10/18)... named tournament MVP of Loyola Marymount Volleyball Challenge... leads ASU hitters with .335 hitting percentage, which has been ranked in the top 10 in the Pac-10 this year... has recorded double-digits in kills in 12 of ASU's 22 matches and has 30 in her career... 18 kills vs. Santa Clara (8/31) ... 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... her 0.79 blocks per game average is second on the team... averaging 2.80 kills per game, third best on ASU.
#7 Kim Mehlhorn (5-11, So., OP/OH, Tempe, Ariz.) -- Has been one of ASU's most potent weapons on the court as of late... has broken or tied her career high in kills six times this season... most recently with 19 kills vs. Washington State (10/13) and also vs. Arizona (11/3)... averaging 3.34 kpg (second on team) and 2.92 dpg (third on team) this season... her 2.92 digs also rank ninth in the Pac-10... set career high with 19 digs vs. Oregon State (9/22)... has started 21 of ASU's 22 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)... ranked second on team with 293.5 points... has recorded 12 double-doubles in 2001... 16matches with 10 or more kills this year, including a string of 11 straight... 13 matches with 10+ digs... ranks sixth in Pac-10 with 3.31 digs per game and ninth with 3.82 kills per game in Pac-10 matches only... nominated for Academic All-America District VIII team with 3.71 GPA (undeclared)... averaging 3.97 kpg over her last 11 matches.
#8 Courtney Blocher (5-7, So., DS/OH, Scottsdale, Ariz.) -- Has started all 22 matches in 2001 and is one of four Sun Devils to not miss a game... has tallied double-digits in digs in 12 matches this year, including seven of her last nine... set a career high with 26 digs vs. Arizona (11/3)... is averaging 3.88 dpg over her last 11 matches, including four 20+ dig matches... had 21 digs vs. Washington (10/12).... set a career-high with 13 kills vs. Northern Arizona (10/23)... has accumulated 73% (46 of 63) of her kills in the last nine matches... had six kills vs. New Mexico (9/7) and added five vs. Washington State (10/13)... averaging 3.14 digs per game, second-best on team and ranked sixth in the Pac-10... her 3.41 dpg average in Pac-10 matches ranks fifth in the conference... has 19 service aces to rank third on the team... one of ASU's four sophomores from Chandler's Valley Christian High School... 1999 Arizona Gatorade State Player of the Year.
#9 Crystal Bluth (5-11, Jr., OH, Las Cruces, N.M.) -- Transfer from Auburn who has played in 16 matches and 32 games this year... averaging 0.47 kills per game and 1.25 digs... tallied an ASU career-high eight digs vs. Northern Arizona (10/23)... three kills vs. Arizona (10/5)... has added a spark to the ASU lineup when inserted... has a 3.30 GPA in Communications.
#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 11.18 assists per game this year as ASU's starting setter to rank sixth in the Pac-10... improved defense with 2.13 dpg to rank fifth on the team, including five matches with 10+ digs... picked up fifth double-double of the year with 45 assists and 12 digs vs. Arizona (11/3)... season-high 61 assists vs. Washington... added 60 assist in win over Washington (11/10), her 12th career match with 60+ assists... had 60 assists in season opener vs. Nevada (8/31)... has seven matches this year with 50+ assists... had season and career-high six kills vs. Oregon (9/21)... coauthors a column on ASU's website titled Coughlin's Corner and Anglin's Angle... currently ranked fifth among active Pac-10 setters with 2,380 in her career, but is the only underclassman on that list... sixth place in career assists in ASU history.#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 five matches with double-digits in kills, including career-high 13 vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8)... also had 12 kills vs. South Carolina (9/1) and Northern Arizona (10/23)... added five total blocks vs. Oregon (10/18) and NAU (10/23)... set a career high with 6.0 total blocks (0-6) vs. USC (10/25) and vs. Washington (11/10)... leads the team with 0.96 blocks per game... she is ranked sixth with 1.11 blocks per game in Pac-10 only matches.
#12 Fernanda Habiger (5-11, Jr., S, Cruzeira, Brazil) -- Has played in 19 matches and 49 games this year, all as a reserve off the bench... 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... career-high six digs vs. USC (9/28)... averaging 0.43 kills per game and 2.27 assists amd 0.43 digs per game in 2001.
#13 Brittany Arnett (5-7, Jr., DS, Mesa, Ariz.) -- Junior defensive specialist who has played in all 83 games this year... second on the team with 23 service aces, including career-high four vs. NAU (10/23)... averaging 0.28 service aces per game... all four of her service aces vs. NAU came in the third game... averaging 2.22 dpg, fourth best on the squad... had career high 16 digs vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8)... has recorded 10 matches with 10+ digs... formerly Brittany Ahlstrom.
#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 recorded double-digits in kills in 18 of ASU's 22 matches... recorded career-high 30 digs vs. Washington (11/10) for the 10th best single-match dig performance in school history... also has four 20+ kill matches this year... is currently the active career leader in the Pac-10 with 1,467 career digs, a mark that is already 7th in Pac-10 history and second in ASU history... also has 1,320 career kills which ranks her sixth in school history, 37th 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 80 of her 104 matches played as a Sun Devil, including 17 career matches with 20 or more digs... also has 11 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 with 3.72 kills per game... leads the Pac-10 with 3.96 digs per game... has 15 double-doubles (kills-digs) this year and 57 in her career... leads ASU and is seventh in the Pac-10 with 0.34 service aces per game (28), including a career-high matching five vs. Northern Arizona (10/23).
ACADEMIC ACCOLADES: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. Coughlin was named a first-team District VIII Academic All-American this year and Leddy was selected to the third team.
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.