ASU Volleyball Inks Five Players To Letters Of Intent For 2004
Nov. 14, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz.-- Arizona State Volleyball Head Coach Brad Saindon has announced the signing of five players to national letters of intent (NLI) to join the Sun Devil Volleyball program for the 2004 season. The class includes players from four different states (Arizona, California, Oregon, Illinois) and includes one setter, one libero, two middle blockers and an outside hitter.
The Sun Devils inked setter Rachel Mittelstaedt (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier Prep), highly-touted libero Sydney Donahue (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa), middle blocker Staci Smith (Gresham, Ore./Gresham), middle blocker Kristin Trayser (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake South) and outside hitter Danielle Fernandes (Santa Monica, Calif./Taft).
'I am very excited about this class and can't wait to get them on the court next fall,' commented Saindon on his first recruiting class. 'It is unique to have this many scholarships open in one class, so that was a big challenge. Assistant coach Terri Cox, who heads up a lot of our recruiting, did a great job putting this class together.'
The 2003 Sun Devils are a relatively veteran team, featuring six seniors, so Saindon knew he had to pull in players that will be an immediate impact.
'Many members of this recruiting class could be starters next year,' added Saindon. 'We could be a very young team next year, but over the course of the next few years, ASU Volleyball will become very competitive in this unbelievable competitive conference. Every student-athlete we signed is a great kid, great students and great volleyball player. That is how we want to develop this program. It is by far the best recruiting class I've ever had as a coach.'
The Devils may also have an added veteran join the talented recruiting for the 2004 season, as middle blocker Jodi Proctor plans to appeal for a sixth year of eligibility after enduring a knee injury before the start of her senior season.
Cox, who is in her second year as an assistant at ASU and was an All-Pac-10 outside hitter for the Sun Devils in the mid 90's, also believes the recruiting class will make an immediate impact on the program.
'It is the strongest class ASU has had in a long time. I think all five of them are bringing something different to our program and all can be impact players right away,' said Cox. 'We have a nice mix of players and we addressed a lot of our immediate concerns at setter, middle blocker and outside hitter. It is a pretty big and physical group of young ladies.'
|Rachel Mittelstaedt||Setter||6-1||Phoenix, Ariz. (Xavier Prep)|
|Staci Smith||MB||6-2||Gresham, Ore. (Gresham)|
|Kristin Trayser||MB/RS||6-1||Crystal Lake, Ill. (Crystal Lake South)|
|Sydney Donahue||L||5-7||Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Mira Costa)|
|Danielle Fernandes||OH/MB||6-1||Santa Monica, Calif. (Taft)|
Sun Devil Volleyball 2004 Recruits
|Rachel Mittelstaedt...Setter...6-1...Phoenix, Ariz. (Xavier Prep)
A dynamic setter... stands 6-1 and can add a block and hitting attack at the net... will be an immediate impact player and contend for a starting spot... comes from a talented high school program at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix... played five years for the Arizona Juniors Volleyball Club... named Desert Valley Region Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003... First-team All-Arizona as a senior... led Xavier to state championship in 2000 and 2002 and runner-up honors in 2003... plans to study business at ASU... chose ASU because she wanted to stay close to home and play in the Pac-10.
Saindon on Mittelstaedt:
|Staci Smith...MB...6-2...Gresham, Ore. (Gresham)
An athletic 6-2 middle blocker... a three-year member of the varsity volleyball squad at Gresham, Ore. (suburb of Portland)... helped lead team to state championship in 2002 and third-place finish in 2003... named first-team All-State and Mt. Hood Conference as a senior... played club volleyball for 18 Nike Air Elite and Nike Northwest Juniors... ranked #73 among John Tawa's prepvolleyball.com top senior players.
Saindon on Smith:
|Kristin Trayser...MB/RS...6-1...Crystal Lake, Ill. (Crystal Lake South)
A very versatile player who can play middle blocker or right side hitter... comes to ASU from Crystal Lake, Ill., near Chicago... plays club volleyball for Fusion... named all-conference and was team captain her senior year... interested in education as her major.
Saindon on Trayser:
|Sydney Donahue...L...5-7...Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Mira Costa)
One of the prized recruits in the nation at her position... a very quick defensive player who has the ability to read hitters well... plays outside hitter at prep volleyball power Mira Costa, but will be best suited at libero during her college career... three-time All-CIF selection... MVP of Bay League junior year... captain of team... named 2002 California All-American... named 2002-03 Mira Costa Student-Athlete of the Year... plays club volleyball for Sport Shack... aunt is Stanford Associate Head Coach Denise Corlett.
Saindon on Donahue:
|Danielle Fernandes...OH/MB...6-1...Santa Monica, Calif. (Taft)
A 6-1 middle blocker and combination outside hitter... played four years of high school volleyball, earning three varsity letters at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif.... highly recruited... very raw with great athletic ability... played club volleyball for Santa Monica Beach Club (SMBC)... named all-city and all-league her senior year... plans on majoring in mass communication at ASU.
Saindon on Fernandes:
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