Volleyball Hosts Annual Tempe Buttes Invitational This Weekend
Sept. 8, 2004
The Arizona State Volleyball team continues the 2004 season this weekend with the annual ASU/Tempe Buttes Invitational this weekend at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils are 2-1 after the season-opening tournament last weekend in New Hampshire and will host a tough tournament slate with Tulane, Fordham and Pacific coming to town. ASU opens play Friday night at 7 p.m. against Fordham. The tournament schedule is listed below:
Arizona State/Tempe Buttes Invitational (Sept. 10-12)
Friday Sept. 10 Pacific vs. Tulane 4:30 p.m.Friday Sept. 10 ASU vs. Fordham 7 p.m.Saturday Sept. 11 Tulane vs. Fordham 4:30 p.m.Saturday Sept. 11 ASU vs. Pacific 7 p.m.Sunday Sept. 12 Fordham vs. Pacific 10 a.m.Sunday Sept. 12 ASU vs. Tulane 12 p.m.
Recapping Last Weekend:
Arizona State opened its 32nd volleyball season last weekend by going 2-1 at the Ocean National Bank Invitational in Durham, N.H. ASU defeated Florida International (3-1) and host New Hampshire (3-1) and suffered its lone setback of the weekend with a three-game loss to Toledo. Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton (Bonsall, Calif.) led the Devils averaging 4.00 kpg over the three matches and freshman opposite Kristin Trayser (Crystal Lake, Ill.) averaged 3.73 kpg while playing in all 11 games.
Morton and Meek Named All-Tournament:
Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton and freshman middle blocker Colette Meek (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) were both named to the all-tournament team at the Ocean National Bank Invitational. Morton collected a pair of double-doubles in the tournament while averaging 4.00 kills per game. She also led the team with four service aces and averaged 2.18 digs per game. Meek made an impressive collegiate debut, averaging 2.18 kills per game while hitting .404. She also led the team with 11 total blocks for a 1.00 block per game average.
Donahue Sets Freshman Digs Record:
Freshman libero Sydney Donahue (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) wasted little time etching her name in the Arizona State record books. Donahue set the single-match freshman record when she recorded 27 digs in the four-game win over New Hampshire. The 27 digs are not only a freshman record, but also second most by a Sun Devil since the rally scoring era started in 2002. Donahue led the Sun Devils averaging 4.55 digs per game in the tournament.
Harris Likely Out For Season:
Redshirt senior outside hitter Natalie Harris (Tempe, Ariz.) is likely out for the entire 2004 season after suffering an ACL knee injury during the first practice during the spring. Harris earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors last year after finishing fifth in the league with 3.95 kills per game and was ASU's best returning player before going down with the injury. Head Coach Brad Saindon does not expect Harris to return this season, but said that ASU will petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. She also sat out her sophomore season with a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Head Coach Brad Saindon:
Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his second season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball program. Saindon has a 11-19 record at ASU and an all-time 255-159 record in 14 seasons at the collegiate level. He compiled a career 181-112 record at the University of Colorado from 1986-86, leading the Buffalos to six NCAA Tournaments and two Sweet 16 appearances. Prior to being named ASU's fifth head volleyball coach, Saindon spent time as an assistant coach with the USA Volleyball Men's National program. He was also the head coach of the Australian Women's National Team in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Saindon graduated from ASU in 1976 with a degree in business administration.
The Coaching Staff:
Assistant coaches Terri Cox-Spann and Jami Coughlin join head coach Brad Saindon as graduates of Arizona State. Both Cox-Spann and Coughlin were standout outside hitters for the Sun Devils during their respective collegiate careers. Cox-Spann (1994-97) earned All-Pac-10 honors in 1996 and ranks third in the ASU career record books in digs (1,382) and ninth in kills (1,185). Coughlin (1998-2001) ranks second with 1,528 career digs and sixth with 1,360 kills. They are among the elite to ever wear the Maroon and Gold as they are two of eight players in ASU history to record 1,000 or more kills and digs in a career.
A Top Recruiting Class:
Arizona State Volleyball Head Coach Brad Saindon's first recruiting class will go down as one of the best in school history. The Sun Devils brought in eight new players, including seven freshman for the 2004 season. The class was tabbed by PrepVolleyball.com as the No. 12 recruiting class in the nation and the fourth best in the Pac-10. The newcomers includes players from five different states (Arizona, California, Oregon, Illinois, Maryland) and Canada. The class consists of one setter, two liberos, three middle blockers and two outside hitters. The Sun Devil rookies are setter Rachel Mittelstaedt (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier Prep), 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), outside hitter Danielle Fernandes (Santa Monica, Calif./Taft), libero Alison Lund (Bowie, Md./St. Mary's Annapolis) and middle blocker Colette Meek (Sherwood Park, Alberta/Salisbury Composite). Outside hitter Nina Reeves (Gilbert, Ariz.) also transferred in last semester from UTEP.
ASU in Season Openers:
After beating Florida International in four games to open the 2004 season, ASU is now 24-8 all-time in season openers. Second-year head coach Brad Saindon is 2-0 in season openers after the Sun Devils upset eventual NCAA Tournament participant Utah in four games in the opening match of the Sun Devil Volleyball Classic at Wells Fargo Arena last season.
The Sun Devils make their only appearance at Wells Fargo Arena in the month of September with three matches this weekend in the Tempe Buttes Invitational. ASU will play seven of its first 10 matches on the road this season before returning to Tempe to host a pair of top ranked teams (#1 USC and #3 UCLA) in the first week of October. ASU was 4-8 at WFA last season and 25-34 over the last five seasons.
On The Tube:
The Sun Devils are scheduled to appear on national TV twice this season. Matches at Washington State (Nov. 11) and at home against rival Arizona (Nov. 19) will air on FSN on a tape-delayed basis.
2004 Sun Devil Player Notes...
#1 Alison Lund (5-6, L/DS, Bowie, Md.) --
Freshman defensive specialist who has seen action in all three matches this season... recorded one service ace and eight digs in collegiate debut against Florida International (9/3)... has strong Pac-10 bloodlines as both parents and sister attended Washington State University.
#2 Tierra Burnley (5-11, So., MB, Santa Clarita, Calif.) --
Has seen action in all three matches and made two starts... averaging 3.00 kpg and hitting .447... recorded career-high 13 kills while hitting .550 (13-2-20) in season opener against Florida International (9/3)... averaging 1.61 kpg for her career.
#3 Staci Smith (6-2, Fr., MB, Gresham, Ore.) --
Has played in all three matches while making one start... averaging 1.75 kpg and 0.50 blocks per game... had four kills on a .300 attack percentage against Toledo (9/4).
#4 Natalie Harris (5-11, RS-Jr., OH, Tempe, Ariz.) --
Redshirt senior outside hitter who is likely out for the 2004 season with a knee injury... will apply for a sixth year of eligibility with the NCAA... started all 27 matches for the Sun Devils in 2003... led the team and finished fifth in the Pac-10 averaging 3.95 kills per game... also led the team with 446.0 total points (4.60 per game average) and was fourth with 2.39 digs per game... led ASU with 34 total service aces and was second with a 0.35 per game average... recorded 21 matches with 10 or more kills (78%), including five matches with 20+ kills.
#5 Rachel Mittelstaedt (6-1, Fr., S, Phoenix, Ariz.) --
Freshman setter who battled with senior Giovana Melo for the starting position... started one match in the New Hampshire Volleyball Classic, averaging 5.29 assists per game... had 29 assists and two kills against Toledo (9/4)... Arizona Republic Phoenix Area Player of the Year (2003) and earned all-state honors as a junior and senior at Xavier College Prep.
#7 Kristin Trayser (6-1, Fr., OP/MB, Crystal Lake, Ill.) --
Has seen action in all three matches this season and is second on the team averaging 3.73 kills per game... also averaging 1.36 digs per game and 0.45 blocks... had an impressive collegiate debut recording 17 kills and three blocks against Florida International (9/3)... had 15 kills and six digs against New Hampshire (9/4).
#8 Giovana Melo (5-9, Sr., S, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil) --
Has started two of the three matches this season... established a career high with 54 assists in season opener against Florida International (9/3)... also broke the 50-assist mark with 50 and added career-high four blocks in four-game win over New Hampshire (9/4)... recorded her third career double-double with 54 assists and 16 digs against FIU... was a JC All-American at Western Nebraska.
#9 Stephanie Kohner (5-7, Sr., L/DS, Anthem, Ariz.) --
ASU's senior libero who as recorded 10 or more digs in all three matches this season... had 17 digs in season opener against FIU (9/3)... averaging 3.45 digs per game this season and 3.15 for her career (123 digs)... played at Glendale CC before coming to ASU last year.
#10 Colette Meek (6-1, Fr., MB, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) --
True freshman middle blocker who has started all three matches this season... averaging 2.18 kills per game while hitting .404... named to the all-tournament team at the Ocean National Bank Invitational... recorded 15 kills (.538) and five total blocks against New Hampshire (9/4)... has recorded three or more blocks in each match this season... played volleyball and basketball for the Canadian Junior Olympic programs.
#11 Nina Reeves (5-10, So., OH, Gilbert, Ariz.) --
Sophomore transfer from UTEP... has seen action in one match this year... recorded two kills and one block against Florida International (9/3)... averaged 3.29 kpg and 3.00 dpg as a redshirt freshman at UTEP last season.
#12 Nicole Morton (5-10, So., OH, Bonsall, Calif.) --
Has been ASU's best performer this season... started all three matches last weekend and named to the Ocean National Bank Invitational All-Tournament team... has double-digits in kills in three matches this season and has a pair of double-doubles... averaging 4.00 kpg and 2.18 dpg... set career highs in kills (18) and digs (11) in season opener against Florida International (9/3)... played in only 15 games as a freshman, averaging 1.28 kpg.
#14 Sarah Watkins (5-11, Jr., OH, Mishawaka, Ind.) --
Junior outside hitter who is a three-year veteran of the program... considered the team leader on and off the court... has seen action in two matches this season... was the spark in ASU's 3-1 win over New Hampshire (9/4) recording her third career double-double... had 10 kills and 14 digs to go with two blocks in the victory... averaging 2.14 kpg and 2.71 dpg this season... has seen action in 39 career matches and has a 2.04 kpg average... a standout in the classroom with a 4.00 GPA in Secondary Education (Spanish emphasis)... named second-team All-Academic District VIII last year and first-team All-Pac-10 Academic.
#15 Sydney Donahue (5-7, Fr., L/DS, Manhattan Beach, Calif.) --
Freshman libero who is one of ASU's most exciting players to watch... set the ASU freshman record with 27 digs against New Hampshire (9/4)... the 27 digs were also the most by a Sun Devil during the rally scoring era (2001-P)... averaging 4.55 digs per game while seeing action in all three matches... has a pair of matches with 10 or more digs... a Fab 50 freshman who played at volleyball powerhouse Mira Costa High School... named the CIF and Daily Breeze Player of the Year in 2004... her aunt, Denise Corlett, is the associate head coach at Stanford.
#32 Danielle Fernandes (6-1, Fr., OH/MB, Santa Monica, Calif.) --
Freshman who is making the conversion from a prep middle blocker to an outside hitter... has seen action in two matches this season... averaging 0.75 kpg and 0.25 blocks per game... recorded three kills and one block against Toledo (9/4).