Volleyball Returns Home To Face Oregon State And Oregon

Nov. 3, 2004

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    Oregon State (9-11, 3-8 Pac-10)
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    Thursday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. - Tempe, Ariz.
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    Oregon (9-12, 1-10 Pac-10)
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    Friday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. - Tempe, Ariz.
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    The Arizona State Volleyball team (8-12, 3-8 Pac-10) will look to shake off a four-match losing streak this weekend when they host Oregon State (9-11, 3-8 Pac-10) and Oregon (9-12, 1-10 Pac-10) this weekend at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils have played their last four matches on the road and will be facing a pair of teams they swept on the road earlier this season. ASU will host the Beavers Thursday night at 7 p.m. and the Ducks on Friday at 7 p.m. After playing six of their last eight matches on the road, the Sun Devils will conclude the 2004 season by playing five of their last seven matches at home.

    Ranked Opponents:
    The matches last weekend against No. 12 UCLA and the No. 5 USC Women of Troy marked the eighth and ninth matches for the Sun Devils this season against a ranked opponent. ASU has played 45% of its matches against ranked teams (9 of 20), including nine of the last 14. Four of ASU's seven opponents remaining on the 2004 schedule are also ranked, including No. 1 Washington (Nov. 12).

    Scouting Oregon State:
    The Beavers enter the weekend with a 9-11 overall record and a 3-8 mark in Pac-10 play. They are tied for seventh in the conference standings with the Sun Devils. Senior outside hitter Allison Lawrence leads OSU and ranks eighth in the Pac-10 averaging 3.86 kpg. Led by six players with double-digits in service aces, the Beavers rank third in the Pac-10 with 1.45 service aces per game. Arizona State played its best match of the season earlier in the year in Corvallis, beating the Beavers in straight sets (30-22, 31-29, 30-27). OSU is coming off a split against the Washington schools last weekend at home, including an almost upset of No.1 Washington. ASU leads the all-time series against OSU 27-11 and has won four of the last five matches against the Beavers.

    Scouting Oregon:
    Oregon heads into the weekend with an overall 9-12 record and a 1-11 mark in Pac-10 play. The Ducks have lost eight straight matches and 11 of their last 12 after starting the season 8-1. The Ducks have been playing without standout senior outside hitter Lauren Westendorf, who was injured earlier in the season. Westerndorf was among the league leaders with 5.06 kpg and 0.81 service aces per game at the time of her injury. ASU defeated the Ducks, 3-1, earlier this season in Eugene (30-19, 30-21, 28-30, 30-25) on Oct. 8. ASU leads the all-time series against Oregon 30-7 and has won 13 straight matches over the Ducks dating back to 1997.

    Recapping Last Week:
    The Sun Devils suffered a pair of three-game setbacks last week at No. 12 UCLA (21-30, 12-30, 27-30) and No. 5 USC (16-30, 15-30, 20-30). ASU has now lost a season-high-tying four straight matches, all coming with three-game sweeps. Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton led the Sun Devils averaging 3.00 kpg in the two matches. Seeing her first extended action of the year due to a sickness to normal starting libero Sydney Donahue, freshman Alison Lund led the ASU defense averaging 2.83 digs per game. Junior outside hitter Sarah Watkins also had a solid weekend averaging 2.83 kpg and added three more service aces to her team-leading total of 26.

    Baby Devils:
    The 2004 roster consists of seven freshman, three sophomores, one junior and three seniors. With season-ending knee injuries to seniors Natalie Harris (OH) and Giovana Melo (S), the Sun Devils are left with only two active upperclassmen on the roster. During parts of several matches this season, the Sun Devils have featured five freshmen and one sophomore on the court at the same time.

    Quick Sets:

    - Outside hitter Sarah Watkins ranks second in the Pac-10 averaging 0.39 service aces per game.- The Sun Devils hold an 8-3 record against non-ranked opponents this season (0-9 vs. top 25).- ASU is 2-0 in five-game matches this season and 11-4 over the last three seasons.- The Pac-10 currently has six teams ranked in the AVCA/CSTV top 25, including #1 Washington.- ASU has lost senior OH Natalie Harris and senior setter Giovana Melo to ACL injuries this season.- The Devils have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in three of the last five seasons (1999, 2000, 2002).- ASU ranks fourth in the Pac-10 averaging 1.40 service aces per game this season.- Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton has recorded double-digits in kills in 16 of 20 matches.- Libero Sydney Donahue ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in dpg (4.20) and seventh in sapg (0.33).

    Coach Saindon:
    Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his second season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball program. Saindon has a 17-30 record at ASU and an all-time 261-170 record in 14 seasons at the collegiate level. He compiled a career 181-112 record at the University of Colorado from 1986-96, 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). Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Nina Reeves (Gilbert, Ariz.) also transferred in from UTEP.

    Block Party:
    The Sun Devils are seventh in the Pac-10 averaging 2.54 blocks per game. Freshman middle blocker Colette Meek is also ranked fifth in the league averaging 1.22 blocks per game and has recorded three or more blocks in 14 of 20 matches this season. Meek is trying to become the first Sun Devil to average over 1.00 blocks per game since 1998 (Shawna Vanley - 1.42). ASU has recorded seven or more blocks in 14 matches this season. ASU's eight double-digit block matches are already five more than the entire season output from 2003 and the 17.0 blocks against Cal State Fullerton (9/18) are the most by an ASU squad since recording 20.5 against California in 2002. Meek's 9.0 total blocks against CSF and Oregon State (10/9) are also the most by a single player since Amanda Burbridge and Michelle Mortensen also had nine in a single match in 2000.

    Donahue Sets Freshman Digs Record:
    Freshman libero Sydney Donahue 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 (9/4). The 27 digs are not only a freshman record, but also second most by a Sun Devil since the rally scoring era dating back to 2001. Donahue leads the Sun Devils and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 averaging 4.20 digs per game this season. She also ranks seventh in the league with 0.33 service aces per game. She has recorded 10 or more digs in 13 matches this season, including four with 20-plus digs.

    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.

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