Volleyball Signs Chandler Setter Marina Mercer To NLI

Nov. 17, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State head volleyball coach Brad Saindon announced the signing of setter Marina Mercer from Chandler High School to a national letter of intent.

The signing of Mercer comes at the heels of last year's nationally ranked recruiting class that has seen seven freshmen compete for the Sun Devils this season.

'Marina is a model student-athlete and is a high energy player that has always wanted to be a Sun Devil,' said Saindon. 'It is a small recruiting class because of all the scholarships we filled last season, but we got the one player that we really wanted in Marina.'

Mercer, an athletic 5-11 setter who was named first-team 5A All-State by the East Valley Tribune, was a four-year captain at Chandler High School and also competed for one of Arizona's top club programs, Club Red. She also played for AZ High Performance (2002), Arizona East Valley Juniors and was a two-year member of the Chandler High School varsity basketball team (2002-03).

'We wanted to get another high quality setter to go along with Rachel (Mittelstaedt) and Marina is the perfect compliment for our system,' added Saindon. 'She has a great personality and brings a dynamic style of volleyball to the court. We can't wait to see her in the Maroon and Gold.'

In addition, Mercer was named 5A All-State second-team in 2003 and is a two-time all-region selection. A standout in the classroom and in the community, Mercer has a 4.4 GPA and is enrolled in honors classes in math, history and English. She was named an AIA Scholar Athlete and received the Citizenship Award.

Mercer will join the current crop of seven talented freshmen starting in the 2005 season. Currently Sydney Donahue (L), Staci Smith (MB), Colette Meek (MB), Kristin Trayser (OH), Danielle Fernandes (OH), Alison Lund (DS/L) and Rachel Mittelstaedt (S) form what is being touted as one of the best freshman classes in ASU history. They have helped the Sun Devils to a 10-14 overall record and a 5-10 mark in league play, both one-game improvements from last season.

'We need to keep getting better and more competitive in the Pac-10 and it all starts with recruiting,' said Saindon. 'We need to keep getting these types of kids that are going to lead this program to be a consistent NCAA team and build a volleyball tradition at Arizona State University.'

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