ASU Volleyball Announces 2005 Schedule
Aug. 7, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Third-year Arizona State head volleyball coach Brad Saindon has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2005 season. ASU's tough slate includes 14 of its 33 matches against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Sun Devils are scheduled to play 33 matches in the 2005 campaign, including 15 non-conference matches to begin the season. ASU will compete in four preseason tournaments, traveling to Northridge, Calif. (Fremont Investment & Loan Invitational), South Bend, Ind. (The Inn at Saint Mary's Shamrock Invitational) and New Orleans, La. (Tulane/New Orleans Volleyball Classic). ASU will also host Auburn, Texas State and Northern Arizona in the annual Wyndham Buttes Volleyball Classic at Wells Fargo Arena Sept. 9-10. The Sun Devils will open the season Aug. 26 against Saint Mary's in Northridge, Calif.
Other highlights of the non-conference schedule include a Sept. 4 match against perennial national power Notre Dame. The match will carry a pair of story lines, as ASU will face off against former head coach Debbie Brown. Brown recorded a 117-83 record while coaching in Tempe from 1983-88. The tournament in South Bend will also mark the homecoming of senior outside hitter Sarah Watkins, who grew up in nearby Mishawaka.
Following a four-match trip to New Orleans, ASU will begin conference play hosting Oregon (Sept. 23) and Oregon State (Sept. 24) at Wells Fargo Arena. Defending national champion Stanford visits Tempe on Oct. 14 and perennial national power USC comes to WFA on Nov. 19. All conference home matches start at 7 p.m.
The Sun Devils return all but one player from the 2004 squad that finished 10-17 and tied for seventh in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record.
'We are excited for practices to begin and to get the season rolling,' said Saindon, who will lead his squad through its first practice of the season this Tuesday (Aug. 9). 'We have a lot of players returning and have a great attitude heading into the season. The Pac-10 is the premier volleyball conference in the nation, but our goal is to keep improving and to make it into the NCAA Tournament.'