Volleyball Returns Home To Face Rival No. 12 Arizona
Oct. 4, 2005
The Arizona State Sun Devils (6-8 overall, 1-3 Pac-10) return home this Friday to take on in-state rival Arizona (11-2 overall, 3-1 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils head into the rivalry match having lost three straight matches after a disappointing weekend sweep at the hands of No. 2 Washington (3-0) and Washington State (3-1). Following the match with the No. 12 Wildcats, the Sun Devils will host a pair of nationally ranked teams when California (Oct. 13) and Stanford (Oct. 14) come to Wells Fargo Arena. Following the matches against the Golden Bears and Cardinal, ASU will play seven of its final 11 matches on the road.
Lights, Camera, Action:
Friday's match against Arizona will be televised on a tape-delayed basis at 1 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 9) on FSN Arizona. Chris McGee and Holly McPeak will call the action from Wells Fargo Arena. All of ASU's home matches will also be available through a fee-based webcast at www.sundevilsportsnetwork.com.
Recapping Last Weekend:
The Sun Devils are coming off a pair of losses at No. 2 Washington and Washington State. Sophomore middle blocker Colette Meek put together an impressive weekend averaging 3.00 kills per game on a .326 hitting percentage and also registered 1.29 blocks per game. Middle blocker Staci Smith led the team with 1.57 blocks per game in the two matches, including a career-high 9.0 blocks in a 3-1 loss to the Cougars. Libero Sydney Donahue continued her dominating defense, registering 45 digs in the seven games (6.43 average).
Series History vs. Arizona:
The Sun Devils lead the all-time series against the Wildcats 41-34 dating back to 1973. Arizona leads the series 34-33 dating back to when the Wildcats started keeping records in 1977. Since the Pac-10 officially adopted volleyball in 1986, ASU is 21-18 against the Wildcats. Arizona has won eight of the last 10 meetings, with both of ASU's wins coming at Wells Fargo Arena. In the last meeting between the two schools, Arizona swept the Sun Devils on Nov. 19, 2004 in Tempe.
Smith Among Pac-10 Block Leaders:
With six matches this year with five or more blocks, sophomore middle blocker Staci Smith has put herself among the top blockers in the Pac-10 this season. Leading the team averaging 1.08 blocks per game, Smith ranks just outside the top 10 in the league (No. 10 is 1.12). She is coming off a career-best blocking performance in which she had eight blocks assists and one solo block for 9.0 total blocks. She is trying to become just the second Sun Devil since 1998 to average over 1.00 blocks per game. Sophomore teammate Colette Meek averaged 1.20 blocks per game last season.
Donahue Digs and Serves Her Name Into The Record Books:
Sophomore libero Sydney Donahue has recorded the second, fourth, sixth and 10th-best dig performances in ASU history and three of the top five individual performances in the Pac-10 this season through the first 14 matches. She recorded 43 digs in ASU's five-game loss to Notre Dame on Sept. 4, nearly eclipsing the 17-year-old school record of 44 digs set by Christy Nore in 1988. In addition to being the second most digs in single-match school history, Donahue's stellar defensive performance established an ASU rally-scoring record (previous was 30), tied for fourth most in Pac-10 history and are the second-most by any player in the country this season. Donahue also recorded 34 digs against Texas State (9/10) to tie for the fourth most digs in school history and 33 digs against Washington State (10/1) to tie for sixth. Donahue also etched her name in the record books when she recorded seven aces against Oregon State (9/24), tying the ASU rally-scoring record and ranking third in the ASU single-match record book. In 14 matches this season, Donahue has recorded double-digits in digs in every match and has eight matches with 20 or more digs. She leads the Pac-10 averaging 6.50 digs per game and has recorded 713 digs in her ASU career (5.17 per game average).
Quick Sets -- Release Highlights:
... The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 averaging 17.56 digs per game... Five of ASU's eight losses this season have come against ranked in the top 25 at some point this season.... ASU will appear on national TV twice this season on FSN -- Arizona (Oct. 7), Cal (Nov. 11).... Libero Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 33 of her 40 career matches.... Donahue leads the Pac-10 and is third in the NCAA averaging 6.50 digs per game.... OH Margie Giordano is leading the Sun Devils with 3.02 kpg and has 10+ kills in 7 of her last 9 matches.
A Tough Schedule:
ASU's tough slate for the 2005 season includes 14 of its 30 matches against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. The Sun Devils have already played five of their 14 matches against teams that have appeared in the AVCA/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll, including No. 2 Washington, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 19 Texas and then No. 23 Saint Mary's. The Devils will also play six Pac-10 teams that are currently listed top 25, including UW (#2), Stanford (#3), Arizona (#12), California (#13), USC (#17) and UCLA (#21).
Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his third season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball program. Saindon has compiled a 25-43 record at ASU and an all-time 269-183 record in 15 seasons at the collegiate level. He coached the University of Colorado to a 181-112 record 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 Spann and Jami Coughlin join head coach Brad Saindon as graduates of Arizona State. Both Spann and Coughlin were standout outside hitters for the Sun Devils during their respective collegiate careers. 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.
Setter Rachel Mittelstaedt, middle blocker Colette Meek and libero Sydney Donahue were all named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team last season. Meek led ASU with 1.20 blocks per game to rank fifth in the Pac-10 and broke the ASU freshman record set previously by Laura Hibsman (1.09) in 1996. Donahue shattered ASU's freshman record with 4.36 digs per game and recorded double-digits in digs in 19 matches. Donahue and Meek were first-team selections, while Mittelstaedt was honorable mention.
Giordano Named MVP of Wyndham Buttes Volleyball Classic:
Freshman outside hitter Margie Giordano was named the MVP of the Wyndham Buttes Sun Devil Classic. In the three tournament matches, Giordano recorded a pair of double-doubles and averaged 3.70 kills per game. She also had six service aces and averaged 3.20 digs per game. For the season, Giordano leads the team with 3.02 kills per game and has 14 service aces. She has recorded eight matches with 10 or more kills and six double-doubles.
2005 Sun Devil Player Notes...
#1 Alison Lund (5-6, So., L/DS, Bowie, Md.) --
Has appeared in 11 matches this season and made two starts... recorded career-high 12 digs against Tulane (9/18)... made her first career start vs. Notre Dame (9/4) and responded with 11 digs... averaging 1.80 digs per game to rank fifth on the team... missed ASU's first tournament while attending her sister's wedding in Portland, Ore... Career -- Has appeared in 35 matches and 92 games... averaging 1.43 digs per game... has strong Pac-10 bloodlines as both parents and sister (DeLane) attended Washington State University.
#2 Tierra Burnley (5-11, Jr., MB, Santa Clarita, Calif.) --
Has started five matches this season and is sixth on the team averaging 1.77 kills per game... also second on the team among with a .333 attack percentage and is third with 0.73 blocks per game... tied season high with 10 kills and four blocks in three-game sweep over Auburn (9/9)... recorded 10 kills and four blocks (12.0 points) in season-opener against Saint Mary's... had eight kills on a .538 hitting percentage against Notre Dame (9/4)... recorded season-high five blocks against Texas State (9/10)... Career -- Three-year player who has seen action in 53 matches and 142 games... averaging 1.62 kills per game and 0.73 blocks per game... has recorded six matches with 10 or more kills in her career.
#3 Staci Smith (6-2, Jr., MB, Gresham, Ore.) --
Sophomore middle blocker who has started all 14 matches this season... leads the team in both hitting percentage (.335) and blocks per game (1.08)... also ranks second with 0.33 service aces per game (16) and is third with 2.37 kills per game... has recorded five or more blocks six times... notched a career-high 21 kills on a .370 hitting percentage against Oregon State (9/24)... had a career-high 9.0 blocks at Washington State (10/1)... also had 8.0 blocks vs. Oregon (9/23)... has recorded six or more kills in 12 of 14 matches... recorded 14 kills and seven blocks against Tulane (9/18)... had 10 kills on .444 hitting percentage against Auburn (9/9)... had nine kills on a .348 hitting percentage against Notre Dame (9/4)... Career -- Has seen action in 40 matches and 111 games in her career... averaging 0.84 blocks and 1.97 kills per game.
#5 Rachel Mittelstaedt (6-1, So., S, Phoenix, Ariz.) --
Has started three matches this season and has led the team in assists six times... averaging 5.53 assists per game, including a season-high 52 against Texas State (9/10)... averaged 11.60 assists per game in the Wyndham Buttes Sun Devil Classic while making starts in all three matches... Career -- Has played in 40 career matches and made 28 starts... averaging 8.93 assists per game and 1.46 digs per game... has recorded eight career matches of 40 or more assists... has shown a solid block averaging 0.77 per game... was an All-Pac-10 Freshman honorable mention selection in 2004 while averaging 10.59 assists per game.
#7 Kristin Trayser (6-1, So., OH, Crystal Lake, Ill.) --
Outside hitter who has seen action in 12 matches this season... averaging 1.65 kills per game and 1.96 points per game... recorded a season-high 12 kills against Notre Dame (9/4)... had 10 kills and three blocks against Tulane (9/18)... Career -- Seen action in 35 career matches and 79 games... averaging 1.58 kills per game and has scored 143.0 points.
#8 Giovana Melo (5-9, RS-Sr., S, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil) --
Senior captain who has started 11 matches this season... coming off knee surgery that forced her to sit out nearly the entire 2004 season... leads the team and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 averaging 8.83 assists per game, including seven matches with 30 or more assists... recorded a career-high 56 assists in five-game loss to Oregon State (9/24).... had 54 assists at Notre Dame (9/4)... recorded career-high four blocks against Tulane (9/18)... Career -- Has appeared in 43 matches and 145 games during her three seasons in the Maroon and Gold... averaging 6.92 assists per game... has recorded six career matches with 40 or more assists.
#10 Colette Meek (6-1, So., MB, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) --
Sophomore middle blocker who has seen action in all 14 matches this season and made nine starts... averaging 2.04 kills and 0.74 blocks per game... ranks third among regular players with a .289 hitting percentage... coming off a solid weekend in which she averaged 3.00 kpg and 0.86 bpg at UW and WSU... matched career high with 15 kills against Oregon State (9/24)... recorded 11 kills on a .435 hitting percentage in five-game win over Cal State Northridge (8/26)... had seven kills on a .353 hitting percentage against Texas State (9/10)... did not participate in preseason practice due to playing with Alberta in the Canada Games... helped Team Alberta to a bronze medal... Career -- Has appeared in 41 matches and 127 games in her career... averaging 2.19 kpg and 1.03 bpg... named All-Pac-10 Freshman in 2004 after averaging 1.20 blocks per game... has played internationally with the Canadian Junior National program.
#11 Nina Reeves (5-8, Jr., OH, Gilbert, Ariz.) --
Junior outside hitter who has seen action in all 14 matches this season and has made nine starts... ranks fourth on the team averaging 2.13 kills and is third with 2.23 digs per game... also fourth with 10 service aces... has recorded 10 or more kills three times... notched first double-double of the season with 12 kills and 15 digs against Tulane (9/18)... matched her career high with 7.0 blocks at Washington State (10/1)... recorded 15 kills on a .419 hitting percentage off the bench against Notre Dame (9/4)... also had three aces and three blocks for 19.5 points vs. UND... had eight kills and two blocks against UNLV (8/27)... Career -- In two seasons with the Sun Devils is averaging 2.00 kpg and 2.17 dpg in 36 matches (113 games)... has recorded 23 career matches with 10 or more kills and 15 double-doubles... averaged 3.29 kpg and 3.00 dpg at UTEP (2003).
#12 Nicole Morton (5-10, Jr., OH, Fallbrook, Calif.) --
Junior outside hitter who has started 11 matches this season... sat out LSU and Tulane matches with an ankle injury... named to the all-tournament team at the Wyndham Buttes Sun Devil Classic and the Cal State Northridge Tournament... second on the team with 2.86 kills per game... has recorded 10 or more kills in seven matches and has three double-doubles (kills/digs)... also ranks fourth on the team averaging 1.84 digs per game... had season-high 17 kills and eight digs against Notre Dame (9/4)... recorded 16 kills and 19 digs in five-game win over Cal State Northridge (8/26)... Career -- Three-year player who has seen action in 53 matches and 157 games... averaging 2.99 kills per game (469 total kills) and 1.88 digs per game (295 total digs)... has recorded 27 career matches with double-digits in kills and 10 double-doubles.
#14 Sarah Watkins (5-11, Sr., OH, Mishawaka, Ind.) --
Senior outside hitter who seen action in 10 matches and made seven starts... has not played in the last five matches due to a back injury... averaging 1.21 kills per game and has four service aces... had season-high eight kills and one block in four-game win over Tulane (9/18)... recorded four kills and two service aces against Texas (9/2)... played in front of several family and friends when ASU played at the Notre Dame tournament near her hometown of Mishawaka, Ind... Career -- Four-year player who has appeared in 73 career matches and 237 games in the Maroon and Gold... averaging 2.27 kills per game for her career (539 total)... listed in the ASU record books as having tied for third with seven service aces vs. Utah during her sophomore season... has 68 career service aces... two-time selection to the All-Pac-10 Academic team and was a first-team CoSida All-District VIII Academic selection last year... has a perfect 4.0 GPA as an Education major.
#15 Sydney Donahue (5-7, So., L/DS, Manhattan Beach, Calif.) --
ASU's starting libero in all 14 matches this season... has recorded four of the top-10 all-time single-match dig performances in school history... also has three of the top five defensive performances in the Pac-10 this season... named to the all-tournament team at the Shamrock Invitational and Wyndham Buttes Sun Devil Classic... leads the Pac-10 and is third in the NCAA averaging 6.50 digs per game... has recorded double-digits in digs in all 14 matches, including eight matches with 20 or more digs... nearly broke the ASU single-match record with 43 digs against Notre Dame (9/4)... the 43 digs established an ASU rally-scoring record (previous was 30 set by Jami Coughlin and Donahue) and are the second most in school history (record is 44 set by Christy Nore in 1988), tied for the fourth most in Pac-10 history and currently the second most in the NCAA this season... had 34 digs vs. Texas State (9/10) to tie for the fourth most in ASU single-match history... also had 33 digs at Washington State (10/1) to tie for sixth and 31 digs in four-game win over Tulane (9/18) that is tied for 10th in the ASU record books... tallied 24 digs in five-game win over Cal State Northridge (8/26)... recorded a career-high seven service aces vs. Oregon State (9/24) to rank tied for third in ASU history... Career -- Has seen action in 40 matches and 138 games during her two seasons in the Maroon and Gold... averaging 5.17 digs per game (713 total) and has recorded double-digits in digs in 33 of 40 career matches... named first-team All-Pac-10 Freshman in 2004 after ranking fifth in the Pac-10 averaging 4.36 digs per game... broke the ASU freshman single-season digs record with 375, surpassing the old record of 355 set by Coughlin in 1998... also broke the freshman mark for digs per game (4.36) and twice bettered the freshman record for digs in a match (26 and 30).
ASU Single-Match Digs Record:1. Christy Nore (OSU, 10/29/88)............442. Sydney Donahue (Notre Dame, 9/4/05).....433. Christy Nore (Arizona, 10/21/88)........414. Sydney Donahue (TSU; 9/10/05)...........34 Kelly Plaisted (UCLA, 10/13/90).........346. Sydney Donahue (WSU; 10/1/05)...........33 Terri Cox (Arizona, 11/8/96)............338. Christy Nore (Washington, 11/17/88).....32 Kelly Plaisted (Texas Tech, 9/1/90).....3210. Sydney Donahue (Tulane, 9/18/05)........31 Mindy Gowell (Oregon, 9/14/89)..........31 Mindy Gowell (UCLA, 10/20/89)...........31 Kelly Plaisted (UCLA, 10/20/89).........3114. Sydney Donahue (OSU; 11/4/04)...........30
#18 Margie Giordano (5-10, Fr., OH, Glendale, Ariz.) --
Freshman outside hitter who has started 13 matches... named MVP of the Wyndham Buttes Sun Devil Classic after averaging 3.70 kills per game... leads the team averaging 3.02 kills per game and is second with 2.68 digs per game... third on the team with 14 service aces... has recorded eight matches with 10 or more kills and six double-doubles... has 10 or more kills in seven of the last nine matches... recorded season-high 17 kills on a .298 hitting percentage in five-game win over Cal State Northridge (8/26)... also added 13 digs for her first career double-double... had 16 kills and four service aces for career-high 21.0 points vs. Northern Arizona (9/9)... career-high 17 digs, to go with 16 kills vs. Oregon State (9/24)... High School -- Was the 2004 Gatorade/Arizona State Player of the Year out of Glendale's Mountain Ridge High School... helped lead Mountain Ridge to the 5A State Championship with a 41-1 record... one of 10 finalists for the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year award.
#32 Danielle Fernandes (6-1, So., OH, Santa Monica, Calif.) --
Sophomore outside hitter who has been hampered by a knee injury this season... has seen action in eight matches and 10 games... averaging 1.20 kills per game and 0.30 blocks per game... recorded a career-high four kills and two blocks against Cal State Northridge (8/26)... came off the bench against Oregon (9/23) to contribute three kills and one block... Career -- Has seen action in 22 career matches and 34 games... averaging 0.76 kills and 0.32 blocks per game.