Women's Volleyball Heads to Tucson to Face In-State Rival Arizona

Nov. 1, 2005

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The Arizona State Sun Devils (7-14 overall, 2-9 Pac-10) continue their Pac-10 slate this week with a match against in-state rival Arizona ( 8-3 overall, 16-4 Pac-10) at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. on Friday at 7 p.m. The Devils are coming off a weekend split against the Washington schools, earning a 3-1 victory over Washington State on Thursday night before falling to No. 2 Washington 3-0 on Friday. The Devils ended a eight-match skid with their win over the Cougars on Thursday night, facing six ranked opponents over that span. The schedule continues to work against the Devils as they finish the Pac-10 schedule against ranked opponents in their next five matches. Following this week's action against Arizona, ASU stays on the road against Stanford (Nov. 11) and California (Nov. 12) before returning home for the final homestand of the season against UCLA (Nov. 18) and USC (Nov. 19).

Lights, Camera, Action:

All of ASU's home matches will be available through a fee-based webcast at www.sundevilsportsnetwork.com. Fans can also follow all of ASU's home matches, and most road matches, via the free statistical GameTracker at www.thesundevils.com.

Recapping Last Weekend:

The Sun Devils earned a split last weekend, knocking off Washington State (3-1) before falling to No. 2 Washington in straight sets (3-0). Junior outside hitter Nina Reeves led the Sun Devils on Thursday night with 22 kills. Junior outside hitter Nicole Morton led the team on Friday night with 11 kills against Washington and sophomore libero Sydney Donahue led the team in digs for the second straight match, averaging 6.71 digs per game for the weekend.

Series History vs. Washington State:

Following Washington State's 3-1 victory earlier this season, the Sun Devils and Cougars are now tied 20-20 in the all-time series. WSU defeated ASU in four games (28-30, 30-28, 32-30, 30-16) in Pullman on Oct. 1. Last season, the Sun Devils swept the Cougs, winning in straight sets in Pullman (11/11) and in five games in Tempe (10/16).

Series History vs. Arizona:

The Sun Devils lead the all-time series against the Wildcats 41-35 dating back to 1973. Arizona leads the series 35-33 dating back to when the Wildcats started keeping records in 1977. Since the Pac-10 officially adopted volleyball in 1986, ASU is 21-19 against the Wildcats. Arizona has won nine of the last 11 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 Oct. 7, 2005 at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

Donahue Digs and Serves Her Name Into The Record Books:

Sophomore libero Sydney Donahue ranks second in the Pac-10 averaging 6.08 digs per game and has recorded the second, fourth, sixth and 10th-best dig performances in ASU history through the first 21 matches this season. 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 fifth-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 21 matches this season, Donahue has recorded double-digits in digs in all but three matches and has 12 matches with 20 or more digs. She has recorded 831 digs in her ASU career (5.16 per game average).

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 10 of their 19 matches against teams that have appeared in the AVCA/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll, including Washington, Stanford, Notre Dame, Arizona, California, USC, UCLA, Texas and Saint Mary's. The Devils will also play six Pac-10 teams that are currently listed top 25, including UW (#2), Stanford (#5), Arizona (#9), California (#15), USC (#17) and UCLA (#22).

Head Coach Brad Saindon:

Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his third season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball program. Saindon has compiled a 26-49 record at ASU and an all-time 270-189 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.

Quick Sets -- Release Highlights:

• The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-10 behind USC averaging 17.64 digs per game.

• 11 of ASU's 14 losses have come against teams ranked in the top 25 at some point this season.

• ASU will appear on national TV (tape-delayed) at California (Nov. 11).

• Libero Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 37 of her 47 career matches.

• OH Nicole Morton leads the Sun Devils averaging 3.12 kpg and has recorded five double-doubles.



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