Volleyball Closes Out 2005 Season on the Road at Oregon State and Oregon

Nov. 21, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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The Arizona State Sun Devils (7-19 overall, 2-14 Pac-10) will close out the 2005 season this weekend as they travel to Oregon to visit the Oregon State Beavers and the Oregon Ducks. ASU will head to Corvallis first to face the Beavers (10-12 overall, 6-10 Pac-10) on Friday night, who defeated the Sun Devils in five games in September. It will be on to Eugene on Saturday to close out the season against the Ducks (12-16 overall, 1-15 Pac-10), who were swept by the Sun Devils in the Pac-10 opener on September 23rd. Arizona State is coming off two losses over the weekend to another pair of ranked foes. ASU fell to #16 UCLA 3-0 on Friday night and lost to #14 USC 3-1 on Saturday night. Oregon State split their weekend series with the Washington schools, falling to #3 UW 3-0 on Friday, and beating the Cougars 3-1 on Saturday night. The Ducks were swept in Washington, falling in five games to WSU and in three games to the third ranked Huskies. Oregon State sits in seventh place in the Pac-10, while Oregon is in tenth. This weekend finally ends the Sun Devils string of six straight matches against ranked opponents.

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 fell to #16 UCLA on Friday night 3-0. Junior Nicole Morton and freshman Margie Giordano each led the Sun Devils with 14 kills. ASU dropped a 3-1 decision to #14 USC on Saturday despite junior Sydney Donahue's 40 digs. It was the second time this year she has recorded 40+ digs, and the 14th time she has topped 20.

Series History vs. Oregon State:ASU is 27-13 all-time against the Beavers, including a 3-2 loss to them earlier this year at Wells Fargo Arena. Last season the Devils and the Beavers split the season series, with each team winning on the others home court.

Series History vs. Oregon:Arizona State is 32-7 all-time against the Ducks, thanks to a 3-0 sweep of them in this season's Pac-10 opener. The Sun Devils have won 15 straight matches against Oregon, dating back to 1997.

Quick Sets -- Release Highlights:• 16 of ASU's 19 losses have come against teams ranked in the top 25 at some point this season.• Libero Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 39 of her 42 career matches.• The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-10 behind USC averaging 17.92 digs per game.• OH Nicole Morton leads the Sun Devils averaging 3.42 kpg and has recorded seven double-doubles.• L/DS Sydney Donahue needs only 22 digs in the remaining two matches to set the ASU record.• ASU will look to sweep the season series from Oregon for the eighth straight year.

All-Academic Honors:Senior outside hitter Sarah Watkins (Mishawaka, Ind.) was named to the All-Pac-10 Academic First Team for the third consecutive year. Watkins was also named to the All-Academic District VIII team for the second straight year earlier in the season. Sophomores Collete Meek and Rachel Mittelstaedt earned Second Team All-Academic honors, while sophomore Danielle Fernandes, sophomore Alison Lund, senior Giovana Melo, junior Nicole Morton, junior Nina Reeves and sophomore Kristin Trayser all earned honorable mentions.

Sydney Donahue, Can You Dig It?:Sophomore libero Sydney Donahue ranks second in the Pac-10 averaging 6.37 digs per game and has recorded the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and 10th-best dig performances in ASU history 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. She had 40 digs against #14 USC over the weekend, third most in ASU history. Her 37 digs against Cal (11/11) were good enough for the fourth most in ASU history. Donahue also recorded 34 digs against Texas State (9/10) to tie for the fifth most digs in school history and 33 digs against Washington State (10/1) to tie for seventh. 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 26 matches this season, Donahue has recorded double-digits in digs in all but three matches and has 14 matches with 20 or more digs. She has recorded 955 digs in her ASU career (5.40 per game average). Donahue needs to average 12 digs per game over the last two games to break the ASU school record for digs in a season. Mindy Gowell had 601 digs in the 1990 season. She is already on pace to shatter the school record for digs per game. Donahue is averaging 6.37 digs a contest, which would obliterate the previous record of 4.92 set by Christy Nore in 1988.

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. This season, the Sun Devils played 16 matches against teams that were ranked 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 (#4), Arizona (#8), California (#18), USC (#14) and UCLA (#16).

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 26-54 record at ASU and an all-time 270-194 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. 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.

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