Volleyball Opens 2006 Season This Weekend
Aug. 21, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The 2006 Arizona State Volleyball season gets underway this weekend as the Sun Devils host Loyola Marymount, Northeastern and Utah Valley State in the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Sun Devil Volleyball Classic at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU will face Northeastern on Friday night, then take on Utah Valley State and Loyola Marymount on Saturday...Arizona State returns 12 letterwinners from last year's team, including All-Pac-10 honorable mention selections Sydney Donahue and Nicole Morton and Pac-10 All-Freshman Margie Giordano... Arizona State is 24-9 all-time in season openers after losing to #23 St. Mary's last season.
The Tournament Field:
The Sun Devils will see some new faces opening weekend. ASU has never faced Northeastern or Utah Valley State, their first two opponents of the year. They are 3-4 all-time against Loyola Marymount.
Friday, August 25
5 PM Utah Valley State vs. Loyola Marymount
7 PM Northeastern vs. Arizona State
Saturday, August 26
10 AM Loyola Marymount vs. Northeastern
12 PM Utah Valley State vs. Arizona State
5 PM Northeastern vs. Utah Valley State
7 PM Loyola Marymount vs. Arizona State
Tough Schedule, Again:
Once again the Sun Devils will face a daunting schedule. 15 of their 29 matches will be against teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, including six with Top 10 teams. Six Pac-10 schools made the 2005 NCAA Tornament, with Washington winning the NCAA crown. ASU will host two home tournaments and travel to two road tournaments.
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