Volleyball Heads To Columbius, Ohio For Sports Imports Classic

Sept. 6, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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The Sun Devils continue their road swing, as they travel to Columbus, Ohio for

the Sports Imports Classic hosted by OhioState. ASU is coming off a 2-1 weekend

in the Auburn/Mizuno Challenge. Their only loss was to then #16 Purdue, and it

came in fi ve games. Purdue fi nished the tournament 3-0, while ArizonaState had

the second best record...The 5-1 start is the ArizonaState's best start under Head

Coach Brad Saindon.

 

Sports Imports Classic:

ASU will take on the Michigan State Spartans on Friday night in Columbus

at the fi rst day of the Sports Imports Classic. The Spartans are 6-0 on the year

and have swept their last fi ve opponents. This will be the fi rst meeting between

the two schools. OhioState enters the weekend at 6-0 and ranked #19 in the

AVCA poll. They have swept their last three opponents and are 0-1 all-time

against the Sun Devils.

 

Career Highs:

Margie Giordano set a new career high with her 18 kills against Auburn, besting

her previous high of 17...Sydney Donahue's 50 digs against LMU are a career

high and NCAA record for digs in a three-game match...Danielle Fernandes

set a career high in kills, twice recording ten against UVSC and LMU...

 

Quick Sets :

• Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 50 of her 60 career matches.

• The Sun Devils were picked to fi nish 9th in the conference by Pac-10 coaches.

• ASU went undefeated in at least one home tournament for the second straight year.

• ASU's game in Tempe against WashingtonState (10/20) will be televised on FSN.

• Kristen Trayser is expected to miss the season due to a back injury.

 

Last Week's Rewind:

Playing on the road for the fi rst time in 2006, ArizonaState played extremely well at

the Auburn/Mizuno challenge. The Devils fi nished 2-1, with their only loss coming in

fi ve games to then #16 Purdue... ASU opened the tournament against the host Tigers,

beating them 3-1. Margie Giordano turned in a double-double with 18 kills and 15

digs while Nicole Morton chipped in with 14 kills...The Sun Devils and Boilermakers

were two evenly matched teams, as all fi ve games in the match were hard fought. The

fi fth and deciding game went into extra points before Purdue was able to pull away

for the win. Nicole Morton had a double dip with 17 kills and 10 digs, as did Margie

Giordano, who turned in 11 kills and 19 digs...ArizonaState closed out the Auburn/

Mizuno Challenge in style, sweeping the Hokies to put their season mark at 5-1.

Giordano led the team with 10 kills in the win over VT.

 

All-Tournament Honors:

For the second week in a row, ArizonaState landed two representatives on an All-

Tournament team. A week after earning the honors in Tempe,Sydney Donahue dug

her way onto the All-Auburn/Mizuno Challenge team. Donahue had 75 digs over the

three matches, recording over 20 in each one. She has now recorded double-digit digs

in 17 straight matches, dating back to last season. Nicole Morton, who was named

Tournament MVP last week, also picked up an All-Tournament selection in Auburn.

Morton had 38 kills over the weekend, with two double-doubles.

 

No Sophomore Slump:

Sophomore outside hitter Margie Giordano has picked up right where she left off last

season when she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Giordano has played

rock solid so far this year, leading the team in kills (80) and service aces (8). Giordano

was second on the team in 2005 with 235 kills.

 

Family Matters:

Junior setter Rachel Mittelstaedt is in her third season in Maroon and Gold, but it

has a different feel than before. That's because she is joined on this year's squad by

her cousin, freshman outside hitter Paige Mittelstaedt. Both Mittelstaedt's attended

Xavier College Prep before coming to ArizonaState to play volleyball. Rachel was a

member of two state championship squads at Xavier while Paige led them to a state

title last season.

 

Head Coach Brad Saindon:

Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his fourth season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball

program. Saindon has compiled a 32-56 record at ASU and an all-time 276-196 record

in 16 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. He is assisted by Mike Wall and Megan Jacobson,

both in their fi rst season at ArizonaState.

 

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.

 

Up Next:

The Sun Devils return home to wrap up their non-conference schedule as they welcome

Butler, Duke and Notre Dame to Wells Fargo Arena for the Tempe Courtyard by

Marriott Classic. The tournament runs from Friday until Sunday.

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