Volleyball Hosts Tempe Courtyard by Marriott Classic
Sept. 12, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
their non-conference schedule with the Tempe Courtyard By Marriott Classic. The
Devils welcome Notre Dame,
tournament. ASU went 1-1 at the Sports Imports Classic in
ASU will face fi ve straight ranked opponents, including four in the top ten.
The Tournament Field:
vs. the Blue Devils. They have never faced
Notre Dame. The Irish beat the Devils in fi ve games last season at the Shamrock
Friday, September 15
Noon Duke vs.
7 PM Duke vs.
Saturday, September 16
4 PM Duke vs. Notre Dame
Sunday, September 17
4 PM Notre Dame vs.
Quick Sets :
Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 52 of her 62 career matches.
The Sun Devils were picked to fi nish 9th in the conference by Pac-10 coaches.
ASU's match in
Kristen Trayser is expected to miss the season due to a back injury.
Last Week's Rewind:
Appearing in their second consecutive road tournament, the Sun Devils traveled to
the opening game, beating the Spartans 30-20, 30-28 and 30-17. Margie Giordano
led the Devils with 13 kills and Sydney Donahue had 19 digs to help ASU to victory.
In the fi nal day of the tournament, the Devils fell to the host Buckeyes, as #19
State swept ASU 30-24, 30-24 and 30-19. Giordano again led the Sun Devils with her
14 kills. Both of
For the third week in a row,
Tournament team. After earning the honors in
dug her way to the Best Defensive Player award at the Sports Imports Classic. Donahue
had 36 digs over the two matches, running her double-digit digs streak to 19 straight
matches, dating back to last season. Colette Meek earned the honor of Best Blocker
in the Sports Imports Classic, thanks to her six blocks in the tournament.
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 with 107 kills, an average of almost four
per game. Giordano was second on the team in 2005 with 235 kills.
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
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 33-57 record at ASU and an all-time 277-197 record
in 16 seasons at the collegiate level. He coached the
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
both in their fi rst season at
Margie Giordano set a new career high with her 18 kills against
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.
The Sun Devils renew their rivalry with their neighbors to the South, the
on Friday, September 22nd. The match will begin at 7 PM from the
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