Volleyball Opens Pac-10 Play Friday Night in Tucson
Sept. 20, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Having already equaled last season's win total, the Arizona State Sun Devils now
begin conference play with a road trip to
over the weekend, this time winning the Tempe Courtyard by Marriott Classic...
last season the Devils finished with a 3-15 conference record.
Devils vs. Cats:
There is no love lost between these two bitter rivals. The Sun Devils and the Wildcats
have met 69 times on a volleyball court, with the Wildcats holding a 36-33 all-time
victory came on September 26, 2003, when the Devils outlasted UA for a 3-2 victory
when they defeated the Cats 3-1.
Margie Giordano has set new career highs with her 18 kills against
23 digs against
NCAA record for digs in a three-game match...Danielle Fernandes set a career high in
kills, three times recording ten against UVSC, LMU and Duke...Tierra Burnley tied
a career high with 13 kills against
Quick Sets :
Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 55 of her 65 career matches.
Sydney Donahue has recorded double-digit digs in 22 straight matches.
The Sun Devils were picked to finish 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:
In their final non-conference tune-ups, the Sun Devils hosted the Tempe Courtyard by Marriott Classic at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU took on Duke in the opener, falling in five games. The Devils, both Blue and Sun, were as evenly matched as their nicknames, as all five games were down to the wire, including the final one. Duke prevailed 18-16 in the fifth game to claim the match. Margie Giordano had 17 kills in the loss and Sydney Donahue added 37 digs...Arizona State took on Butler in the second match of the tournament and emerged with a 3-1 win over the Bulldogs. Nina Reeves and Nicole Morton led the way with 16 kills apiece and Staci Smith added three blocks to pace the Devils...Needing a sweep over Notre Dame to claim the trophy, the Sun Devils delivered just that in a thrilling 3-0 win over the Irish. Staci Smith and Nicole Morton each had 15 kills and Morton also had four blocks. The Sun Devils hit .321 in the win, claiming their second tournament title of the year. ASU also took home the trophy at the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Sun Devil Volleyball Classic in August.
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 140 kills, an average of 3.59 per game. Giordano was second on the team in 2005 with 235 kills. She was named the Co-Best Attacker at the Courtyard by Marriott Classic.
Junior libero Sydney Donahue continues on her quest for ASU records. She now has 1,283 career digs, one shy of tying Leanne Schuster for fifth on the school's all-time list. Donahue needs 315 digs to pass Christy Nore for most in school history. She has 280 so far this season, and is on pace for 736 digs, which would break her own record of digs in a season which she set last season with 628. Donahue currently leads the Pac-10 in total digs (280) and digs per game (7.18).
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 35-58 record at ASU and an all-time 279-198 record in 16 seasons at the collegiate level. He coached the