Volleyball Opens Pac-10 Play Friday Night in Tucson

Sept. 20, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Having already equaled last season's win total, the Arizona State Sun Devils now

begin conference play with a road trip to Tucson and a meeting with in-state rival

Arizona in the Pac-10 opener for both teams...The Devils took home another trophy

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

edge. Arizona has won five straight matches against the Sun Devils. The last ASU

victory came on September 26, 2003, when the Devils outlasted UA for a 3-2 victory

at Wells Fargo Arena. ArizonaState has not won in Tucson since October 1, 1999

when they defeated the Cats 3-1.

 

Career Highs:

Margie Giordano has set new career highs with her 18 kills against Auburn, and her

23 digs against Butler...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, three times recording ten against UVSC, LMU and Duke...Tierra Burnley tied

a career high with 13 kills against Butler.

 

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 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:

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.

 

All-Tournament Honors:

Arizona State was well represented on the Tempe Courtyard by Marriott Classic All-Tournament team. Sydney Donahue continued her stellar season, as she was named the Co-Best Defensive Player of the Tournament. Donahue has earned a spot on the All-Tournament team in each of the four tournaments the Sun Devils have played in. Margie Giordano was named the Co-Best Attacker of the Courtyard by Marriott Classic, her first all-tournament nod of the year. Nina Reeves was named the Most Valuable Player of the Courtyard by Marriott Classic, thanks to her 33 kills and eleven block assists over the three matches.

 

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.

 

Digging It:

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 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 first season at ArizonaState.

 

Up Next:

Arizona State continues Pac-10 action with a road trip to the Bay Area. ASU will face Cal on Friday night and then Stanford on Saturday night. The Golden Bears are ranked #8 and the Cardinal check in at #6 in the AVCA Top 25. This will start a stretch of four straight matches against teams ranked in the top ten.

 

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