Volleyball Takes Out Arizona 3-1 In Tucson

Sept. 22, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. - For the first time since 1999, the Arizona State volleyball team will leave Tucson with a victory. The Sun Devils opened Pac-10 play in style, defeating the rival Arizona Wildcats 3-1 to improve to 9-3 on the year and 1-0 in conference play. ASU has now surpassed their win total from a season ago with the victory.

Arizona State came out firing in game one, leading the game the entire way en route to a 30-21 win. The Wildcats evened things up in the second game, as they never trailed on their way to a 30-21 win.

The Devils would not be denied their first win over UA since 2003 however, as they rallied to take the next two games and claim the match. Game three was a hard fought battle, but the Sun Devils were able to fend off three ties and one Wildcat lead to outlast UA for a 30-25 win. In game four, head coach Brad Saindon and his team battled through, trailing only once on their way to a 30-28 win and the match.

Nicole Morton shined against the Wildcats, scoring 21 kills and hitting at a .267 clip to lead the Devils. ASU's play at the net was key in the victory, as Arizona State had 13 total blocks, led by the five each from Tierra Burnley, Staci Smith and Margie Giordano. Giordano and Nina Reeves each recorded a double-double with 11 kills apiece. Reeves added 13 digs while Giordano had 14. Once again Arizona State was led defensively by the always outstanding Sydney Donahue, who totaled 21 digs to run her double-digit digs streak to 23 straight matches. Marina Mercer added 43 assists in the Sun Devil victory.

The Devils opened Pac-10 play with a win for the second straight season. ASU beat Oregon 3-0 in last season's opener. The Devils will now head to the Bay Area next weekend for match-ups with Cal and Stanford. ASU and the Golden Bears will do battle on Friday night then head to Palo Alto for a meeting with the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m..

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