Volleyball Heads To Bay Area To Continue Pac-10 Play This Weekend
Sept. 27, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Having surpassed last season's win total, the Arizona State Sun Devils continue
Pac-10 play when they head to the Bay Area for matches with Cal and Stanford...
ASU defeated their in-state rival
first victory at
Pac-10 play...Friday night against
with teams ranked in the AVCA Top 10.
Devils vs. Golden Bears:
ASU leads the all-time series with the Golden Bears 27-17. Last season,
meetings 3-0. The Sun Devils have not won at Haas Pavilion since 2001.
Devils vs. Cardinal:
Stanford has dominated the series with
against the Devils. The Cardinal have been especially dominant at Maples Pavilion,
winning 23 consecutive matches over ASU on their home floor. Over that span,
State has won just 11 total games and have been swept 14 times. The Devils last won at
Stanford in 1982, taking the match 3-1. Stanford swept both meetings a season ago.
Quick Sets :
Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 56 of her 66 career matches.
Sydney Donahue has recorded double-digit digs in 23 straight matches.
The Sun Devils were picked to finish 9th in the conference by Pac-10 coaches.
Nina Reeves is writing a weekly blog on TheSunDevils.com.
ASU's match in
Kristen Trayser is expected to miss the season due to a back injury.
Last Week's Rewind:
For the first time since 1999, the
a victory. The Sun Devils opened Pac-10 play in style, defeating the rival
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.
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
Giordano. Giordano and Nina Reeves each recorded a double-double with 11 kills
apiece. Reeves added 13 digs while Giordano had 14.
Senior outside hitter Nicole Morton is having an outstanding senior season. She is
the team leader in kills (155) and kills per game (3.60) and is tied for the team lead
with 12 service aces. Morton was named the MVP of the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa
Sun Devil 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, totaling 151 kills for an average of 3.51 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
1,304 career digs, putting her fifth on the school's all-time list. Donahue needs 294
digs to pass Christy Nore for most in school history. She has 301 so far this season,
and is on pace for 727 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
(301) and digs per game (7.00).
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 36-58 record at ASU and an all-time 280-198 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 first season at
The Sun Devils will open up the home half of their Pac-10 schedule when they welcome
#5 USC and #3 UCLA to Wells
take place at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.
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