Volleyball Hosts #4 USC and #3 UCLA This Weekend
Oct. 4, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
After seeing their three-match winning streak end in the Bay Area last weekend,
the Sun Devils will look to get back on track this weekend. It doesn't get any easier
for ASU, as they welcome #4 USC and #3 UCLA to Wells Fargo Arena...The
Devils fell to Cal 3-1 on Friday and 3-0 to Stanford on Saturday...This weekend
continues the streak of four straight matches against opponents ranked in the Top
10 in the AVCA poll.
Devils vs. The Women of
USC leads the all-time series with
ASU in 2005. The Devils fell to the Women of Troy in four games last season at Wells
Devils vs. Bruins:
season, including a sweep at Wells Fargo Arena. The Bruins are 17-0, 4-0 in conference
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 58 of her 68 career matches.
Sydney Donahue has recorded double-digit digs in 25 straight matches.
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:
The Devils had their three match winning streak snapped in the Bay Area. Entering
one of their toughest stretches of all-time, ASU kicked off their road Pac-10 schedule
with matches against #7
Friday night saw ASU battle hard but fall short against the Golden Bears. They lost
the first game 30-28, but came back to win the second game 30-20. From there the
Bears turned it on, ousting the Devils 30-19 and 30-26 to claim the match. Nicole
Morton led the way with 12 kills while Sydney Donahue added 22 digs.
Cardinal swept ASU 30-27, 30-21 and 30-25. Nina Reeves had 16 kills and Donahue
added 24 digs in the loss.
Senior outside hitter Nicole Morton is having an outstanding senior season. She is the
team leader in kills (174), kills per game (3.48) and service aces with 15. 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 163 kills for an average of 3.26 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
1,350 career digs, putting her fourth on the school's all-time list. Donahue needs 248
digs to pass Christy Nore for most in school history. She has 347 so far this season,
and is on pace for 694 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
(347) and digs per game (6.94).
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 36-60 record at ASU and an all-time 280-200 record
in 16 seasons at the collegiate level. He coached the
112 record from 1986-96, leading the Buffaloes 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
Ducks and the Beavers. ASU will face
Saturday night. 7 p.m. is the start time for both matches.