Volleyball Hosts #4 USC and #3 UCLA This Weekend

Oct. 4, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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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 Troy:

USC leads the all-time series with ArizonaState 47-10, including going 2-0 against

ASU in 2005. The Devils fell to the Women of Troy in four games last season at Wells

Fargo Arena. USC sits at 15-0, 4-0 in the Pac-10.

 

Devils vs. Bruins:

Arizona State trails UCLA 54-6 in the all-time series. UCLA took both matches last

season, including a sweep at Wells Fargo Arena. The Bruins are 17-0, 4-0 in conference

play.

 

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 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 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:

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 California and #6 Stanford.

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.

Saturday in Palo Alto found the Devils again facing a top team in the nation. The #6

Cardinal swept ASU 30-27, 30-21 and 30-25. Nina Reeves had 16 kills and Donahue

added 24 digs in the loss.

 

Morton Magnificent:

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.

 

Digging It:

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).

 

Family Matters:

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 ArizonaState to play volleyball. Rachel was a

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 University of Colorado to a 181-

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 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 will hit the road once again, as they travel north to Oregon to face the

Ducks and the Beavers. ASU will face Oregon on Friday night and OregonState on

Saturday night. 7 p.m. is the start time for both matches.

 

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