Volleyball Heads to Oregon This Weekend
Oct. 10, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Sun Devils will look to snap their four match losing streak when they head north
end a brutal stretch in which ASU faced four straight teams ranked in the AVCA
3-2...The #3 Bruins swept the Devils on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
Devils vs. Ducks:
The Sun Devils lead the all-time series with
match 3-0 in
this series of late, winning 16 straight matches over the Ducks.
Devils vs. Beavers:
ASU holds a 27-14 edge in the all-time series against the Beavers.
both matches from the Devils a year ago.
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 60 of her 70 career matches.
Sydney Donahue has recorded double-digit digs in 27 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 Sun Devils gave the fourth ranked USC Women of Troy all they could handle,
pushing them to a fifth game before falling. ASU came out firing, taking game one
before dropping the next two to USC. The Sun Devils battled back to win game four
and force a decisive fifth game. Game five was a microcosm of the entire match, as
neither team could gain a big advantage. Ultimately, the Women of Troy were just
to strong up front as they picked up the game five win and the match. Nina Reeves
The #3 UCLA Bruins came to
3-0 sweep. Despite being swept by the Bruins, the Sun Devils were competitive and
battled hard. UCLA used 14 blocks to overpower the Devils, despite 12 kills from
Senior outside hitter Nicole Morton is having an outstanding senior season. She is the
team leader in kills (199) and kills per game (3.43) while hitting at a .240 clip. 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 179 kills for an average of 3.09 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
1,389 career digs, passing Terri Cox for third on the school's all-time list. Donahue
needs 189 more to pass Jami Coughlin for second all-time, and 208 digs to pass
Christy Nore for most in school history. She has 386 so far this season, and is on
pace for 700 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 (386) and
digs per game (6.66).
Service Ace Staci:
Junior middle blocker Staci Smith has been serving up a storm this year for the Devils.
Smith lead the team with 17 service aces. She also came big against USC, recording
18 kills in the five game loss.
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 36-62 record at ASU and an all-time 280-202 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
national champions and fifth ranked Washington Huskies on Thursday, October 19.
The Sun Devils then welcome to Wells Fargo Arena the Washington State Cougars
on Friday night for a match that will be televised by FSN. Both matches will begin
at 7 pm.