Volleyball Returns Home To Host Washington and Washington State

Oct. 17, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Arizona State returns home to Tempe to host #6 Washington and WashingtonState

after earning a split in Oregon...The Sun Devils fell to the Ducks 3-1 on Thursday

night in Eugene before sweeping the Beavers Friday night in Corvallis.

 

Devils vs. Huskies

The Huskies lead the all-time series against ArizonaState 26-18, including sweeps in

both meetings last season. The last ASU win over Washington came in 2004, when the

Devils swept the Dawgs at Wells Fargo Arena.

 

Devils vs. Cougars:

Arizona State holds a slight 21-20 edge all-time with the Cougars. Last season each

squad was victorious on their home court, with ASU winning 3-1 in Tempe.

 

Lights, Camera, Action:

Friday night's match between the Sun Devils and Cougars will be televised on FSN

Saturday night. Jim Watson, Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak will call the action.

 

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 62 of her 72 career matches.

• Sydney Donahue has recorded double-digit digs in 29 straight matches.

• Nina Reeves is writing a weekly blog on TheSunDevils.com.

• Kristen Trayser is expected to miss the season due to a back injury.

 

Last Week's Rewind:

ASU's winning streak against Oregon came to an end as the Ducks took a 3-1

decision over the Devils in Eugene. Nicole Morton had 15 kills in the losing effort,

while Sydney Donahue added 31 digs. Oregon recorded 23 blocks while the Devils

could only muster ten...ArizonaState was able to put an end to their five match losing

streak with a 3-0 sweep of the Beavers in Corvallis. Nina Reeves turned in 13 kills

and Marina Mercer added three aces to lead the Devils to the victory.

 

Morton Magnificent:

Senior outside hitter Nicole Morton is having an outstanding senior season. She is the

team leader in kills (223) and kills per game (3.48) while hitting at a .237 clip. She led

the team last season with 300 kills and was named honorable mention All-Pac-10.

 

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 198 kills for an average of 3.05 per game. Giordano

was second on the team in 2005 with 235 kills.

 

Digging It:

Junior libero Sydney Donahue continues on her quest for ASU records. She now has

1,447 career digs, passing Terri Cox for third on the school's all-time list. Donahue

needs 131 more to pass Jami Coughlin for second all-time, and 150 digs to pass

Christy Nore for most in school history. She has 444 so far this season, and is on

pace for 715 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 (444) and

digs per game (6.83).

 

Service Ace Staci:

Junior middle blocker Staci Smith has been serving up a storm this year for the Devils.

Smith lead the team with 18 service aces. She also came big against USC, recording

18 kills in the five game loss.

 

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 37-63 record at ASU and an all-time 281-203 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:

The Sun Devils will continue their homestand, hosting #3 Stanford Friday and #8

California Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. Both matches will begin at 7 pm.

 

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