Volleyball Returns Home To Host Washington and Washington State
Oct. 17, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
after earning a split in
Devils vs. Huskies
The Huskies lead the all-time series against
both meetings last season. The last ASU win over
Devils swept the Dawgs at Wells Fargo Arena.
Devils vs. Cougars:
squad was victorious on their home court, with ASU winning 3-1 in
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.
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 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
decision over the Devils in
while Sydney Donahue added 31 digs.
could only muster ten...
streak with a 3-0 sweep of the Beavers in
and Marina Mercer added three aces to lead the Devils to the victory.
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.
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.
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 37-63 record at ASU and an all-time 281-203 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
The Sun Devils will continue their homestand, hosting #3 Stanford Friday and #8