Volleyball Hosts Two Top 15 Teams This Weekend

Oct. 24, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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The Sun Devils continue their homestand this weekend when they welcome the

#3 Stanford Cardinal and the #11 California Golden Bears to Wells Fargo Arena...

Arizona State earned a split last week, falling 3-0 to #6 Washington but beating

Washington State 3-1...This weekend begins another brutal stretch that will see

ASU face four straight teams ranked in the AVCA Top 15.

 

Devils vs. Cardinal:

Stanford holds a 47-4 lead in the all-time series with ASU. The Sun Devils have not

beaten Stanford since 2000 in Tempe. The Cardinal swept the earlier meeting with

Arizona State this season.

 

Devils vs. Golden Bears:

The Sun Devils hold a 27-18 edge in the all-time series with Cal. The Golden Bears

have won seven straight from ASU, including a 3-1 in earlier this season.

 

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 64 of her 74 career matches.

• Sydney Donahue has recorded double-digit digs in 31 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:

The sixth ranked and defending national champion Washington Huskies played like a

team worthy of their ranking, as they swept the Sun Devils 3-0. Margie Giordano led

the Devils with 15 kills, while Nina Reeves added 11 in the loss...The Devils bounced

back against the Cougars, picking up a 3-1 win. After dropping the first game in extra

points, ASU responded with three straight convincing and dominating wins to earn the

victory. Nicole Morton had 20 kills to lead the offense while Sydney Donahue had 35

digs on the defensive end.

 

Morton Magnificent:

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

team leader in kills (251) and kills per game (3.54) while hitting at a .247 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 227 kills for an average of 3.15 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

1,497 career digs, passing Terri Cox for third on the school's all-time list. Donahue

needs 81 more to pass Jami Coughlin for second all-time, and 100 digs to pass Christy

Nore for most in school history. She has 494 so far this season, and is on pace for

716 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 (494) and digs per

game (6.86).

 

Service Ace Staci:

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

Smith lead the team with 19 service aces and has also been a force on the offensive end.

Smith leads the team with a .297 hitting percentage, and is fourth on the squad with

121 kills. The junior middle blocker is also the team leader with 60 total blocks.

 

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 38-64 record at ASU and an all-time 282-204 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 embark on their second-to-last Pac-10 road trip of the season,

heading to Southern California for matches with #4 UCLA and #5 USC. The match

against the Women of Troy will be in the brand new GalenCenter, which opened

earlier this season.

 

 

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