Volleyball Heads To Los Angeles For Two More Ranked Opponents This Weekend
Oct. 31, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Arizona State Sun Devils continue their streak of ranked foes this weekend, as
they head to
last weekend, falling 3-0 to #3 Stanford and 3-1 to #11
weekend, ASU will have faced an opponent ranked in the Top 12 four straight
weeks and 11 matches overall against Top 25 opponents...ASU has faced eleven
teams this year that have been ranked at one time or another.
Devils vs. Bruins:
UCLA holds a 54-6 advantage in the all-time series with the Sun Devils. The Bruins
swept the Devils earlier this year in
Pac-10. They are ranked #5 in the AVCA Top 25.
Devils vs. Women of
USC leads the all-time series with ASU 48-10, including a 3-2 win earlier this season
10. They are ranked #6 in the AVCA Top 25.
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 66 of her 76 career matches.
Sydney Donahue has recorded double-digit digs in 33 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:
Even with the Sun Devils tough play and Paige Mittelstaedt's 15 kills,
games with scores of 30-24, 30-22 and 30-24...The eleventh-ranked Golden Bears
topped ASU in four games Saturday night. The Sun Devils were able to take the
first game 30-24, and though they hung tough with Nina Reeves' 18 kills, they were
unable to rally as
Senior outside hitter Nicole Morton is having an outstanding senior season. She is the
team leader in kills (269) and kills per game (3.45) 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 235 kills for an average of 2.97 per game. Giordano
was second on the team in 2005 with 235 kills, and she is currently second this year
to Morton. She also leads the team with her 22 service aces.
Junior libero Sydney Donahue continues on her quest for ASU records. She now has
1,532 career digs, passing Terri Cox for third on the school's all-time list. Donahue
needs 46 more to pass Jami Coughlin for second all-time, and 65 digs to pass Christy
Nore for most in school history. She has 529 so far this season, 99 short of breaking
her own school record for digs in a season which she set last season with 628. Donahue
currently leads the Pac-10 in total digs (529) and digs per game (6.70).
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.
Turning The Paige:
Making her first collegiate start against the Cardinal on Friday night, freshman Paige
Mittelstaedt certainly made the evening a memorable one. Mittelstaedt turned in 15
kills, a new career high, leading the team in that category.
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 38-66 record at ASU and an all-time 282-206 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 Devils return home to host
Both matches will begin at 7 pm.