Volleyball Hosts Oregon State and Oregon On Thursday and Friday
Nov. 7, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Sun Devils return home hoping to snap a four match losing streak when they
weekend, falling 3-1 to #5 UCLA and 3-0 to #6 USC...after this weekend,
State will have faced a ranked opponent in seven of their last nine matches...ASU
has faced eleven teams this year that have been ranked at one time or another...the
Devils have faced a team ranked in the Top 10 eight times and Top 25 12 times.
Devils vs. Beavers:
ASU holds a 28-14 edge in the all-time series with the Beavers, including a 3-0 sweep
of OSU earlier this season in
Devils vs. Ducks:
The Sun Devils lead the all-time series with
this year in
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 68 of her 78 career matches.
Sydney Donahue has recorded double-digit digs in 35 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 first game 30-27 Friday night at Pauley Pavilion. However, the Bruins stormed
back to take the next three games to win the match 3-1. ASU was led by the 18 kills
double-double with her 12 kills and ten digs...ASU faced #6 USC on Saturday night,
falling 3-0 to the Women of Troy. Paige Mittelstaedt led the way with 12 kills while
Tierra Burnley added 11 kills in the loss.
Junior libero Sydney Donahue continues her quest for ASU records. She now has
1,564 career digs, passing Jami Coughlin for second on the school's all-time list. Only
Christy Nore had more when she amassed 1,597 from 1985 to 1988. Donahue needs
only 34 more digs to hold the school record. She has 561 so far this season, 67 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 (561) and digs per game (6.52).
Her current dig total is third highest in school history.
1. Christy Nore (1985-88)- 1,597
2. Sydney Donahue (2004-Present)- 1,564
SINGLE SEASON DIGS
1. Sydney Donahue, 2005- 628
2. Mindy Gowell, 1990- 601
3. Sydney Donahue, 2006- 561
Senior outside hitter Nicole Morton is having an outstanding senior season. She is the
team leader in kills (291) and kills per game (3.42) while hitting at a .238 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 247 kills for an average of 2.87 per game. She also
leads the team with her 22 service aces as well as nine double-doubles.
Reeves To The Rescue:
Senior Nina Reeves has very quietly been a killing machine this season. She is second
on the team with 256 kills, an average of 3.01 per game. She's turned in five double-doubles
this season, including an 18 kill, 17 dig performance against USC.
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 38-68 record at ASU and an all-time 282-208 record
in 16 seasons at the collegiate level. He coached the
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
The Sun Devils will embark on their final road trip of the 2006 regular season when they
head to the
for a Thursday night meeting with