Volleyball Hosts Oregon State and Oregon On Thursday and Friday

Nov. 7, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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The Sun Devils return home hoping to snap a four match losing streak when they

host OregonState and #24 Oregon at Wells Fargo Arena...ASU dropped two last

weekend, falling 3-1 to #5 UCLA and 3-0 to #6 USC...after this weekend, Arizona

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 Corvallis. OregonState won last season's meeting in

Tempe 3-2.

 

Devils vs. Ducks:

The Sun Devils lead the all-time series with Oregon 33-8. Prior to Oregon's 3-1 win

this year in Eugene, ASU had won 16 straight matches over the Ducks, including nine

straight in Tempe.

 

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 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 ArizonaState volleyball team surprised the fifth ranked UCLA Bruins by taking

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

of Nicole Morton while hitting at an incredible .410 percentage. Nina Reeves added a

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.

 

Digging It:

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.

CAREER DIGS

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

 

Morton Magnificent:

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 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.

 

Up Next:

The Sun Devils will embark on their final road trip of the 2006 regular season when they

head to the Pacific Northwest next weekend. ASU will travel to Pullman, Washington

for a Thursday night meeting with WashingtonState before going to Seattle for a match

with #4 Washington on Friday night.

 

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