Volleyball Upsets #24 Oregon 3-1

Nov. 10, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - On a night where Sydney Donahue set the all-time school record for career digs, the Sun Devil volleyball team made sure it would be a night to remember as they beat the 24th ranked Oregon Ducks 3-1 in front of 1,061 fans at Wells Fargo Arena. The win improves Arizona State to 13-13 overall, 5-10 in Pac-10 play.

The Ducks started the match quickly, jumping to an early lead in game one. ASU hurt themselves with mistakes, hitting only .067 in the 30-23 loss. The Sun Devils regrouped in a big way in game two, dominating the Ducks from the outset on their way to a 30-14 win. That would even things up at 1-1 heading to the break.

Both teams made adjustments during the intermission, and it showed in game three. The two teams battled back and forth for the entire game, as the lead changed hands eight times. The two squads battled through 16 tie scores before ASU was able to pull away and take a 2-1 lead with a 30-27 win. With Arizona State in a must-win situation to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive, they responded when it counted most. The Devils took an 8-4 lead in the early going, only to see the Ducks block four consecutive shots, eventually taking a 9-8 lead. ASU battled back, as the two teams traded scores. A big kill by Margie Giordano gave the Sun Devils a slight lead, which they were able to extend all the way to a 30-21 match clinching victory.

The 1,061 fans witnessed history early in the second game, as Sydney Donahue collected her fifth dig of the match, giving her 1,598 for her career. That vaulted her past Christy Nore for the all-time school record, a record she had held since 1988. The game was stopped as Donahue was presented with the ball while the crowd gave her a standing ovation. She finished the evening with 20 digs to lead the team.

Nina Reeves played a complete game, leading the Devils with 19 kills while adding in eight total blocks. Margie Giordano also contributed with 16 kills and 18 digs. It was a total team victory, as six of the eight players had at least two kills.

The Devils now hit the road for the Pacific Northwest, heading to Pullman Thursday night for a meeting with the Washington State Cougars. They then head to Seattle to face the Huskies of Washington on Friday night. Both matches begin at 8 pm.

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