2006 Volleyball Season Was One To Remember
Jan. 19, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
2006 was a year to remember for the
ASU started the season off hosting the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Sun Devil Volleyball Classic at Wells Fargo Arena.
After traveling to two road tournaments, the Sun Devils returned home for the Tempe Courtyard by Marriott Classic featuring Duke,
The toughest conference in the nation, the Pac-10 once again was loaded as it featured six ranked teams on the first weekend of conference play. The Devils got a tough test in their conference opener, having to travel to
The season would hit a rough patch after that, as the Devils had to face a murders' row of top 10 teams in the conference. Early in November,
Coach Saindon and the Devils needed two wins in their final three matches to finish with a winning record and a chance at an NCAA invitation. It would not be an easy road however, as ASU had to travel to
The Sun Devils entered the contest with UA trying to snap some streaks. They had not swept a season series from
Tensions were high as the NCAA Tournament selection show drew nearer, as the entire Sun Devil team gathered at Assistant Coach Mike Wall's house to see if they would be in or out. When the show finally started, the Devils didn't have to wait long to find out, as it was announced they were headed to Gainesville, Florida to face College of Charleston in the First Round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
The Sun Devils arrived in
The flu bug hit the team upon their arrival in the
RECORD SETTING YEAR
The year was not only a memorable one for the team, but also for junior libero Sydney Donahue. During her first two seasons in
The Devils collected some hardware following the 2006 season. Redshirt freshman setter Marina Mercer, who led the Devils in assists, was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Senior outside hitter