Volleyball To Host Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge This Weekend

Aug. 30, 2007

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The Arizona State Sun Devils (0-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) will open up the 2007 home slate this weekend as they

host the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Classic at this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at ASU's Wells Fargo Arena.

The tournament will feature the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, Iowa State Cyclones, Long Island Blackbirds

and New Mexico Lobos, as well as the Arizona State Sun Devils. Action kicks off on Friday, Aug. 31st at 10

a.m., with the Lumberjacks facing the Cyclones. For more information on the tournament please go to the

ASU volleyball homepage or visit:

http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/07-Hilton-Challenge.html

 

The rest of the full schedule is as follows:

Friday, Aug. 31

10 a.m. - NAU vs. Iowa State

12 p.m. ASU vs. Long Island

2 p.m. - UNM vs. Iowa State

5 p.m. - NAU vs. Long Island

7 p.m. - ASU vs. UNM

Saturday, Sept. 1**

11 a.m. - UNM vs. NAU

1 p.m. - ASU vs. Iowa State

Sunday, Sept. 2

10 a.m. - Iowa State vs. Long Island

12 p.m. - ASU vs. NAU

** - Tickets will not be charged for on Saturday, Sept. 1 due to the ASU Football Game

Follow The Sun Devils Live!:

All of ASU's fans can also follow all of ASU's home matches, and most road matches, via the free

statistical GameTracker at www.thesundevils.com. ALL games for this weekend's tournament will be

live on GameTracker.

Recapping Last Weekend:

The Sun Devils opened up the 2007 season last weekend with a tough opening slate of UNLV, Virginia and

Texas Tech. They were unable to seal a win on the weekend, going falling 3-0 to UNLV, 3-2 to Virginia

and 3-0 to Texas Tech. Sydney Donahue had 81 digs on the weekend to help her cause to become the

holder of the all-time Pac-10 career digs record. She now has 1,826 career digs and needs only 245 more

to tie the all-time record and inch up in NCAA record books.

Series History vs. Long Island:

ASU is facing the Long Island Blackbirds for the

fi rst time in program history. A solid team, the Blackbirds

also made an appearance in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

Series History vs. New Mexico:

Arizona State has a

fl awless 15-0 record all-time against the New Mexico Lobos, with their last meeting

coming on September 7, 2001 at the Loyola Marymount Classic. The Sun Devils came away with a 3-1

win as OH Kim Melhorn registered a career-high 15 kills.

Series History vs. Iowa State:

ASU is facing the Iowa State Cyclones for the

fi rst time in program history.

Series History vs. Northern Arizona:

ASU is 39-6 all-time agianst the Lumberjacks. The last time they met on Sept. 9, 2005 in Tempe the Sun

Devils swept the Lumberjacks 3-0 with Margie Giordano recording 16 kills and four aces.

Quick Sets -- Release Highlights:

• Libero Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 74 of her 88 career matches, including a

streak of 41 matches with 10 or more digs dating back to October 21, 2005 vs. USC.

Brains and Brawn These Girls Have It All:

The Sun Devil Volleyball team has proven year after year that they are some of the

best on the court and also in the classroom. ASU holds the proud title of MOST Pac-

10 All-Academic selections in history with 40 over every other Pac-10 school. They

also have a ten-year streak of at least one honor on the Pac-10 All-Academic streak.

Leading the list last year were Colette Meek and Marina Mercer, who both were

named to the

fi rst-team and Rachel Mittlestaedt who was named to the second team.

Four other Sun Devils received honorable mentions as well.

Digging Her Way To The Top:

Senior libero Sydney Donahue is on pace to place her name all over not only ASU

(which she already has) and Pac-10 record books, but the NCAA ones as well. The

senior currently has the single-season ASU and Pac-10 digs record and this year is

gunning for the career Pac-10 digs record, while inching up the NCAA records as

well. Her current total of 1,826 puts her only 245 digs shy of tying the Pac-10 career

record. Last season alone, Donahue had 742 digs as well as tying an all-time NCAA

record of 50 digs in a match, which she did in three games against LMU on August

26, 2006.

Head Coach Brad Saindon:

Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his

fi fth season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball

program. Saindon has compiled a 43-70 record at ASU and an all-time 287-210

record in 16 seasons at the collegiate level. He coached the University of Colorado to

a 181-112 record from 1986-96, leading the Buffalos 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. Saindon graduated from ASU in 1976

with a degree in business administration.

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