Donahue Digs For History As Volleyball Hits The Road To Open Pac-10 Slate

Sept. 18, 2007

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The Arizona State Sun Devils (8-5 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) will hit the road again this weekend as they set to open the 2007 Pac-10 slate against the fourth-ranked USC Women of Troy (10-0) and the fifth-ranked UCLA Bruins (10-1) this Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles.


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Recapping Last Weekend:

The Sun Devils hosted their final tournament of the 2007 regular season with last weekend's Crowne Plaza/Phoenix Airport Classic. The Sun Devils swept through the weekend, dealing Florida A&M and Tulane 3-1 losses as well as sweeping VCU 3-0 for the tournament crown. Sarah Reaves was named tournament MVP and Danielle Fernandes was named to the All-Tournament Team as well. Sydney Donahue had 75 digs on the weekend to help her cause to become the holder of the all-time Pac-10 career digs record. She now has 2,067 career digs, 2nd all-time in Pac-10 history and tied for 16th all-time in NCAA history. Donahue needs only five more to break the all-time Pac-10 career record and inch up in NCAA record books.


Series History vs. The Women Of Troy:

The series history against the Women of Troy is 10-49 all-time. In last season's match-ups, the Sun Devils took the Trojans to five games in Tempe before falling and lost 3-0 on the road in LA.


Series History vs. UCLA:

Against the Bruins, the Sun Devils are 6-26 all-time. Last season, UCLA won 3-0 in Tempe and 3-1 in Los Angles to take the series.


Quick Sets -- Release Highlights:

• Libero Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 84 of her 98 career matches, including a streak of 48 matches with 10 or more digs dating back to October 21, 2005 vs. USC.

• Sydney Donahue also currently holds the Pac-10 lead in digs and digs per game. After three weeks, Donahue has 322 digs for a 6.44 per-game average. She currently holds the Pac-10 single-game match high total as well with 45 against Virginia on August 25th. She needs only four digs to tie the all-time Pac-10 career record of 2071.

• ASU has the current Pac-10 match high for kills and assists with their 88 and 80 against UtahValley. They also pulled in a team match-high of 98 digs in the UtahValley face-off.

• Sophomore, Marina Mercer holds the season Pac-10 match-high for assists with her 73 against UtahValley.

• Sophomore Paige Mittelstaedt is tied for lead in the Pac-10 for solo blocks in a match with her four against IowaState on September 1st. She is also tied for second in single-match kill total with her 26 against UtahValley.

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 team.

Leading the list last year were Colette Meek and Marina Mercer, who both were named to the first-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 2,067 puts her only four 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.


A Tough Schedule:

As always, ASU is set to face a tough slate for the 2007 season. Aside from being in the all-powerful Pac-10, ASU jumped from an RPI of 152 to 30 in a successful year which found them later in the NCAA Tournament. The jump itself is one of the highest in the history of NCAA Volleyball alone. This year the Devils look to jump yet again in the RPI rankings, taking on a tougher and tougher schedule every year.


Head Coach Brad Saindon:

Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his fifth 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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