Volleyball To Open Pac-10 Home Slate Against #21 Oregon and Oregon State
Sept. 26, 2007
The Arizona State Sun Devils (8-7 overall, 0-2 Pac-10) will return home again this weekend as they set to open the 2007 Pac-10 home slate against the #21 Oregon Ducks (12-2, 1-1 Pac-10) and Oregon State Beavers (8-6, 1-1 Pac-10). The Sun Devils will face the Ducks on Thursday, September 27 and the OSU Beavers on Friday,
September 28. Both games will start at 7 p.m. and will be held at ASU's Wells Fargo Arena.
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Recapping Last Weekend:
The Sun Devils open the 2007 Pac-10 season last weekend as they hit the road to
Series History vs. the
The series history against the Oregon Ducks is 34-8 all-time in favor of the Sun Devils. In last season's match-ups, the Sun Devils split with the Ducks, falling 3-1 in
Series History vs.
Against the Beavers, the Sun Devils are 29-14 all-time. Last season, the Sun Devils swept the Beavers in
Quick Sets -- Release Highlights:
Libero Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 86 of her 100 career matches, including a streak of 50 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 354 digs for a 6.32 per-game average. She currently holds the Pac-10 single-game match high total as well with 45 against
ASU has the current Pac-10 match high for kills with their 88 against
Sophomore, Marina Mercer holds the season Pac-10 match-high for assists with her 73 against
Sophomore Paige Mittelstaedt is tied for lead in the Pac-10 for solo blocks in a match with her four against
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.
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 has already this year broken the career Pac-10 digs record, while inching up the NCAA records as well. Her current total of 2,099 puts her 13th all-time in NCAA history. 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
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