Volleyball's Kicks-Off the 'Duel in the Desert' Friday Night Versus Arizona
Oct. 11, 2007
The Arizona State Sun Devils (10-9 overall, 2-4 Pac-10) will return home again this weekend as they set to face their in-state and Pac-10 rivals,
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Recapping Last Weekend:
The Sun Devils hit the road to
The Sun Devils came out to shine against the WSU Cougars coming out with a 3-0 sweep after some of the most solid play they've displayed all season. Their team attack percentages in game one and three alone were .436 and .438, a season high. The Sun Devils took the match with a sound 30-21, 30-28 and 30-17 win as Sarah Reaves again led the Devils with 19 kills, which Sydney Donahue matched in digs as well.
Series History vs. the
The series history against the Wildcats is, as always a long a storied one. And the all-time record between the two shows it. In the 2006 season, both teams went in knotted 35-35 all-time before the Sun Devils took a 3-1 win from the `Cats in
Quick Sets -- Release Highlights:
Libero Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 88 of her 102 career matches, including a streak of 52 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 398 digs for a 6.42 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
Freshman Sarah Reaves is off to a stellar start to her rookie campaign as she leads the Sun Devils in kills with 294, good for a 4.26 per-game average. She is currently second in Pac-10 match highs for kills after her 28 against
The Sun Devils are currently racing up the NCAA ranks across the country. Most notably
Setter, Marina Mercer is ranked 43rd nationally with a 12.33 assists per game average.
Sydney Donahue is ranked FIFTH in the nation in digs per game with a 6.42 average.
Freshman, Sarah Reaves is ranked 84th nationally in kills per game with a 4.26.
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 and Pac-10 record books (which she already has), but the NCAA ones as well. The senior currently has the single-season ASU and Pac-10 digs record and this season has already broken the career Pac-10 digs record, while inching up the NCAA records as well. Her current total of 2,143 puts her 11th 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
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
with a degree in business administration.