Volleyball to Face Oregon State and #16 Oregon

Oct. 24, 2007

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The Arizona State Sun Devils (11-11 overall, 3-6 Pac-10) will hit the road again this weekend as they set to face Pac-10 rivals, Oregon State (9-12, 2-7 Pac-10) and #16 Oregon (15-6, 4-5 Pac-10). The Sun Devils will kick-off against the Beavers on Thursday, October 25 and then face the Ducks Friday, October 26, both at 7 p.m. in Corvallis and Eugene, Ore.

 

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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. Also available for fans both near and far are video broadcasts of all home matches. For more information please visit: asu.newtier.com .

 

Recapping Last Weekend:

Against #9 California:

The Sun Devils came out strong against the #9 Golden Bears, winning the first game from Cal 30-27. Game two saw the trouble start for the Sun Devils though as their leading outside hitter, freshman Sarah Reaves was injured early in the second game with an ankle sprain which took her out for the rest of the weekend. Margie Giordano stepped up big for the Sun Devils in the rest of the match, rounding out her night with 23 kills, but it wasn't enough as Cal went on to win the next three games to finish it in four.

 

Against #3 Stanford

ASU proved to be no match for the Cardinal powerhouse offense, which posted a .457, .500 and .514 team attack average in all three games. The Cardinal swept the match from the Sun Devils 30-21, 30- 19, and 30-14.

 

Series History vs. the OregonState Beavers:

The series history against the Oregon State Beavers now currently stands at 30-14 overall in favor of the Sun Devils. Earlier this season the Sun Devils swept the Beavers at home in Tempe 30-28, 30-24 and 30-20 with Sarah Reaves leading the way with 17 kills. Last season, the Beavers were swept by ASU in Corvallis 3-0 and topped again by the Sun Devils at home 3-1.

 

Series History vs. the Oregon Ducks:

Against the Ducks the Sun Devils hold a 34-9 current series history over Oregon. Earlier this season ASU hung tough with the then 21st-ranked Ducks where they rallied back to take the second game in a brutal 42-40 win. Though the Ducks emerged with the win in four games Sarah Reaves had a huge game with 28 kills, not only an ASU freshman record but an overall ASU rally scoring rally record, topping Juliana Escobar's 27 against Oregon on October 18, 2002.

 

Quick Sets -- Release Highlights:

• Libero Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 91 of her 105 career matches, including a streak of 55 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 eight weeks Donahue has 439 digs for a 6.10 per-game average. She currently holds the Pac-10 single-game match high total as well with 45 against Virginia on August 25th.

• ASU has the current Pac-10 match high for kills with their 88 against UtahValley. They also pulled in 98 digs in the UtahValley face-off, second in Pac-10 match-highs.

• Sophomore, Marina Mercer holds the season Pac-10 match-high for assists with her 73 against UtahValley, she also holds second place in the category with her 72 assists against Oregon on September 27.

• 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 fifth in single-match kill total with her 26 against UtahValley.

• Freshman Sarah Reaves is off to a stellar start to her rookie campaign as she leads the Sun Devils in kills with 323, good for a 4.36 per-game average, fifth place in Pac-10 standings. She is currently third in Pac-10 match highs for kills after her 28 against Oregon on September 27. Her 28 kills are not only a freshman match record, but an ASU match record, besting Juliana Escobar's 27 against Oregon on October 18, 2002. In the Pac-10, Reaves is currently ranked fifth in kills per game, with 57 more kills than the only other Freshman on the list, third-ranked Stanford's Alix Klineman.

 

NCAA-tionally Known:

The Sun Devils are currently racing up the NCAA ranks across the country. Most notably are:

• Sydney Donahue is ranked TENTH in the nation in digs per game with a 6.10 average.

• Setter, Marina Mercer is ranked 39th nationally with a 12.39 assists per game average.

• Freshman, Sarah Reaves is ranked 71st nationally in kills per game with a 4.36.

 

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 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 2,184 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 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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