Volleyball Takes to the Road for the Adidas/Michigan Invitational

Sept. 17, 2008

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TEMPE, Ariz. -  The Arizona State Sun Devil Women’s Volleyball Team (8-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) will hit the road again this weekend as they head to Ann Arbor, Michigan to compete in the Adidas/Michigan Invitational which features the University of Albany, Western Kentucky and the 25th-ranked and yet-unbeaten Michigan Wolverines. ASU’s tournament schedule is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 19

Arizona State vs. Albany - 5 p.m. ET

Saturday, Sept. 20

Arizona State vs. Western Kentucky - 11:30 a.m. ET

Arizona State vs. #25 Michigan - 4:30 p.m. ET

All times are Eastern and three hours ahead of local Arizona time. All games throughout the entire tournament will have livestats availble. For access to livestats for this weekend, please head to http://mgoblue.com/volleyball/article.aspx?id=147034 and scroll down.


Follow The Sun Devils Live!:


All of ASU’s fans can follow all of ASU’s home matches, and some road matches, via the free statistical GameTracker at www.thesundevils.com. In addition, video WILL be available for fans both near and far of home matches, however at this time it is not. More information to come shortly.


Recapping Last Weekend:


Against Montana: 


A .292 team attack percentage and 6.5 team blocks steadied the ASU gameplan as they collected a 3-0 sweep of the Montana Grizzlies. Paige Mittelstaedt and Sarah Reaves split the kill lead with 12 apiece through the match, with Mittelstaedt hitting a phenomenal .440 in the match. The Sun Devils took the  first-ever match-up against the Grizzlies 25-20, 27-25 and 25-13.


Against Cincinnati: 

The Sun Devils shook off a sluggish start that gave the Bearcats the  first set only to come storming back in the rest of the match as Margie Giordano lit it up for the Sun Devils, posting 20 kills in the match, her third highest total in career history. ASU collected and composed themselves for the rest of the match as the defense picked up the slack with 15 blocks, seven from Sara Todorovich alone. The offense clicked in for the third set with a .346 average as the Sun Devils rallied for a 3-1 win over the Bearcats winning 27-29, 25-23, 25-16 and 27-25.


Against Cal State Northridge:


 

The Matadors proved to be no match for ASU as the Sun Devils hit .245 as a team while holding CSUN to a .091 attack percentage for yet another sweep, ASU’s fourth of the season. Margie Giordano could not be contained in that game as well as she added 15 kills to her total with Sarah Reaves close behind with 12 as ASU felled the Matadors 25-16, 25-22 and 25-20 to clinch their second tournament win of the season.

In addition for their efforts Margie Giordano and Sarah Reaves were named to their third consecutive All-Tournament Team.


Quick Sets:



 

In addition to taking home her third consecutive all-tournament team honor, senior, Margie Giordano came closer to a milestone as with her 24 digs on the weekend, which places her only two digs shy 1,000 for her career. With two more digs, Margie becomes only the eighth player in ASU history to collect over 1,000 kills and digs in her career.

 

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