Hot Hitting Burbridge Looks To Lead ASU To Bay Area Wins

Oct. 24, 2000

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The Sun Devils picked up two huge wins over Washington State (3-2) and Washington (3-1) to move into sole possession of fourth place in the Pac-10 Conference. With seven crucial matches remaining on the 2000 schedule, the Sun Devils are 14-7, with a 6-5 record. After 21 matches, ASU has maintained their best record since the 1995 season. The sweep of the Washington schools sealed a season sweep of the Cougars and the Huskies, marking the first time since 1992 they have won all four matches in a season vs. those schools. Senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge turned in one of the most prolific weekends in ASU volleyball history. She was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (First for ASU since 1995) and the AVCA National Player of the Week. Among several other accolades she also broke the 18-year-old school record of 35 kills in a match with 39 vs. Washington State. Burbridge averaged 8.54 kills for the two matches and set a career high with 28 digs against WSU. Freshman setter Cheryl Anglin also had a good weekend on the court and also etched her name in the ASU record books. With a 84-assist performance vs. the Cougars, Anglin turned in the second best performance by a setter in school history. The freshman is now second, fifth and 10th in the record books for single-match assists. With seven matches remaining, Anglin needs only seven to break the freshman school record and is on pace to finish third in single-season history.

After two big wins over the Washington schools, the Sun Devils will travel to the Bay Area to play matches with #17 Stanford and California. ASU defeated the Cardinal earlier in the year 3-1, marking the first win over Stanford since 1993. The Sun Devils have never won a match at Maples Pavilion and will have their hands full with the return of All-American Logan Tom to the Cardinal lineup. Tom, a sophomore outside hitter, was absent when ASU beat Stanford on Sept. 30 because she was competing with Team USA in the Olympics. Since her return Tom is averaging 4.93 kpg. The Cardinal (11-8, 5-6 Pac-10) are currently in sixth place in the conference. The Cal Bears (9-9, 4-7 Pac-10) beat the Sun Devils earlier in the year for only the second time in the last 15 matches. The 3-1 win by Cal on Sept. 29 snapped a five-match winning streak by ASU. The Sun Devils have won seven straight in Berkeley though, with the last loss coming 11/7/92. Patti Snyder-Park is 8-3 vs. the Bears in Berkeley.

Senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge wasted no time putting her name on the list as a candidate for All-America in 2000. The Scottsdale native recorded 31 kills in the five-game win over Cal Poly in the second match of the year. Burbridge then etched her name in the ASU record books with a career weekend vs. WSU and UW by recording a school record 39 kills vs. the Cougars and backing that with 38 vs. the Huskies. For her efforts, Burbridge was named the Pac-10 and National Player of the Week. The Pac-10 award was the first by a ASU player since 1995. The National Player of teh Week was the first in ASU history. So far in '00, the senior outside hitter has three matches with over 30 kills. Burbridge is leading the Sun Devils and the Pac-10 in kills with 430 (5.66 per game) and is second in the Pac-10 in kpg behind UCLA standout Kristee Porter. Burbridge is first in the Pac-10 with 4.12 digs per game. For her career, Burbridge continues to climb the ASU record list. With her 77-kill effort last weekend, Burbridge moved into fourth place in the ASU record books with 1,428 career kills. Burbridge has recorded 17 double-doubles this season and has at least 20 kills in 13 matches. She has yet to have a match with less than double-digit kills (19 of 21) and has recorded 20 or more digs six times in 2000. Burbridge has recorded five consecutive 20+ kill matches and nine of her last 10. She has six 20-kill, 20 dig matches in 2000 and has recorded two 30-20 matches. Her 38 and 39 kill matches ranks as the top two performances in the Pac-10 this year, and fourth and fifth respectively in Pac-10 history. The senior is also being nominated for an Academic All-American.

Head Coach Patti Snyder-Park is in her 12th year at the helm of the ASU volleyball program. Snyder-Park has led ASU to five NCAA appearances in the last eight years and has posted a winning record in seven of her last 10 seasons. She has posted a career 185-148 record as a Sun Devil. A graduate of Portland State University, Snyder-Park is assisted by fifth-year assistant coach Scott Swanson and first-year assistant Christine Garner. Snyder-Park is married to husband John and has two kids (Sydney, 6) and (Samuel, 4). Another child is on the way and due in late December. Snyder-Park was an assistant coach at Cal before coming to ASU in 1989 and is 16-7 in her career vs. her old school.

Junior outside hitter Jami Coughlin recently became the 11th Sun Devil all-time to record over 1,000 digs in a career. Coughlin has been solid all year for the Sun Devils and a true 'iron women' on the court, playing in each of ASU's 83 games. She was named the tournament MVP at the UNM Clubhouse Invitational and is currently ranked third in the Pac-10 with 4.02 digs per game. The junior has tallied 16 double-doubles this season and has 20 or more kills in three matches. She also has six matches with 20 or more digs. Coughlin is averaging 3.57 kills per game to rank 10th in the conference, which is well above her 2.94 average from 1999. The Glendale native also has a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom and is almost a sure lock for Academic All-American honors. She recorded her first 20 kill, 20 dig match of the year vs. UCLA (10/13/00) with 20 kills and 24 digs.

With a hotbed of talent surrounding the Valley area of Arizona, Patti Snyder-Park and her staff have not had to go far to recruit top talent. Of the 13 players on the 2000 roster, all but two are from the state of Arizona. Mandy Stephens (Fr., MB) and Becky Sidoti (Sr., S) both hail from California. In addition to staying local, the 2000 recruiting class features four players all from the same high school. Cheryl Anglin, Courtney Blocher, Natalie Harris and Kim Mehlhorn all prepped at Valley Christian High School.

In her first collegiate start, freshman setter Cheryl Anglin wasted no time leaving her name in the ASU record books. The Valley Christian product recorded 77 assists vs. Cal Poly to rank fourth (at the time and now fifth) all-time in single-match history at ASU. Anglin recorded the second-best assist performance in school history with 84 vs. Washington State. The 84 assists broke her own freshman school record which she set vs. Cal Poly. The record was previously set by Tracy Heflin (74) in 1995. The school record for assists in a match is 90 set by Regina Stahl in 1987. Anglin also ranks 10th on that same list with a 71-assist performance at Washington State, and once again added her name to the record books with a 65-assist performance vs. USC (19th). Anglin has eight 60+ assists matches in '00, including five consecutive. For the year, Anglin leads ASU with 1056 assists (13.54 average), which also ranks third in the Pac-10. Since 1986, no ASU player has led the conference in assists. Anglin will break the freshman school record for assists in a season vs. Stanford, needing only seven to pass Regina Stahl who recorded 1,062 in her freshman year of 1984.

An important aspect Patti Snyder-Park wanted to return to the program was tradition. What better way to do that than to bring back one of the greatest players to ever don the Maroon and Gold, Christine Garner. Garner, who was an All-American for the Sun Devils from 1992-95, joined the ASU coaching staff in June as an assistant. The former Sun Devil star still maintains the school career lead in kills and ranks third in Pac-10 history in that category. The last time ASU beat both USC and UCLA was in 1995 when Garner and the Sun Devils swept the Southern California schools. That same year ASU went on to the NCAA regionals for the fourth year in a row.

With a 1.52 kills per game average in her rookie season, freshman outside hitter Kim Mehlhorn has been a major reason for ASU's success in '00. Mehlhorn stepped into the starting lineup with the departure of Robyn Mattingly and has been solid on the front lines. She had a season high 11 kills at Washington State (9/23) and has three matches with over 10 kills.

Before last year's advancement to the NCAA tournament, ASU'S last postseason appearance came in 1995. The Sun Devils hosted UC-Santa Barbara in second-round action, picking up the win 3-2. Arizona State then traveled to Honolulu, playing Hawaii in regional action. The Devils lost, 1-3 in the semifinals. ASU has made 12 previous postseason appearances dating back to 1981. 1999 was the Devils sixth postseason appearance under head coach Patti Snyder-Park. The last time ASU made consecutive trips to the postseason was in 1994-95.

While the Sun Devils have turned it up a notch lately with a 4-6 record at Wells Fargo Arena, ASU has played exceptionally well on the road in '00 with a 10-1 record. ASU has a two-match winning streak at home after beating the Washington schools, and are coming off their only road setback of the year in a 3-1 loss to Oregon State.

It took seven years and 14 matches, but the monkey is finally off the backs of the ASU volleyball program. The Sun Devils beat #15 Stanford 3-1 on Sept. 30 for the first time since 10/22/93, a span of 13 matches. The win over the Cardinal was only the fourth in school history. With four consecutive loses, the Stanford Cardinal go into this weekend's action with the Washington schools with four-match losing streak for the first time in school history.

Catch all the latest news, statistics, bios, feature stories and match results on the Arizona State volleyball team on the official Sun Devil Athletics website at

Three Sun Devils were named to the 1999 Pacific-10 All-Academic Team: Amanda Burbridge (first team), Jami Coughlin (first team) and Laura Hibsman (second team). Two Arizona State student-athletes were selected to the 1999 GTE Academic District VIII All-Academic Team as well. Burbridge and Coughlin were both second team picks. They were two of only twelve athletes selected to the first and second teams (out of 49 total nominations). Burbridge, Coughlin and Julia Leddy were all nominated for Academic All-Americans this year.

You may need to get your calculators out to figure this one out, but statistically speaking, freshman setter Cheryl Anglin is on pace to finish in the top three in ASU single-season history for assists. Currently ASU is averaging 3.95 games per match, and applying that to ASU's remaining matches, the Sun Devils will play roughly 28 more games in '00. Anglin is currently averaging 13.54 assists per game, meaning she would record roughly 375 more assists in '00 (keeping the above calculations in mind). If you add that with her 1,056 assists she has going into the Stanford/California matches, she will end up with 1,430 assists for her freshman year. That total would be the most in a single season since Noelle Fridrich had 1,444 in 1988 and would be the third most in single-season ASU history. She currently needs only seven more to set the freshman record of 1,062 set by Regina Stahl in 1984.

20/20 VISION:
Two players, Amanda Burbridge and Jami Coughlin have recorded at least one match of 20 kills and 20 digs. Burbridge has been part of the 20/20 club seven times in '00, most recently with two amazing matches vs. WSU and UW. Coughlin joined the club vs. UCLA as well with 20 kills and 24 digs. Burbridge has two 30/20 games this year vs. Cal Poly and Washington State (39 kills, 28 digs).

The Arizona State volleyball home matches have averaged 654 fans for the ten home matches, ranking 30th in the country. ASU has two matches (Arizona/UCLA) with a fan total over 1,000.

All media interview requests should be directed through Jeff Evans in the ASU Media Relations Office. Media guides, game notes, rosters and any other information for matches are usually ready by Wednesday before a weekend series. The Media Relations Office is located on the first floor of the ICA Building at Sun Devil Stadium.

Jamie Coughlin recently became the 11th player in school history to record over 1,000 digs... Amanda Burbridge has double-digits in kills in each of her 19 matches played in 2000... Burbridge's six service aces vs. IUPUI is the second best mark in the Pac-10 this season... her five solo blocks vs. UCLA are a high for all Pac-10 players... her 1,428 career kills is second best among active conference players (Kristee Porter, 1,622)... Jami Coughlin is ninth on that list with 871 career kills and second with 1,007 digs... Burbridge is one of only four players in the Pac-10 to record 30 or more kills this year... her 39 and 38 kills vs. WSU and UW rank as the fourth and fifth best performances in Pac-10 history... ASU's four freshman are all graduated from Valley Christian High School in Chandler... ASU is 7-1 in three-game matches... ASU has won the first game in 17 of their 21 matches, outscoring their opponent 298-211 in game one... Jodi Smith is a two-sport player, also competing for the Track & Field team in the spring.

The Sun Devils picked up four freshman from Chandler's Valley Christian High School in a recruiting class that ranks as one of the best in school history. Cheryl Anglin (S), Courtney Blocher (OH/DS), Natalie Harris (OH/OP) and Kim Mehlhorn (OP) all hail from the volleyball powerhouse that has won seven consecutive 2A Arizona State volleyball championships. Blocher was the Arizona Gatorade State Player of the Year in 1999 and was honored as a honorable mention All-American.

Gatorade really is thirst aid for Arizona State University recruits coming out of high school. For the past four years Patti Snyder-Park and her crew have brought into the program the Gatorade Arizona State Player of the Year. Laura Hibsman (1998), Amanda Burbridge (1997), Jami Coughlin (1998) and Courtney Blocher (1999) have all won the prestigious award as the state's best prep volleyball player.

The ASU volleyball program is rich in tradition with 12 appearances in the NCAA tournament. The Sun Devils advanced five years in a row in the mid '80s under head coach Debbie Brown, and have made five appearances under current head coach Patti Snyder-Park. The program has an overall 480-325 (.596%). However, in 14 years of competition in the toughest volleyball conference in the nation (Pac-10) ASU has not garnished a league championship.

Middle blocker Julia Leddy (Mesa, Ariz.) has been playing well for ASU thus far in 2000 and leads the team with a .329 hitting percentage, ranking 7th in the Pac-10. Leddy has tallied 250 kills out of a possible 535 attacks. Leddy set a career high with 18 kills in the Arizona match and duplicated that against Washington State. She has recorded a hitting percentage of over .300 in 13 matches, over .400 eight times and over .500 four times. Her season and career high is .714, both being 11-14 matches this year vs. UW and IUPUI. Senior Michelle Mortensen is hitting .318 during her senior campaign, ranking ninth in the conference. She has duplicated her career high of 22 kills twice in '00 and was named the tournament MVP at the B&G Properties Invitational in San Marcos, Texas.

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