ASU Women's Volleyball Falls To No. 5 Arizona

Nov. 18, 2000

Arizona State waits for announcement of NCAA Tournament to see if 2000season continues.

TUCSON, Ariz. - Behind senior outside hitter Allison Napier's 34 kills,the University of Arizona Wildcats clinched their first Pac-10 volleyballchampionship with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturdaynight in front of 3,550 fans at McKale Center.

The 12-15, 15-10, 15-8, 15-7 victory improved the No. 5 Wildcats to 24-3 onthe year and clinched a share of the 2000 Pac-10 championship with USC byposting a 16-2 conference record. Arizona receives the automatic bid tothe NCAA Tournament by winning more games in head-to-head action vs. theTrojans. Arizona State finished the 2000 regular season 17-11 and with a9-9 record in Pac-10 play are tied for fifth place in the conference withWashington State. The Sun Devils, along with USC, UCLA, Arizona, WSU andStanford are all expected to advance to postseason play. The Pac-10 titleby Arizona marks the first time in conference history (since 1986) that aschool other than Stanford or UCLA has been crowned the Pac-10 champion.

ASU's senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge (Scottsdale) finished heramazing regular season in style with 26 kills and 18 digs. She maintainedher streak of recording at least double-digits in kills in each of her 26matches played. The senior also tallied her 21st double-double, 17th matchwith over 20 kills and 21st match with at least double-digits indigs. With the 26 kills, Burbridge set the school record for kills in aseason with 563. She passed former ASU associate head coach MindyGowell-Rich, who had 555 in 1990. Burbridge remains in third place in theASU record books with 1,561 career kills.

Junior Jami Coughlin (Glendale) tallied 21 kills for ASU and seniorMichelle Mortensen (Chandler) added 11. Freshman outside hitter NatalieHarris (Tempe) contributed a solid match with five kills and two serviceaces off the bench.

Napier's (Santa Ana, Calif.) 34 kills bettered her career high of 29 setearlier this year vs. UCLA. The mark ties for the third most in Arizonavolleyball history. Junior setter Dana Burkholder controlled the Arizonaoffense with 62 assists and added 18 digs.

The Sun Devils opened the match with a 15-12 win, continuing a season-longtrend in which ASU won 22 of 28 first games in 2000. The 15-12 win wasfueled by a stretch of six unanswered points that helped stake the SunDevils to a 13-7 lead. After the Wildcats battled back to within one at13-12, the Sun Devils put the game away with key play from freshmandefensive specialist Courtney Blocher (Scottsdale). Blocher had a key digthat led to ASU's 14th point and served an ace to put game one in thebooks. Burbridge led ASU with six kills in the first frame. Napierrecorded 10 kills to lead all players in the first game.

Arizona won a marathon game two that lasted close to 45 minutes by a scoreof 15-10. Burbridge added 11 more kills in the second game, while Coughlinhad eight. The Wildcats out-hit the Sun Devils .254 to .194 in the secondgame, with the two teams combining for 139 total attacks.

After falling behind 10-1 in game three, ASU battled back bring the game to14-8, but the Wildcats put the game away 15-8 to go up 2-1 on the SunDevils. Arizona controlled game four from the start and finished the matchwith a 15-7 win to clinch their third season sweep of ASU in the last fouryears.

ASU (17-11) 15 10 8 7
ARIZ (24-3) 12 15 15 15

ASU Statistical Leaders:
KILLS: Burbridge (26)
ASSISTS: Anglin (57)
DIGS: Burbridge (18), Coughlin (14), Harris (13)
BLOCKS: Leddy (4)
SERVICE ACES: Harris (2), Blocher (2)
Attendance: 3,550

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