Jamie Coughlin Paces ASU To 3-1 Win In NCAA Tournament

Dec. 1, 2000

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Junior outside hitter Jami Coughlin recorded ateam-high 19 kills to lead the Arizona State Sun Devil volleyball team to a3-1 win over Duke in first round action of the 2000 NCAA Volleyballtournament at the Sports Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus.

With the 15-3, 12-15, 16-14, 15-12 victory the Sun Devils improved theiroverall season record to 18-11. In their 13th NCAA Tournament appearance,the Sun Devils are now 6-12 overall in NCAA postseason action. The SunDevils will play either Minnesota or Robert Morris Saturday night at 7 p.m.CST in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Coughlin (Glendale) led the Sun Devils with 19 kills in the match andbecame only the 12th ASU volleyball player in history to surpass the1,000-kill mark for a career. The junior now has 1,001 after herperformance against Duke. Coughlin also contributed a career high 26 digs.

'It was an ugly win, but we pulled together and pulled it out and walkedaway with the most important thing, a win,' said Coughlin after the match.

Senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge (Scottsdale, Ariz.) started slowlywith only three kills in the first two games, but toughened up down thestretch. The All-American candidate ended with 17 kills, extending herstreak of double-digit kills to 29 matches. Burbridge also contributed her22nd double-double of the year.

'I thought Jami and Amanda really played well tonight and got tough when wereally needed them to,' said head coach Patti Snyder-Park. 'Jami just hadan excellent match and did it all. She was great defensively and reallyhit the ball well and in the right spots. I am proud of the way this teampulled through. It wasn't easy and I really have to credit Duke and theirplayers for a great match.'

ASU's four freshman also played well in their first postseasonappearance. Setter Cheryl Anglin (Queen Creek, Ariz.) led all players with63 assists, adding to her already freshman record for assists by a freshmanin school history. Anglin now has 1,413 in her freshman campaign, tyingfor third place with Regina Stahl (1986) in the ASU record books. Oppositehitter Natalie Harris (Tempe, Ariz.) made only her third start of the yearand contributed a career-high 12 kills and 14 digs. Courtney Blocher(Scottsdale, Ariz.) had 15 digs and a service ace and Kim Mehlhorn (Tempe,Ariz.) provided a spark off the bench as a defensive specialist in thefourth and fifth games.

'I am very proud of our freshman. They came into a pressure-packedsituation being in the NCAA Tournament and really played well,' saidSnyder-Park. 'Cheryl (Anglin) was very smart out there and did anoutstanding job of running the offense. I am also very pleased with NatalieHarris' match. She played excellent.'

Senior middle blocker Michelle Mortensen (Chandler, Ariz.) tallied 10 killsand sophomore Julia Leddy (Mesa, Ariz.) was ASU's fifth player with morethan 10 kills, checking in with 11.

The Sun Devils came out of the gates hot, winning game one in convincingfashion 15-3. After quickly falling behind 2-0 and trailing 3-2, ASU wenton a 13-0 run to put the Blue Devils down 1-0. Coughlin had seven kills tolead the Sun Devils. ASU out-hit Duke .464 (16-3-28) to .133.

Game two saw the Blue Devils storm out to an 8-2 lead. Arizona Statebattled back point-by-point, eventually knotting the game at 11-11. Duketied the match at one game apiece by gaining a 15-13 win. The Sun Devils,who carried the hot hand by hitting .464 in game one, hit only .106 in thesecond game.

Arizona State came out sluggish in game three, but still managed to pullout a 16-14 win. After leading by as much as 7-2, the Blue Devils staged acomeback and mounted a 14-13 lead to serve for the game win. The SunDevils bounced back to take the next three points and gain the 16-14win. After recording only three kills in the first two games, Burbridgetallied 12 in the third frame.

Duke held tough in the fourth game, but the Sun Devils inched out a 15-12win to gain their first NCAA Tournament win since Dec. 3, 1995 when ASUdefeated Santa Barbara 3-2.

The Blue Devils ended their season with a 21-13 record after advancing tothe NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in school history. Outside hitterAshley Harris led all players with 21 kills. Krista Dill (14 kills) andDorrette Burwell (13) were the only other Blue Devils to post double-digitsin kills.

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