Volleyball Takes On No. 7 Arizona Wildcats Friday In Tucson

Oct. 2, 2001

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    The Arizona State volleyball team returns to the court this weekend trying to end a three-match losing streak. The Devils are coming off a weekend sweep at the hands of nationally ranked USC and UCLA. Arizona State travels to Tucson this weekend for a 7 p.m. match on Friday against the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats. The Sun Devils will return to Wells Fargo Arena after the three-match road swing, hosting Washington and Washington State on Oct. 12-13. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. ASU has only one non-conference match remaining in 2001, hosting Northern Arizona on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

    Arizona State has matched up with its rivals to the South 60 prior times in school history. The Sun Devils are 33-27 vs. the Wildcats (.550) with the first recorded match being a 3-0 ASU victory on Oct. 18, 1975. Sun Devil head coach Patti Snyder-Park has combined to post a 14-10 record in her 12 years at the helm of the ASU program. The 13-year head coach is 7-5 in her career in Tucson, with the last win at McKale Center coming in 1999. Arizona has dominated the head-to-head series over the last few years, winning seven of the last eight matches dating back to 1997. ASU earned season splits over the Wildcats in recent years in 1999, 1996 and the last season sweep came in 1995 when current assistant coach Christine Garner was an All-American for the Sun Devils.

    The Sun Devils ran into two of the best teams in the nation last weekend when they traveled to Los Angeles to take on USC and UCLA on their home turf. The No. 3 USC Women of Troy handed the Sun Devils their worst loss of the season in a 3-0 (14-30,16-30,29-31, one-hour, 20 minute match. Despite the convincing loss, senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin had a solid match with a match-best 17 digs and nearly recorded her seventh double-double of the year with nine kills. The Sun Devils had to follow their defeat to USC with No. 8 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins handed the Sun Devils a 3-0 loss (19-30,20-30,24-30). Coughlin had an identical repeat performance, posting nine kills and 17 digs to fall just short of the double-double. Combined in the two matches, Coughlin averaged a team-best 3.00 kills per game and 5.67 digs per game. Her 25.0 points over the two matches were more than double any other ASU team member. Coughlin also added four service aces to increase her team-leading mark to 17 in 2001.

    The Sun Devils will be looking to avoid their first four-game losing streak since midway through the 1999 season when they dropped four straight Pac-10 matches. Ironically, Arizona, USC and UCLA also factored into that four-match streak with a loss to Washington State providing the fourth. ASU had a pair of four match losing streaks in 1998 and endured its longest losing streak in recent history in 1997 with six straight.

    With 34 combined digs in the matches vs. USC and UCLA, Arizona State senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin moved into fourth place on the all-time career digs list in ASU history. Coughlin has recorded 1,288 digs in her 93-match career for a 3.63 dig-per-game average. Coughlin is the current active leader in the Pac-10 and is currently tied for 17th in Pac-10 history. The Glendale, Ariz., native recently moved past former Sun Devils Christine Garner (1,253, 1992-95) and Leanne Schuster (1,284, 1991-94) to crack into the top four. The school record for digs is 1,597 held by Christy Nore (1985-88).

    The postponed matches that were to be played at California (Sept. 14) and at Stanford (Sept. 15) but were postponed because of the tragic events in New York City and Washington D.C. have been rescheduled for Nov. 24-25. ASU will play the nationally ranked Cardinal on the 24th and travel to Berkeley on the 26th to finish off its regular season. ASU will now play its last four matches vs. the Bay Area schools.

    Head Coach Patti Snyder-Park is in her 13th year at the helm of the ASU volleyball program. Snyder-Park has led ASU to six NCAA appearances in the last nine years and has posted a winning record in seven of her last 10 seasons. She has posted a career 196-159 record as a Sun Devil, which ranks first in ASU history. Last year she became the fifth coach in Pac-10 history to surpass the 100-win mark in league play. Her overall Pac-10 record is 102-115. A graduate of Portland State University, Snyder-Park is assisted by sixth-year assistant coach Scott Swanson and second-year assistant Christine Garner. Snyder-Park is married to husband John and has three kids, daughters Sydney (6) and Sophia Rae (9 months) and son Samuel (4). Snyder-Park is only four wins short of 200 for her career.

    Senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin is ASU's leader in kills this season, totaling 168 in ASU's 11 matches for a 3.91 kpg average. She also leads the Devils with 3.49 digs per game and has amassed six double-doubles so far this year. Her 3.49 dpg average ranks second in the Pac-10 behind Stanford All-American Logan Tom (3.62). Coughlin has the distinct honor of being only the eighth Sun Devil in the program's illustrious history to record over 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in a career. Her 10 kills in the season finale at Minnesota in 2000 put her over 1,000 in her career. With a stellar start to the 2001 season, Coughlin now has 1,179 kills and 1,288 digs in her career. Her kill mark is ranked ninth in school history, while her 1,288 digs are the most among active Pac-10 players and already the fourth most in ASU history. She needs 309 digs to match the school career record of 1,597 set by Christy Nore (1985-88). Coughlin set a career high with 26 digs in the Duke (12/1/00) match and for the 2000 season recorded 27 matches with at least double-digits in digs. She is off to a fast start again in the dig and kill department in 2001, recording double-doubles in six of her 11 matches. Her 4.00 digs per game ranked second in the Pac-10 in 2000, just .01 behind the league leader, while her 464 digs were the fifth most in a season in ASU history. Her dig total in 2000 was the most by a Sun Devil since Mindy Gowell's school record of 601 in 1990. Coughlin was solid all year for the Sun Devils and a true 'iron woman' on the court, playing in each of ASU's 116 games. She has not missed a game or match so far this year. She tallied 17 double-doubles during her junior campaign and had 20 or more kills in three matches. She also had seven matches with 20 or more digs. Coughlin averaged 3.48 kills per game, which was well above her 2.94 average from 1999, and ranked 10th in the Pac-10. The Glendale native also has a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom and was named an All-Pac-10, all-District VIII Academic, and Academic All-American award winner.

    ASU Career Digs:1.	Christy Nore	1,5972.	Mindy Gowell	1,3653.	Terri Cox	1,3824.	Jami Coughlin	1,2884.	Leanne Schuster	1,2846.	Christine Garner	1,253

    ASU Career Kills:1. Christine Garner 1,8712. Tammy Webb 1,6793. Amanda Burbridge 1,5974. Christy Nore 1,5175. Valentina Vega 1,3929. Jami Coughlin 1,179

    Sun Devil Player Notes...

    #1 Mandy Stephens (6-3, So., MB, Napa, Calif.) --
    Has been solid in the middle with a 2.90 kill per game average in ASU's 11 matches... also averaging 0.55 blocks per game, third best on ASU... contributed three service aces as well... matched her career high in kills with 11 vs. Nevada (8/31)... had 10 kills vs. New Mexico... had five kills and two blocks vs. Oregon (9.21)... eight kills vs. UCLA (9/29)... is competing for starting middle blocker position.

    #2 Alicia Akporiaye (6-2, Fr., OH, Tucson, Ariz.) --
    Has started nine of ASU's 11 matches as a freshman... averaging 1.72 kills per game... had 12 kills and 12 digs vs. Hofstra (9/1)... season-high four block assists in loss to Santa Clara... averaging 0.51 blocks per game... season and career high 17 digs vs. Loyola Marymount... averaging 2.38 digs per game... has accumulated 85.5 total points while playing in 39 games.

    #4 Natalie Harris (5-11, So., OH, Tempe, Ariz.) --
    Has played in 11 games and is averaging 1.18 kills per game... hampered by shoulder injury that may sideline her for a few weeks... had 10 digs vs. Nevada in first match of 2001... currently sidelined with shoulder injury... tba when expected back.

    #5 Julia Leddy (6-2, Jr., MB, Mesa, Ariz.) --
    Named tournament MVP of Loyola Marymount Volleyball Challenge... leads ASU with .345 hitting percentage... has recorded double-digits in kills in six of ASU's 11 matches... tied career high with 18 kills vs. Santa Clara ... had 8.0 total blocks vs. Loyola Marymount for season high... hit .500 with 14 kills vs. Hofstra... named all-tournament at Phoenix Airport Hilton/Sun Devil Challenge... her 0.69 blocks per game average ranks second on the team... averaging 2.60 kills per game, fourth best on ASU.

    #7 Kim Mehlhorn (5-11, So., OP/OH, Tempe, Ariz.) --
    Has been one of ASU's most potent weapons on the court as of late... averaging 2.70 kills per game and 2.50 digs per game this season... had career-high match with 17 kills and 19 digs vs. Oregon State (9/22)... has started 10 of ASU's 11 matches... moved into starting role at opposite hitter at LMU Volleyball Classic... recorded 15 kills vs. New Mexico (9/7) and 16 vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8), which were then career highs... also had 14 kills in season opener vs. Nevada (8/31)... her dig average (2.50) ranks second on the team... ranked third on team with 119.0 points.

    #8 Courtney Blocher (5-7, So., DS/OH, Scottsdale, Ariz.) --
    Has started all 11 matches in 2001... has tallied double-digits in digs in five matches this year... season-high 13 digs vs. Nevada (8/31)... in addition to duties as defensive specialist, may see time at outside hitter with injury to Natalie Harris... averaging 2.47 digs per game, third best on team.... has 14 service aces to ranks second on the team.

    #9 Crystal Bluth (5-11, Jr., OH, Las Cruces, N.M.) --
    Transfer from Auburn who has played in 10 games this year... averaging 1.10 kills per game and 1.30 digs... also has 0.10 blocks per game to her credit... career-high six digs vs. Oregon State (9/22)... has added a spark to the ASU lineup when inserted... in addition to providing depth off the bench, may see increased playing time with injury to Harris.

    #10 Cheryl Anglin (5-9, So., S, Queen Creek, Ariz.) --
    School single-season record holder for assists when she had 1,452 in 2000... averaging 10.60 assists per game this year as ASU's starting setter... improved defense with 1.67 digs per game and is fourth on the team with 0.12 service aces per game... had 60 assists in season opener vs. Nevada (8/31), her ninth career match logging over 60 assists... has four matches this year with 50+ assists... had season and career-high six kills vs. Oregon (9/21)... she co-authors a column on ASU's website titled Coughlin's Corner and Anglin's Angle... currently ranked fifth among active Pac-10 setters with 1,908 in her career, but is the only underclassman on that list.

    #11 Jodi Smith (6-1, So., MB, St. Johns, Ariz.) --
    ASU's only two sport female athlete... also a high jumper on the ASU track & field team... named to all-tournament team at LMU Volleyball Classic... has three matches with double-digit kills, including career-high 13 kills vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8)... also had 12 kills vs. South Carolina (9/1)... added career high four total blocks vs. South Carolina... leads team with 0.77 blocks per game... averaging 2.29 kpg, fifth best on ASU, and her .314 hitting percentage is third best behind Julia Leddy and Mandy Stephens... has started eight matches... had 4.0 total blocks vs. both Oregon (9/21) and Oregon State (9/22).

    #12 Fernanda Habiger (5-11, Jr., S, Cruzeira, Brazil) --
    Has played in nine matches and 24 games... recorded 12 assists and four kills vs. South Carolina (9/1)... credited with two block assists vs. Hofstra... credited with season high 15 assists vs. Indiana... career-high six digs vs. USC (9/28)... averaging 0.58 kills per game and 3.00 assists in 2001.

    #13 Brittany Arnett (5-7, Jr., DS, Mesa, Ariz.) --
    Junior defensive specialist who has played in all 43 games for the Sun Devils... third on the team with 13 service aces, including team high four vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8)... averaging 2.05 digs per game, fifth best on the squad... had career high 16 digs vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8)... has recorded 10 of her 13 service aces in the last six matches... formerly Brittany Ahlstrom.

    #14 Jami Coughlin (6-0, Sr., OH, Glendale, Ariz.) --
    ASU's lone senior and team co-captain... named to the all-tournament team at Sun Devil Challenge... has three 20+ kill matches this year... is currently the active career leader in the Pac-10 with 1,288 career digs... her 1,288 career digs ranks fourth in ASU history, recently moving past current ASU assistant coach Christine Garner and Leanne Schuster to crack the top four... also has 1,179 career kills which ranks her ninth in school history, 54th in Pac-10 history and is third among active Pac-10 players... is only the 8th player in ASU volleyball history with 1,000 career digs and 1,000 career kills... has recorded double-digits in digs in 69 of her 93 matches played as a Sun Devil, including 13 career matches with 20 or more digs, and owns a career 3.63 dpg average... also has 10 career matches with 20 or more kills and three career 20-20 matches... first-team Academic All-American last year with a 4.0 GPA in Education... leads ASU and is eighth in the Pac-10 with 3.91 kills... ranked second with 3.49 digs per game in 2001... has reached double-digits in kills in nine matches and has six double-doubles (kills-digs) this year... leads ASU and is eighth in the Pac-10 with a 4.58 points per game average.

    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 http://www.TheSunDevils.com. Historical features, as well as media guides and valuable links are provided on the internet site. For more stats, bio information and to set up interviews, please contact Jeff Evans in the ASU Media Relations department at 480-965-6594.

    Amanda Burbridge and Jami Coughlin were both named Verizon District VIII Academic All-Americans in 2000 with their outstanding performances in the classroom. Burbridge has a 3.43 GPA in Sociology and graduated last May after four outstanding years in the Maroon and Gold. Coughlin, ASU's lone senior in 2001, continues to maintain 4.0 in Education. Coughlin was named a first-team Academic All-American in the University division, while Burbridge was a third-team pick. Coughlin was selected to the All-Pac-10 Academic first team, while Burbridge and Julia Leddy were second-team picks. Three Sun Devils were named to the 1999 Pacific-10 All-Academic Team: Burbridge (first team), 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). ASU has 24 Academic All-Americans since 1996, the second most in the Pac-10 behind Stanford's 26.

    Starting sophomore setter Cheryl Anglin is averaging 10.60 assists per game in 2001, eighth best in the Pac-10. She has recorded three matches with more than 50 assists and one 60-assist match. Anglin broke the freshman school record for assists in a season vs. Stanford (10/27/00), and continued on to break the overall school record with 1,452 in a season with 39 assists in the season finale in the NCAA Tournament at Minnesota. Anglin passed Regina Stahl who recorded 1,062 in her freshman year of 1984, to set the freshman record. In her first collegiate start, she wasted no time leaving her name in the ASU record books. The Valley Christian product recorded 77 assists vs. Cal Poly (9/1/00) 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 (10/20/00). The 84 assists broke her own freshman school record which she set vs. Cal Poly with 77. 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 had nine (9) 60+ assists matches in '00. Her 13.08 assits per game average ranked third in the Pac-10. She was named to the all-Pac-10 freshman team in 2000. Anglin is currently ranked fifth among active Pac-10 setters with 1,908 career assists, but is the highest ranked player that is not a senior.

    ASU Single-Season Assists:1.	Cheryl Anglin (2000)	1,4522.	Regina Stahl (1985)	1,4503.	Noelle Fridrich (1988)	1,4444.	Regina Stahl (1986)	1,4135.	Regina Stahl (1987)	1,255

    The Arizona State University Sun Devil volleyball program finished the 2000 season with a 18-12 record and made their 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. At the conclusion of 28 years of ASU volleyball, the program made great strides towards returning to a national power. The team led the Pac-10 defensively with 18.89 digs per game and Amanda Burbridge finished second in the Pac-10 with 5.55 kills per game. ASU won their first NCAA Tournament game since 1995 when they knocked off Duke 3-1 in Minneapolis, Minn. The host Golden Gophers, ranked 9th in the nation, beat ASU 3-1 the following night to end the Sun Devils season. While ASU lost four seniors, the team returns its four fabulous freshmen from Valley Christian High School, two redshirt freshmen middle blockers, middle blocker Julia Leddy and standout outside hitter Jami Coughlin. Coughlin will be the lone senior on the squad. First year setter Cheryl Anglin broke the school record for assists with 1,452 and finished third in the Pac-10 with a 13.08 per game average. Coughlin racked up the fifth most digs in a season in ASU history with 464 and finished second in the Pac-10 with a 4.00 dpg average. Her overall total of 464 led the conference. The 18 wins in 2000 is the most by a Sun Devil squad since 1995 when the team won 19 matches. ASU has now laced fifth in the Pac-10 the last three years.

    This season's change to rally scoring has also introduced a new category of stats. Now every kill, block and ace will not only earn a team a point, but the responsible player gets a point as well (just as a basketball player contributes 20 points in a game). The formula is as follows: points = kills + service aces + solo blocks + 1/2 block assists. For example, Jami Coughlin leads the team with 197.0 points this season (she has accumulated 168 kills, 14 aces, five (5) block solos and 14 block assists). She also leads the team with 4.58 points per game.

    The NCAA and NAGWS have adopted the rally scoring format for the 2001 season. Matches will be played with rally scoring in a best three-out of-five games. The winner will be the first team to 30 points in games one through four and 15 points in game five. All games must still be won by at least two points. Other rules changes that will affect the match include: the let serve (serves that hit the net and fall in bounds are in play), one toss per serve in eight seconds with no reserves, no team serving between games and colored balls may be used but at least one-third of it must be white or light in color. Unlike the men, the women's game will not adopt the inclusion of the libero position. Women's college teams will continue to have 18 substitutions each per game.

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