Volleyball Travels To Pacific Northwest To Face Washington State And Washington

Nov. 7, 2001

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    The Arizona State Volleyball team (7-13, 2-10 Pac-10) nears the end of the 2001 season with just six matches remaining. Of the six remaining matches, two will come against third-ranked Stanford. After dropping an intense four-game match to Arizona last Saturday, ASU travels to the Pacific Northwest to battle Washington State (13-10, 7-8 Pac-10) on Friday night in Pullman and Washington (11-13, 4-11 Pac-10) on Saturday night in Seattle. The Devils will be looking to end a streak of 10 losses in their last 11 Pac-10 matches, including a streak of four straight conference losses. ASU is 2-10 in its last 12 matches and will be looking to redeem itself after suffering its first sweep by the Washington schools at home since 1996. Both the Huskies and Cougars earned 3-1 victories over the Sun Devils earlier this year at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils return home in two weeks to play Stanford and Cal to complete their 2001 home schedule on Nov. 16-17. The Nov. 17 match vs. Cal (7:30 p.m.) will be part of a rare Arizona State Athletics triple-header, with the ASU men's basketball team taking on Stephen F. Austin at 11 a.m. and the Sun Devil women's hoops team hosting St. Peter's at 2:30 p.m.

    The Cougars are 13-10 overall and 7-8 in Pac-10 play heading into weekend play with Arizona and Arizona State. The Cougars have won three of their last five matches, but are coming off a disappointing sweep in Southern California by USC (1-3) and UCLA (2-3). Washington State and Arizona State have had a heated rivalry in the all-time series, with the schools splitting the season series from 1997-99. The Sun Devils swept the Cougs last year (both 3-2 wins) for the first time since 1994. ASU leads the all-time series 18-14, while head coach Patti Snyder-Park is 13-13 all-time vs. WSU, but only 5-8 at Bohler Gym.

    The Washington Huskies have already doubled their total number of Pac-10 wins from a year ago under first-year head coach Jim McLaughlin. Entering the weekend home series with the Arizona schools, Washington is 11-13 overall and 4-11 in Pac-10 play. The Huskies lead the all-time series with Arizona State 19-16, but ASU holds the recent advantage, winning four of the last five and six of the last nine dating back to 1997. ASU head coach Patti Snyder-Park is 12-13 in her career vs. the Dawgs and is 5-7 when playing UW in Seattle. The Huskies won the 2001 meeting earlier this year in Tempe, 3-1. ASU recorded a 3-0 win over the Huskies last year in Seattle and will be looking for its fourth straight win in Seattle. Saturday's match will mark ASU's first visit to the newly remodeled Bank of America Arena.

    Sophomore Kim Mehlhorn (Tempe, Ariz.) is second on the team with 3.25 kills per game and third with 2.81 digs per game, but as of late, Mehlhorn has been the hottest Sun Devil on the court. Posting nine consecutive matches with 10 or more kills, Mehlhorn has continued a recent trend that has seen her break her career-high in kills time, and time, and time again. Already breaking her 2000 career high of 11 kills six times this year, Mehlhorn equaled her recent career high of 19 kills in her last match vs. Arizona (11/3). Over her nine-match streak with double-digits in kills, Mehlhorn is averaging 3.91 kills per game. The sophomore has recorded double-digits in kills in 14 of her 20 matches played (70%) and is second on the team with 10 double-doubles.

    Sophomore defensive specialist Courtney Blocher and senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin combined to put together one heck of a defensive performance Saturday vs. Arizona. Blocher recorded a career-high 26 digs, while Coughlin matched her to equal her previous high of 26 set in the NCAA Tournament last year. The duo combined for 51% of ASU's season-high 101 digs. For the season Coughlin and Blocher are 1-2 on the team in digs, with Coughlin recording a Pac-10 best 3.80 dpg and Blocher averaging 3.31 digs per game. As a team ASU is ranked first in the Pac-10 with 17.30 dpg.

    The 3-1 loss to Arizona Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena still goes down as a defeat, but the Sun Devils were more than a handful for the fourth-ranked Wildcats. Falling behind 2-0 early in the match, the Devils staved off defeat to win a heated game three (35-33) and nearly extended the match to five games before losing 30-32 in the fourth game. With the win Arizona improved to 16-3, 11-3 Pac-10 and has now defeated ASU in nine of the last 10 matches. Several Devils turned in stellar performances, with Courtney Blocher and Jami Coughlin tallying career-highs with 26 digs apiece. Freshman Alicia Akporiaye recorded a career-best 13 kills and added five total blocks. Sophomore Kim Mehlhorn tied her career high with 19 kills.

    Senior Jami Coughlin is on the move again, as her name continues to jump up the charts in the ASU career record book. With 26 digs and 12 kills vs. Arizona on Saturday, Coughlin moved into a tie for sixth place (Lisa Stuck, 1980-83) with 1,296 career kills and continues to inch towards the all-time school digs record with 1,427 (currently 2nd). Playing in her 100th career match vs. UCLA (10/25), Coughlin moved into second in ASU history for career digs passing Terri Cox (1994-97). She is now 8th in Pac-10 history and is currently the career active Pac-10 leader in that category. She is also 39th in kills in the Pac-10 record books and has her eyes set on cracking the top five in career kills in the ASU record books. With six matches remaining in her senior campaign, she will have to average just over 15 kills a match to reach the fifth spot on ASU's career kills list (Valentina Vega, 1,392).

    ASU senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin (Glendale) leads the Devils and is 9th in the Pac-10 with 3.75 kills per game. She also leads the Devils and the Pac-10 with 3.80 digs per game. He 3.50 kpg average in Pac-10 play ranks second on the team behind Kim Mehlhorn and she has averaged an amazing 4.29 dpg in conference matches. 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 career kill (1,296) mark is tied for sixth in school history, while her career dig total (1,427) is the most among active Pac-10 players and already second most in ASU history. Coughlin has recorded 14 double-doubles this year and is coming off a career-tying best 26 dig effort vs. Arizona. In 2000 she finished second in the Pac-10 with 4.00 digs per game, just .01 behind the league leader, and leads the conference this year with 3.64 digs per game. Her 464 digs last year were the fifth most in single-season ASU history and 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. Coughlin has a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom (Special Education) 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.	Jami Coughlin	1,4273.	Terri Cox	1,3824.	Mindy Gowell	1,3655.	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 1,3926. Lisa Stuck 1,296 Jami Coughlin 1,296

    Sun Devil Player Notes...
    #1 Mandy Stephens (6-3, So., MB, Napa, Calif.) --
    Averaging 2.41 kills per game, playing in 14 matches and 29 games... has made two starts this year... also averaging 0.48 blocks per game, fourth best on ASU... 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)... has four career 10+ kill matches.

    #2 Alicia Akporiaye (6-2, Fr., OH, Tucson, Ariz.) --
    Has started 12 of ASU's 20 matches as a freshman... averaging 1.65 kills per game... coming off career-high 13-kill effort vs. Arizona (11/3)... had 12 kills and 12 digs vs. Hofstra (9/1)... contributed second double-double of 2001 with 10-kill, 15-dig effort vs. Arizona (10/5)... season-best 6.0 total blocks vs. Arizona as well... season-high four block assists in loss to Santa Clara... averaging 0.62 blocks per game to rank third on team... season and career high 17 digs vs. Loyola Marymount... sixth on team with 2.02 digs per game.

    #4 Natalie Harris (5-11, So., OH, Tempe, Ariz.) --
    Played in 11 games and is averaging 1.18 kills per game... had 10 digs vs. Nevada in first match of 2001... underwent shoulder surgery on Nov. 2 on her right shoulder... eligible for medical redshirt season after playing in only 11 games..

    #5 Julia Leddy (6-2, Jr., MB, Mesa, Ariz.) --
    Had career-high 23 kills vs. Washington (10/12) ... added career-high seven digs vs. Washington State (10/13)... career-high .789 attack percentage with 15 kills vs. Oregon (10/18)... named tournament MVP of Loyola Marymount Volleyball Challenge... leads ASU hitters with .346 hitting percentage, which is eighth in the Pac-10... has recorded double-digits in kills in 11 of ASU's 20 matches and has 29 in her career... 18 kills vs. Santa Clara (8/31) ... 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 0.79 blocks per game average is second on the team... averaging 2.79 kills per game, third 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... has broken or tied her career high in kills six times this season... most recently with 19 kills vs. Washington State (10/13) and also vs. Arizona (11/3)... averaging 3.25 kpg (second on team) and 2.81 dpg (third on team) this season... her 2.81 digs also rank 10th in the Pac-10... set career high with 19 digs vs. Oregon State (9/22)... has started 19 of ASU's 20 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)... ranked second on team with 259.0 points... has recorded 10 double-doubles in 2001... 14 matches with 10 or more kills this year, including a string of nine straight... 11 matches with 10+ digs... ranks seventh in Pac-10 with 3.08 digs per game and 10th with 3.74 kills per game in Pac-10 matches only... nominated for Academic All-America District VIII team with 3.71 GPA (undeclared)... averaging 3.91 kpg over her last nine matches.

    #8 Courtney Blocher (5-7, So., DS/OH, Scottsdale, Ariz.) --
    Has started all 20 matches in 2001 and is one of four Sun Devils to not miss a game... has tallied double-digits in digs in 11 matches this year, including six of her last eight... set a career high with 26 digs vs. Arizona (11/3)... is averaging 4.34 dpg over her last eight matches, including four 20+ dig matches... had 21 digs vs. Washington (10/12).... set a career-high with 13 kills vs. Northern Arizona (10/23)... has accumulated 67% (35 of 52) of her kills in the last seven matches... had six kills vs. New Mexico (9/7) and added five vs. Washington State (10/13)... averaging 3.13 digs per game, second-best on team and ranked sixth in the Pac-10... her 3.43 dpg average in Pac-10 matches ranks fourth in the conference... has 19 service aces to rank third on the team... one of ASU's four sophomores from Chandler's Valley Christian High School... 1999 Arizona Gatorade State Player of the Year.

    #9 Crystal Bluth (5-11, Jr., OH, Las Cruces, N.M.) --
    Transfer from Auburn who has played in 14 matches and 26 games this year... averaging 0.54 kills per game and 1.12 digs... tallied an ASU career-high eight digs vs. Northern Arizona (10/23)... three kills vs. Arizona (10/5)... has added a spark to the ASU lineup when inserted... has a 3.30 GPA in Communications.

    #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 11.11 assists per game this year as ASU's starting setter to rank sixth in the Pac-10... improved defense with 2.11 dpg to rank fifth on the team, including five matches with 10+ digs... picked up fifth double-double of the year with 45 assists and 12 digs vs. Arizona (11/3)... season-high 61 assists vs. Washington, her 11th career match with 60+ assists... had 60 assists in season opener vs. Nevada (8/31)... has six matches this year with 50+ assists... had season and career-high six kills vs. Oregon (9/21)... coauthors a column on ASU's website titled Coughlin's Corner and Anglin's Angle... currently ranked fifth among active Pac-10 setters with 2,296 in her career, but is the only underclassman on that list... has moved into sixth place in career assists in ASU history.

    #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 five matches with double-digits in kills, including career-high 13 vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8)... also had 12 kills vs. South Carolina (9/1) and Northern Arizona (10/23)... added five total blocks vs. Oregon (10/18) and NAU (10/23)... set a career high with 6.0 total blocks (0-6) vs. USC (10/25)... leads the team with 0.91 blocks per game... she is ranked ninth with 1.05 blocks per game in Pac-10 only matches.

    #12 Fernanda Habiger (5-11, Jr., S, Cruzeira, Brazil) --
    Has played in 17 matches and 44 games this year, all as a reserve off the bench... 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 0.43 kills per game and 2.32 assists in 2001.

    #13 Brittany Arnett (5-7, Jr., DS, Mesa, Ariz.) --
    Junior defensive specialist who has played in all 76 games this year... second on the team with 23 service aces, including career-high four vs. NAU (10/23)... averaging 0.30 service aces per game... all four of her service aces vs. NAU came in the third game... averaging 2.18 dpg, fourth best on the squad... had career high 16 digs vs. Loyola Marymount (9/8)... has recorded nine matches with 10+ digs... 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 recorded double-digits in kills in 17 of ASU's 20 matches... also has four 20+ kill matches this year... is currently the active career leader in the Pac-10 with 1,427 career digs, a mark that is already 8th in Pac-10 history and second in ASU history... also has 1,296 career kills which ranks her tied for sixth in school history, 38th 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 78 of her 102 matches played as a Sun Devil, including 15 career matches with 20 or more digs... also has 11 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 10th in the Pac-10 with 3.75 kills per game... leads the Pac-10 with 3.80 digs per game... has 14 double-doubles (kills-digs) this year and 56 in her career... leads ASU and is eighth in the Pac-10 with 0.36 service aces per game (27), including a career-high matching five vs. Northern Arizona (10/23).

    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. Coughlin, Leddy, Kim Mehlhorn and Cheryl Anglin have all been nominated for the District VIII Academic All-America team.

    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.

    Starting sophomore setter Cheryl Anglin is averaging 11.11 assists per game in 2001.She has recorded six matches with more than 50 assists and two 60-assist matches. She has been solid as of late running the Sun Devil offense with ease, recording 40 or more assists in five of her last eight matches. Anglin arrived at ASU in 2000 and took the fresham record book by assault. She broke the freshman school record for assists in a season vs. Stanford (10/27/00) midway through the season, 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. She was named to the all-Pac-10 freshman team in 2000. Anglin is currently ranked fifth among active Pac-10 setters with 2,296 career assists, but is the highest ranked player that is not a senior. Only 50 matches into her career, Anglin is already sixth in school history in career assists.

    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

    ASU Career Assists:1. Regina Stahl (1984-87) 5,1802. Jennifer Helfrich (1989-92) 2,9563. Noelle Fridrich (1986-89) 2,7314. Jolynn Faatulu (1995-98) 2,7305. Tiffannie Johnson-Gates (93-96) 2,6986. Cheryl Angiln (2000-P) 2,296

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