Volleyball Inks Canadian Colette Meek To National Letter Of Intent

April 16, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State head volleyball coach Brad Saindon announced the signing of middle blocker/outside hitter Colette Meek from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, to close out an impressive six-person recruiting class.

Saindon, who enters his second year as ASU's head coach, is excited about his first recruiting class and says the addition of Meek really makes it a dynamic group. Saindon previously signed five players in November to join the Sun Devil Volleyball program for the 2004 season. The Devils inked setter Rachel Mittelstaedt (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier Prep), libero Sydney Donahue (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa), middle blocker Staci Smith (Gresham, Ore./Gresham), middle blocker Kristin Trayser (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake South) and outside hitter Danielle Fernandes (Santa Monica, Calif./Taft).

'We were already extremely excited about the signing of our five kids in November, but this really kicks it up a notch,' said Saindon. 'I can't wait to get them on the court in August and see them compete in the Maroon and Gold.'

Meek, a 6-1 middle blocker and outside hitter from Salisbury Composite High School, is a dynamic player who Saindon describes as extremely athletic and very versatile. Meek is a three-time female athlete of the year at her high school and was named MVP at several volleyball tournaments.

'When we saw her, we knew right away that we wanted her,' said Saindon. 'The first thing she does on her recruiting tape is jump up and grabs and hangs on the basketball rim. You don't see that every day and fans will know right away how explosive she is on the court.'

Also a highly recruited basketball player, Meek was named the MVP of the Edmonton Premier Conference and was the 2004 4A Player of the Year. She also played for Canada's Junior National team last summer.

'She is a special talent and a great fit with the rest of the recruiting class She is a terrific student-athlete and more importantly she is going to be a great volleyball player,' added Saindon.

A graduate of Arizona State, Saindon finished his first year at his alma mater with an 8-18 record and will have to rebuild a roster that lost five players to graduation and will have to deal with the possible loss of senior outside hitter Natalie Harris (Tempe, Ariz.). Harris, who finished fifth in the Pac-10 last year with 3.95 kills per game last season, suffered a torn ACL in March during spring drills.

'I really can't wait to get them on the court in August. It is the best recruiting class I've ever been associated with in my 13 years coaching at the collegiate level,' said Saindon. 'It is critical to get players in right away that will be able to compete in the best volleyball conference in the nation and we are confident that this group will be up to that tall task. All six players coming in could be starters and it is going to be fun to see this group of Sun Devils on the court for four years to continue to help develop the program.'

The Sun Devils are scheduled to open the 2004 season Sept. 3-5 in the New Hampshire Volleyball Classic against Florida International, Toledo and host New Hampshire.

Player Pos. Ht. Hometown (School)
Rachel Mittelstaedt Setter 6-1 Phoenix, Ariz. (Xavier Prep)
Staci Smith MB 6-2 Gresham, Ore. (Gresham)
Kristin Trayser MB/RS 6-1 Crystal Lake, Ill. (Crystal Lake South)
Sydney Donahue L 5-7 Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Mira Costa)
Danielle Fernandes OH/MB 6-1 Santa Monica, Calif. (Taft)
Colette Meek MB/OH 6-1 Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada (Salisbury Composite)
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