Volleyball Loses In Straight Sets To Pacific

Sept. 11, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Outside hitter Steve Mussie recorded a match-high 21 kills to lead an efficient Pacific offense in a 3-0 victory over Arizona State Saturday night in the second day of the Wyndham Buttes/Sun Devil Volleyball Classic at Wells Fargo Arena.

Arizona State drops to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in tournament play. Pacific evened its season record at 2-2 with its second win in the tournament. Tulane (6-1) defeated Fordham (3-3) in the early match played Saturday.

Junior outside hitter Sarah Watkins (Mishawaka, Ind.) led the Sun Devils with seven kills and added nine digs. Freshman setter Rachel Mittelstaedt (Phoenix, Ariz.) had the best match of her young career, recording three kills (.500), 27 assists and four total blocks. Freshman middle blocker Colette Meek (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) added four blocks in the loss. Freshman libero Sydney Donahue (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led all players with 14 digs.

Mussie, a 2003 All-Big West Freshman selection, also recorded 10 digs for her first double-double of the year. She tallied her career-high 21 kills on an efficient .359 hitting percentage (21-7-39). Senior setter Haley Anderson sparked the Tigers with 47 assists, five kills, 12 digs and one block.

The 2004 Wyndham Buttes/Sun Devil Volleyball Classic concludes Sunday with Pacific facing Fordham at 10 a.m. and the host Sun Devils taking on Tulane at 12 p.m.

Current results--------------------Pacific 3, Tulane 0 (Sep 10, 2004 at Tempe, Ariz.)ASU 3, Fordham 0 (Sep 10, 2004 at Tempe, Ariz.)Tulane 3, Fordham 1 (Sep 11, 2004 at Tempe, Ariz.)Pacific 3, ASU 0 (Sep 11, 2004 at Tempe, Ariz.)                                  GamesInstitution               W-L    For Opp     Pct-----------               ---    --- ---     ---Pacific.............      2-0      6   0   1.000ASU.................      1-1      3   3   0.500Tulane..............      1-1      3   4   0.500Fordham.............      0-2      1   6   0.000

Upcoming matches-----------------Fordham vs Pacific (Sep 12, 2004 at Tempe, Ariz.)Tulane vs ASU (Sep 12, 2004 at Tempe, Ariz.)

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