Volleyball Hits The Road For Pair Of Matches In Long Beach

Sept. 15, 2004

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    The Arizona State Volleyball team continues the 2004 season this weekend with a pair of matches in Long Beach, Calif. ASU takes on No. 21 Long Beach State (5-0) Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Long Beach Arena. The Long Beach Arena is the host site of the 2004 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship. The Devils will then face Cal State Fullerton (6-1) at The Pyramid on the LBSU campus Saturday at 5 p.m. Cal State Fullerton has a pair of Big West matches before meeting the Sun Devils, including a showdown with the rival 49ers on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

    Recapping Last Weekend:
    The Sun Devils went 2-1 last weekend in the 14th annual Sun Devil Volleyball Classic. The Sun Devils earned victories over Fordham (3-0) and Tulane (3-1), while suffering a three-game setback to Pacific. Pacific went undefeated in the tournament, dropping only one game in the three matches. Junior outside hitter Sarah Watkins (Mishawaka, Ind.) led the Sun Devils in kills in all three matches and averaged 3.20 kpg and had five service aces. Freshman middle blocker Colette Meek (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) averaged 2.62 kpg while hitting .362. She also recorded 10 blocks for a 1.25 per game average.

  • 2004 Wyndham Buttes/Sun Devil Volleyball Classic

    Mittelstaedt and Donahue Continue All-Tournament Honors:
    Freshmen Rachel Mittelstaedt (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Sydney Donahue (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) earned all-tournament honors last weekend in the Wyndham Buttes/Sun Devil Volleyball Classic. Mittelstaedt showed her versatility averaging 11.80 assists per game (118 total), 1.90 dpg (19), 0.70 kpg (7) and 1.00 blocks per game (10) in the tournament. For the season she is averaging 9.12 assists per game and 0.76 blocks per game. Donahue anchored ASU's defense averaging 4.50 digs per game in the tournament. She leads ASU and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 averaging 4.52 dpg and has four matches with 10 or more digs.

    Morton and Meek Named All-Tournament in New Hampshire:
    Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton (Bonsall, Calif.) and freshman middle blocker Colette Meek (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) were both named to the all-tournament team at the Ocean National Bank Invitational. Morton collected a pair of double-doubles in the tournament while averaging 4.00 kills per game. She also led the team with four service aces and averaged 2.18 digs per game. Meek made an impressive collegiate debut, averaging 2.18 kills per game while hitting .404. She also led the team with 11 total blocks for a 1.00 block per game average.

    Donahue Sets Freshman Digs Record:
    Freshman libero Sydney Donahue (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) wasted little time etching her name in the Arizona State record books. Donahue set the single-match freshman record when she recorded 27 digs in the four-game win over New Hampshire (9/4). The 27 digs are not only a freshman record, but also second most by a Sun Devil since the rally scoring era started in 2002. Donahue leads the Sun Devils averaging 4.52 digs per game this season.

    Harris and Melo Out For Season:
    Redshirt senior outside hitter Natalie Harris (Tempe, Ariz.) and senior setter Giovana Melo (Ribeirao Preto, Brazil) are likely out for the entire 2004 season after suffering ACL knee injuries. Harris suffered her injury during the first practice during spring drills, while Melo went down last Friday before the Fordham match. Harris earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors last year after finishing fifth in the league with 3.95 kills per game and was ASU's best returning player before going down with the injury. Head Coach Brad Saindon said that ASU will petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. Harris also sat out her sophomore season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Melo, who is considered the team leader, started two matches this season and was averaging 10.60 assists per game.

    Quick Sets:

  • The Pac-10 currently has six teams ranked in the AVCA/CSTV top 20.
  • The Sun Devil roster consists of seven freshman, three sophomores, one junior and three seniors.
  • ASU finished 9-18 overall and placed ninth in the Pac-10 last year with a 4-14 record.
  • The Devils have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in three of the last five seasons (1999, 2000, 2002).
  • The 2004 schedule includes 15 matches against teams that played in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

    Head Coach Brad Saindon:
    Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his second season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball program. Saindon has a 13-20 record at ASU and an all-time 257-160 record in 14 seasons at the collegiate level. He compiled a career 181-112 record at the University of Colorado from 1986-86, leading the Buffalos to six NCAA Tournaments and two Sweet 16 appearances. Prior to being named ASU's fifth head volleyball coach, Saindon spent time as an assistant coach with the USA Volleyball Men's National program. He was also the head coach of the Australian Women's National Team in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Saindon graduated from ASU in 1976 with a degree in business administration.

    The Coaching Staff:
    Assistant coaches Terri Cox-Spann and Jami Coughlin join head coach Brad Saindon as graduates of Arizona State. Both Cox-Spann and Coughlin were standout outside hitters for the Sun Devils during their respective collegiate careers. Cox-Spann (1994-97) earned All-Pac-10 honors in 1996 and ranks third in the ASU career record books in digs (1,382) and ninth in kills (1,185). Coughlin (1998-2001) ranks second with 1,528 career digs and sixth with 1,360 kills. They are among the elite to ever wear the Maroon and Gold as they are two of eight players in ASU history to record 1,000 or more kills and digs in a career.

    A Top Recruiting Class:
    Arizona State Volleyball Head Coach Brad Saindon's first recruiting class will go down as one of the best in school history. The Sun Devils brought in eight new players, including seven freshman for the 2004 season. The class was tabbed by PrepVolleyball.com as the No. 12 recruiting class in the nation and the fourth best in the Pac-10. The newcomers includes players from five different states (Arizona, California, Oregon, Illinois, Maryland) and Canada. The class consists of one setter, two liberos, three middle blockers and two outside hitters. The Sun Devil rookies are 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), outside hitter Danielle Fernandes (Santa Monica, Calif./Taft), libero Alison Lund (Bowie, Md./St. Mary's Annapolis) and middle blocker Colette Meek (Sherwood Park, Alberta/Salisbury Composite). Outside hitter Nina Reeves (Gilbert, Ariz.) also transferred in last semester from UTEP.

    Block Party:
    The Sun Devils are averaging 2.52 blocks per game through the first six matches of the season. Freshman middle blocker Colette Meek is ninth in the league averaging 1.11 blocks per game. ASU has recorded seven or more blocks in each match this season and has a string of three straight matches with 10 or more blocks. The three double-digit blocks matches already match the entire season output from 2003 and the 11.0 blocks against Tulane also tie a season high from last year's squad.

    On the Road Again:
    The Sun Devils take back to the road this weekend to continue a trend that will see the squad play seven of their first 10 matches on the road. After facing Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton this weekend, ASU will head to northern California to face No. 14 California (Sept. 23, 7 p.m.) and No. 13 Stanford (Sept. 24, 7 p.m.). ASU returns to Wells Fargo Arena to face No. 2 USC (Oct. 1) and No. 3 UCLA (Oct. 2).

    On The Tube:
    The Sun Devils are scheduled to appear on national TV twice this season. Matches at Washington State (Nov. 11) and at home against rival Arizona (Nov. 19) will air on FSN on a tape-delayed basis.

    2004 Sun Devil Player Notes...

    #1 Alison Lund (5-6, L/DS, Bowie, Md.) -- Freshman defensive specialist who has seen action in four matches this season... recorded one service ace and eight digs in collegiate debut against Florida International (9/3)... averaging 1.22 digs per game... has strong Pac-10 bloodlines as both parents and sister attended Washington State University.

    #2 Tierra Burnley (5-11, So., MB, Santa Clarita, Calif.) -- Has seen action in all three matches and made five starts... averaging 2.17 kpg and hitting .345... recorded career-high 13 kills while hitting .550 (13-2-20) in season opener against Florida International (9/3)... recorded four blocks against Fordham (9/10)... has two or more blocks in four matches... averaging 1.69 kpg for her career.

    Season                GP-MP      K    K/G     E    TA    Pct     A   A/G    SA  SA/G    SE2003................  42-15     55   1.31    32   130   .177     1  0.02     0  0.00     12004................  16-6      43   2.69    10    88   .375     0  0.00     0  0.00     0TOTAL...............  58-21     98   1.69    42   218   .257     1  0.02     0  0.00     1

    Season DIG D/G RE BS BA TB B/G BE BHE Points Pts/G2003................ 4 0.10 2 4 17 21 0.50 1 0 67.5 1.602004................ 2 0.12 0 5 8 13 0.81 0 0 52.0 3.25TOTAL............... 6 0.10 2 9 25 34 0.59 1 0 119.5 2.05

    #3 Staci Smith (6-2, Fr., MB, Gresham, Ore.) -- Has played in all six matches while making two starts... averaging 2.17 kpg and 0.67 blocks per game... had four kills on a .300 attack percentage against Toledo (9/4)... sparked ASU to 3-1 victory over Tulane (9/12) with nine kills and six blocks assists.

    #4 Natalie Harris (5-11, RS-Jr., OH, Tempe, Ariz.) -- Redshirt senior outside hitter who is likely out for the 2004 season with a knee injury... will apply for a sixth year of eligibility with the NCAA... started all 27 matches for the Sun Devils in 2003... led the team and finished fifth in the Pac-10 averaging 3.95 kills per game... also led the team with 446.0 total points (4.60 per game average) and was fourth with 2.39 digs per game... led ASU with 34 total service aces and was second with a 0.35 per game average... recorded 21 matches with 10 or more kills (78%), including five matches with 20+ kills.

    #5 Rachel Mittelstaedt (6-1, Fr., S, Phoenix, Ariz.) -- Freshman starting setter... has taken over sole setting duties with injury to Giovana Melo... averaging 9.12 assists per game, 0.76 blocks per game and 1.53 digs per game... named to the all-tournament team in the Wyndham Buttes/Sun Devil Classic (9/10-12)... averaged 11.80 assists per game during the three-day tournament... recorded 59 assists, five blocks and five digs in 3-1 win over Tulane (9/12)... Arizona Republic Phoenix Area Player of the Year (2003) and earned all-state honors as a junior and senior at Xavier College Prep.

    #7 Kristin Trayser (6-1, Fr., OP/MB, Crystal Lake, Ill.) -- Has seen action in all three matches this season and is second on the team averaging 3.06 kills per game... also averaging 1.24 digs per game and 0.41 blocks... had an impressive collegiate debut recording 17 kills and three blocks against Florida International (9/3)... had 15 kills and six digs against New Hampshire (9/4).

    #8 Giovana Melo (5-9, Sr., S, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil) -- Senior setter who sufferred a season-ending knee injury in a practice (9/10)... started two of the three matches in the New Hampshire Volleyblal Classic... established a career high with 54 assists in season opener against Florida International (9/3)... also broke the 50-assist mark with 50 and added career-high four blocks in four-game win over New Hampshire (9/4)... recorded her third career double-double with 54 assists and 16 digs against FIU... was a JC All-American at Western Nebraska.

    #9 Stephanie Kohner (5-7, Sr., L/DS, Anthem, Ariz.) -- ASU's senior libero who as recorded 10 or more digs in three matches this season... had 17 digs in season opener against FIU (9/3)... averaging 2.70 digs per game this season and 2.90 for her career (139 digs)... played at Glendale CC before coming to ASU last year.

    #10 Colette Meek (6-1, Fr., MB, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) -- True freshman middle blocker who has started five matches this season... averaging 2.37 kills per game while hitting .383... ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage and ninth in blocks (1.11)... named to the all-tournament team at the Ocean National Bank Invitational... recorded 15 kills (.538) and five total blocks against New Hampshire (9/4)... has recorded three or more blocks in each match this season... played volleyball and basketball for the Canadian Junior Olympic programs.

    #11 Nina Reeves (5-10, So., OH, Gilbert, Ariz.) -- Sophomore transfer from UTEP... has seen action in four matches this year... recorded two kills and one block against Florida International (9/3)... had 10 kills and one block against Tulane (9/12)... averaging 1.89 kpg and 1.11 dpg... averaged 3.29 kpg and 3.00 dpg as a redshirt freshman at UTEP last season.

    #12 Nicole Morton (5-10, So., OH, Bonsall, Calif.) -- Has been ASU's best offensive performer this season... has started all six matches... named to the Ocean National Bank Invitational All-Tournament team... has recorded double-digits in kills in four matches and has three double-doubles... averaging 3.37 kpg and 2.32 dpg... set career highs in kills (18) and digs (11) in season opener against FIU (9/3)... notched double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs against Tulane (9/12)... played in only 15 games as a freshman, averaging 1.28 kpg.

    #14 Sarah Watkins (5-11, Jr., OH, Mishawaka, Ind.) -- Junior outside hitter who has seen action in five matches... averaging 2.76 kpg and 2.18 dpg... led or tied for the team lead in all three tournament matches last weekend... recorded team-high 14 kills on .323 hitting percentage against Tulane (9/12)... was the spark in ASU's 3-1 win over New Hampshire (9/4) recording her third career double-double... had 10 kills and 14 digs to go with two blocks in the victory... has seen action in 42 career matches and has a 2.12 kpg average... a standout in the classroom with a 4.00 GPA in Secondary Education (Spanish emphasis)... named second-team All-Academic District VIII last year and first-team All-Pac-10 Academic.

    Season                GP-MP      K    K/G     E    TA    Pct     A   A/G    SA  SA/G    SE2002................  23-10     25   1.09    19    92   .065     3  0.13     3  0.13     52003................  98-27    221   2.26    95   565   .223    10  0.10    30  0.31   1102004................  17-5      47   2.76    16   120   .258     4  0.24     8  0.47    20TOTAL............... 138-42    293   2.12   130   777   .210    17  0.12    41  0.30   135

    Season DIG D/G RE BS BA TB B/G BE BHE Points Pts/G2002................ 35 1.52 4 2 3 5 0.22 1 2 31.5 1.352003................ 108 1.10 19 2 26 28 0.29 3 0 266.0 2.712004................ 37 2.18 2 2 5 7 0.41 0 1 59.5 3.47TOTAL............... 180 1.30 25 6 34 40 0.29 4 3 357.0 2.59

    #15 Sydney Donahue (5-7, Fr., L/DS, Manhattan Beach, Calif.) -- Freshman starting libero... set the ASU freshman record with 27 digs against New Hampshire (9/4)... the 27 digs were also the most by a Sun Devil during the rally scoring era (2001-P)... averaging 4.52 digs per game to rank fifth in the Pac-10... has recorded 10 or more digs in four matches, including a pair of 20-dig performances... a Fab 50 freshman who played at volleyball powerhouse Mira Costa High School... named the CIF and Daily Breeze Player of the Year in 2004... her aunt, Denise Corlett, is the associate head coach at Stanford.

    #32 Danielle Fernandes (6-1, Fr., OH/MB, Santa Monica, Calif.) -- Freshman who is making the conversion from a prep middle blocker to an outside hitter... has seen action in four matches this season... averaging 0.86 kpg and 0.29 blocks per game... recorded three kills and one block against Toledo (9/4).

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