Volleyball Makes Final Road Trip Of 2004 At Washington Schools

Nov. 9, 2004

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    Washington State (4-21, 1-11 Pac-10)
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    Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. - Pullman, Wash.

    #1 Washington (20-0, 12-0 Pac-10)
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    Friday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. - Seattle, Wash.

    The Arizona State Volleyball team (9-13, 4-9 Pac-10) will make its final road trip of the 2004 season this weekend paying a visit to the Pacific Northwest to take on Washington State (4-21, 1-11 Pac-10) and top-ranked Washington (20-0, 12-0 Pac-10). The Sun Devils are tied for seventh in the Pac-10 with five matches remaining in the 2004 season. ASU split with the Washington schools when they traveled to the desert in mid October. After playing six of their last 10 matches on the road, ASU will conclude the season with three straight home matches against Arizona (Nov. 19), No. 11 Stanford (Nov. 26) and No. 14 California (Nov. 27). With nine wins and four Pac-10 victories, ASU has already equaled its entire win total overall and in conference play from last year.

    Donahue Sets Freshman Digs Record... Again:
    Freshman libero Sydney Donahue wasted little time etching her name in the Arizona State record books. Twice this season Donahue has set the mark for the best defensive performance in ASU freshman history. Donahue set the single-match freshman record when she recorded 27 digs in the four-game win over New Hampshire (9/4) and then improved that mark with 30 digs against Oregon State (11/4). Donahue is one of only six players in ASU history to record 30 or more digs. The 30 digs are tied for the 10th most in ASU single-match history and tied for best during the rally scoring era (2001-P). Donahue leads the Sun Devils and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 averaging 4.48 digs per game this season. She also ranks eighth in the league with 0.34 service aces per game. She has recorded double-digits in digs in 15 matches this season, including five with 20-plus digs. She averaged 7.00 dpg in seven games last weekend.

    Lights, Camera, Action:
    The Sun Devils will make their national TV debut this weekend in a tape-delayed broadcast of the Washington State match on FSN. The match, played Thursday at Bohler Gym in Pullman, Wash., can be viewed in the Phoenix area on Fox Sports Net Arizona on Saturday (Nov. 13) at 2 p.m. Jim Watson and former pro beach volleyball star Mike Dodd will handle the play-by-play. ASU will also face rival Arizona (Nov. 19) on FSN on a tape-delayed basis next Friday.

    Scouting Washington State:
    The Cougars are 4-21 overall and in ninth place in the Pac-10 with a 1-11 record. WSU is coming off a near upset of top-ranked and cross-state rival Washington, falling to the Huskies in five games. The Cougs have lost 15 of their last 16 matches, including a five-game loss to the Sun Devils on Oct. 16. Outside hitter Kelly Rosin (3.75 kpg, 2.19 dpg) and middle blocker Jennifer Todd (3.70 kpg, 1.11 bpg) lead the Cougars. The all-time series between ASU and WSU is tied 19-19, but the Cougars have won six of the last seven overall and has won three straight over ASU at home.

    Scouting Washington:
    The top-ranked Huskies bring an undefeated 20-0 record and set atop the Pac-10 standings with a 12-0 mark heading into this weekend. UW has played the last seven matches without All-American outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic, who is currently out with a broken hand. Tomasevic is averaging 4.57 kpg and 2.79 dpg. Freshman outside hitter Christal Morrison has picked up the slack averaging 4.39 kpg and 2.70 dpg. Setter Courtney Thompson leads the Pac-10 with 14.84 assists per game and libero Candace Lee paces the league with 5.62 digs per game. UW leads the all-time series against ASU 22-18, including having won four straight over the Sun Devils.

    Quick Sets:

    - Outside hitter Sarah Watkins ranks third in the Pac-10 averaging 0.38 service aces per game.- Color analyst Mike Dodd attended Mira Costa High School, the same as ASU libero Sydney Donahue.- ASU is 2-0 in five-game matches this season and 11-4 over the last three seasons.- The Pac-10 currently has six teams ranked in the AVCA/CSTV top 25, including #1 Washington.- ASU has lost senior OH Natalie Harris and senior setter Giovana Melo to ACL injuries this season.- The Devils have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in three of the last five seasons (1999, 2000, 2002).- ASU ranks third in the Pac-10 averaging 1.39 service aces per game this season.- Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton has recorded double-digits in kills in 17 of 22 matches.- Libero Sydney Donahue ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in dpg (4.48) and eighth in sapg (0.34).- Watkins is averaging 2.89 kpg this season and has 127 kills (3.43 kpg) over the last 11 matches.

    Coach Saindon:
    Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his second season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball program. Saindon has a 18-31 record at ASU and an all-time 262-171 record in 14 seasons at the collegiate level. He compiled a career 181-112 record at the University of Colorado from 1986-96, 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). Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Nina Reeves (Gilbert, Ariz.) also transferred in from UTEP.

    Block Party:
    The Sun Devils are seventh in the Pac-10 averaging 2.47 blocks per game. Freshman middle blocker Colette Meek is also ranked fifth in the league averaging 1.20 blocks per game and has recorded three or more blocks in 16 of 22 matches this season. Meek is trying to become the first Sun Devil to average over 1.00 blocks per game since 1998 (Shawna Vanley - 1.42). ASU has recorded seven or more blocks in 15 matches this season. ASU's eight double-digit block matches are five more than the entire season output from 2003 and the 17.0 blocks against Cal State Fullerton (9/18) are the most by an ASU squad since recording 20.5 against California in 2002. Meek's 9.0 total blocks against CSF and Oregon State (10/9) are also the most by a single player since Amanda Burbridge and Michelle Mortensen also had nine in a single match in 2000.

    Baby Devils:
    The 2004 roster consists of seven freshman, three sophomores, one junior and three seniors. With season-ending knee injuries to seniors Natalie Harris (OH) and Giovana Melo (S), the Sun Devils are left with only two active upperclassmen on the roster. During parts of several matches this season, the Sun Devils have featured five freshmen and one sophomore on the court at the same time.

    2004 Sun Devil Player Notes...
    #1 Alison Lund (5-6, L/DS, Bowie, Md.) --
    Freshman defensive specialist who has seen action in 19 matches this season... recorded season-high 10 digs against defending national champion USC (10/30)... recorded one service ace and eight digs in collegiate debut against Florida International (9/3)... had six digs in five-game win over Cal State Fullerton (9/18)... 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 21 matches third season and made 19 starts... fifth on the team averaging 1.81 kpg and is hitting .294... recorded career-high 13 kills while hitting .550 (13-2-20) in season opener against Florida International (9/3)... also had 13 kills on a .474 hitting percentage in five-game win over Washington State (10/16)... recorded four blocks against Fordham (9/10)... recorded career-high six blocks against Long Beach State (9/17)... has two or more blocks in 16 matches... averaging 1.61 kpg and 0.73 bpg for her career.

    #3 Staci Smith (6-2, Fr., MB, Gresham, Ore.) --
    Has seen action in 21 matches while making five starts... averaging 1.48 kpg and 0.56 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... had back-to-back seven-kill matches against Oregon State (11/4) and Oregon (11/5).

    #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... took over sole setting duties with the season-ending knee injury to Giovana Melo and has made 20 starts... ranks eighth in the Pac-10 averaging 10.55 assists per game... also averaging 0.84 blocks per game and 1.79 digs per game... recorded season-high 66 assists in five-game win over Washington State (10/16)... also had 12 digs for her first career double-double against the Cougars... had 65 assists and career-high 15 digs against Oregon State (11/4)... 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)... has three or more blocks in 10 matches this season... recorded 44 assists and career high 8.0 blocks vs. Long Beach State (9/17)... 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 19 matches this season and has made four starts... averaging 1.68 kpg, 0.64 dpg and 0.30 blocks per game... 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.) --
    Senior defensive specialist who as recorded 10 or more digs in six matches this season... averaging 2.25 digs per game... one of three seniors on the roster, but only one active due to injuries... team co-captain... had 17 digs in season opener against FIU (9/3)... recorded 16 digs against Cal State Fullerton (9/18)... had back-to-back nights with double-digits in digs against No. 1 Washington (10/15) and Washington State (10/16)... averaging 2.49 digs per game for her career... played at Glendale CC before coming to ASU last year.

    #10 Colette Meek (6-1, Fr., MB, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) --
    All-Pac-10 Freshman of the Year candidate... starting middle blocker who has seen action in all 22 matches and made 20 starts... third on the team averaging 2.32 kills per game while hitting at a team-best .307 clip... ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 1.20 blocks per game... tied for the top solo block performance with four against CSF (9/18)... has recorded three or more blocks in 16 of 22 matches and five or more blocks in six matches... has recorded seven matches with 10 or more kills... recorded 14 kills on career-high .571 hitting percentage in three-game sweep of Oregon (11/5)... 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)... had 14 kills (.429) and nine blocks against Cal State Fullerton (9/18) for a career-high 20.5 points... also had nine blocks against Oregon State (10/9)... the 9.0 blocks are the most by a Sun Devil since 2000 (Amanda Burbridge/Michelle Mortensen)... played volleyball and basketball for the Canadian Junior Olympic programs... sister, Sarah, is a senior on the volleyball team at the University of Idaho.

    #11 Nina Reeves (5-10, So., OH, Gilbert, Ariz.) --
    Sophomore transfer from UTEP... has seen action in 17 matches this year and has made 12 starts... missed three matches due to an emergency appendectomy surgery (UW, WSU, NAU)... ranks fourth in the team averaging 1.96 kpg and is fifth with 2.04 dpg for the season... also has 11 service aces (0.24)... has tallied three matches with 10 or more kills... recorded 16 kills and 18 digs against Oregon (10/8) for first double-double as a Sun Devil... had 11 kills and six blocks for 12.0 total points against Oregon State (11/4)... recorded two kills and one block in ASU debut against FIU (9/3)... had 10 kills and one block against Tulane (9/12)... recorded five kills (.294) and team-high three service aces against No. 11 Long Beach State (9/17)... recorded 14 digs against California (9/23)... 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 most consistent offensive performer this season... has started all 22 matches and has recorded seven double-doubles... has recorded double-digits in kills in 17 matches, including a pair of 20-kill matches... leads the team averaging 3.61 kpg and is second with 2.34 dpg... also averaging 3.98 points per game... had 18 kills and 11 digs against Oregon State (11/4)... had 18 kills on career-high .359 hitting percentage against top-ranked Washington (10/15)... recorded career-high 23 kills (.452) and 17 digs against Long Beach State (9/17)... notched a career-high 25 digs to go along with team-high 17 kills in five-game win over Cal State Fullerton (9/18)... named to the Ocean National Bank Invitational All-Tournament team... set what were then 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.) --
    Academic All-American candidate... named first-team CoSida All-District VIII Academic with a 4.00 GPA as an Eduction major (Spanish)... junior outside hitter who has seen action in 21 matches and made 16 starts... second on the team averaging 2.89 kpg... has 10 or more kills in 11 matches this season and has four double-doubles... leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 0.38 aces per game (28)... has recorded three aces in a match four times... is averaging 2.89 kpg this season and has 127 kills (3.43 kpg) over the last 11 matches.... recorded career-high 24 kills on a .372 hitting percentage in five-game win over Washington State (10/16)... also had 20 kills and 13 digs against Oregon State (11/4)... 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 over UNH... notched career-high four blocks in five-game win over Cal State Fullerton (9/18)... has seen action in 58 career matches and has a 2.36 kpg average and 61 career service aces (0.31 per game average)... named second-team All-Academic District VIII last year and first-team All-Pac-10 Academic.

    #15 Sydney Donahue (5-7, Fr., L/DS, Manhattan Beach, Calif.) --
    Freshman starting libero... All-Pac-10 Freshman of the Year candidate... has broken the ASU freshman record for digs in a match twice this season... leads ASU and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 averaging 4.48 digs per game... has recorded 10 or more digs in 15 matches, including five 20+ dig performances... set the ASU freshman record with 30 digs against Oregon State (11/4)... became only the sixth Sun Devil to record 30 digs in a match and ranks 10th in the ASU single-match record books... the 30 digs are also tied for the ASU rally-scoring record with current assistant coach Jami Coughlin... also had 27 digs against New Hampshire (9/4) which also set the ASU freshman record... had 23 digs against Tulane (9/12) and 24 against Oregon (10/8)... ranks second on the team and eighth in the Pac-10 with 0.34 service aces per game (24)... 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 12 matches this season and made one start... averaging 0.64 kpg and 0.36 blocks per game... recorded three kills and one block against Toledo (9/4)... had career-high 4.5 points with three kills, one service ace and one block against Cal State Fullerton (9/18)... had 3.0 blocks against Stanford (9/24)... had two kills on two attacks against Oregon (11/5).

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