2004 Sun Devil Volleyball Season In Review
Jan. 5, 2005
The Sun Devils finished the 2004 season with a 10-17 record and tied for seventh place in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record... both records (overall and conference) were one-game improvements from 2003 under second-year head coach Brad Saindon... the Sun Devils featured a young team with eight newcomers, including seven freshmen... ASU also had two key knee injuries that sidelined senior setter Giovana Melo and outside hitter Natalie Harris for the entire season... Melo is expected to return for a fifth year of eligibility in 2005... libero Sydney Donahue, middle blocker Colette Meek and setter Rachel Mittelstaedt were all named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team... Donahue and Meek were first-team selections, while Mittelstaedt earned honorable mention honors... junior outside hitter Sarah Watkins was named first-team All-Pac-10 Academic for the second straight year and sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton earned honorable mention academic honors... Watkins was also named first-team Academic All-District VIII... ASU has 36 all-academic selections dating back to 1986, leading all Pac-10 schools... Morton led the team with 3.53 kills per game and 349.0 points (3.92 per game average)... she also led the team with 20 matches with double-digits in kills and seven double-doubles... Watkins finished second on the team with 2.97 kills per game and ranked second in the Pac-10 with 0.36 service aces per game (31 aces)... Watkins also had 12 matches with 10 or more kills, including a career-high 24 against Washington State (10/16)... Donahue set ASU freshman records with 4.36 digs per game and 375 total digs in her rookie season as the starting libero... she also broke the single-match freshman record with 30 digs against Oregon State (11/4)... she ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in digs per game (4.36) and sixth in service aces per game (0.30)... she also led all Pac-10 freshman in both statistical categories... Donahue recorded 19 matches with 10 or more digs... Meek set the ASU freshman record with 1.20 blocks per game, ranking fifth in the conference... she became the first Sun Devil to average over 1.00 blocks per game since 1998... senior libero Stephanie Kohner ended her career ranking second on the team with 2.36 digs per game... she came on strong near the end of the season recording double-digits in digs in her last three matches... ASU recorded seven or more blocks in 17 matches and the nine double-digit block matches are six more than the entire season output from 2003... the 17.0 blocks against Cal State Fullerton (9/18) were the most total blocks since 2002 (20.5 vs. California)... 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... ASU's tough schedule included 13 matches against ranked opponents... the competitive Pac-10 conference saw the six teams ahead of ASU earn final top 25 rankings and three teams (USC, Stanford, Washington) advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Long Beach, Calif... with Stanford winning the NCAA title, the Pac-10 has now won four straight national championships.
All-Pac-10 FreshmanSydney Donahue (1st)Colette Meek (1st)Rachel Mittelstaedt (HM)
Academic All-District VIII:Sarah Watkins (1st team)
Donahue Sets Freshman Digs Record:
Freshman libero Sydney Donahue set Arizona State freshman records for overall digs (375), digs per game (4.36) and digs in a single match (30). Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, Donahue recorded double-digits in digs in 19 matches, including five with 20 or more digs. She ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in digs per game and sixth in service aces per game (0.30). She also led all Pac-10 freshman averaging 0.31 service aces per game and 4.46 digs per game in Pac-10 matches.
Meek Breaks Freshman Blocks Record:
Freshman middle blocker Colette Meek led the Sun Devils and ranked fifth in the Pac-10 averaging 1.20 blocks per game. She broke the old freshman record set by Laura Hibsman (1.09) in 1996. She also become the first Sun Devil to average over 1.00 blocks per game since Shawn Vanley in 1998. In addition, Meek also led ASU with a .296 hitting percentage and ranked third with 2.27 kills per game.
Watkins Earns Academic Honors:
Junior outside hitter Sarah Watkins earned a pair of well-deserved academic honors for her outstanding contributions as a student-athlete. Watkins, who has a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in Education, was named first-team All-Pac-10 Academic for the second straight year and was also a first-team Academic All-District VIII selection. Watkins finished second on the team averaging 2.97 kpg and ranked second in the Pac-10 with 0.36 service aces per game.
- Sydney Donahue, Colette Meek and Rachel Mittelstaedt were named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team.- ASU was 2-0 in five-game matches in 2004 and 11-4 over the last three seasons.- ASU has lost senior OH Natalie Harris and senior setter Giovana Melo to ACL injuries this season.- Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton recorded double-digits in kills in 20 of 27 matches.- The attendance vs. Arizona (1,778) was the largest of the season and ninth largest in school history.
Head Coach Brad Saindon finished his second season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball program. Saindon has a 19-35 record at ASU and an all-time 263-175 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.
The Sun Devils ranked seventh in the Pac-10 averaging 2.48 blocks per game. Freshman middle blocker Colette Meek finished the season fifth in the league averaging an ASU freshman record 1.20 blocks per game. She has recorded three or more blocks in 18 of 27 matches this season and became the first Sun Devil since 1998 to average over 1.00 blocks per game (Shawna Vanley - 1.42). ASU recorded seven or more blocks in 17 matches and the nine double-digit block matches are six more than the entire season output from 2003. The 17.0 blocks against Cal State Fullerton (9/18) were the most total blocks since 2002 (20.5 vs. California). 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.
The 2004 roster consisted 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 were left with only two active upperclassmen on the roster. During parts of several matches in 2004, the Sun Devils featured five freshmen and one sophomore on the court at the same time. Four freshmen (Mittelstaedt - S, Smith - MB, Meek - MB, Donahue - L) were regular starters for the Sun Devils at the end of the season.
2004 Sun Devil Player Notes...
#1 Alison Lund (5-6, L/DS, Bowie, Md.) --
Finished her freshman season averaging 1.14 digs per game while seeing action in 24 matches... ranked seventh on the team in digs per game... 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)... was used as a defensive replacement and server late in most games... has strong Pac-10 bloodlines as both parents and sister (DeLane) attended Washington State University.
#2 Tierra Burnley (5-11, So., MB, Santa Clarita, Calif.) --
Saw action in 25 matches and made 19 starts at the middle blocker position... averaged 1.74 kills per game and ranked second on the team in both hitting percentage (.284) and blocks per game (0.87)... recorded 47 block assists and 14 block solos... recorded 14 matches with three or more blocks... 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).
#3 Staci Smith (6-2, Fr., MB, Gresham, Ore.) --
Played in 26 of ASU's 27 matches and made 10 starts... averaged 1.66 kills per game and ranked fourth on the team with 0.65 blocks per game... also ranked third with a .244 hitting percentage... finished the season on a strong note with 46 kills in her last seven matches (2.19 kpg)... recorded career-high 13 kills on a .524 hitting percentage against Washington State (11/11)... also had five blocks for 16.0 total points against the Cougars... 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 suffered a career-ending knee injury at the start of spring practices in April, 2004... decided not to apply for a sixth year of eligibility, ending her ASU career... 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.) --
Started 25 of ASU's 27 matches as a freshman... named honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman... took over sole setting duties with the season-ending knee injury to Giovana Melo... ranked ninth in the Pac-10 averaging 10.59 assists per game... averaged 11.08 assists in Pac-10 play... ranked second among Pac-10 freshman in assists per game behind Stanford's Bryn Kehoe... also ranked third on the team averaging 0.86 blocks per game and sixth with 1.75 digs per game... recorded season-high 66 assists in five-game win over Washington State (10/16)... the 66 assists are tied for the 17th most in ASU single-match history... also had 12 digs for her first career double-double against the Cougars... second double-double came with 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)... recorded 59 assists, five blocks and five digs in 3-1 win over Tulane (9/12)... has three or more blocks in 13 matches this season... recorded 44 assists and career high 8.0 blocks vs. Long Beach State (9/17)... recorded 40 or more assists in in eight matches... 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.) --
Saw action in 23 matches and made four starts... averaged 1.55 kpg, 0.58 dpg and 0.28 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 Volleyball Classic... established a career high with 54 assists in season opener against Florida International (9/3)... 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... will return for a fifth-year of eligibility in 2005... was a JC All-American at Western Nebraska.
#9 Stephanie Kohner (5-7, Sr., L/DS, Anthem, Ariz.) --
Senior defensive specialist who closed out her career averaging 2.36 digs per game... recorded 10 or more digs in nine matches, including the last three matches of the season... averaged 3.67 digs per game over the final three matches of the season... ranked second on the team in digs per game and was fifth with 0.14 service aces per game... team co-captain... had 12 digs and two aces against Arizona (11/19)... recorded career-high three service aces at WSU (11/11)... had 17 digs in season opener against FIU (9/3)... recorded 16 digs against CS Fullerton (9/18)... had back-to-back nights with double-digits in digs against No. 1 Washington (10/15) and Washington State (10/16)... had 10 digs in final match as a Sun Devil against California (11/27).
#10 Colette Meek (6-1, Fr., MB, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) --
Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team... saw action in all 27 matches and made 25 starts at the middle blocker position... averaged 1.20 blocks per game to break the ASU freshman record for blocks per game (1.09 set in 1996 by Laura Hibsman) and became the first Sun Devil to average over 1.00 blocks per game since 1998...ranked third on the team averaging 2.27 kills per game while hitting at a team-best .296 clip... ranked fifth in the Pac-10 with 1.20 blocks per game... led all freshmen in the Pac-10 with 1.14 blocks per game in league play... recorded three or more blocks in 18 of 27 matches and five or more blocks in seven matches... 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).
#11 Nina Reeves (5-10, So., OH, Gilbert, Ariz.) --
Enjoyed a solid sophomore season after transfering from UTEP in the Spring... saw action in 22 matches and made 17 starts... missed three matches due to an emergency appendectomy surgery (UW, WSU, NAU)... ranked fourth in the team averaging 1.91 kpg and is fifth with 2.12 dpg for the season... also had 13 service aces (0.20)... tallied three matches with 10 or more kills and six matches with 10 or more digs... had nine kills on .292 hitting percentage against Arizona (11/19)... 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)... 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)... celebrated her 21st birthday with seven kills and 10 digs in three-game sweep at Washington State (11/11)... averaged 3.29 kpg and 3.00 dpg as a redshirt freshman at UTEP.
#12 Nicole Morton (5-10, So., OH, Bonsall, Calif.) --
Had a breakthrough sophomore season leading the team with 3.53 kills per game... saw action in all 27 matches and made 26 starts at outside hitter... led the team with seven double-doubles and recorded double-digits in kills in 20 matches, including a pair of 20-kill matches... also ranked third with 2.18 digs per game and third with 14 service aces... also led the team averaging 3.92 points per game... had 18 kills and 11 digs against Oregon State (11/4)... had 18 kills on career-high .359 hitting percentage at home against top-ranked Washington (10/15)... also had 15 kills on .353 hitting on the road against the Huskies... 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)... recorded career-high 4.0 blocks at Washington State (11/11)... finished the season with back-to-back 10-kill matches against Stanford (11/26) and California (11/27).
#14 Sarah Watkins (5-11, Jr., OH, Mishawaka, Ind.) --
Named first-team CoSida All-District VIII Academic and first-team All-Pac-10 Academic with a 4.00 GPA as an Education major (Spanish)... a two-time selection to the All-Pac-10 Academic team... saw action in 26 matches and made 21 starts ... ranked second on the team averaging 2.97 kpg and was fourth with 2.14 digs per game... led ASU and ranked second in the Pac-10 averaging 0.36 service aces per game... recorded 10 or more kills in 12 matches and had four double-doubles... recorded three aces in a match four times... had team-high 16 kills on .297 hitting percentage against Arizona (11/19)... 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).
#15 Sydney Donahue (5-7, Fr., L/DS, Manhattan Beach, Calif.) --
Named first-team All-Pac-10 Freshman... led ASU and ranked fifth in the Pac-10 averaging 4.36 digs per game... broke the ASU freshman single-season digs record with 375, surpassing the old record of 355 set by current assistant coach Jami Coughlin in 1998... also broke the freshman mark for digs per game (4.36) and twice bettered the freshman record for digs in a match (26 and 30)... ranked second on the team and sixth in the Pac-10 with 0.30 service aces per game (26)... averaged 4.46 digs per game and 0.31 service aces per game in Pac-10 play... recorded 10 or more digs in 19 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 previously set the ASU freshman record... had 23 digs against Tulane (9/12) and 24 against Oregon (10/8)... gave up her starting libero position the last two matches of the season so senior Stephanie Kohner could starter in her last matches at ASU.
#32 Danielle Fernandes (6-1, Fr., OH/MB, Santa Monica, Calif.) --
Saw action in 14 matches and made one start... made the transition from a prep middle blocker to the outside hitter position... averaged 0.58 kpg and 0.33 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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