Volleyball travels to Northern California to Take on Stanford and Cal This Weekend

Nov. 7, 2005

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The Arizona State Sun Devils (7-15 overall, 2-10 Pac-10) travel to Northern California this weekend for a pair of matches against ranked teams. They face the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (21-4 overall, 10-3 Pac-10) on Friday night in Stanford, Calif. at 8 p.m. MST and the No. 18 California Golden Bears (15-7 overall, 8-5 Pac-10) on Saturday in Berkeley, Calif., at 8 p.m. MST. The Devils are coming off a 3-0 loss against No. 6 Arizona on Saturday and have now lost two in a row. Both Cal and Stanford traveled north to face the Washington schools last weekend. Stanford came away with a split, losing 3-0 to No. 2 Washington on Friday before defeating Washington State 3-1 on Saturday. Cal played a pair of five-game matches, narrowly defeating Washington State 3-2 before dropping a 3-2 decision to No. 2 Washington the next night. This weekend's series continues a streak of six straight matches against ranked teams, which began with Arizona last week and concludes with a pair of matches in Tempe against UCLA and USC on Nov. 18-19 which will conclude the 2005 home season for the Devils.

Media Exposure this weekend:

ASU's match against the No. 18 Cal Golden Bears this weekend will be shown on national TV by Fox Sports Net (tape-delayed). It will be airing in the Phoenix area on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. MST. Chris McGee and Holly McPeak will be calling all the action.


Lights, Camera, Action:

All of ASU's home matches will be available through a fee-based webcast at www.sundevilsportsnetwork.com. Fans can also follow all of ASU's home matches, and most road matches, via the free statistical GameTracker at www.thesundevils.com.


Recapping Last Weekend:

The Sun Devils fell to then-No. 8 Arizona in their only match of the weekend in straight sets (3-0). Junior Nicole Morton led the way for the Devils with eight kills, as well as adding nine digs. Sophomore libero Sydney Donaue again led the Devils with 16 digs and sophomore Allison Lund contributed 13 digs as well.


Series History vs. Stanford:

The Sun Devils trail in the all-time series to the defending national champion Stanford Cardinal 46-4. ASU's last win over Stanford came in 2000 at Wells Fargo Arena. Since that match, Stanford has won ten straight over the Sun Devils. Earlier this season, the Cardinal defeated the Devils in straight sets in Tempe.


Series History vs. Cal:

ASU leads the all-time series against the California Golden Bears 27-16 dating back to the first meeting between the two schools in 1984 (3-1 ASU victory). Cal has beaten ASU in six straight matches dating back to 2002. In their first match up this season, Cal defeated ASU 3-0 in Tempe.


Donahue Digs and Serves Her Name Into The Record Books:

Sophomore libero Sydney Donahue ranks second in the Pac-10 averaging 6.05 digs per game  and has recorded the second, fourth, sixth and 10th-best dig performances in ASU history through the first 21 matches this season. She recorded 43 digs in ASU's five-game loss to Notre Dame on Sept. 4, nearly eclipsing the 17-year-old school record of 44 digs set by Christy Nore in 1988. In addition to being the second most digs in single-match school history, Donahue's stellar defensive performance established an ASU rally-scoring record (previous was 30), tied for fourth most in Pac-10 history and are the fifth-most by any player in the country this season. Donahue also recorded 34 digs against Texas State (9/10) to tie for the fourth most digs in school history and 33 digs against Washington State (10/1) to tie for sixth. Donahue also etched her name in the record books when she recorded seven aces against Oregon State (9/24), tying the ASU rally-scoring record and ranking third in the ASU single-match record book. In 22 matches this season, Donahue has recorded double-digits in digs in all but three matches and has 12 matches with 20 or more digs. She has recorded 847 digs in her ASU career (5.16 per game average).


A Tough Schedule:

ASU's tough slate for the 2005 season includes 14 of its 30 matches against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. The Sun Devils have already played 10 of their 22 matches against teams that were ranked in the AVCA/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll, including Washington, Stanford,  Notre Dame, Arizona, California, USC, UCLA, Texas and Saint Mary's. The Devils will also play six Pac-10 teams that are currently listed top 25, including UW (#2), Stanford (#4), Arizona (#8), California (#18), USC (#15) and UCLA (#21).


Head Coach Brad Saindon:

Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his third season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball program. Saindon has compiled a 26-50 record at ASU and an all-time 270-190 record in 15 seasons at the collegiate level. He coached the University of Colorado to a 181-112 record 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 Spann and Jami Coughlin join head coach Brad Saindon as graduates of Arizona State. Both Spann and Coughlin were standout outside hitters for the Sun Devils during their respective collegiate careers. 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.


Quick Sets -- Release Highlights:

•    12 of ASU's 15 losses have come against teams ranked in the top 25 at some point this season.

•    Libero Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 38 of her 48 career matches.

•    The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-10 behind USC averaging 17.68 digs per game.
•    OH Nicole Morton leads the Sun Devils averaging 3.10 kpg and has recorded five double-doubles.

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