Volleyball Heads To Columbius, Ohio For Sports Imports Classic
Sept. 6, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Sun Devils continue their road swing, as they travel to
the Sports Imports Classic hosted by
in the Auburn/Mizuno Challenge. Their only loss was to then #16 Purdue, and it
came in fi ve games. Purdue fi nished the tournament 3-0, while
the second best record...The 5-1 start is the
Coach Brad Saindon.
Sports Imports Classic:
ASU will take on the Michigan State Spartans on Friday night in
at the fi rst day of the Sports Imports Classic. The Spartans are 6-0 on the year
and have swept their last fi ve opponents. This will be the fi rst meeting between
the two schools.
AVCA poll. They have swept their last three opponents and are 0-1 all-time
against the Sun Devils.
Margie Giordano set a new career high with her 18 kills against
her previous high of 17...Sydney Donahue's 50 digs against LMU are a career
high and NCAA record for digs in a three-game match...Danielle Fernandes
set a career high in kills, twice recording ten against UVSC and LMU...
Quick Sets :
Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 50 of her 60 career matches.
The Sun Devils were picked to fi nish 9th in the conference by Pac-10 coaches.
ASU went undefeated in at least one home tournament for the second straight year.
ASU's game in
Kristen Trayser is expected to miss the season due to a back injury.
Last Week's Rewind:
Playing on the road for the fi rst time in 2006,
the Auburn/Mizuno challenge. The Devils fi nished 2-1, with their only loss coming in
fi ve games to then #16 Purdue... ASU opened the tournament against the host Tigers,
beating them 3-1. Margie Giordano turned in a double-double with 18 kills and 15
digs while Nicole Morton chipped in with 14 kills...The Sun Devils and Boilermakers
were two evenly matched teams, as all fi ve games in the match were hard fought. The
fi fth and deciding game went into extra points before Purdue was able to pull away
for the win. Nicole Morton had a double dip with 17 kills and 10 digs, as did Margie
Giordano, who turned in 11 kills and 19 digs...
Mizuno Challenge in style, sweeping the Hokies to put their season mark at 5-1.
Giordano led the team with 10 kills in the win over VT.
For the second week in a row,
Tournament team. A week after earning the honors in
her way onto the All-Auburn/Mizuno Challenge team. Donahue had 75 digs over the
three matches, recording over 20 in each one. She has now recorded double-digit digs
in 17 straight matches, dating back to last season. Nicole Morton, who was named
Tournament MVP last week, also picked up an All-Tournament selection in
Morton had 38 kills over the weekend, with two double-doubles.
No Sophomore Slump:
Sophomore outside hitter Margie Giordano has picked up right where she left off last
season when she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Giordano has played
rock solid so far this year, leading the team in kills (80) and service aces (8). Giordano
was second on the team in 2005 with 235 kills.
Junior setter Rachel Mittelstaedt is in her third season in Maroon and Gold, but it
has a different feel than before. That's because she is joined on this year's squad by
her cousin, freshman outside hitter Paige Mittelstaedt. Both Mittelstaedt's attended
Xavier College Prep before coming to
member of two state championship squads at Xavier while Paige led them to a state
title last season.
Head Coach Brad Saindon:
Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his fourth season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball
program. Saindon has compiled a 32-56 record at ASU and an all-time 276-196 record
in 16 seasons at the collegiate level. He coached the
112 record from 1986-96, leading the Buffalos to six NCAA Tournaments and two
Sweet 16 appearances. He was also the head coach of the Australian Women's National
Team in the 2000
both in their fi rst season at
Tough Schedule, Again:
Once again the Sun Devils will face a daunting schedule. 15 of their 29 matches will
be against teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, including six with Top 10 teams. Six
Pac-10 schools made the 2005 NCAA Tornament, with
crown. ASU will host two home tournaments and travel to two road tournaments.
The Sun Devils return home to wrap up their non-conference schedule as they welcome
Marriott Classic. The tournament runs from Friday until Sunday.