Volleyball Hosts Tempe Courtyard by Marriott Classic

Sept. 12, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Arizona State returns home after two straight weekends on the road to close out

their non-conference schedule with the Tempe Courtyard By Marriott Classic. The

Devils welcome Notre Dame, Butler and Duke to Tempe for the three-day

tournament. ASU went 1-1 at the Sports Imports Classic in Columbus, beating

Michigan State 3-0 before being swept by the host Buckeyes...After this weekend,

ASU will face fi ve straight ranked opponents, including four in the top ten.


The Tournament Field:

Arizona State will face Duke in the opening game of the tournament. ASU is 1-0 all-time

vs. the Blue Devils. They have never faced Butler before, and are 3-1 against

Notre Dame. The Irish beat the Devils in fi ve games last season at the Shamrock

Classic in South Bend.


Tournament Schedule:

Friday, September 15

Noon Duke vs. Butler

5 PM Butler vs. Notre Dame

7 PM Duke vs. ArizonaState

Saturday, September 16

4 PM Duke vs. Notre Dame

7 PM Butler vs. ArizonaState

Sunday, September 17

4 PM Notre Dame vs. ArizonaState


Quick Sets :

• Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 52 of her 62 career matches.

• The Sun Devils were picked to fi nish 9th in the conference by Pac-10 coaches.

• ASU's match in Tempe against WashingtonState (10/20) will be televised on FSN.

• Kristen Trayser is expected to miss the season due to a back injury.


Last Week's Rewind:

Appearing in their second consecutive road tournament, the Sun Devils traveled to

Columbus, Ohio for the Sports Imports Classic. ArizonaState met MichiganState in

the opening game, beating the Spartans 30-20, 30-28 and 30-17. Margie Giordano

led the Devils with 13 kills and Sydney Donahue had 19 digs to help ASU to victory.

In the fi nal day of the tournament, the Devils fell to the host Buckeyes, as #19 Ohio

State swept ASU 30-24, 30-24 and 30-19. Giordano again led the Sun Devils with her

14 kills. Both of ArizonaState's losses this season have come to ranked opponents.


All-Tournament Honors:

For the third week in a row, ArizonaState landed two representatives on an All-

Tournament team. After earning the honors in Tempe and Auburn, Sydney Donahue

dug her way to the Best Defensive Player award at the Sports Imports Classic. Donahue

had 36 digs over the two matches, running her double-digit digs streak to 19 straight

matches, dating back to last season. Colette Meek earned the honor of Best Blocker

in the Sports Imports Classic, thanks to her six blocks in the tournament.


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 with 107 kills, an average of almost four

per game. Giordano was second on the team in 2005 with 235 kills.


Family Matters:

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 ArizonaState to play volleyball. Rachel was a

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 33-57 record at ASU and an all-time 277-197 record

in 16 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. 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. He is assisted by Mike Wall and Megan Jacobson,

both in their fi rst season at ArizonaState.


Career Highs:

Margie Giordano set a new career high with her 18 kills against Auburn, besting 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.


Up Next:

The Sun Devils renew their rivalry with their neighbors to the South, the Arizona

Wildcats. ArizonaState will head down to Tucson for the Pac-10 Conference opener

on Friday, September 22nd. The match will begin at 7 PM from the McKaleCenter.

Arizona is ranked tied for 24th in this week's AVCA Top 25.

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