Volleyball Heads To Bay Area To Continue Pac-10 Play This Weekend

Sept. 27, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Having surpassed last season's win total, the Arizona State Sun Devils continue

Pac-10 play when they head to the Bay Area for matches with Cal and Stanford...

ASU defeated their in-state rival Arizona in Tucson last weekend 3-1, marking their

first victory at McKaleCenter since 1999...last season, ArizonaState went 3-15 in

Pac-10 play...Friday night against Cal will be the first of four straight match-ups

with teams ranked in the AVCA Top 10.


Devils vs. Golden Bears:

ASU leads the all-time series with the Golden Bears 27-17. Last season, Cal won both

meetings 3-0. The Sun Devils have not won at Haas Pavilion since 2001.


Devils vs. Cardinal:

Stanford has dominated the series with ArizonaState to the tune of a 46-4 all-time mark

against the Devils. The Cardinal have been especially dominant at Maples Pavilion,

winning 23 consecutive matches over ASU on their home floor. Over that span, Arizona

State has won just 11 total games and have been swept 14 times. The Devils last won at

Stanford in 1982, taking the match 3-1. Stanford swept both meetings a season ago.


Quick Sets :

• Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 56 of her 66 career matches.

• Sydney Donahue has recorded double-digit digs in 23 straight matches.

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

• Nina Reeves is writing a weekly blog on TheSunDevils.com.

• 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:

For the first time since 1999, the ArizonaState volleyball team will leave Tucson with

a victory. The Sun Devils opened Pac-10 play in style, defeating the rival Arizona

Wildcats 3-1 to improve to 9-3 on the year and 1-0 in conference play. ASU has now

surpassed their win total from a season ago with the victory.

Arizona State came out firing in game one, leading the game the entire way en route

to a 30-21 win. The Wildcats evened things up in the second game, as they never

trailed on their way to a 30-21 win.

The Devils would not be denied their first win over UA since 2003 however, as they

rallied to take the next two games and claim the match. Game three was a hard fought

battle, but the Sun Devils were able to fend off three ties and one Wildcat lead to

outlast UA for a 30-25 win. In game four, head coach Brad Saindon and his team

battled through, trailing only once on their way to a 30-28 win and the match.

Nicole Morton shined against the Wildcats, scoring 21 kills and hitting at a .267 clip

to lead the Devils. ASU's play at the net was key in the victory, as ArizonaState had

13 total blocks, led by the five each from Tierra Burnley, Staci Smith and Margie

Giordano. Giordano and Nina Reeves each recorded a double-double with 11 kills

apiece. Reeves added 13 digs while Giordano had 14.


Morton Magnificent:

Senior outside hitter Nicole Morton is having an outstanding senior season. She is

the team leader in kills (155) and kills per game (3.60) and is tied for the team lead

with 12 service aces. Morton was named the MVP of the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa

Sun Devil Classic in August.


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, totaling 151 kills for an average of 3.51 per game. Giordano

was second on the team in 2005 with 235 kills. She was named the Co-Best Attacker

at the Courtyard by Marriott Classic.


Digging It:

Junior libero Sydney Donahue continues on her quest for ASU records. She now has

1,304 career digs, putting her fifth on the school's all-time list. Donahue needs 294

digs to pass Christy Nore for most in school history. She has 301 so far this season,

and is on pace for 727 digs, which would break her own record of digs in a season

which she set last season with 628. Donahue currently leads the Pac-10 in total digs

(301) and digs per game (7.00).


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 36-58 record at ASU and an all-time 280-198 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 first season at ArizonaState.


Up Next:

The Sun Devils will open up the home half of their Pac-10 schedule when they welcome

#5 USC and #3 UCLA to Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. The Devils will take on the

Women of Troy on Friday night and the Bruins on Saturday night. Both matches will

take place at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

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