Volleyball Heads To Los Angeles For Two More Ranked Opponents This Weekend

Oct. 31, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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The Arizona State Sun Devils continue their streak of ranked foes this weekend, as

they head to Los Angeles to face #5 UCLA and #6 USC...ASU lost both matches

last weekend, falling 3-0 to #3 Stanford and 3-1 to #11 California...Following this

weekend, ASU will have faced an opponent ranked in the Top 12 four straight

weeks and 11 matches overall against Top 25 opponents...ASU has faced eleven

teams this year that have been ranked at one time or another.


Devils vs. Bruins:

UCLA holds a 54-6 advantage in the all-time series with the Sun Devils. The Bruins

swept the Devils earlier this year in Tempe. UCLA enters the match 22-2, 9-2 in the

Pac-10. They are ranked #5 in the AVCA Top 25.


Devils vs. Women of Troy:

USC leads the all-time series with ASU 48-10, including a 3-2 win earlier this season

at Wells Fargo Arena. The Women of Troy enter the weekend at 19-3, 8-3 in the Pac-

10. They are ranked #6 in the AVCA Top 25.


Career Highs:

Margie Giordano has set new career highs with her 18 kills against Auburn, and her

23 digs against Butler...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, three times recording ten against UVSC, LMU and Duke...Tierra Burnley tied

a career high with 13 kills against Butler.


Quick Sets :

• Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 66 of her 76 career matches.

• Sydney Donahue has recorded double-digit digs in 33 straight matches.

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

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


Last Week's Rewind:

Even with the Sun Devils tough play and Paige Mittelstaedt's 15 kills, Sydney

Donahue's 14 digs and two blocks apiece from Staci Smith, Marina Mercer and Tierra

Burnley, ASU was unable to stop #3 Stanford Friday night as Stanford won in three

games with scores of 30-24, 30-22 and 30-24...The eleventh-ranked Golden Bears

topped ASU in four games Saturday night. The Sun Devils were able to take the

first game 30-24, and though they hung tough with Nina Reeves' 18 kills, they were

unable to rally as Cal took the next three, 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27.


Morton Magnificent:

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

team leader in kills (269) and kills per game (3.45) while hitting at a .247 clip. She led

the team last season with 300 kills and was named honorable mention All-Pac-10.


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 235 kills for an average of 2.97 per game. Giordano

was second on the team in 2005 with 235 kills, and she is currently second this year

to Morton. She also leads the team with her 22 service aces.


Digging It:

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

1,532 career digs, passing Terri Cox for third on the school's all-time list. Donahue

needs 46 more to pass Jami Coughlin for second all-time, and 65 digs to pass Christy

Nore for most in school history. She has 529 so far this season, 99 short of breaking

her own school record for digs in a season which she set last season with 628. Donahue

currently leads the Pac-10 in total digs (529) and digs per game (6.70).


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.


Turning The Paige:

Making her first collegiate start against the Cardinal on Friday night, freshman Paige

Mittelstaedt certainly made the evening a memorable one. Mittelstaedt turned in 15

kills, a new career high, leading the team in that category.


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 38-66 record at ASU and an all-time 282-206 record

in 16 seasons at the collegiate level. He coached the University of Colorado to a 181-

112 record from 1986-96, leading the Buffaloes 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 Devils return home to host OregonState and #24 Oregon at Wells Fargo Arena.

Both matches will begin at 7 pm.


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