Volleyball to Host Final Regular Season Matches Against #10 UCLA and #5 USC This Weekend

Nov. 21, 2007

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The Arizona State Sun Devils (15-14 overall, 7-9 Pac-10) will host their final matches of the 2007 regular season this weekend as they take on the #10 UCLA Bruins (19-9, 8-8) and the #5 USC Women of Troy (23-4, 12-4) this Friday, November 23 and Saturday November 24. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. and will be held at ASU's Wells Fargo Arena. Saturday's match will open with a special presentation to the six seniors of the 2007 volleyball team.


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All of ASU's fans can also follow all of ASU's home matches, and most road matches, via the free statistical GameTracker at www.thesundevils.com. Also available for fans both near and far are video broadcasts of all home matches. For more information please visit: asu.newtier.com .


Recapping Last Weekend:

Against Stanford: Even with Sarah Reaves' ten kills the Sun Devils were no match for the Stanford powerhouse as Alix Klineman grabbed 16 kills while the Cardinal as a team hit .593 in the third game alone as they completed their second sweep of the Devils this season.

Against Cal: Sarah Reaves and Staci Smith both notched 12 kills apiece against the Bears, but Angie Pressey came out to hit 15 to lead the Bears' offensive attack as they swept the Sun Devils 3-0 in Berkeley.


Series History vs. the #10 UCLA Bruins:

The series history against the UCLA Bruins now currently stands at 6-56 overall in favor of the Bruins. Earlier this season the Sun Devils were swept by the Bruins in L.A. Last season, the Cardinal swept by ASU in L.A. 3-0 and topped them again in Tempe with a 3-1 win.


Series History vs. the #5 USC Women of Troy:

Against the Trojans the Sun Devils have an 10-50 series history against USC with the Trojans holding the upper hand. Earlier this season ASU were swept by the Women of Troy. Last season the Trojans took the series with a 3-2 in Tempe and a 3-0 win in L.A.


Quick Sets -- Release Highlights:

• Libero Sydney Donahue has recorded 10 or more digs in 98 of her 109 career matches, including a streak of 62 matches with 10 or more digs dating back to October 21, 2005 vs. USC.

• Sydney Donahue also currently holds the Pac-10 lead in digs and digs per game. After twelve weeks Donahue has 586 digs for a 6.17 per-game average. She currently holds the Pac-10 single-game match high total as well with 45 against Virginia on August 25th.

• ASU is currently second in Pac-10 match high for kills with their 88 against UtahValley. They also pulled in 98 digs in the UtahValley face-off, second in Pac-10 match-highs.

• Sophomore, Marina Mercer holds second in Pac-10 match-high for assists with her 73 against UtahValley, she also holds third place in the category with her 72 assists against Oregon on September 27.

• Freshman Sara Todorovich has begun showing up on the radars for her defense as she holds the 2007 season match-high of five solo blocks in ASU's sweep over WashingtonState on November 1. Sophomore Paige Mittelstaedt is also in the standings tied for second in the Pac-10 for solo blocks in a match with her four against IowaState on September 1st. She is also tied for fifth in single-match kill total with her 26 against UtahValley.

• Freshman Sarah Reaves is off to a stellar start to her rookie campaign as she leads the Sun Devils in kills with 4-7, good for a 4.33 per-game average, fourth place in Pac-10 standings, and third in conference matches only. She is currently third in Pac-10 match highs for kills after her 28 against Oregon on September 27. Her 28 kills are not only a freshman match record, but an ASU match record, besting Juliana Escobar's 27 against Oregon on October 18, 2002. In the Pac-10, Reaves is currently ranked fourth in kills per game, with 19 more kills than the only other Freshman on the list, Stanford's Alix Klineman.


NCAA-tionally Known:

The Sun Devils are currently racing up the NCAA ranks across the country. Most notably


• Sydney Donahue is ranked SEVENTH in the nation in digs per game with a 6.17 average.

• Setter, Marina Mercer is ranked 49th nationally with a 12.56 assists per game average.

• Freshman, Sarah Reaves is ranked 77th nationally in kills per game with a 4.33 average.

• Freshman, Sara Todorovich is ranked 171st in blocks per game with a 1.13 average.


Brains and Brawn These Girls Have It All:

The Sun Devil Volleyball team has proven year after year that they are some of the best on the court and also in the classroom. ASU holds the proud title of MOST Pac-

10 All-Academic selections in history with 40 over every other Pac-10 school. They also have a ten-year streak of at least one honor on the Pac-10 All-Academic team.

Leading the list last year were Colette Meek and Marina Mercer, who both were named to the first-team and Rachel Mittlestaedt who was named to the second team. Four other Sun Devils received honorable mentions as well. This season, Marina Mercer has already been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA All-District Academic Second Team.


Digging Her Way To The Top:

Senior libero Sydney Donahue is on pace to place her name all over not only ASU and Pac-10 record books (which she already has), but the NCAA ones as well. The senior currently has the single-season ASU and Pac-10 digs record and this season has already broken the career Pac-10 digs record, while inching up the NCAA records as well. Her current total of 2,331 puts her 6th all-time in NCAA history and only 12 digs from taking 5th place. Last season alone, Donahue had 742 digs as well as tying an all-time NCAA record of 50 digs in a match, which she did in three games against

LMU on August 26, 2006.


A Tough Schedule:

As always, ASU is set to face a tough slate for the 2007 season. Aside from being in the all-powerful Pac-10, ASU jumped from an RPI of 152 to 30 in a successful year which found them later in the NCAA Tournament. The jump itself is one of the highest in the history of NCAA Volleyball alone. This year the Devils look to jump yet again in the RPI rankings, taking on a tougher and tougher schedule every year.


Head Coach Brad Saindon:

Head Coach Brad Saindon is in his fifth season at the helm of the Sun Devil Volleyball program. Saindon has compiled a 43-70 record at ASU and an all-time 287-210 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. Saindon also reached another coaching milestone this season as with their 3-1 win over #16 Oregon in Eugene, he collected his 300th collegiate career win.

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