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ASU: A high-energy player who bounces around the court... will compete for the starting setter position with sophomore Rachel Mittelstaedt... opened last season as the starting setter, but tore her ACL in a practice and sat out the season as a redshirt... a two-time junior college All-American... the third recent Brazilian player to suit up for the Sun Devils in the last five years.

2004 (Senior): Started two of the first three matches of the season, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in a practice (9/10)... established a career high with 54 assists in season opener against Florida International (9/3)... added career-high four blocks in four-game win over New Hampshire (9/4)... recorded her third career double-double with 54 assists and 16 digs against FIU.

2003 (Junior): Played in all 27 matches during her first season at ASU... split time with senior setter Cheryl Anglin... averaged 5.67 assists per game with 527 total during the year... recorded 11 matches with 20 or more kills... season-high 32 assists against Oregon State (10/18)... also had 31 assists in five-set loss to Tennessee (9/6)... recorded 10 digs against Nevada (9/6) and SMU (9/13).

Junior College: Played two years at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska... coached by Chris Green... earned all-region and All-American honors in 2001 and 2002... named second-team NJCAA/AVCA All-American in 2001... repeated as a second-team All-American selection in 2002... helped WNCC to a pair of Region IX championships and a third-place finish at nationals in 2001... team won district championship in 2002... was a "Cougar Award" recipient at a top student-athlete in 2002-03.

High School: Attended Otoniel Motta in Ribeirao Preto... graduated in 1999... played soccer and volleyball... captain of volleyball team during junior and senior years... named athlete of the year for her high school in 1998.

Personal: Pursuing a degree in kinesiology at Arizona State... a native of Ribeirao Preto, Brazil... born May 2, 1981 in Rib. Preto in the state of Sao Paulõ... teammates call her `G'... parents are Francisco and Ledinèa... has one older sister, Lilian Carla Marques... enjoys watching TV and listening to music.

Melo's Top Assist Performances:

54 - Fla. International (9/3/04)
51 - New Hampshire (9/4/04)
32 - Oregon State (10/18/03)
31 - vs. Tennessee (9/6/03)
28 - at Oregon (11/14/03)
28 - California (10/3/03)
27 - at California (11/1/03)
26 - at Stanford (10/31/03)

Melo's Top Dig Performances:

16 - Fla. International (9/3/04)
10 - at Nevada (9/6/03)
10 - at SMU (9/13/03)
9 - Oregon State (10/18/03)
9 - at Stanford (10/31/03)
9 - at California (11/1/03)
9 - UCLA (11/7/03)

Melo's Career Statistics:

Season  GP-MP     K    K/G    E    TA    Pct    A   A/G   SA  SA/G   SE  DIG   D/G  RE   BS   BA   TB   B/G  BE BHE Points Pts/G
2003..  93-27     0   0.00    0     3   .000  527  5.67   18  0.19   42  140  1.51   2    0    0    0  0.00   0  24   18.0  0.19
2004..  10-3      3   0.30    0     4   .750  106 10.60    3  0.30    1   30  3.00   0    1    4    5  0.50   0   0    9.0  0.90
TOTAL. 103-30     3   0.03    0     7   .429  633  6.15   21  0.20   43  170  1.65   2    1    4    5  0.05   0  24   27.0  0.26

#8 Giovana Melo -- 2004 Match-by-Match

                                         |-------ATTACK------|  SET |-SERVE-| PASS  DEF |-------BLOCK------|  GEN          Team
 Date         Opponent                GP    K    E   TA    Pct    A   SA   SE   RE  DIG   BS   BA   BE Total  BHE Points   Hit% Score
 Sep 03, 2004 vs Fla. International..  4    1    0    1  1.000   54    2    1    0   16    1    0    0   1.0    0    4.0   .250  3-1
 Sep 04, 2004 vs Toledo..............  2    0    0    1   .000    1    0    0    0    6    0    0    0   0.0    0    0.0   .186  0-3
 Sep 04, 2004 at New Hampshire.......  4    2    0    2  1.000   51    1    0    0    8    0    4    0   4.0    0    5.0   .256  3-1
 Totals.............................. 10    3    0    4   .750  106    3    1    0   30    1    4    0   5.0    0    9.0

Games played: 10 Kills per game: 0.30 Assists per game: 10.60 Service aces per game: 0.30 Digs per game: 3.00 Blocks per game: 0.50 Points per game: 0.90

#8 Giovana Melo -- 2003 Match-by-Match

                                         |-------ATTACK------|  SET |-SERVE-| PASS  DEF |-------BLOCK------|  GEN          Team
 Date         Opponent                GP    K    E   TA    Pct    A   SA   SE   RE  DIG   BS   BA   BE Total  BHE Points   Hit% Score
 Aug 29, 2003 UTAH...................  4    0    0    1   .000   22    0    0    1    3    0    0    0   0.0    1    0.0   .349  3-1
 Aug 30, 2003 OHIO...................  4    0    0    0   .000   17    1    3    0    5    0    0    0   0.0    1    1.0   .138  1-3
 Aug 30, 2003 SAN DIEGO..............  3    0    0    0   .000   19    0    0    0    4    0    0    0   0.0    0    0.0   .103  0-3
 Sep 05, 2003 vs Gonzaga.............  3    0    0    0   .000   19    1    1    0    2    0    0    0   0.0    2    1.0   .316  3-0
 Sep 06, 2003 vs Tennessee...........  5    0    0    1   .000   31    2    0    0    5    0    0    0   0.0    0    2.0   .169  2-3
 Sep 06, 2003 at Nevada..............  4    0    0    0   .000   23    1    2    0   10    0    0    0   0.0    0    1.0   .236  1-3
 Sep 12, 2003 vs UT Chattanooga......  2    0    0    1   .000   16    0    0    0    4    0    0    0   0.0    0    0.0   .279  3-0
 Sep 13, 2003 vs Stephen F. Austin...  3    0    0    0   .000   16    0    3    0    2    0    0    0   0.0    2    0.0   .308  3-0
 Sep 13, 2003 at SMU.................  3    0    0    0   .000   20    0    2    0   10    0    0    0   0.0    0    0.0   .315  3-0
 Sep 18, 2003 at Washington..........  3    0    0    0   .000   13    0    1    0    2    0    0    0   0.0    0    0.0   .166  1-3
 Sep 19, 2003 at Washington State....  2    0    0    0   .000    9    0    2    0    6    0    0    0   0.0    1    0.0   .203  0-3
 Sep 26, 2003 ARIZONA................  5    0    0    0   .000   22    1    2    0    4    0    0    0   0.0    0    1.0   .174  3-2
 Oct 02, 2003 STANFORD...............  3    0    0    0   .000   15    0    3    0    1    0    0    0   0.0    1    0.0   .120  0-3
 Oct 03, 2003 CALIFORNIA.............  4    0    0    0   .000   28    2    1    1    4    0    0    0   0.0    5    2.0   .279  1-3
 Oct 10, 2003 at USC.................  3    0    0    0   .000   13    0    0    0    5    0    0    0   0.0    1    0.0   .102  0-3
 Oct 11, 2003 at UCLA................  3    0    0    0   .000   19    0    2    0    5    0    0    0   0.0    1    0.0   .159  0-3
 Oct 17, 2003 OREGON.................  3    0    0    0   .000   25    4    1    0    6    0    0    0   0.0    1    4.0   .306  3-0
 Oct 18, 2003 OREGON STATE...........  5    0    0    0   .000   32    1    2    0    9    0    0    0   0.0    1    1.0   .280  3-2
 Oct 25, 2003 at Arizona.............  3    0    0    0   .000   13    1    1    0    5    0    0    0   0.0    1    1.0   .121  0-3
 Oct 31, 2003 at Stanford............  5    0    0    0   .000   26    0    3    0    9    0    0    0   0.0    1    0.0   .257  2-3
 Nov 01, 2003 at California..........  4    0    0    0   .000   27    3    5    0    9    0    0    0   0.0    0    3.0   .174  1-3
 Nov 07, 2003 UCLA...................  3    0    0    0   .000   14    0    1    0    9    0    0    0   0.0    1    0.0   .126  0-3
 Nov 08, 2003 USC....................  3    0    0    0   .000   14    0    1    0    1    0    0    0   0.0    2    0.0   .143  0-3
 Nov 13, 2003 at Oregon State........  3    0    0    0   .000   16    0    2    0    3    0    0    0   0.0    1    0.0   .214  0-3
 Nov 14, 2003 at Oregon..............  4    0    0    0   .000   28    1    2    0    9    0    0    0   0.0    1    1.0   .170  3-1
 Nov 21, 2003 WASHINGTON STATE.......  3    0    0    0   .000   11    0    1    0    5    0    0    0   0.0    0    0.0   .156  2-3
 Nov 22, 2003 WASHINGTON.............  3    0    0    0   .000   19    0    1    0    3    0    0    0   0.0    0    0.0   .170  0-3
 Totals.............................. 93    0    0    3   .000  527   18   42    2  140    0    0    0   0.0   24   18.0

Games played: 93 Kills per game: 0.00 Assists per game: 5.67 Service aces per game: 0.19 Digs per game: 1.51 Points per game: 0.19

Getting to Know Giovana Melo:

What is your favorite food? Brazilian (rice, beans and steak)
What is the best movie you've seen in the last year? Wedding Crashers
What is your favorite soft drink? Strawberry lemonade
Best place to hang out in Tempe? Gameworks
Who is your best friend on the team? All of them
What other sports do you enjoy playing? Soccer
If you could meet anyone, who would it be? Josh Hartnett
What is your favorite car? Herby
Who is your favorite professional athlete? Fernanda Venturini (Brazilian setter)
What is your favorite kind of music? Everything except country

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