Volleyball Headed To Fiesta Bowl Tournament

This Week:
Fri. Sept. 2    Fiesta Bowl Tournament    Flagstaff, Ariz.

    at Northern Arizona        7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat. Sept. 3    Fiesta Bowl Tournament    Flagstaff, Ariz.
    vs. New Mexico        10:00 a.m. PDT
    vs. Hampton        4:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS BACK TO ARIZONA FOR FIESTA BOWL TOURNAMENT:  After going 1-2 last week at the ASU/Sheraton Classic, the San Jose State volleyball team makes a return trip to the state of Arizona.  This time, the team will travel to Flagstaff to play in the Fiesta Bowl Tournament hosted by Northern Arizona.  The Spartans will face the Lumberjacks, New Mexico and Hampton.

LIVE STATS/VIDEO:  All three matches this weekend will have live stats, and links are available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”   Live video of the Northern Arizona match will be available on bigskytv.org.  Users must register for free service.

ABOUT NORTHERN ARIZONA:  The Lumberjacks enter Friday night’s match with a 3-0 record after winning the Wolverine Invitational by defeating CSU Bakersfield, Illinois State and Utah Valley.  Head coach Craig Choate is in his fourth season at the school with a 36-43 record.  Setter Kelli Dallmann was named the Big Sky Player of the Week after being named the Wolverine Tournament MVP.  She had 132 assists, 35 assists and 10 blocks in12 sets played.  Kobi Christensen leads the team in kills with 37.

    San Jose State has won both meetings between the two schools, 3-1 at the Golden Bearn Invitational in 2002 and 3-1 at the Hilton Garden Inn/NAU Invitational in 2006.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO:  The Lobos enter the weekend with a 1-1 record after defeating South Florida 3-1, but falling to #5 Nebraska 0-3 last weekend.  Head coach Jeff Nelson is in his fifth season at the school with a 79-41 record.  Nelson was the head coach at San Francisco before going to New Mexico.  Kelly Williamson leads the team with 25 kills, 3.57 per set.

    New Mexico leads the overall series, 5-2, and have won the past two meetings, 3-2 in 2007 at the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, and 3-1 against the Spartans at The Event Center.

ABOUT HAMPTON:  The Pirates enter the weekend with a 1-2 record after defeating North Carolina Central in five sets and falling to Elon and Campbell.  Head coach Pedro Gonzalez is in his fifth year at the helm of the program.  Shellen Pagan leads the team with 28 kills, 2.33 per set, and service aces with seven.

    This is the first meeting between the two schools.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his fifth season as head coach at his alma mater.  A 1990 graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program’s sixth head coach.  He has a 37-84 coaching record in four seasons.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Two Spartan players recorded three double-doubles this past weekend.  Savanah Leaf recorded her first two collegiate double-doubles with 11 kills and 14 digs against Denver and 21 kills and 14 digs against Arizona State.  Taylor Japhet had her first double-double of the season with 19 kills and 10 digs against Denver

FACING FORMER COACH:  The Spartans will face former head coach Craig Choate when San Jose State plays host Northern Arizona Friday night.  Choate was the Spartan head coach from 1993-2006.  He had a 244-191 coaching record and took three Spartan teams to the NCAA Tournament.

LEAF MAKES IMPRESSION:  In her first three matches in a Spartan uniform, freshman Savanah Leaf is making an impact on the court.  She led the Spartans with 21 kills in a win over Pac-12 foe Arizona State.  Leaf recorded double-doubles against Denver and Arizona State.  For the season, she is averaging 3.33 kills and 3.17 digs per set.

WE LIKE FOUR-SET MATCHES:  All three Spartan matches last weekend went to four sets.  In the first two matches, the Spartans lost the first two sets, won the third set and lost the fourth.  In the win over Arizona State, San Jose State won the first two sets, lost the third and won the fourth.

SPARTAN BLOCK APPEARS:  The Spartans outblocked Arizona State 11-8 in the victory Saturday night.  Alex Akana led the team with nine blocks, one solo and eight assists.  Krista Miller had four assists, while Taylor Japhet, Kylie Miraldi and Savanah Leaf each had two block assists.

ANDRADE CLIMBING UP CAREER ASSISTS LEADERS:  Caitlin Andrade currently ranks 10th all-time at San Jose State in assists with 1,914.  She needs 178 assists to move into ninth place and would need 3,568 assists over the next two years to break the record of 5,482 set by Michelle Sarkees from 1996-99.

ASSISTS (since 1984)    TOTAL    YEARS
  1.  Michelle Sarkees    5482    1996-99
  2.  Melizza Benitez    3257    1992-95
  3.  Savannah Smith    3040    1998-01
  4.  Teri DeBusk    2555    1984-85
  5.  Kristina Conrad    2548    2003-06
  6.  Danielle Spier    2461    1984-87
  7.  Susie Laymon    2330    1986-89
  8.  Jennifer Liston    2102    1991-92
  9.  Emily Burke    2092    2007-08
10.  Caitlin Andrade    1914    2009-10

2011 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2011 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 21-23 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and will include the top six teams in the regular-season standings. The championship match will be televised live on ESPNU.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans open the home portion of the 2011 schedule with the San Jose State/Santa Clara Invitational on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10.  San Jose State faces North Dakota on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 6 p.m.  Both matches will be played at Spartan Gym, located on the corner of 4th and San Carlos streets.