Volleyball Travels To Stockton For Bank of Stockton Classic

This Week:
Fri. Sept. 4 31st Annual Bank of Stockton Classic Stockton, Calif.

at Pacific Spanos Center 7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat. Sept. 5 31st Annual Bank of Stockton Classic Stockton, Calif.

Consolation/Championship 5:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. PDT
vs. #5 Florida or #11 Stanford Spanos Center

2009 SPARTANS TRAVEL TO STOCKTON: The 2009 San Jose State volleyball team travels up Interstate 5 to play at the 31st Annual Bank of Stockton Classic hosted by the University of the Pacific. The Spartans play the host Tigers Friday night at the Spanos Center. Saturday night, San Jose State plays either #5 Florida or #11 Stanford depending on the outcome of the Friday night matches.

LIVE STATS/AUDIO: All matches this weekend will have live stats available at www.pacifictigers.com. A link will also be available on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com. An audio broadcast of the San Jose State-Pacific match will be available on the Pacific web site at http://pacifictigers.cstv.com/multimedia/paci-multimedia.html and there will also be a live broadcast of Saturday's match as well.

ABOUT PACIFIC: The Tigers enter the weekend with a 3-0 mark after winning the Fresno State Invitational. The team defeated UW-Green Bay (3-1), Cal State Bakersfield (3-0) and Fresno State (3-1). Interim head coach David Johnson is in his first year at the helm of the program after spending the past three years as the Tigers top assistant. Rebekah Torres leads the team in kills with 46, 4.18 ps, and is hitting .301 after three matches.

Pacific leads the overall series, 37-9, and has won three in a row in the series. The last time the two teams met was October 30, 2007, but no team won the match as it was called after a 5.6 earthquake hit at 8:04 p.m. that night and shook the gym for 10 to 20 seconds. The Spartans were leading 1-0 and 26-25 before the earth shook and the lights in Spartan Gym swayed.

ABOUT #5 FLORIDA: The Gators begin the weekend with a 3-0 record after defeating UNLV, 3-0, and Colorado, 3-0, in their own tournament, and winning in five over Florida State Monday night. Head coach Mary Wise is in her 19th season at the school with a 581-61 record and has a 662-124 coaching record in 23 years. Kristy Jaeckel leads the team in kills with 39, 3.55 ps.

This would be the first meeting between the two schools.

ABOUT #11 STANFORD: The Cardinal enter the weekend with a 2-1 record after defeating LSU (3-1) and Denver (3-0) at the Notre Dame Invitational, but fell to the Irish 3-0. Head coach John Dunning is in ninth season on The Farm with a 241-38 record and has a 678-140 coaching record in 24 years. Junior Cassidy Lichtman leads the team with 45 kills (4.09 kps) and is hitting .347. She is second on the squad with 29 digs and third with 25 assists.

Stanford leads the overall series, 27-9. The two teams last faced each other in 2002 season at the Stanford Invitational as the Cardinal won the match, 3-1. Current assistant coach Jeanine Haldi played in all four sets and recorded four digs in the match.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: Oscar Crespo is in his third season as head coach at his alma mater with a 27-36 coaching record. A 1990 graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program's sixth head coach.

RETURNING ALL-WAC HONOREES: Brianna Amian is the Spartans returning All-WAC honoree after being named to the second team last season.

Amian was second on the team in kills with 274, 2.45 per set, and had 176 digs and 57 blocks.

TOUGH NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: The 2009 season finds the Spartans playing one of its most challenging non-conference schedules in recent memory. San Jose State faces at least one team ranked in the top-25 of the AVCA Division I Coaches poll in each of the first four weekends. The Spartans started the season playing then fourth-ranked Washington. This weekend, the team will face either #5 Florida or #11 Stanford on Saturday. Next weekend, San Jose State travels up I-880 to play at #10 California. The teams plays at #16 San Diego for the final weekend of non-conference tournaments, Sept. 18-19.

SPARTAN CAREER RANKINGS: Kristal Tsukano moved from sixth to third place last weekend with her 39 digs in three matches. She enters the week in third place in digs with 1,076 in her four-year career. Tsukano would need 336 more digs to tie Dawnis Wilson for second place all-time. Jessie Shull holds the San Jose State career record at 2,260 digs.
DIGS TOTAL YEARS
1. Jessie Shull 2260 2003-06
2. Dawnis Wilson 1412 1988-91
3. Kristal Tsukano 1076 2006-08
4. Joslynn Gallop 1052 1997-00
Christina Lukens 1052 1999-02
6. Barbara Higgins 1039 1984-87
7. Jeanine Haldi 982 1999-02
8. Darcy Walker 981 1996-99
9. Danielle Spier 978 1984-87
10. Savannah Smith 947 1998-01

FRESHMEN, NEWCOMERS MAKE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT: The first weekend of play was dominated by the play of freshmen and newcomers. Freshman Taylor Japhet led the team with 17 kills against Seattle and leads the team with 30 kills. Freshman Alex Akana led the Spartans with nine kills against San Diego State and seven kills at #4 Washington. Freshman setter Caitlin Andrade leads the team with 62 assists including 30 against San Diego State. Freshman Katie Turner had 10 or more digs in all three matches including 15 against the Aztecs. Sophomore transfer Asia Casino had a team-best 29 assists at Seattle.

NEVADA UNION CONNECTION: For the second consecutive season, San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo signed a former Nevada Union High School graduate. Taylor Japhet joins the team this season after former high school teammates Sarah McAtee and Kylie Miraldi joined the Spartans last year.

KAMEHAMEHA PLAYERS: The Spartans have also had success recruiting players from Kamehameha High School on the island on Oahu. Alex Akana and Caitlin Andrade join fellow Kamehameha graduate Kristal Tsukano at San Jose State.

FOUR PLAYERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-WAC:
Four returning Spartan players received Academic All-WAC honors last year. Kylie Miraldi, Thao Pham, Kristal Tsukano and Courtney Zellmer all had a 3.00 or better grade point average.

TSUKANO RECEIVES ACADEMIC HONOR:
Kristal Tsukano was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Third Team, as selected by the district's College Sports Information Directors.

Tsukano carries a 3.69 overall grade point average and is a biological science major. She is a three-time Academic All-WAC selection and the Spartans starting libero.

AUDIO BROADCASTS: Various Spartan home matches will be broadcast this season. KSJS, 90.5 FM, the San Jose State student radio station, is planning to broadcast four home matches - Sept. 24, Oct. 13, Oct. 15 and Nov. 2.

Other home matches will be broadcast on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com. A schedule will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

COMING SOON TO THE WEB!: Seniors Kristal Tsukano and Thao Pham will be giving their thoughts on the 2009 season and what is happening with the Spartan volleyball team. The debut of K & T Volleyblog is just around the corner. Stay tuned to the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com to see what the two Spartan seniors are talking about this week.

2009 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2009 WAC Volleyball Tournament will move to a neutral site this year and include the top-six teams in the conference standings. The tournament will be played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nov. 23-25.

All-session tickets are $45 and can be purchased over the phone (888-234-2334) or online (www.orleansarena.com/event-calendar/wac-volleyball-tournament).

The WAC Tournament was played at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from 1996-98 when UNLV was a member of the conference.

The WAC Volleyball Tournament is a single-elimination event with the top two seeds receiving first-round byes and the champion earning the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

2009 WAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Monday, Nov. 23 (Quarterfinals)
No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed 5 p.m.
No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov 24 (Semifinals)
Winner Match 1 vs. No. 2 seed 5 p.m.
Winner Match 2 vs. No. 1 Seed 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 25 (Championship)
Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

*times local and subject to change

UP NEXT:
The Spartans stay in the Bay Area next week for three matches. The team travels to Moraga for a non-conference match with Saint Mary's on Wednesday, September 9, at 7 p.m. San Jose State then plays at the Molten/Hilton Garden Inn Classic hosted by #10 California on Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12. The Spartans face Eastern Washington on Friday at 1 p.m., and #10 California Saturday at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at Haas Pavilion.