Volleyball To Play Three Matches At Sacramento State Invitational

This Week:
Fri., Sept. 5

Sacramento State Invitational
Sacramento, Calif.
vs. Saint Mary’s 5:00 p.m. PDT

Sat., Sept. 6
Sacramento State Invitational
Sacramento, Calif.
vs. Sacramento State 12:30 p.m. PDT
vs. Cal State Northridge 5:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS TRAVEL TO SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL: San Jose State begins the second week of the season at the Sacramento State Invitational where the team will face Saint Mary’s, Sacramento State and Cal State Northridge. All matches will have live stats available at http://www.hornetsports.com. For the Sacramento State match on Saturday, live video is available for free at http://www.bigskytv.org/, while audio will be available at http://www.hornetsports.com/multimedia/Audio.asp.

ABOUT SAINT MARY’S: The Gaels enter the weekend with a 3-0 record after defeating UC Davis, Cal State Bakersfield and Fresno State last weekend. Head coach Rob Browning is in his fourth season at Saint Mary’s and was the Team Liaison for the 2008 USA Men’s Volleyball team that won the gold medal in Beijing.
San Jose State leads the overall series, 14-6. Saint Mary’s has won the past three meetings, the last in 2004. The Spartans last won in 2002 with a 3-2 win at Spartan Gym.

ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets open the tournament with a 2-2 record after defeating Texas-Pan American and Louisiana Monroe last weekend. Head coach Ruben Volta is in his first season after serving as an associate and assistant coach the past eight years.
The all-time series is tied at 5-5, with the Hornets winning the past two meetings in 2004, 3-0, and 2002, 3-1. San Jose State last won in 2001 with a 3-2 win at the Oregon State Showcase.

ABOUT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: The Matadors enter the tournament with a 2-1 record after defeating Boise State and Seattle and but losing to Washington State, 3-2, last weekend. Head coach Jeff Stork is in his seventh year at the helm of the program with a 79-94 record.
This series is tied a 6-6, with Cal State Northridge winning the past two meetings in 2006, 3-2, and 2003, 3-0. San Jose State last won in 1995 with a 3-1 win at Spartan Gym.

Oscar Crespo begins his second 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 15-18 coaching record in two seasons.

RECAP OF WILDCAT CLASSIC: The Spartans finished 1-2 at the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic last weekend. The team opened the tournament with a 3-0 win overall Gardner-Webb last Friday. Kelly Crow led the Spartans with 13 kills, hit .429 for the match, 13-1-28 and added seven digs. Brianna Amian added nine kills on 21 attempts and three digs. Niki Clement recorded eight kills, while Colleen Burke hit .500 for the match (6-1-9) and added two service aces. Emily Burke recorded 29 assists and five digs, while Kristal Tsukano had five digs

In the second match on Friday, the Spartans were swept by host Arizona, 25-19, 25-13, 28-26. Clement led the Spartans with nine kills. Others contributing for the Spartans included Crow who had seven kills and three digs. Tsukano had nine digs and three assists. Nia Freeman led the team with two solo blocks. Emily Burke had 21 assists, three digs and four kills.

Against Weber State, Clement recorded her first double-double of the year with a season-best 22 kills and 10 digs, but the team lost a hard-fought match to Weber State, 16-25, 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11. Clement recorded her 22 kills on 52 attempts and added two block assists and an assist. Crow had 16 kills on 44 attempts and added with digs and two block assists. Freeman had 12 kills on 24 attempts and two block assists.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Niki Clement and Kelly Crow were named to the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team.

RECAP OF ST. JOHN’S MATCH: Kelly Crow recorded a season-high 17 kills and hit .341 for San Jose State, but the team lost its comeback-bid to St. John’s, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24, 25-17, this past Monday morning at Spartan Gym.

Crow added eight digs, three block assists and one service ace for the match. Nia Freeman hit .318 with 10 kills on 22 attempts and only three errors and had two block assists and two digs. Brittany Collet came off the bench and collected 34 assists and added four digs and two block assists.
Kylie Miraldi made her first collegiate appearance in Spartan Gym and contributed for the Spartans. She led the Spartans in blocking with eight, two solo and six assists. Miraldi added three kills and an assist.

1,000 CAREER KILL CLUB: Niki Clement joined an exclusive club at San Jose State when she recorded her 1,000th career kill against Arizona on August 29. With her accomplishment, Clement became just the 11th player in the 35-year history of Spartan volleyball to record 1,000 or more career kills.

Colleen Burke is nearing 1,000 career kills as a Spartan. She enters the tournament with 972 kills and needs 28 kills to become the 12th person in the San Jose State 1,000 Kill Club.

CAREER RANKINGS: Three current Spartans rank among San Jose State career leaders. Niki Clement is 11th in kills with 1,031 and 10th in kill attempts with 2,740 and block assists with 214. Colleen Burke is second in hitting percentage at .310 and ninth in block assists with 226. Brittany Collet is ninth in assists with 1,434. A complete updated listing is on page four.

MIRALDI HOME DEBUT FULL OF BLOCKS: Freshman Kylie Miraldi made her collegiate home debut a memorable match on September 1. Against St. John’s, she had a team-best two solo blocks and six block assists for eight total blocks. Miraldi added three kills and an assist in three sets played that day.

Colleen Burke and Niki Clement were named to the 12-person Preseason All- Western Athletic Conference volleyball team as selected by the conference’s nine head coaches.

Burke was a first team All-WAC selection last season and led the team in hitting with a .343 percentage, the fourth-best in school history. She is second all-time in hitting with a .313 percentage and is on track to record her 1,000th career kill this season to join an elite club at San Jose State. Burke averaged 2.61 kills and 0.70 blocks per game last year.

Clement was a second team All-WAC pick last year. She averaged 3.37 kills and 3.40 digs per game last season. She needs just 12 kills to also join the group of former Spartans with 1,000 or more career kills.

SPARTANS PICKED THIRD IN WAC PRESEASON POLL: The 2008 San Jose State volleyball team is picked to finish tied for third with Idaho in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

The 2008 San Jose State volleyball team has been picked third with Idaho by the league’s coaches in the Western Athletic Conference Preseason Volleyball Poll.

Defending WAC champion Hawaii has been selected first in the poll, receiving eight of the nine first-place votes and 64 total points. New Mexico State finished second with one first-place vote and 57 points. San Jose State and Idaho tied for third with 42 points each.

2008 WAC Coaches’ Poll
Rank Team Points

1. Hawaii (8) 64
2. New Mexico State (1) 55
3. Idaho 42
San Jose State 42
5. Utah State 40
6. Nevada 34
7. Boise State 20
8. Fresno State 16
9. Louisiana Tech 9

WAC TOURNAMENT IN HAWAII: The 2008 WAC Volleyball Tournament moves to the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus. The tournament will be held on November 20, 21, and 23.

LIVE STATS: All home San Jose State volleyball matches will have live statistics available on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

UP NEXT: The Spartans travel to Los Angeles for the Four Points Sheraton LAX/LMU Volleyball Classic. The team will play UC Irvine on Friday, September 12, and Loyola Marymount and Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 13.

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