Volleyball Hosts SJSU Tournament Friday & Saturday

This Week:
Fri. Sept. 10 SJSU Tournament Spartan Gym San Jose, Calif.

CS Northridge vs. Seattle 11:00 a.m.
Seattle vs. CS Bakersfield 6:00 p.m.
San Jose State vs. Portland State 8:00 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 11 SJSU Tournament Spartan Gym San Jose, Calif.

San Jose State vs. Seattle 11:00 a.m.
Portland State vs. CS Northridge 1:00 p.m.
San Jose State vs. CS Bakersfield 7:00 p.m.

SPARTANS HOST TOURNAMENT: The San Jose State volleyball program continues at home this week with the SJSU Tournament at Spartan Gym. Joining the Spartans are Portland State, Seattle, Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Northridge. The Spartans and Matadors do not face each other this week as the two teams play next week at the UNLV Classic.

Tickets for this weekend’s SJSU Tournament are available at the door the day of the match or payable through Ticketmaster.com. Prices for this weekend vary per match. The 11 a.m. match on Friday will be free to everyone. The 6/8 p.m. matches on Friday and the 11 a.m./1 p.m. matches on Saturday are $7 for adults and $5 for youth 12 and under.. One price will get your both matches in the session. Saturday night’s match will be $5 for adults and $3 for youth.

LIVE STATS: All matches this weekend will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com. The “Live Stats” button is located on the top right of the newly redesigned San Jose State Athletics site.

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ABOUT PORTLAND STATE: The Vikings enter the weekend with a 3-4 overall record. The team has defeated Seattle (3-1), Mercer (3-0) and Gonzaga (3-2), while falling to Oregon State (2-3), Washington (0-3), Boise State (2-3) and Oregon (2-3). Head coach Michael Seemann is in his fourth year at the school. Whitney Phillips leads the team with 147 kills, 4.90 per set, while Lana Ziekle leads the Vikings in blocks with 27, 0.90 ps.

San Jose State has a 4-1 lead in the overall series. The two teams last played each other in 1999 season at the San Diego Tournament as the Spartans won 3-0.

ABOUT SEATTLE: The Redhawks begin the weekend with a 2-5 record. The team has wins over Eastern Washington (3-2) and Mercer (3-0) but fell to Portland State (1-3), Arizona State (1-3), Utah State (2-3), San Diego State (0-3) and Oregon (2-3). Head coach Shannon Ellis is in her seventh year at the school. Cristin Richards leads the team in kills with 117, 4.03 ps, while Jordan Keller has a team-best 29 blocks, 1.38 ps.

Seattle won the only meeting in the series, 3-1, last year.

ABOUT CSU BAKERSFIELD: The Roadrunners begin the week with an 0-7 record and hosts UCLA Thursday night before the tournament. Head coach John Price is in his 14th year at the school. Lindy DeGeare leads the team with 73 kills, 2.92 ps, while Chelcy Motes is the team leader in blocks with 17.

The overall series is tied at 1-1. The Spartans won the 2008 meeting at Spartan Gym, 3-1, while the Roadrunners won last year’s meeting, 3-0, in Bakersfield.

ABOUT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: The Matadors will play two matches at Spartan Gym this weekend. The team enters the tournament with a 2-4 record and are coached by Jeff Stork. Two players on the Matador roster are from San Jose - Puneet Pataria who graduated from Mt. Pleasant HS and Sydney Gedryn who graduated from Willow Glen HS.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: Oscar Crespo begins his fourth 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 29-66 coaching record in four seasons.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Two Spartans have received all-tournament recognition this year. Courtney Zellmer was named to the North Dakota Classic All-Tournament team, while Hanah Blume received all-tournament honors at the SJSU/SMC Tournament.

DIGGIN’ THE BALL: Courtney Zellmer became one of only six players to record 35 or more digs in school history in the match against Gonzaga. Against the Zags, Zellmer recorded 35 digs in the four-set match. Her 35 digs are also the most by a Spartan player since the 2007 season when Kristal Tsukano recorded 42 against Idaho.

FRESHMEN MAKING IMPACT: Just seven matches into their Spartan career, Hanah Blume and Sarah Griest are making an impact on the San Jose State team. Blume leads the team in kills with 57, 2.85 ps and is third in digs with 45, 2.25 ps. Griest has started the past five matches at middle blocker. She has 26 kills and seven blocks on the year.

10 PLAYERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-WAC: For the first time in school history, 10 Spartan volleyball players received Academic All-WAC honors. Student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average and participate in at least 50% of a team’s contests. Those honored were Alex Akana, Caitlin Andrade, Asia Casino, Taylor Japhet, Sarah McAtee, Kylie Miraldi, Thao Pham, Kristal Tsukano, Katie Turner, Courtney Zellmer.

The 2010 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 22-24 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.

All-session tickets are $45 and can be purchased through each institution’s ticket office. For more information on the WAC Volleyball Tournament, visit www.wacsports.com.

Monday, Nov. 22 (Quarterfinals)
No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed 5 p.m.
No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov 23 (Semifinals)
Winner Match 1 vs. No. 2 seed 5 p.m.
Winner Match 2 vs. No. 1 Seed 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 24 (Championship)
Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

*times local and subject to change

UP NEXT: The Spartans travel to the final non-conference tournament of the year next weekend at the UNLV Classic. The team faces Xavier on Friday, September 17, and UNLV and Cal State Northridge on Saturday, September 18.