Volleyball Hosts Eastern Washington Wednesday Night

Sept. 10, 2013

This Week:

Wed. Sept. 11            Eastern Washington            The Event Center            7:00 p.m. PDT

 Fri. Sept. 13            Bankers Classic            Stockton, Calif.

            vs. Winthrop                    5:00 p.m. PDT

Sat. Sept. 14            Bankers Classic            Stockton, Calif.

            vs. UC Riverside             10:00 a.m. PDT

            at Pacific                        7:00 p.m. PDT


SPARTANS OPEN HOME SCHEDULE, TRAVEL TO STOCKTON:  San José State volleyball will play four matches this week including the 2013 home opener against Eastern Washington on Wednesday.  The Spartans call The Event Center home this season after playing the last eight seasons at Spartan Gym.

San José State then travels up Interstate 5 to Stockton to play in the Bankers Classic hosted by the University of the Pacific.  The Spartans face Winthrop, UC Riverside and Pacific on Friday and Saturday.



LIVE AUDIO:  KSJS, 90.5 FM, will be broadcasting Wednesday night's match against Eastern Washington.  Fans can listen online at www.ksjs.org.  Alex Scott and Lewis Geist will call the action from The Event Center.

LIVE STATS:  All three matches this weekend will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.

MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK: A free live stream of Wednesday night's San José State-Eastern Washington  match will be available on the Mountain West Network at www.TheMW.com and on www.SJSUSpartans.com.

LIVE VIDEO:  All matches at the Bankers Classic will be streamed free of charge. The match with Pacific will also have audio.  Fans can click on the tournament page for the links - http://pacifictigers.com/sports/w-volley/2013-14/bankers_classic/Tournament_Page

ABOUT EASTERN WASHINGTON:  The Eagles enter Wednesday night's match with a 3-4 overall record.  The team defeated Texas tech, 3-1, but fell to Washington State, 0-3, and South Dakota, 2-3, last weekend.  Head coach Wade Benson is in his eighth season at the school.  Sophomore Allie Schumacher is the reigning Big Sky Player of the Week after hitting .330 last week.  She had a season-high 19 kills against South Dakota and led the team to a pair of wins.  She is averaging 2.71 kills per set on the season.

Eastern Washington leads the overall series 1-0 after winning 3-1 in 2009 at the Molten/Hilton Garden Inn Classic hosted by California.

ABOUT WINTHROP:  The Eagles enter the week with a 6-1 record after defeating Furman, 3-2, and South Carolina, 3-2, but falling at Clemson, 1-3, last weekend.  Head coach Bruce Atkinson is in his first season at the helm of the program.  Rachel Lenz leads the team with 79 kills, 2.82 per set, and blocks at 27, 0.96 per set.

This is the first meeting between the two teams.

ABOUT UC RIVERSIDE:  The Highlanders enter the week with an 0-6 record after falling to New Mexico (0-3), Georgia Tech (1-3) and Idaho State (0-3), last weekend.  Head coach Michelle Patton is in her first season at the school after spending five years at San Francisco State.  Ashley Cox leads the team with 67 kills, 3.19 per set.

San José State leads the all-time series 2-1.  The Spartans won 3-0 in 2010 at Spartan Gym and 3-1 at the Hilton Stockton Invitational 

ABOUT PACIFIC:  The Tigers begin the week with a 4-4 record after going 1-3 last week.  The team defeated Oklahoma, 3-2, but fell to Stanford, 0-3, Utah State, 2-3 and Portland State, 2-3.  Head coach Greg Gibbons is in his fourth year at the helm of the program.  Kat Schulz leads the team in kills with 87, 2.90 per set.  Gillian Howard has a team-best 36 blocks, 1.20 per set.

Pacific leads the overall series 40-10.  San José State has won just one time in the last six meetings, a 3-1 win at the 2011 Hilton Stockton Invitational.  Pacific won last year's meeting, 3-0, at Spartan Gym.

SAN JOSÉ STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his seventh season as head coach with a 63-120 coaching record.  A 1990 San José State graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program's sixth head coach. 

A NEW YEAR, A NEW ERA BEGINS:  The 2013-14 school year begins a new era in San José State Athletics history as the school begins play in the Mountain West after spending the past 17 years in the Western Athletic Conference.   The Spartans are part of the 11-team league that features Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Wyoming and the Spartans.  The volleyball team will be the first San José State team to play in a Mountain West contest when the Spartans host Boise State on September 26, in The Event Center.  

NEW HOME COURT:  This year will also mark the first time since 2004 that volleyball team has called The Event Center home.  All 11 matches will be played in the 5,000-seat venue, located on the corner of 7th and San Carlos Streets.  Parking for all spectators is available in the Seventh Street Garage.  The move was necessitated by the construction surrounding Spartan Gym and Yosh Uchida Hall.

The last Spartan win at The Event Center came on November 26, 2004, in a 3-0 sweep of Cal Poly.  San José State has a 79-50 record in 14 seasons of playing match there.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN':  After opening the season in Virginia, the Spartans play the entire month of September in the state of California.  The team will play in tournaments hosted by Sacramento State and the University of the Pacific.  San José State will play Eastern Washington in the team's home opener.  The volleyball team is also the first San José State team to participate in a Mountain West contest when SJSU hosts Boise State on September 26.

The Spartans make a trip to the state of Nevada for an October 3 match at UNLV.  After that, the team remains in California until a match at Wyoming on October 24.  In that time period, the Spartans will play 15 of its 16 matches in the state of California.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTION: Hanah Blume was named to the Tribe Invitational All-Tournament team.  She recored two double-doubles in three matches played over the weekend - 12 kills and 22 digs against William & Mary and 13 kills and 35 digs against Campbell.

Two Spartans were named to the all-tournament team at the Sacramento State Invitational.  Hanah Blume and Mary Alice O'Reilly were honored as they led the team to a 1-2 record.

TREMENDOUS HITTING NIGHT:  San José State hit a season-high .374 ina win over Sacramento State.  The team had 50 kills on 107 attempts and only 10 errors. 

Two Spartans did not commit a hitting error in the match.  Hanah Blume hit .517 with a season-best 15 kills on 29 attempts, while Tyanna Roy hit a team-high .588 with 10 kills on 10 attempts.

FRESHMAN MAKES IMPACT:  Lauren Jacobsen made an immediate impact on the Spartan team at the Tribe Invitational.  She led the team in kills in her first match in a Spartan uniform with 19 kills at William & Mary and hit .311 for the match (19-5-45).  Jacobsen also led team in kills against Campbell as she recorded her first collegiate double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs. 

DIGGIN' THE BALL:  Hanah Blume recorded 35 digs in a five-set loss to Campbell.  Blume's 35 digs is just the fourth time in school history that a player has dug that many balls in a match and is the sixth-highest number of digs in a match in school history.  The last Spartan player to record 30 or more digs in a match was Courtney Zellmer who had 35 against Gonzaga on August 28, 2010.

DIGGIN' THE BALL, PART 2:  Against Campbell, San José State recorded 107 digs as a team.  It was the most digs by a Spartan team since the 2007 season when the team had 111 against Boise State (10-25-07).  The team recorded 100 or more digs in one other match during that time - 106 against Sacramento State on October 13, 2009.

The 107 digs is the fourth-highest total in Mountain West history.  Only four other times has a team recorded more than 107 digs in a match.

115             Fresno State vs. Sacramento State 9/7/12

113             UNLV at Washington State 9/1/06

108            San Diego State vs. UC Irvine 9/11/10

108             Utah at Wyoming 10/14/06

107             San José State vs. Campbell 8/31/13

107             San Diego State vs. UNLV 9/21/07

UP NEXT:  The Spartans take next week off and begin preparations for Mountain West play.  The team will host the first Mountain West contest in school history when San José State hosts Boise State on Thursday, September 26.