Volleyball At Hilton Stockton Invitational

This Week:
Thurs., Sept 15    Hilton Stockton Invitational    Stockton, Calif.

    vs. Pacific        7:00 p.m. PDT
Fri. Sept. 16    Hilton Stockton Invitational    Stockton, Calif.
    vs. CSU Bakersfield        12:00 p.m. PDT
Sat. Sept. 17    Hilton Stockton Invitational    Stockton, Calif.
    vs. Loyola Marymount        11:30 a.m. PDT
    vs. UC Riverside        5:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS IN STOCKTON THIS WEEK:  San Jose State travels to Stockton this weekend for four matches at the Hilton Stockton Invitational hosted by the University of the Pacific.  The Spartans face the host Tigers on Thursday, CSU Bakersfield on Friday and Loyola Marymount and UC Riverside on Saturday.

LIVE STATS: All matches this weekend will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”

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ABOUT PACIFIC:  The Tigers enters Thursday night’s match with a 7-3 record after going 1-2 at the Verizon Wireless Volleyball Challenge in Hawaii.  The team lost to Cincinnati (0-3) and #12 Hawaii (1-3) but defeated Rice (3-2).  Head coach Greg Gibbons is in his second season at the helm of the program.  Samantha Misa leads the team with 143 kills, 3.97 per set, while Jennifer Sanders is the team’s leading blocker with 30, 0.83 ps.
    Pacific leads the overall series 38-9, and have won the past five meetings.

ABOUT CSU BAKERSFIELD:  The Roadrunners begin the week with a 3-6 record after going 2-1 at the Liberty Invite last weekend with wins over Saint Frances (3-2) and Rider (3-1), but falling to host Liberty (0-3).  Head coach Jolen Shepardson is in her first season at the school.  Haleigh Haratyk leads the team with 143 kills, 4.77 ps.
    San Jose State leads the overall series, 2-1, and won last year’s meeting, 3-0.

ABOUT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT:  The Lions begin the week with a 5-4 record after going 1-2 at the UK Invitational where the team defeated West Virginia (3-0) but fell to Kentucky (0-3) and Houston (0-3).  Head coach Tom Black is in his second season at the school.  Jasmine Rankins leads the team with 99 kills, 3.41 ps, while Litara Keil has a team-best 22 blocks, 0.79 ps.
    The series is tied at 3-3, with the Spartans winning the first three and LMU the last three match, the last in 2008.

ABOUT UC RIVERSIDE:  The Highlanders begin the week with a 1-9 record after falling to BYU (0-3), Utah (1-3) and Eastern Michigan (0-3) last weekend.  Head coach Ron Larsen is in his third year at the school.  Amanda Vialpando leads the team with 125 kills, 3.47 ps, while Megan Patterson has a team-high 104 digs.
    The overall series is 1-1, with the Spartans winning last year’s meeting 3-0.

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 38-88 coaching record in four seasons.

LAST WEEK:  The Spartans opened the home portion of its home schedule last weekend with matches against North Dakota and UC Santa Barbara as part of the San Jose State/Santa Clara Invitational.  San Jose State fell to the Fighting Sioux, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21.  Savanah Leaf led the team with nine kills and 10 digs.  Kylie Miraldi added a team-best five blocks (1-4).

    Saturday night, San Jose State took an early 1-0 lead as the team won the first set 25-22, but the Gauchos rebounded to take the final three sets.  Leaf again led the team with 18 kills.  Krista Miller recorded her first career double-double of the year with 10 kills and a team-high 17 digs.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Four Spartan players have recorded five double-doubles this season.  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.  Caitlin Andrade had 33 assists and 12 digs versus New Mexico.  Krista Miller had her first career double-double with 10 kills and 17 digs against UC Santa Barbara.

LEAF MAKING IMPRESSION:  In her first season in a Spartan uniform, freshman Savanah Leaf is making an immediate impact on the court.  She leads the team in kills with 88, 3.03 per set, and service aces with seven.  Leaf led the Spartans with 21 kills in a win over Pac-12 foe Arizona State and added 18 kills against UC Santa Barbara, 11 versus Denver and 10 kills against New Mexico.  Leaf recorded double-doubles against Denver and Arizona State. 

MILLER NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT:  After a strong tournament, Krista Miller was named to the Fiesta Bowl All-Tournament team.  She led the team in kills against Northern Arizona with nine and added nine kills and nine digs against New Mexico.  She added seven digs and five blocks against the Lumberjacks and recorded seven kills in a win over Hampton.

ANDRADE CLIMBING UP CAREER ASSISTS LEADERS:  Caitlin Andrade currently ranks 10th all-time at San Jose State in assists with 2,068.  She needs 24 assists to move into ninth place and would need 3,414 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    2068    2009-C

UP NEXT:  The Spartans begin Western Athletic Conference play with two road matches at Utah State on Thursday, September 22, and at Idaho on Saturday, September 24.