Volleyball Opens WAC Play Versus Boise State, Utah State

This Week:
Thurs., Sept. 18
Boise State
Spartan Gym
7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat., Sept. 20
Utah State
Spartan Gym
7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS HOST BRONCOS, AGGIES IN WAC PLAY: San Jose State begins Western Athletic Conference play this week with two home matches against Boise State and Utah State. The Spartans begin the week with a 4-6 record after going 2-1 last weekend at the LMU Volleyball Classic.

The San Jose State-Boise State match will be broadcast on KSJS, 90.5 FM, the student radio station, and can also be heard through their web site at www.ksjs.org. Pregame begins at 6:45 p.m.

ABOUT BOISE STATE: The Broncos enter Thursday’s match with a 2-7 record and won its past two matches, 3-0 to IUPUI and 3-1 against Central Michigan. Head coach Robin Davis is 21-47 in three years at the school. Sadie Maughan is hitting .306 for the year with 70 kills, while Alisha King leads the team in kills with 28, 2.44 per set.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 15-2, and won both meetings last season, including a 3-2 win in Spartan Gym on October 25.

ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies enter the week with a 1-9 overall record and host Utah Valley Tuesday night before playing in San Jose on Saturday. Head coach Grayson DuBose is in his third year at the school with a 31-41 record. Melissa Osterloh leads the team in kills with 132, 3.67 per set, while Katie Astle is hitting .301 for the season and leads the team in blocking with 38, 1.06 ps.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 15-6-1. Utah State swept the two regular season matches last year including a 3-1 match in Spartan Gym on September 27. However, the Spartans upset the Aggies at the 2007 WAC Tournament with a 3-2 win in a quarterfinal match.

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 18-21 coaching record in two seasons.

The Spartans finished 2-1 at the Four Points Sheraton LAX/LMU Volleyball Classic. Against UC Irvine last Friday afternoon, San Jose State trailed 17-8, but used a 17-6 run to win set four and the match, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-23.

After a timeout at 17-8 in set four, the Spartans got three kills each from Kelly Crow and Brianna Amian and a kill from Nia Freeman to make the 17-6 run. The Spartans tied the match at 21-21on a Crow kill, took the lead for good on an Emily Burke kill at 23-22 and won the set and match on a UC Irvine service error.

Crow led the Spartans with 15 kills and hit .342 for the match with 38 attempts and only two errors. She added five digs, two blocks, two assists and a service ace. Amian added nine kills while hitting .304 and added three blocks. Freeman had seven kills and a team-best four blocks. Clement had six kills and a team-best 14 digs, while Colleen Burke added six kills, three digs, two aces and a block.

On Saturday, the Spartans faced host Loyola Marymount in its first match. After the Spartans won the first set, 25-17, LMU won the next three sets, 25-22, 25-15, 25-14. Clement led the Spartans with her fourth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs. Crow recorded 11 kills, seven digs and two blocks. Amian had nine kills and four digs. Freeman led the team in blocks with four, one solo and three assists.

The Spartans then rebounded in the second match Saturday with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 win over Pittsburgh. Clement and Crow each had 11 kills, while Amian had nine kills. Freeman and Amian each had two blocks.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Kelly Crow and Colleen Burke were named to the Four Points Sheraton LAX/LMU Volleyball Classic All-Tournament team. Emily Burke was named to the Sacramento State Invitational All-Tournament team. Niki Clement and Kelly Crow were named to the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team.

Emily Burke recorded a triple-double against Saint Mary’s on September 5. She became the only setter in Spartan history to accomplish this feat. Burke had 40 assists, 15 digs and 10 kills in the match. The triple-double feat has only been accomplished in 11 matches in school history.

1,000 CAREER KILL CLUB: For only the second time in school history, two Spartan volleyball players joined the 1,000 career kill club in the same season. They became the 1th and 12 Spartan players to accomplish this milestone.

Niki Clement recorded her 1,000th career kill against Arizona on August 29. Colleen Burke hit the 1,000 career kill mark against Sacramento State on September 6.

The only other time in school history that this happened was during the 1986 season when All-American Lisa Ice and Christa Cook recorded their 1,000th career kills.

CAREER RANKINGS: Four current Spartans rank among San Jose State career leaders. Niki Clement moved into ninth place last Saturday in kills with 1,103, passing Christa Cook who had 1,101 kills. She needs 134 kills to move into eighth place with Barbara Higgins at 1,237. Clement is also eighth in kill attempts at 2,943 and needs just 46 attempts to match Lisa Ice who had 2,989 attempts in her career. Clement is 10th in block assists with 225, and is just one total block shy of the top-10. She begins the week with 258 total blocks.

Colleen Burke is 11th in career kills with 1,024 kills and is second in hitting percentage at .314. She is eighth in block assists at 240 and 10th in total blocks at 259.

Two Spartans are in the top-10 in career assists. Emily Burke is ninth with 1,589 assists, while Brittany Collet is 10th with 1,442 assists.

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.

EMILY BURKE HONORED BY WAC: Emily Burke has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 1-7. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor for Burke.
She tallied 146 assists, 33 digs and 21 kills over four matches last week. Burke averaged 10.43 assists and 2.36 digs per set. She was named to the Sacramento State Invitational All-Tournament Team after becoming the first setter in school history to record a triple-double in a match. Burke accomplished the feat against Saint Mary’s Friday night with 40 assists, 15 digs and a career-high 10 kills. She also hit .571 on the match. She added a double-double vs. Sacramento State, finishing with 48 assists and 11 digs.

BURKE CLEMENT NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-WAC TEAM: 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.

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 play its first two WAC road matches of the season next week. San Jose State plays at Nevada on Thursday, September 25, and at Fresno State on Saturday, September 27. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.