Volleyball Opens WAC Play On The Road

This Week:
Thurs., Sept 15    at Utah State    Logan, Utah    7:00 p.m. MDT
Sat. Sept. 17    at Idaho    Moscow, Idaho    7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS BEGIN WAC PLAY:  San Jose State opens Western Athletic Conference play this week with two road matches at Utah State on Thursday and at Idaho on Saturday.  The Spartans begin the week with a 5-7 overall record after going 3-1 at the Hilton Stockton Invitational last weekend. 

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 UTAH STATE:  The Aggies enter the match with a 5-8 overall record and went 2-1 last week, losing to BYU at home (0-3), before a trip to Orange County where the team lost at UC Irvine (1-3) before defeating Cal State Fullerton (3-1).  Head coach Grayson DuBose is in his sixth year at the school with an 85-80 record.  Senior Liz McArthur leads the team with 177 kills, 3.54 per set, while Kaitlyn VanHoff had 59 blocks, 1.34 ps.
    San Jose State leads the overall series, 17-11-1.  The two teams split the series last season, each winning on the other team’s court.

ABOUT IDAHO:  The Vandals begin the week with a 5-7 record and host Hawaii Thursday night before the Spartans travel to Moscow.  Last week, Idaho lost at #24 Long Beach State 0-3, but won at UC Irvine 3-0.  Head coach Debbie Buchanan is in her 12th year at the school with a 168-169 record.  Allison Walker leads the team with 154 kills, 3.76 ps, followed closely by Alicia Milwo with 152, 3.71 ps.  Julia Church has a team-best 39 blocks, 0.95 ps.
    Idaho leads the overall series, 8-6.  Last year, the teams won on their homecourt to split the series at 1-1.

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 41-89 coaching record in four seasons.

WAC OPENERS:  For the first time since the 2007 season, the team will start WAC play on the road.  For the past three years, San Jose State opened conference at home.  The Spartans opened 2007 play at Utah State where the team lost 3-1.  Since joining the conference, San Jose State is 5-10 in WAC openers and last won a WAC opener in 2005 with a 3-2 home win over Idaho.

  With a 3-1 record last week, San Jose State won the Hilton Stockton Invitational title with wins over host Pacific, CSU Bakersfield and UC Riverside.  The Spartans have not won a tournament title since the 2007 season when the team won the ASU/Bancorp South Classic and the UVU/La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational.  San Jose State opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over host Pacific, defeated CSU Bakersfield, 3-0, dropped a four-set match to Loyola Marymount before winning against UC Riverside, 3-1. 

HILTON STOCKTON INVITATIONAL HONORS: Two Spartans were honored for their performances at the Hilton Stockton Invitational.  Kylie Miraldi was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after hitting .378 and recorded 24 blocks including 14 block assists against UC Riverside and three solo blocks versus Pacific.  Caitlin Andrade was named to the all-tournament team after recording double-doubles in three of the four Spartan matches.  She averaged 9.47 assists, 3.73 digs and 0.66 blocks for the weekend.

ANDRADE MOVED UP CAREER ASSISTS LEADERS:  With 142 assists last weekend, Caitlin Andrade moved into eighth place on the San Jose State career assists list with 2,210.  She moved from 10th to eighth during the Pacific match when she had 51 assists in the match.  Andrade needs 120 assists to move into seventh place, 251 for sixth place and 3,272 over the next year and a half to tie 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.  Caitlin Andrade    2210    2009-C
  9.  Jennifer Liston    2102    1991-92
10.  Emily Burke    2092    2007-08

Senior Kylie Miraldi tied two San Jose State match records Saturday night with her 14 block assists against UC Riverside.  She tied current teammate Briana Amian and Liz Hudson for the block assists record, and Amia, Hudson and Mandy McMahon for the total blocks record.  Below are the two records and when they were set by each player.

Match:    14 - Kylie Miraldi, vs. UC Riverside, 9/17/2011
    14 – Brianna Amian, vs. San Francisco, 9/12/2007
    14 - Liz Hudson vs. Idaho, 11/24/2001

14 (0 solo, 14 assists) - Kylie Miraldi, vs. UC Riverside, 9/17/2011
14 (0 solo, 14 assists) - Brianna Amian, vs. San Francisco, 9/12/2007
14 (0 solo, 14 assists) - Liz Hudson, vs. Idaho, 11/24/2001
14 (5 solo, 9 assists) - Mandy McMahon at Fresno State, 10/7/1983

FIRST WIN AT PACIFIC IN 21 YEARS:  With the 3-1 over Pacific at the Hilton Stockton Invitational, it marked the first time San Jose State has won at the Spanos Center since September 18, 1990.  Since 1990, the Spartans have played in Stockton eight times.

ANDRADE WITH THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE:  Last weekend, Caitlin Andrade recorded double-doubles in three of her four matches played.  Her best match came in a win over host Pacific with 51 assists and 21 digs.  She begins the week with a two-match streak of double-doubles after recording 31 assists and 13 digs against Loyola Marymount and 33 assists and 14 digs against UC Riverside.  For the season, she had four double-doubles.  Her freshman year, Andrade had a streak of six consecutive mathes with a double-double and also recorded a triple-double in a match at Saint Mary’s.

GREAT BLOCKING NIGHT:  With 16.0 team blocks against UC Riverside(1 solo, 30 assists), the Spartans collected the most blocks in a match in over four years.  In the match against the Highlanders, Kylie Miraldi tied the school match record with 14 block assists.  Savanah Leaf had seven block assists, while Caitlin Andrade added a career-best five block assists.  The last time San Jose State had at least 16 blocks was a 2-3 loss to San Francisco on September 12, 2007.  That night, the Spartans had 19.5 blocks in the match with three solos and 33 assists.  Current Spartan Brianna Amian tied the school record in her Spartan home debut with 14 block assists.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Five 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 has four double-doubles on the season, highlighted by 51 assists and 21 digs in win at Pacific.  Krista Miller had her first career double-double with 10 kills and 17 digs against UC Santa Barbara.  Kylie Miraldi recorded her first double-double with 11 kills and a school-record tying 14 blocks against UC Riverside.

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 127, 2.89 per set, and service aces with 11.  Leaf led the Spartans with 21 kills in wins over Pac-12 foe Arizona State and at Pacific and added 18 kills against UC Santa Barbara, 11 versus Denver, 10 kills against New Mexico and eight against CSU Bakersfield.  Leaf recorded double-doubles against Denver, Arizona State and Pacific.

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.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans return home for two WAC matches.  The team hosts Fresno State on Thursday, September 29, and Nevada on Saturday, October 1.  Both matches begin at 7 p.m., inside Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.