Volleyball On The Road For Two Matches; Hosts #7 Hawai?i Monday

This Week:

Thurs., Sept. 25
Nevada
Reno, Nev.
7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat., Sept. 27
Fresno State
Fresno, Calif.
7:00 p.m. PDT

Mon., Sept. 29
#7 Hawaii
Spartan Gym
7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS PLAY THREE MATCHES IN FIVE NIGHTS: San Jose State takes to the road this week for two Western Athletic Conference matches. The team plays at Nevada on Thursday and at Fresno State on Saturday. The Spartans then return home next Monday evening, September 29, for a meeting against #7 Hawaii.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for all San Jose State home volleyball matches are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 12 and under. Kids wearing their volleyball jersey can buy $1 tickets at the door. Also, groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets of $3 per person. The ticket office opens one hour prior to first serve at Spartan Gym. For more ticket information, please call 408-924-SJTX (7589).

ABOUT NEVADA: The Wolf Pack enter Thursday night’s match with a 5-5 overall record and a 1-1 WAC mark. The team defeated Louisiana Tech last Thursday night but lost at New Mexico State Saturday night. Head coach Devin Scruggs is in her 12th year at the school with a 194-138 coaching record. Kylie Harrington leads the team in kills with 109, 2.95 per set, while Lindsay Baldwin is the team leader in blocks with 43, 1.16 ps.

San Jose State has a 21-12 lead in the overall series, but Nevada won both meetings last year, 3-0 at Spartan Gym, and 3-2 in Reno.

ABOUT FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs enter the week with a 4-7 overall record and a 1-1 WAC record after defeating Louisiana Tech and losing at New Mexico State last week. Head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell is in her first year at the school after spending the last two years as the head coach at Hofstra. Brianna Clark leads the team in kills with 117, 2.85 ps, while Baylee Platt has 102 kills, 3.29 ps.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 43-21. The Spartans won both meetings last year, 3-0 at Spartan Gym on October 22, and 3-1 at Fresno State on November 1.

ABOUT #7 HAWAII: The Rainbow Wahine begin the week with a 9-2 overall record and a 2-0 WAC mark. The team plays at Louisiana Tech on Thursday and at New Mexico State on Saturday before arriving in San Jose. Head coach Dave Shoji is in his 34th year at the school. Senior Jamie Houston is averaging 4.06 kills per set, while freshman Kanani Herring has made an immediate impact on the team as she averaging 3.71 kills per set. She was also named the WAC Player of the Week on Monday. San Jose native Amber Kaufman leads the WAC in service aces with 23, 0.61 ps.

Hawaii leads the overall series, 58-4. San Jose State has not won a match in the series since 1993 when the Spartans won 3-2, at The Event Center.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: 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 18-23 coaching record in two seasons.

RECAP OF LAST WEEK’S MATCHES:
The Spartans opened the 2008 WAC season last week at home. The team fell to Boise State, 3-0, on Thursday and Utah State, 3-2, on Saturday.

Against Boise State, Kelly Crow recorded a team-best 11 kills. She hit a team-best .321 in the match with 13 kills on 28 attempts and only four hitting errors. Niki Clement added 11 kills and eight digs for the Spartans.

Nia Freeman led the Spartans with five block assists and had five kills. Brianna Amian added five kills and three block assists. Kristal Tsukano recorded a team-high 13 digs in the match.

Versus Utah State, Crow led the Spartans with a career-best 24 kills. She hit a team-high.370 in the match with 54 attempts and only four hitting errors and had her second double-double of the season with a season-high 17 digs.

Clement added 20 kills and had her fifth double-double of the season with 11 digs. She added a season-best two solo blocks.

One key contributor off the bench for San Jose State was Kylie Miraldi. She came off the bench in the first set and changed the dynamic on the floor for the Spartans. She added three kills and three blocks, one solo and two assists, in the match.

CROW HAS STRONG START TO WAC SEASON: Kelly Crow started the 2008 WAC season very strongly for the Spartans. In two matches last week, she hit .354 with 37 kills on 82 attempts and just eight hitting errors. She added 18 digs two blocks, one assist and one service ace. Crow led the team in kills against Utah State with a career-best 24, hit .370 and recorded her second double-double of the season (24 kills, 17 digs.)

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.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT: 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 is ninth in kills with 1,134. She needs 103 kills to move into eighth place with Barbara Higgins at 1,237. Clement is also seventh in kill attempts at 3,017 and needs just 49 attempts to match Stephanie Pascucci who had 3,066 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 260 total blocks.

Colleen Burke is 11th in career kills with 1,035 kills and is second in hitting percentage at .313. She is eighth in block assists at 243 and 10th in total blocks at 262.

Two Spartans are in the top-10 in career assists. Emily Burke is ninth with 1,669 assists, while Brittany Collet is 10th with 1,442 assists.

MIRALDI HOME DEBUT FULL OF BLOCKS:
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 was 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 that 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’s7 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 host two more WAC matches later next week. New Mexico State visits Spartan Gym on Thursday, October 2, while Louisiana Tech comes to San Jose State on Saturday, October 4. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. in Spartan Gym.