SPARTANS RETURN TO SPARTAN GYM FOR MW ACTION: The San José State volleyball team returns to Spartan Gym for the first time since August 27 for the first two home Mountain West matches of the year. The Spartans host New Mexico on Thursday, September 29, and MW leader UNLV on Saturday, October 1.
LIVE STATS: Live stat links for the matches are available on the San José State website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.
ABOUT NEW MEXICO: The Lobos enter Thursday night's match with 10-5 overall record and 1-1 MW record. The team defeated Air Force, 3-0, last Thursday before falling to Boise State, 3-2, on Saturday. Cassie House is eighth in the MW in kills with 187, 3.46 ps, while Victoria Spragg is sixth in blocks at 1.24 ps.
Series Record - New Mexico leads 13-3.
First Meeting - L, 2-0, September 26, 1981, San Jose, Calif.
Last Meeting - L, 3-0, October 29, 2015, Albuquerque, N.M.
Current Streak - L9
Last 10 meetings - 1-9
ABOUT UNLV: The Rebels begin the week atop the MW standings with a 13-1 overall record and 2-0 conference mark. The team is receiving votes in the current AVCA Top-25 poll. UNLV plays at Fresno State Thursday night before traveling to San Jose. Bree Hammel leads the MW in points scored with 241.5, 4.93 per set, and is third in kills with 203, 4.14 ps. Setter Alexis Patterson is second in the MW in assists with 55, 11.33 ps.
Series Record - San José State leads 6-5.
First Meeting - W, 3-1, October 11, 1996, The Event Center
Last Meeting - L, 3-1, October 22, 2015, Spartan Gym
Current Streak - L4
Last 10 meetings - 5-5
HEAD COACH Jolene Shepardson: San José State head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her third season at the helm of the program. She has a 24-50 record in three seasons at SJSU, and a 67-97 coaching record in six seasons.
ROBINSON NEARING 1,000 CAREER ASSISTS: Setter Breann Robinson needs just two assists this week to record 1,000 assists during her San José State career. She begins the week with 487 assists on the season, her best season total of her three-year career.
HOME SWEET OCTOBER: The Spartans play nine MW matches in the month of October, five in Spartan Gym beginning this Saturday with MW leader UNLV. San José State plays four consecutive home matches in the middle of the month - Boise State (13th), Air Force (15th), Colorado State (20th) and Wyoming (22nd).
UP NEXT: The Spartans go back on the road for two MW matches at Nevada on Thursday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m., and at San Diego State on Saturday, October 8, at 1 p.m.