Thurs., Oct. 1 Air Force (8-9, 1-1) Spartan Gym San Jose, Calif. 6:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., Oct. 3 New Mexico (8-6, 1-1) Spartan Gym San Jose, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PDT
HOME, SWEET HOME : The San José State volleyball returns to Spartan Gym for the team's first home matches since August 29. The team opens the home portion of the Mountain West schedule with matches against Air Force on Thursday and New Mexico on Saturday.
MOUNTAIN WEST DIGITAL NETWORK: This week's matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Digital Network at www.SJSUSpartans.com/videos and http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live.
LIVE STATS: Live stats for the match are available on the San José State website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.
ABOUT AIR FORCE: The Falcons enter Thursday night's match with an 8-9 overall record and a 1-1 Mountain West mark. The team opened conference play with a 3-2 loss to Nevada at home last Thursday, but rebounded with a 3-1 win over San Diego State this past Saturday. Head coach Matt McShane is in his sixth season at the school with a 53-134 coaching record. Senior Akokwe Clement is second in the MW in kills at 249, 3.61 per set. She is the younger sister of former Spartan player Niki Clement.
San José State holds a slim 4-3 advantage in the all-time series. Air Force won both meetings last season.
ABOUT NEW MEXICO: The Lobos begin the week with an 8-6 overall record and 1-1 Mountain West mark. The team plays a non-conference match at New Mexico State Tuesday night before traveling to San Jose for Saturday's match. Head coach Jeff Nelson is in his ninth season at the school and has a 163-94 school record and a 405-240 coaching record in 21 years. Devanne Sours leads the team in kills with 185, 3.25 ps, while Skye Gullatt has 54 blocks, 1.12 ps.
New Mexico leads the overall series, 10-3, and won both meetings last season. The Spartans have not won a match in the series since a 3-1 win in Albuquerque in 1998.
HEAD COACH Jolene Shepardson: Spartan head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her second season at the helm of the program. She has a 13-23 record in two seasons at SJSU, and a 56-80 coaching record in five seasons.
MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY UNDERWAY: All 11 conference teams have at least one MW match played. Through the first weekend, only Wyoming, Colorado State and UNLV are undefeated. San Jose State and four other schools are tied at 1-1. The Spartans opened conference play with a 3-2 win at Fresno State on September 24. Tyanna Roy led the team with 17 kills, while Nandyala Gama added six blocks. Allison Meehan recorded a double-double with 42 assists and 11 digs.
MOST NON-CONFERENCE WINS SINCE 2006: San José State finished the non-conference portion of the schedule with an 8-5 record, the most wins in the non-conference season since 2006 when the team won 10 non-conference matches. The Spartans are also 6-0 in neutral-site matches played this season.
FOUR-MATCH WINNING STREAK LONGEST SINCE 2007: San José State won four consecutive matches for the first time since the 2007 season. The team defeated UMass Lowell, Quinnipiac, Holy Cross and Omaha from September 11-18. The Spartans have not won five consecutive matches since the 2004 season.
MOST WINS SINCE 2012: With nine wins in the first month of play, the Spartans have surpassed last year's win total of eight. The team looks to get into double-digit wins for the first time since 2012 when the team went 14-16.
GAMA 10 BLOCKS: Nandyala Gama recorded a career-best 10 block assists against Holy Cross on September 12. She is the first Spartan to record 10 or more block assists in a match since Mary Alice O'Reilly had 10 block assists in a home match against San Diego State on November 7, 2013.
HIBBS TOP HITTER FOR SPARTANS: Sara Hibbs leads the team with 155 kills, 2.63 per set, and is hitting .301 for the season. She had her best hitting match of career against Evansville at .591 (14-1-22) and hit .565 versus Holy Cross (15-2-23).
DIGGIN' THE BALL: Luiza Andrade leads the team with 191 digs, 3.24 ps. She has recorded three matches with 20+ digs - 24 vs. Evansville, 21 against Omaha and 20 versus Quinnipiac.
TOURNAMENT TITLE: For the first time since the 2011 season, the San José State won its first tournament title at the UMass Lowell Invitational. The team defeated UMass Lowell (3-), Quinnipiac (3-1) and Holy Cross (3-1). The Spartans last won a tournament title at the Hilton Stockton Invitational where the team was 3-1 on September 9 & 10, 2011.
ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS: Seven Spartan players were named to four all-tournament teams during the first four weeks of action. Sara Hibbs was named the Most Valuable Player of the UMass Lowell Invitational and was named to the San José State Invitational team. Nandyala Gama was named to the last two tournament teams - UMass Lowell Invitational and Chippewa Challenge. A complete listing can be found on page 3.
SEPTEMBER ON THE ROAD: The Spartans went 8-3 in the month of September after spending entire month on the road. The team started the month in Texas at the UTRGV Tournament before traveling to Massachusetts for the UMass Lowell Tournament and to Michigan for the Chippewa Challenge. The Spartans then started MW play with matches at Fresno State and UNLV.
HOME SWEET OCTOBER: After spending September on the road, the Spartans will play six of its 10 matches in Spartan Gym. The team starts the month with home matches against Air Force (1st) and New Mexico (3rd), then has for four consecutive home matches in the middle of the month- Wyoming (15th), Colorado State (17th), UNLV (22nd) and Fresno State (24th).
FIVE HITTERS, 10+ KILLS IN ONE MATCH: Five San José State hitters recorded 10 or more in the same match. In a 3-1 win over Omaha, Hana Tresnáková and Tyanna Roy led the team with 12 kills a piece. Sara Hibbs, Giulia Gávio and Nandyala Gama each added 10 kills.
BEST HITTING MATCHES OF SEASON: San José State recorded the top-three hitting matches of the season in the middle of September. The team hit .298 (55-18-124) in a 3-1 win over Omaha on September 18, .284 (43-18-88) in a 3-0 win at UMass Lowell on September 11, and .281 (40-13-96) at Central Michigan on September 19.
UP NEXT: San José State goes back on the road for two Mountain West matches. The team plays at Boise State on Thursday, October 8, and at Utah State on Saturday, October 10. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. MDT.