Volleyball Hosts New Mexico State, Louisiana Tech

This Week:
Thurs., Oct. 2

New Mexico State
Spartan Gym
7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat., Oct. 4
Louisiana Tech
Spartan Gym
7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS HOST TWO WAC MATCHES: San Jose State continues its homestand this week with Western Athletic Conference matches against New Mexico State on Thursday and Louisiana Tech on Saturday. The Spartans have won two of their last three matches.

RADIO INFORMATION: The San Jose State-Louisiana Tech match will be broadcast by KSJS, 90.5 FM, the student radio station. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. Fans also can listen to the broadcast on the stations’ web site www.ksjs.org.

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).

The Aggies enter Thursday night’s match with an 8-6 overall record and a 2-1 WAC mark. The team won at Idaho last Thursday night, 3-0, but lost to #7 Hawaii, 3-0, at the Pan American Center. Head coach Mike Jordan is in his 11th year at the school with a 229-104 record. Senior Lindsey Yon is the third in the WAC in kills at 3.77 ps (196), while senior Amber Simpson leads the conference in blocks with 75, 1.44 ps.

New Mexico State leads the overall series, 13-9, and has won the past 11 meetings. The Aggies won three meetings last season, 3-0, in Spartan Gym

ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH: The Lady Techsters enter the week with a 2-8 overall record and an 0-3 WAC record. The team plays at Utah State Thursday before visiting Spartan Gym this weekend. Head coach Matt Sonnichsen is in his first year at the school. KC Clayton leads the team in kills with 70, 2.00 ps, and blocks with 45, 1.29 ps.

San Jose State has won all 10 meetings in the series.

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 20-24 coaching record in two seasons.

RECAP OF LAST THREE MATCHES: The Spartans were 2-1 over the past three matches. Last Thursday, San Jose State needed five matches to win at Nevada, 26-24, 23-25, 22-25, 25-12, 15-7. Kelly Crow recorded her second consecutive 20-plus kill match with 20 kills. She hit .333 for the match and added nine digs. Three other Spartans recorded double-digit kills - Brianna Amian with 18 kills, followed by Niki Clement and Nia Freeman with 10 kills each. Brittany Collet came off the bench in the first set and had her first double-double of the year with 49 assists and 15 digs.

San Jose State recorded 10 blocks in the match. Amian led the team with a season-high nine, a career-best two solo blocks and seven block assists. Freeman added four block assists, while Colleen Burke had two block assists.

At Fresno State Saturday night, the Spartans won again 25-19, 25-15, 25-22. Crow led the team with her third double-double of the season as she recorded 11 kills and 10 digs. Colleen Burke hit .500 for the match with 11 kills on 16 attempts and only three hitting errors. Freeman led the Spartans in blocking with four and added four kills and a dig. Amian added six kills and two block assists.

Defensively, Clement had a team-best 12 digs, while Kristal Tsukano added 10 digs. Courtney Zellmer recorded five digs and an assist for the Spartans.

Against Hawaii Monday night, Crow led the Spartans with 10 kills, and Tsukano recorded 10 digs in a loss to #7 Hawaii, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20.

Crow had her team-high 10 kills on 31 attempts and added nine digs and a block. Amian added eight kills and six digs, while Clement recorded seven kills, six digs and two service aces. Freeman added five kills and hit .385 with an assist and a block.

COLLET STRONG LAST WEEK: Brittany Collet had a strong week for the Spartans in the team’s two wins at Nevada and at Fresno State. She came off the bench in the first set against Nevada and recorded her first double-double of the year and the ninth of her career with 49 assists and 15 digs. Collet then started at setter at Fresno State and ended the match with 28 assists and eight digs. For the two matches last week, she averaged 9.62 assists, 2.88 digs and 0.25 aces per set.

CROW HAS STRONG WAC SEASON: Kelly Crow continues to have a strong WAC season for San Jose State. She leads the team in conference matches with 78 kills, 4.11 ps. She is hitting .276 and has 46 digs, 2.42 ps. Crow led the Spartans in kills against Utah State (24), Nevada (20), Fresno State (11) and Hawaii (10).

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 is ninth in kills with 1,152. She needs 85 kills to move into eighth place with Barbara Higgins at 1,237. Clement is sixth in kill attempts at 3,080. Clement is 10th in block assists with 226, and is four total blocks shy of the top-10. She begins the week with 262 total blocks.

Colleen Burke is 11th in career kills with 1,054 kills and is second in hitting percentage at .314. She is eighth in block assists at 247 and 10th in total blocks at 266.

Two Spartans are in the top-10 in career assists. Emily Burke is ninth with 1,691 assists, while Brittany Collet is 10th with 1,531 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 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 .314 percentage and recorded 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 joined the group of former Spartans with 1,000 or more career kills this season.

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 head back out on the road for two WAC matches. The team plays at Boise State on Thursday, October 9, and at Idaho on Saturday, October 11.