Volleyball Headed To UNLV, San Diego State

Oct. 1, 2013

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This Week:

Thurs. Oct.3   UNLV             Las Vegas, Nev. 7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat. Oct. 5   San Diego State San Diego, Calif. 7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS TAKE TO THE ROAD FOR TWO MOUNTAIN WEST CONTESTS:  San José State takes its first airplane trip in over a month as the Spartan volleyball team travels to UNLV and San Diego State this week for two Mountain West matches.  The Spartans play at UNLV on Thursday and at the Aztecs Saturday.  San José State is looking for its first Mountain West win since joining the conference on July 1.  

MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK:  A free live stream of both San José State matches will be available on the Mountain West Network at www.TheMW.com and on www.SJSUSpartans.com.  

LIVE STATS:  Both matches this week will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com. 

ABOUT UNLV:  The Rebels enter Thursday night's match with a 7-5 overall record and a 2-0 Mountain West mark.  The team is one of two undefeated Mountain West teams left (#19 Colorado State).  UNLV won two matches last week, 3-1 at Southern Utah last Tuesday, and 3-0 over Nevada last Thursday.  Head coach Cindy Frederick is in her fourth season at the school with a 39-32 coaching record.  Senior setter Stephanie Thelen was named the conference's player of the week after averaging 11.43 assists and 2.29 digs per set last week.  Sekol Falemaka leads the team with 42 kills, 3.64 ps, while Kaitlin Winters is the team's blocking leader with 46, 1.12 ps.

San José State holds a 5-0 lead in the all-time series.  The two teams last played during the 2010 season at the UNLV Classic where the Spartans won 3-1.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE:  The Aztecs begin the week with a 6-6 overall record and a 1-1 Mountain West mark. The team defeated Nevada, 3-0, last Saturday and hosts Fresno State on Thursday before hosting the Spartans.  Head coach Deitre Collins-Parker is in her fifth year at the school with a 77-55 record.  Summer Nash leads the team with 164 kills, 3.64 per set, while Emily Harris is the team's top blocker with 47, 1.00 ps.

San Diego State leads the all-time series, 15-7, winning the last meeting, 3-1, at The Invitational in Seattle on August 29, 2009.  San José State won 3-0 in 1998 when both school were part of the Western Athletic Conference.

SAN JOSÉ STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his seventh season as head coach with a 65-124 coaching record.  A 1990 San José State graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program's sixth head coach. 

MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY UNDERWAY:  San José State started a new era in school history last week with the school's first Mountain West contest, volleyball versus Boise State on September 26, since joining the conference on July 1. The match against the Broncos was a hard-fought contest as the Spartans rallied from 0-2 to tie the match and send it to a fifth set.  The Spartans led 11-8, but a late Boise State rally gave the Broncos a 15-12 win in the fifth set.  Mary Alice O'Reilly led the team with 18 kills and six blocks.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN':  This week marks the first airplane trips the team has taken since going to Virginia to start the season. The Spartans played the entire month of September in the state of California, traveling by vans.  The team played in tournaments hosted by Sacramento State and the University of the Pacific.  San José State played Eastern Washington in the team's home opener and hosted Boise State and Utah State last week.

The Spartans travel by air to the state of Nevada for this Thursday's match at UNLV.  After that, the team remains in California until a match at Wyoming on October 24.  In that time period, the Spartans will play 15 of its 16 matches in the state of California.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW ERA BEGINS:  The 2013-14 school year begins a new era in San José State Athletics history as the school begins play in the Mountain West after spending the past 17 years in the Western Athletic Conference.   The Spartans are part of the 11-team league that features Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Wyoming and the Spartans.  The volleyball team was the first San José State team to play in a Mountain West contest when they hosted Boise State on September 26.  

NEW HOME COURT:  This year marks the first time since 2004 that volleyball team has called The Event Center home.  All 11 matches will be played in the 5,000-seat venue, located on the corner of 7th and San Carlos Streets.  Parking for all spectators is available in the Seventh Street Garage.  The move was necessitated by the construction surrounding Spartan Gym and Yosh Uchida Hall.  San José State has an 80-52 record in 15 seasons of playing matches there.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Two Spartans were named all-tournament selections at the three tournaments the team played at this year.  Hanah Blume was named to the Tribe Invitational, Sacramento State Invitational and Bankers Classic All-Tournament teams.

Mary Alice O'Reilly was selected to the Sacramento State Invitational and Bankers Classic All-Tournament teams.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  Three Spartans rank among national leaders in matches through September 22.  Michaela Leonard is 33rd in assists at 10.98 ps.  Mary Alice O'Reilly is 81st in blocks at 1.20 ps.  Hanah Blume is 108th in kills at 3.54 ps and 139th in points at 3.90 ps.

20/20 DOUBLE:  Hanah Blume recorded 21 kills and 20 digs against Winthrop to become the 21st San José State player to record a 20/20 double-double.  The last 20/20 double-double came during the 2011 season when Caitlin Andrade had 51 assists and 21 digs at Pacific.

SPARTANS BREAK 2 EVENT CENTER SERVING RECORDS:  During the Boise State match on September 26, San José State set two Event Center records for serving.  Kiely Pieper broke the record set by a Spartan player as she recorded a career-best seven aces, breaking the old record of five.  The Spartans also broke the San José State team Event Center record with 13 aces in the match.

TREMENDOUS HITTING NIGHT:  San José State hit a season-high .374 in a win over Sacramento State.  The team had 50 kills on 107 attempts and only 10 errors.  

Two Spartans did not commit a hitting error in the match.  Hanah Blume hit .517 with a season-best 15 kills on 29 attempts, while Tyanna Roy hit a team-high .588 with 10 kills on 10 attempts.

FRESHMAN MAKES IMPACT:  Lauren Jacobsen made an immediate impact on the Spartan team at the Tribe Invitational.  She led the team in kills in her first match in a Spartan uniform with 19 kills at William & Mary and hit .311 for the match (19-5-45).  Jacobsen also led team in kills against Campbell as she recorded her first collegiate double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs.  

DIGGIN' THE BALL:  Hanah Blume recorded 35 digs in a five-set loss to Campbell.  Blume's 35 digs is just the fourth time in school history that a player has dug that many balls in a match and is the sixth-highest number of digs in a match in school history.  The last Spartan player to record 30 or more digs in a match was Courtney Zellmer who had 35 against Gonzaga on August 28, 2010.

DIGGIN' THE BALL, PART 2:  Against Campbell, San José State recorded 107 digs as a team.  It was the most digs by a Spartan team since the 2007 season when the team had 111 against Boise State (10-25-07).  The team recorded 100 or more digs in one other match during that time - 106 against Sacramento State on October 13, 2009.

The 107 digs is the fourth-highest total in Mountain West history.  Only four other times has a team recorded more than 107 digs in a match

115 Fresno State vs. Sacramento State 9/7/12

113 UNLV at Washington State 9/1/06

108 San Diego State vs. UC Irvine 9/11/10

108 Utah at Wyoming 10/14/06

107 San José State vs. Campbell 8/31/13

107 San Diego State vs. UNLV 9/21/07

UP NEXT:  The Spartans play three matches in four days next week.  The team hosts Nevada on Thursday, October 10, before traveling to Fresno State for a match on Friday, October 11.  The Spartans then play a non-conference match against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday, October 13, at 4 p.m.