Volleyball Hosts Denver, New Mexico State

This Week: Thurs. Oct. 4 Denver Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PDT Sat. Oct. 6 New Mexico State Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PDT
SPARTANS HOME FOR TWO MATCHES:  San Jose State returns to Spartan Gym this weekend for two Western Athletic Conference matches.  The Spartans host Denver on Thursday, and conference-leader New Mexico State on Saturday.  San Jose State begins the week with a 7-9 overall record and a 3-3 WAC mark, good for fifth in the standings, a match ahead of Denver and Texas State who are tied for sixth.  The top-eight teams will advance to the conference tournament in San Antonio this November.
LIVE STATS:  Both matches this week have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.” 
BROADCAST INFORMATION:  KSJS, 90.5 FM, the San Jose State student radio station will be broadcasting the New Mexico State match on Saturday.  Fans who want to listen can get a live stream at ksjs.org.
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TICKETS:  Tickets for home Spartan volleyball matches are available at the door the day of the match or payable through Ticketmaster.com.  Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for youth 12 and under and $1 for club players in their jersey.
ABOUT DENVER:  The Pioneers enter Thursday night’s match with an 8-7 overall record and 2-3 WAC mark.  The team lost a pair of road matches last wee - 2-3 at Air Force and 0-3 at New Mexico State.  Head coach Jesse Mahoney is in his first season at the helm of the program.  Faimie Kingsley leads the WAC in hitting percentage at .390 and blocks with 86, 1.65 per set.  Colleen King leads the team with 147 kills, 2.83 ps. Denver won the only meeting between the two teams - 3-2 last year at the ASU/Sheraton Classic.
ABOUT NEW MEXICO STATE:  The Aggies begin the week atop the WAC standings with a perfect 5-0 conference record and an 11-4 overall record.  The team plays at Utah State Thursday night before heading to San Jose.  Head coach Mike Jordan is in his 15th season at New Mexico State.  Meredith Hays leads the team with 253 kills, 4.22 ps, while Desiree Scott is hitting .322 with 102 kills and a team-best 69 blocks, 1.15 ps. New Mexico State leads the overall series 23-9, and has won 21 consecutive including three matches last season. San Jose State has not won a match in the series since the 1994 season.  
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his sixth 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 55-108 coaching record in four seasons.
NATIONAL STATISTICS:  Through matches on Sept. 30, San Jose State ranks 29th in the nation in digs at 17.30 per set.  Penn is the national leader at 21.25 ps.  Individually, Michaela Leonard is 27th in assists in 11.25 per set.
DONE WITH THE CENTRAL TIME ZONE:  The Spartans spent three of the five weekends in September in the Central Time Zone.  The team opened September at the Texas Tech for a tournament (8/31-9/1), played WAC matches at Texas State (9/13) and at UTSA (9/15) and finished with matches at UT Arlington (9/27) and Louisiana Tech (9/30).   San Jose State is done with the Central Time Zone for the season.  The team just three WAC trips remaining this season - at Utah State (10/13); at Seattle (10/18) and at Idaho (10/20); and at New Mexico State (11/1) and at Denver (11/3).
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS:  Three Spartans were named to all-tournament teams this season.  Hanah Blume was named to the UB Invitational and Lonestar Showdown teams, while Mary Alice O’Reilly received honors at the Lonestar Showdown and the Boise State Invitational.  Michaela Leonard picked up her first all-tournament team recognition at the Boise State Invitational.
O’REILLY MAKING IMPACT:  After spending most of her freshman season as a key reserve for the Spartans, Mary Alice O’Reilly is making her mark on the team in her sophomore year.  She leads the team with 189 kills, 3.10 ps, and blocks with 58, 0.95 ps.  O’Reilly is hitting .332 on the season with 401 attempts and just 56 errors.  She started the year with nine blocks against Oral Roberts and was named to two all-tournament teams.  
AKANA NEARING TOP-10 IN BLOCK ASSISTS:  Senior middle blocker Alex Akana is nearing the San Jose State top-10 list for career block assists.  She enters the week with 225 block assists, just two shy of 10th-place and Niki Clement who finished her career with 227.  Akana needs to two block assists for 10th, sixth for ninth and 54 to catch Kim Hicks in eighth at 279.
SAN JOSE ST. BLOCK ASSISTS TOTAL YEARS   1.  Joslynn Gallop 391 1997-00   2.  Melissa Myers 370 1995-98   3.  Barbara Higgins 340 1984-87   4.  Liz Hudson 337 2000-02   5.  Cristin Rossman 291 1991-94   6.  Stephanie Pascucci 287 1999-02   7.  Colleen Burke 281 2005-08   8.  Kim Hicks 279 1985-88   9.  Tanya Hart 231 1991-94 10.  Niki Clement 227 2005-08
BEST BLOCKING NIGHT SINCE 2007:  The Spartans recorded 17 blocks in the first match of the season for the best blocking night in five years.  The team had 1 solo block and 32 block assists against Oral Roberts, the most since 2007 when the Spartans had 19.5 blocks against San Francisco.  Last season, the Spartans had 16 blocks in a win over UC Riverside.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Four Spartans have recorded 22 double-doubles this season. Setter Michaela Leonard recorded double-doubles in nine matches including five consecutive in September. Hanah Blume has eight double-doubles, while Krista Miller has three on the year..   Samantha O’Connell recorded her first this season against Canisius and added another at Louisiana Tech.
NEW SETTER:  Freshman Michaela Leonard stepped into the setting role for the Spartans this season.  She is averaging 11.26 assists per set which leads the WAC.  Leonard recorded a season-best 52 at Texas State and followed that with 50 at UTSA.  She also recorded her first collegiate double-double with 47 assists and 12 digs against Canisius and had a streak of five consecutive double-doubles in September.
2012 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 19-21 at the Convocation Center on the UTSA Campus.  The top-eight seeds advance to the three-day tournament.
2012 WAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Monday, Nov. 19 (Quarterfinals) No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed 12:00 p.m. CDT   No. 2 Seed vs. No. 7 Seed 2:30 p.m. CDT No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed 5:00 p.m. CDT No. 1 Seed vs. No. 8 Seed 7:30 p.m. CDT
Tuesday, Nov 20 (Semifinals) Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2 4:00 p.m. CDT  Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4 6:30 p.m. CDT
Wednesday, Nov. 21  Championship Match 4:00 p.m. CDT (ESPNU)
UP NEXT:  The Spartans most of next week off before playing two matches.  The team travels to Utah State for a match on Saturday, October 13, at 7 p.m. MDT.  San Jose State then returns home for a Monday match against Texas State on October 15 at 7 p.m., at Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.