Volleyball At #9 Hawaii On Saturday

This Week:
Sat. Oct. 8    #9 Hawaii    Honolulu, Hawaii    7:00 p.m. HDT

San Jose State plays its only Western Athletic Conference match of the week at #9 Hawaii Saturday night.  The Spartans started the week by falling 1-3 to Sacramento State Tuesday night at Spartan Gym. 

LIVE STATS: This weekend’s match will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”

AUDIO/VIDEO:  This Saturday’s match in Hawaii will have audio and video feeds available online.  Streaming video is available at www.OCSports.tv for a fee.  An audio feed of the match can be found at espn1420am.com.

FACEBOOK/TWITTER:  Follow the Spartan volleyball team and all San Jose State athletics teams on the web.  Become friends with Sammy Spartan on Facebook and get the latest tweets on Twitter @SJSUAthletics. 

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 #9 HAWAII:  The Rainbow Wahine enter Saturday night’s match with a 14-1 overall record and a 4-0 WAC mark.  The team won two home matches last weekend against Nevada (3-0) and Fresno State (3-0).  Head coach Dave Shoji is in his 37th year at the school with a 1,059-180-1 coaching record.  Kanani Danielson leads the team with 224 kills, 4.15 per set, while Emily Hartong is hitting a league best .406, while Brittany Hewitt leads the conference with 72 blocks, 1.41 ps.
    Hawaii holds a 64-4 advantage in the season series.  The Spartans last win in the series came in 1993 when the team won 3-2 at The Event Center.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his fifth season as head coach at his alma mater.  A 1990 graduate, Crespo has a 42-93 coaching record in five seasons.

RETURNING TO THEIR ROOTS:  Four Spartans return home this weekend to play in front of family and friends.  Senior Brianna Amian will make her final appearance on Oahu in a Spartan uniform after playing high school ball at Moanalua High School.  Her best match on the island came in a regular season meeting in 2008 when she had eight kills, seven digs and four block assists.  Juniors Alex Akana and Caitlin Andrade played together at Kamehameha High School.  Akana had her best match in 2009 when she had five kills and a block assist.  Andrade had a double-double her freshman year with 12 assists and 10 digs and added 20 assists last year.  Freshman Capri Tirrell will make her debut in a Spartan uniform on Oahu after playing her prep career at Maryknoll High School.

TUESDAY NIGH RECAP:  The Spartans fell to Sacramento State, 25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 25-17 Tuesday night at Spartan Gym.  Asia Casino came off the bench in the second set to record a career-best 31 assists and nine digs.  Savanah Leaf led the team with 13 kills and a season-high 19 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.  Alex Akana hit .375 on the match with 11 kills on 24 attempts and just two errors.  Krista Miller added 17 digs, eight kills, two service aces and two blocks assists.

FIRST WAC WIN:  The Spartans swept Nevada, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 this past Saturday for the team’s first conference win. Kylie Miraldi hit .476 (10-0-21), Savanah Leaf recorded a team-best 12 kills and Caitlin Andrade recorded 38 assists.
    San Jose State had its best hitting night since the Hampton match as the team hit .336 for the match with just seven hitting errors in 116 attempts and 46 kills.  Alex Akana and Taylor Japhet each added eight kills, while Krista Miller had five for the Spartans.

WAC OPENERS:  For the first time since the 2007 season, the team started WAC play on the road.  For the past three years, San Jose State opened conference at home.  The Spartans opened 2007 play at Utah State where the team lost 3-1.  Since joining the conference, San Jose State is 5-10 in WAC openers and last won a WAC opener in 2005 with a 3-2 home win over Idaho.

WINNERS - HILTON STOCKTON INVITATIONAL:  With a 3-1 record last week, San Jose State won the Hilton Stockton Invitational title with wins over host Pacific, CSU Bakersfield and UC Riverside.  The Spartans had not won a tournament title since the 2007 season when the team won the ASU/Bancorp South Classic and the UVU/La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational.  San Jose State opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over host Pacific, defeated CSU Bakersfield, 3-0, dropped a four-set match to Loyola Marymount before winning against UC Riverside, 3-1. 

HILTON STOCKTON INVITATIONAL HONORS: Two Spartans were honored for their performances at the Hilton Stockton Invitational.  Kylie Miraldi was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after hitting .378 and recorded 24 blocks including 14 block assists against UC Riverside and three solo blocks versus Pacific.  Caitlin Andrade was named to the all-tournament team after recording double-doubles in three of the four Spartan matches.  She averaged 9.47 assists, 3.73 digs and 0.66 blocks for the weekend.

  With her 12 assists against Sacramento State Tuesday night, Caitlin Andrade moved into seventh place on the San Jose State career assists list at 2,336.  She moved from 10th to eighth during the Pacific match when she had 51 assists in the match.  Andrade now needs 125 assists to move into sixth place, 212 for fifth place and 3,146 over the next year and a half to tie the record of 5,482 set by Michelle Sarkees from 1996-99.

ASSISTS (since 1984)    TOTAL    YEARS
  1.  Michelle Sarkees    5482    1996-99
  2.  Melizza Benitez    3257    1992-95
  3.  Savannah Smith    3040    1998-01
  4.  Teri DeBusk    2555    1984-85
  5.  Kristina Conrad    2548    2003-06
  6.  Danielle Spier    2461    1984-87
  7.  Caitlin Andrade    2336    2009-C
  8.  Susie Laymon    2330    1986-89
  9.  Jennifer Liston    2102    1991-92
10.  Emily Burke    2092    2007-08

MIRALDI TIES TWO SJSU MATCH RECORDS:  Senior Kylie Miraldi tied two San Jose State match records with her 14 block assists against UC Riverside.  She tied current teammate Briana Amian and Liz Hudson for the block assists record, and Amian, Hudson and Mandy McMahon for the total blocks record.  Below are the two records and when they were set by each player.

Match:    14 - Kylie Miraldi, vs. UC Riverside, 9/17/2011
    14 – Brianna Amian, vs. San Francisco, 9/12/2007
    14 - Liz Hudson vs. Idaho, 11/24/2001

14 (0 solo, 14 assists) - Kylie Miraldi, vs. UC Riverside, 9/17/2011
14 (0 solo, 14 assists) - Brianna Amian, vs. San Francisco, 9/12/2007
14 (0 solo, 14 assists) - Liz Hudson, vs. Idaho, 11/24/2001
14 (5 solo, 9 assists) - Mandy McMahon at Fresno State, 10/7/1983

FIRST WIN AT PACIFIC IN 21 YEARS:  With the 3-1 over Pacific at the Hilton Stockton Invitational, it marked the first time San Jose State has won at the Spanos Center since September 18, 1990.  Since 1990, the Spartans have played in Stockton eight times.

ANDRADE WITH THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE:  At the Hilton Stockton Invitational, Caitlin Andrade recorded double-doubles in three of her four matches played.  Her best match came in a win over host Pacific with 51 assists and 21 digs.  She begins the week with a two-match streak of double-doubles after recording 31 assists and 13 digs against Loyola Marymount and 33 assists and 14 digs against UC Riverside.  For the season, she had four double-doubles.  Her freshman year, Andrade had a streak of six consecutive mathes with a double-double and also recorded a triple-double in a match at Saint Mary’s.

GREAT BLOCKING NIGHT:  With 16.0 team blocks against UC Riverside (1 solo, 30 assists), the Spartans collected the most blocks in a match in over four years.  In the match against the Highlanders, Kylie Miraldi tied the school match record with 14 block assists.  Savanah Leaf had seven block assists, while Caitlin Andrade added a career-best five block assists.  The last time San Jose State had at least 16 blocks was a 2-3 loss to San Francisco on September 12, 2007.  That night, the Spartans had 19.5 blocks in the match with three solos and 33 assists.  Current Spartan Brianna Amian tied the school record in her Spartan home debut with 14 block assists.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Five Spartan players have recorded 13 double-doubles this season.  Savanah Leaf recorded her first two collegiate double-doubles with 11 kills and 14 digs against Denver and 21 kills and 14 digs against Arizona State.  Taylor Japhet had her first double-double of the season with 19 kills and 10 digs against Denver.  Caitlin Andrade has four double-doubles on the season, highlighted by 51 assists and 21 digs in win at Pacific.  Krista Miller had her first career double-double with 10 kills and 17 digs against UC Santa Barbara.  Kylie Miraldi recorded her first double-double with 11 kills and a school-record tying 14 blocks against UC Riverside.

LEAF MAKING IMPRESSION:  In her first season in a Spartan uniform, freshman Savanah Leaf is making an immediate impact on the court.  She leads the team in kills with 163, 2.76 per set.  Leaf led the Spartans with 21 kills in wins over Pac-12 foe Arizona State and at Pacific and added 18 kills against UC Santa Barbara.  Leaf recorded double-doubles against Denver, Arizona State, Pacific and Sacramento State.

MILLER NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT:  Krista Miller was named to the Fiesta Bowl All-Tournament team.  She led the team in kills against Northern Arizona with nine and added nine kills and nine digs against New Mexico.  She added seven digs and five blocks against the Lumberjacks and recorded seven kills in a win over Hampton.
UP NEXT:  The Spartans continue on the road, this time traveling east for two matches.  The team plays at Louisiana Tech on Thursday, October 13, and at New Mexico State on Saturday, October 15.