Volleyball At #4 Hawaii Friday Night

This Week:
Fri., Oct. 9 Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii 7:00 p.m. HDT

SPARTANS OFF TO PARADISE FOR MATCH: The second consecutive week in October, the San Jose State volleyball team takes to the road for a Western Athletic Conference match. This time, the team trades the mountains of Utah for the paradise of Hawaii. The Spartans play #4 Hawaii Friday night at 7 p.m. Hawaiian time/10 p.m. Pacific time.

LIVE STATS: Live stats will be available on the Hawaii website at www.hawaiiathletics.com. A link is also available on the San Jose State site at www.sjsuspartans.com and go to “Live Stats”.

LIVE AUDIO/VIDEO: Hawaii offers fans an opportunity to listen or watch a live video stream of Friday night’s match. Fans can listen to the match at espn1420am.com and/or purchase the live video for $6.28 at secure.oceanic.com/Streaming/.

ABOUT #4 HAWAII: The Rainbow Wahine begin the week with a 13-2 overall record and a 4-0 WAC mark. The team hosts Nevada Thursday night before the Spartans visit Friday night. Hawaii has won nine consecutive matches including a 3-1 win last Saturday at New Mexico State. Head coach Dave Shoji is in his 35th year at the school with a 997-175-1 coaching record. Four players lead the WAC in four different categories. Kanani Danielson leads the WAC with 186 kills, 3.88 ps, while San Jose native Amber Kaufman is first in hitting percentage at .428. Dani Mafua is the top setter with 588 assists, 11.53 ps, while Aneli Cubi-Otineru has 29 service aces, 0.57 ps.

Hawaii dominates the overall series, 60-4. The Spartans last won a match in the series in September of 1993.

Oscar Crespo is in his third season as head coach at his alma mater with a 27-46 coaching record. A 1990 graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program’s sixth head coach.

ROAD TRIP!: The Spartans play 12 of their first 14 matches of the 2009 season on the road. The team played its first 10 on the road, before two WAC matches at home. San Jose State played a single road match last week at Utah State and this week in Hawaii before returning home for three matches in five days next week. The Spartans then goes back on the road for the final two weeks of October. San Jose State plays four of its final seven matches in November at Spartan Gym.

Three active Spartan players are making their trip back home to play in front of family and friends. Alex Akana, Caitlin Andrade and Kristal Tsukano all return to the island after choosing to play at San Jose State after successful high school careers at Kamehameha High School.

HOME SWEET HOME: This season This is the latest in the season the Spartans have played a home-opener in 10 years. The 1999 team opened the year on September 24, with a 3-0 win over Saint Mary’s. The latest for a home openers was October 1 in 1992 (L, 3-0, Long Beach State) and 1977 with the SJSU Invitational.

HOME DEBUT=BEST BLOCKING NIGHT: For the third consecutive year, a Spartan player has recorded one of their best blocking nights of their career in their home debut. This year, Krista Miller made her home debut on Thursday, September 24, against Idaho. She had a season-best seven block assists. Kylie Miraldi also had seven block assists in the match, a career-high for her. Last year, Miraldi recorded eight blocks, two solo and six assists, in her Spartan Gym debut. Two years ago, Brianna Amian made her Spartan Gym debut a record-setter. She tied the San Jose State single match block assists and total blocks records with 14 block assists against San Francisco.

TOUGH NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: The 2009 season found the Spartans playing one of its most challenging non-conference schedules in recent memory. San Jose State faced at least one team ranked in the top-25 of the AVCA Division I Coaches poll in each of the first four weekends. The Spartans started the season playing then fourth-ranked Washington and faced #11 Stanford the second weekend. San Jose State then played at #13 California before facing #18 UC Irvine and #23 San Diego in San Diego. San Jose State has two non-conference matches remaining - home with Sacramento State on October 13, and at Cal State Bakersfield on November 20.

SPARTAN CAREER RANKINGS: Kristal Tsukano continues to move up the San Jose State career digs list this season. She started the year in sixth place and is now in third place in digs with 1,192 in her four-year career. Tsukano needs 220 more digs to tie Dawnis Wilson for second place all-time. Jessie Shull holds the San Jose State career record at 2,260 digs.

1. Jessie Shull 2260 2003-06
2. Dawnis Wilson 1412 1988-91
3. Kristal Tsukano 1192 2006-08
4. Joslynn Gallop 1052 1997-00
Christina Lukens 1052 1999-02
6. Barbara Higgins 1039 1984-87
7. Jeanine Haldi 982 1999-02
8. Darcy Walker 981 1996-99
9. Danielle Spier 978 1984-87
10. Savannah Smith 947 1998-01

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Kristal Tsukano was the only Spartan named to an all-tournament team this year. She was named the Molten/Hilton Garden Inn All-Tournament Team.

12TH TRIPLE-DOUBLE IN SCHOOL HISTORY: In just her sixth match in a Spartan uniform, freshman setter Caitlin Andrade joined an elite club in San Jose State volleyball history with a triple-double at Saint Mary's.

Andrade is just the second setter in school history to record a triple-double and the eighth player overall to accomplish this feat for only the 12th time. Andrade recorded 32 assists, 12 digs and 10 kills in the three-set match.

Ironically, the last triple-double in school history was recorded last year against Saint Mary's. Former setter Emily Burke had 40 assists, 15 digs and 10 kills.

Seniors Kristal Tsukano and Thao Pham are giving their thoughts on the 2009 season and what is happening with the Spartan volleyball team. Stay tuned to the volleyball home page on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com to see what the two Spartan seniors are talking about this week.

JAPHET LEADS TEAM IN KILLS: Freshman Taylor Japhet leads the Spartans in kills with 126, 2.74 per set. She had 17 against Seattle, 16 against Boise State, 14 at Utah State, 11 versus Eastern Washington and 10 against UC Irvine.

TSUKANO RECORDS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE, NOW HAS TWO: It took her fourth season, but senior Kristal Tsukano recorded her first double-double of her Spartan career. She had a career-best 11 kills and 18 digs against Eastern Washington. She recorded her second double-double against Boise State with 14 kills and 13 digs.

NEVADA UNION CONNECTION: For the second consecutive season, San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo signed a former Nevada Union High School graduate. Taylor Japhet joins the team this season after former high school teammates Sarah McAtee and Kylie Miraldi joined the Spartans last year.

The Spartans have also had success recruiting players from Kamehameha High School on the island on Oahu. Alex Akana and Caitlin Andrade join fellow Kamehameha graduate Kristal Tsukano at San Jose State.

FOUR PLAYERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-WAC: Four returning Spartan players received Academic All-WAC honors last year. Kylie Miraldi, Thao Pham, Kristal Tsukano and Courtney Zellmer all had a 3.00 or better grade point average.

Kristal Tsukano was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Third Team, as selected by the district's College Sports Information Directors, last year
Tsukano is a biological science major and a three-time Academic All-WAC selection.

AUDIO BROADCASTS: Five remaining home Spartan matches will be broadcast on the Gold Zone at www.sjsuspartans.com - Oct. 15, Oct. 17, Nov. 5, Nov. 7 and Nov. 19.

KSJS, 90.5 FM, the San Jose State student radio station, is planning to broadcast three more home matches - Oct. 13, Oct. 15 and Nov. 2.

2009 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2009 WAC Volleyball Tournament will move to a neutral site this year and include the top-six teams in the conference standings. The tournament will be played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nov. 23-25.

All-session tickets are $45 and can be purchased through the Spartan Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).

The WAC Volleyball Tournament is a single-elimination event with the top two seeds receiving first-round byes and the champion earning the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Monday, Nov. 23 (Quarterfinals)

No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed 5 p.m.
No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov 24 (Semifinals)
Winner Match 1 vs. No. 2 seed 5 p.m.
Winner Match 2 vs. No. 1 Seed 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 25 (Championship)
Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
*times local and subject to change

TOURNAMENT LODGING: Fans traveling to Las Vegas for the WAC Volleyball Tournament are encouraged to stay at the Orleans Hotel and Casino. Rates are $90.00 per night Friday and Saturday, November 20-21, and $35.00 per night Sunday through Wednesday, November 22-25, single or double occupancy, plus room tax and Resort Fee. For reservations, please call (800) 657-3267 and request WAC Volleyball Championship Fan Block or Group Code 9WACC11.

The Spartans return home next week for three matches. The team plays a non-conference match against Sacramento State next Tuesday, October 13. San Jose State then hosts two WAC matches against New Mexico State on Thursday, October 15, and Louisiana Tech on Saturday, October 17. All three matches begin at 7 p.m., in Spartan Gym, located on the corner of First and San Carlos streets.