Volleyball On The Road Again This Week

Oct. 6, 2015

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This Week:

Thurs., Oct. 8 Boise State (10-6, 2-2)  Bronco Gym Boise, Idaho 7:00 p.m. MDT

Sat., Oct. 10 Utah State (4-14, 0-4)  Wayne Estes Center Logan, Utah 7:00 p.m. MDT

ON THE ROAD AGAIN :  The San José State volleyball goes back on the road this week for two Mountain West matches at Boise State and Utah State.  The two Spartan opponents play each other Tuesday night in Logan before hosting SJSU this week.

The Spartans begin the week with a 10-7 overall record and a 2-2 MW mark.  The team split a pair of MW matches last week, defeating Air Force, 3-0, before falling to New Mexico, 3-0.  San José State is tied for fifth in the MW standings with Boise State and Nevada.

MOUNTAIN WEST DIGITAL NETWORK:  This week's matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Digital Network at http://www.SJSUSpartans.com/videos and http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live.

LIVE STATS: Live stat links for the matches are available on the San José State website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.

ABOUT BOISE STATE: The Broncos begin the week with a 10-6 overall record and a 2-2 MW mark.  The team plays at Utah State Tuesday night before hosting the Spartans on Saturday.  Head coach  Shawn Garus is in his seventh year at the school with a 104-98 record and 15th year as a head coach with a 219-218 record. Sierra Nobley leads the MW in kills with 269, 4.64 per set, while Kaitlyn Oliver is second in hitting at .413.  Oliver was named the MW Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 3.22 kills ps and hit .491 last week.

San José State holds a 16-12 advantage in the all-time series, but Boise State has won the past nine meetings. The Spartans last won in the series during the 2008 season when the team went to Boise and won 3-0, on October 9, 2008.

ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies begin the week with a 4-14 overall record and an 0-4 MW mark and hosts Boise State Tuesday night before the Spartans visit on Saturday.  Utah State fell to UNLV (3-2) and Fresno State (3-1) last week.  Head coach Grayson DuBose is in his 10th year at the helm of the program with a 150-139 coaching record. Kaylie Kamalu leads the team with 208 kills, 3.15 ps, while Hannah Gleason is the team's leader in digs with 276, 4.18 ps.

San José State leads the all-time series, 19-17-1, but Utah State has won the past four meetings.  The Spartans last win in the series was a 3-0 sweep at home on Nov. 10, 2012.

HEAD COACH Jolene Shepardson: Spartan head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her second season at the helm of the program.  She has a 14-24 record in two seasons at SJSU, and a 57-81 coaching record in five seasons.

MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY UNDERWAY: All 11 conference teams have played at least three MW matches.  Colorado State is the only undefeated team at 4-0, followed by Wyoming at 3-1 and UNLV and New Mexico at 2-1.  San José State is tied for fifth at 2-2 with Boise State and Nevada.

MOST NON-CONFERENCE WINS SINCE 2006:  San José State finished the non-conference portion of the schedule with an 8-5 record, the most wins in the non-conference season since 2006 when the team won 10 non-conference matches. The Spartans are also 6-0 in neutral-site matches played this season.

FOUR-MATCH WINNING STREAK LONGEST SINCE 2007: San José State won four consecutive matches for the first time since the 2007 season.  The team defeated UMass Lowell, Quinnipiac, Holy Cross and Omaha from September 11-18.  The Spartans have not won five consecutive matches since the 2004 season.

MOST WINS SINCE 2012:  With 10 wins this season, the Spartans are in double-digit wins for the first time since 2012.  That team finished the season with a 14-16 record.

CONFERENCE SWEEP:  With a 3-0 win over Air Force on October 1, San José State swept a conference opponent for the first time since the 2013 season when the team won 3-0 at Nevada on November 2, 2013.  The home sweep of a conference opponent is the first since the 2012 season when SJSU was in the Western Athletic Conference.  That team swept Utah State in Spartan Gym on November 12, 2012.

GAMA 10 BLOCKS:  Nandyala Gama recorded a career-best 10 block assists against Holy Cross on September 12.  She is the first Spartan to record 10 or more block assists in a match since Mary Alice O'Reilly had 10 block assists in a home match against San Diego State on November 7, 2013. 

HIBBS TOP HITTER FOR SPARTANS:  Sara Hibbs is hitting .301 for the season with 155 kills, 2.63 ps.  She had her best hitting match of career against Evansville at .591 (14-1-22) and hit .565 versus Holy Cross (15-2-23).

DIGGIN' THE BALL:  Luiza Andrade leads the team with 201 digs, 3.09 ps.  She has recorded 20+ digs in three matches - 24 vs. Evansville, 21 against Omaha and 20 versus Quinnipiac. 

TOURNAMENT TITLE: For the first time since the 2011 season, the San José State won its first tournament title at the UMass Lowell Invitational.  The team defeated UMass Lowell (3-), Quinnipiac (3-1) and Holy Cross (3-1).  The Spartans last won a tournament title at the Hilton Stockton Invitational where the team was 3-1 on September 9 & 10, 2011.

ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS: Seven Spartan players were named to four all-tournament teams during the first four weeks of action.  Sara Hibbs  was named the Most Valuable Player of the UMass Lowell Invitational and was named to the San José State Invitational team.  Nandyala Gama  was named to the last two tournament teams - UMass Lowell Invitational and Chippewa Challenge.  A complete listing can be found on page 3.

SEPTEMBER ON THE ROAD: The Spartans went 8-3 in the month of September after spending entire month on the road.  The team started the month in Texas at the UTRGV Tournament before traveling to Massachusetts for the UMass Lowell Tournament and to Michigan for the Chippewa Challenge.  The Spartans then started MW play with matches at Fresno State and UNLV.

HOME SWEET OCTOBER: After spending September on the road, the Spartans will play six of its 10 matches in October in Spartan Gym.  The team starts the month with home matches against Air Force (1st) and New Mexico (3rd), then has for four consecutive home matches in the middle of the month- Wyoming (15th), Colorado State (17th), UNLV (22nd) and Fresno State  (24th).

FIVE HITTERS, 10+ KILLS IN ONE MATCH:  Five San José State hitters recorded 10 or more in the same match.  In a 3-1 win over Omaha, Hana Tresnáková and Tyanna Roy led the team with 12 kills a piece.  Sara Hibbs, Giulia Gávio and Nandyala Gama each added 10 kills.

BEST HITTING MATCHES OF SEASON: San José State recorded the top-three hitting matches of the season in the middle of September.  The team hit .298 (55-18-124) in a 3-1 win over Omaha on September 18, .284  (43-18-88) in a 3-0 win at UMass Lowell on September 11, and .281 (40-13-96) at Central Michigan on September 19.

UP NEXT:  San José State returns home for four MW matches over two weeks.  The Spartans host Wyoming on the 15th, Colorado State on the 17th, UNLV on the 22nd and Fresno State on the 24th.