Volleyball at Boise State, Idaho This Week

This Week:
Thurs., Oct. 9

Boise State
Boise, Idaho
7:00 p.m. MDT

Sat., Oct. 11
Moscow, Idaho
7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS ON THE ROAD AGAIN: San Jose State returns to the road for two Western Athletic Conference matches. The team plays at Boise State on Thursday and at Idaho on Saturday. Live stats are available for Thursday’s match, and a link can be found on www.sjsuspartans.com.

Tickets for all San Jose State home volleyball matches are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 12 and under. Kids wearing their volleyball jersey can buy $1 tickets at the door. Also, groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets of $3 per person. The ticket office opens one hour prior to first serve at Spartan Gym. For more ticket information, please call 408-924-SJTX (7589).

ABOUT BOISE STATE: The Broncos enter Thursday night’s match with a 5-10 overall record and a 2-3 WAC mark. The team split a pair of matches last week, winning at Fresno State on Thursday, 3-2, but falling at Nevada, 3-1, Saturday night. Head coach Robin Davis is in his third year at the school and has a 24-50 record at Boise State and a 245-130 coaching record in 13 years. Sadie Maughan leads the Broncos in kills with 121, 2.24 per set. Lydia Blaha leads the team in blocks with 69.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 15-3, but Boise State won this year’s first meeting, 25-20, 25-22,2 5-20, on September 18, in Spartan Gym. Kelly Crow led the team with 13 kills and hit .321 for the match.

ABOUT IDAHO: The Vandals begin the week with the a 10-6 overall record and 3-2 WAC mark. The team hosts Utah State Thursday night before playing the Spartans on Saturday. The team defeated Nevada, 3-2, and Fresno State, 3-0, last week. Head coach Debbie Buchanan is in her ninth year at the school and has a 125-128 coaching record. Haley Larsen leads the WAC in kills with 277, 4.47 per set, while Anna McKinney is second in the conference in blocks with 84, 1.35 per set.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 5-3. The two teams split the two meetings last year, each winning on its home court with exact 3-2 outcomes.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: Oscar Crespo begins his second 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 21-25 coaching record in two seasons.

RECAP OF LAST WEEK’S MATCHES: The Spartans split a pair of WAC matches at Spartan Gym last week. Last Thursday, San Jose State fell to New Mexico State, 25-23, 25-20, 25-21. Kelly Crow and Brianna Amian each had nine kills.
In the middle, Colleen Burke hit .600 with seven kills on 10 attempts and only one error. Nia Freeman had a team-best three blocks, one solo and two assists to go with two digs and a kill.

The Spartans then rebounded Saturday night with a victory over Louisiana Tech, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22. Crow led all hitters with 17 kills and hit .630 for the match with 27 attempts and no hitting errors. She recorded her fourth double-double of the season with a team-high 13 digs.

Kylie Miraldi hit .667 for the match with eight kills on 12 attempts and no hitting errors. Colleen Burke also had a perfect evening with eight kills on 15 attempts for a .533 hitting percentage. Amian and Freeman each added seven kills in the victory.

STRONG SERVING NIGHT: In the victory over Louisiana Tech, San Jose State recorded a season-best 11 service aces. Colleen Burke led the team with five aces, including three in a row in the second set. Thao Pham added two service aces, while Kelly Crow, Courtney Zellmer, Emily Burke and Kristal Tsukano each added one ace.

ALL HITTERS ON BOARD: San Jose State had one of its best hitting nights of the season against Louisiana Tech. The team hit .336 with 49 kills on 110 attempts and only 12 errors. Three Spartans hit .500 or better in the match - Kylie Miraldi at .667 (8-0-12), Kelly Crow at .630 (17-0-27) and Colleen Burke at .533 (8-0-15).

CROW TEAM LEADER FOR SPARTANS: Kelly Crow continues to have a strong season for San Jose State. She leads the team in kills with 228, 3.56 per set. She also has 38 digs, 2.16 ps, and is hitting .274 for the season. Crow also leads the team in WAC play in kills with 104, 4.16 ps, and is hitting .284 from the floor.

CAREER RANKINGS: Four current Spartans rank among San Jose State career leaders. Niki Clement is ninth in kills with 1,154. She needs 83 kills to move into eighth place with Barbara Higgins at 1,237. Clement is sixth in kill attempts at 3,090. Clement is 10th in block assists with 227, and is four total blocks shy of the top-10. She begins the week with 263 total blocks.

Colleen Burke is 11th in career kills with 1,069 kills and tied for first in hitting percentage at .317. She is eighth in block assists at 248 and 10th in total blocks at 267.
Two Spartans are in the top-10 in career assists. Emily Burke is ninth with 1,739 assists, while Brittany Collet is 10th with 1,544 assists.

Brittany Collet had two strong performances for the Spartans in the team’s wins at Nevada and at Fresno State. She came off the bench in the first set against Nevada and recorded her first double-double of the year and the ninth of her career with 49 assists and 15 digs. Collet started at setter at Fresno State and ended the match with 28 assists and eight digs. For the two matches, she averaged 9.62 assists, 2.88 digs and 0.25 aces per set.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT: Emily Burke recorded a triple-double against Saint Mary’s on September 5. She became the only setter in Spartan history to accomplish this feat. Burke had 40 assists, 15 digs and 10 kills in the match. The triple-double feat has only been accomplished in 11 matches in school history.

1,000 CAREER KILL CLUB: For only the second time in school history, two Spartan volleyball players joined the 1,000 career kill club in the same season. They became the 1th and 12 Spartan players to accomplish this milestone.
Niki Clement recorded her 1,000th career kill against Arizona on August 29. Colleen Burke hit the 1,000 career kill mark against Sacramento State on September 6.
The only other time in school history that this happened was during the 1986 season when All-American Lisa Ice and Christa Cook recorded their 1,000th career kills.

MIRALDI HOME DEBUT FULL OF BLOCKS: Freshman Kylie Miraldi made her collegiate home debut a memorable match on September 1. Against St. John’s, she had a team-best two solo blocks and six block assists for eight total blocks. Miraldi added three kills and an assist in three sets played that day.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Kelly Crow and Colleen Burke were named to the Four Points Sheraton LAX/LMU Volleyball Classic All-Tournament team. Emily Burke was named to the Sacramento State Invitational All-Tournament team. Niki Clement and Kelly Crow were named to the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team.

EMILY BURKE HONORED BY WAC: Emily Burke was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 1-7. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor for Burke.

She tallied 146 assists, 33 digs and 21 kills over four matches that week. Burke averaged 10.43 assists and 2.36 digs per set. She was named to the Sacramento State Invitational All-Tournament Team after becoming the first setter in school history to record a triple-double in a match. Burke accomplished the feat against Saint Mary’s7 with 40 assists, 15 digs and a career-high 10 kills. She also hit .571 on the match. She added a double-double vs. Sacramento State, finishing with 48 assists and 11 digs.

Colleen Burke and Niki Clement were named to the 12-person Preseason All-Western Athletic Conference volleyball team as selected by the conference’s nine head coaches.

Burke was a first team All-WAC selection last season and led the team in hitting with a .343 percentage, the fourth-best in school history. She is second all-time in hitting with a .314 percentage and recorded her 1,000th career kill this season to join an elite club at San Jose State. Burke averaged 2.61 kills and 0.70 blocks per game last year.

Clement was a second team All-WAC pick last year. She averaged 3.37 kills and 3.40 digs per game last season. She joined the group of former Spartans with 1,000 or more career kills this season.

SPARTANS PICKED THIRD IN WAC PRESEASON POLL: The 2008 San Jose State volleyball team is picked to finish tied for third with Idaho in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The 2008 San Jose State volleyball team has been picked third with Idaho by the league’s coaches in the Western Athletic Conference Preseason Volleyball Poll.

2008 WAC Coaches’ Poll
Rank Team Points

1. Hawaii (8) 64
2. New Mexico State (1) 55
3. Idaho 42
San Jose State 42
5. Utah State 40
6. Nevada 34
7. Boise State 20
8. Fresno State 16
9. Louisiana Tech 9

WAC TOURNAMENT IN HAWAII: The 2008 WAC Volleyball Tournament moves to the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus. The tournament will be held on November 20, 21, and 23.

All home San Jose State volleyball matches will have live statistics available on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

UP NEXT: The Spartans take a week off from WAC play and play just one match. The team hosts Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, October 18, at 7 p.m., in Spartan Gym.