Volleyball Hosts Nevada Thursday

Oct. 9, 2013

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This Week:

Thurs. Oct. 10            Nevada            The Event Center            7:00 p.m. PDT

Fri. Oct. 11            Fresno State            Fresno, Calif.            7:00 p.m. PDT

Sun. Oct. 13            CSU Bakersfield            Bakersfield, Calif.            4:00 p.m. PDT


SPARTANS PLAY THREE MATCHES IN FOUR DAYS:  San José State returns home for a Thursday night Mountain West match against Nevada.  The team then plays two road matches in three days.  The Spartans play at Fresno State in a Mountain West match followed by a non-conference match at CSU Bakersfield Sunday afternoon.  The Spartans are looking to break a five-match losing streak this week.

MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK:  A free live stream of Thursday and Friday's matches will be available on the Mountain West Network at www.TheMW.com and on www.SJSUSpartans.com. 

LIVE STATS:  All matches this week will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.

ABOUT NEVADA:  The Wolf Pack enters Thursday night's match with a 2-14 overall record and an 0-4 Mountain West mark.  The team fell to Colorado State, 3-1, and Wyoming, 3-0, last week.  Head coach Ruth Lawanson is in her third year at the school with an 11-60 record.  Tessa Lea'ea is the team leader in kills with 155, 2.87 ps, and leads the team with 65 blocks, 1.20 ps.

San José State has a 25-16 lead in the all-time series with Nevada.  The Spartans won both meetings, 3-0, during the 2011 season.

ABOUT FRESNO STATE:  The Bulldogs enter Friday night's match with an 8-8 overall record and a 2-2 Mountain West mark.  The team split a pair of road matches last week, losing at San Diego State, 3-1, last Thursday, but winning at UNLV 3-0.  Head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell is in her sixth year at the school with a 74-86 record. Korrin Wild leads the team with 194 kills, 3.80 ps, while Holly Franks and Maci Murdock each have a team-best 52 blocks, 0.81 ps.

San José State holds a 45-27 advantage in the all-time series over Fresno State.  However, Fresno State has won the last six meetings dating back to the 2009 season.  Prior to that, the Spartans had won six straight (twice in 2006, 2007 and 2008).

ABOUT CSU BAKERSFIELD:  The Roadrunners begin the week with a 9-9 overall record and host Utah Valley on Thursday before the Spartans visit on Sunday.  Head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her third year at th helm of the program.  Debora Araujo leads the team with 245 kills, 3.66 ps, while Kelsee Sawyer has 202 kills, 3.01 ps. 

San José State leads the all-time series 4-1, winning the past three meetings 3-0 in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

SAN JOSÉ STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his seventh season as head coach with a 65-126 coaching record.  A 1990 San José State graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program's sixth head coach.

MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY UNDERWAY:  San José State started a new era in school history with the school's first Mountain West contest, volleyball versus Boise State on September 26, since joining the conference on July 1. The match against the Broncos was a hard-fought contest as the Spartans rallied from 0-2 to tie the match and send it to a fifth set.  The Spartans led 11-8, but a late Boise State rally gave the Broncos a 15-12 win in the fifth set.  Mary Alice O'Reilly led the team with 18 kills and six blocks.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN':  The Spartans continue the streak of playing 15 of 16 matches in the state of California.  Since September 1, San José State has played just one match outside of the state, Oct. 3 at UNLV.  This week, the team plays matches in San Jose, Fresno and Bakersfield. Next week, the Spartans finish off the 16 matches with home contests against Air Force and Colorado State.

The Spartans played the entire month of September in the state of California, traveling by vans.  The team played in tournaments hosted by Sacramento State and the University of the Pacific.  San José State played Eastern Washington in the team's home opener and hosted Boise State and Utah State.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW ERA BEGINS:  The 2013-14 school year begins a new era in San José State Athletics history as the school begins play in the Mountain West after spending the past 17 years in the Western Athletic Conference.   The Spartans are part of the 11-team league that features Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Wyoming and the Spartans.  The volleyball team was the first San José State team to play in a Mountain West contest when they hosted Boise State on September 26. 

NEW HOME COURT:  This year marks the first time since 2004 that volleyball team has called The Event Center home.  All 11 matches will be played in the 5,000-seat venue, located on the corner of 7th and San Carlos Streets.  Parking for all spectators is available in the Seventh Street Garage.  The move was necessitated by the construction surrounding Spartan Gym and Yosh Uchida Hall.  San José State has an 80-52 record in 15 seasons of playing matches there.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Two Spartans were named all-tournament selections at the three tournaments the team played at this year.  Hanah Blume was named to the Tribe Invitational, Sacramento State Invitational and Bankers Classic All-Tournament teams.

Mary Alice O'Reilly was selected to the Sacramento State Invitational and Bankers Classic All-Tournament teams.

20/20 DOUBLE:  Hanah Blume recorded 21 kills and 20 digs against Winthrop to become the 21st San José State player to record a 20/20 double-double.  The last 20/20 double-double came during the 2011 season when Caitlin Andrade had 51 assists and 21 digs at Pacific.

SPARTANS BREAK 2 EVENT CENTER SERVING RECORDS:  During the Boise State match on September 26, San José State set two Event Center records for serving.  Kiely Pieper broke the record set by a Spartan player as she recorded a career-best seven aces, breaking the old record of five.  The Spartans also broke the San José State team Event Center record with 13 aces in the match.

TREMENDOUS HITTING NIGHT:  San José State hit a season-high .374 in a win over Sacramento State.  The team had 50 kills on 107 attempts and only 10 errors. 

Two Spartans did not commit a hitting error in the match.  Hanah Blume hit .517 with a season-best 15 kills on 29 attempts, while Tyanna Roy hit a team-high .588 with 10 kills on 10 attempts.

FRESHMAN MAKES IMPACT:  Lauren Jacobsen made an immediate impact on the Spartan team at the Tribe Invitational.  She led the team in kills in her first match in a Spartan uniform with 19 kills at William & Mary and hit .311 for the match (19-5-45).  Jacobsen also led team in kills against Campbell as she recorded her first collegiate double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs. 

DIGGIN' THE BALL:  Hanah Blume recorded 35 digs in a five-set loss to Campbell.  Blume's 35 digs is just the fourth time in school history that a player has dug that many balls in a match and is the sixth-highest number of digs in a match in school history.  The last Spartan player to record 30 or more digs in a match was Courtney Zellmer who had 35 against Gonzaga on August 28, 2010.

DIGGIN' THE BALL, PART 2:  Against Campbell, San José State recorded 107 digs as a team.  It was the most digs by a Spartan team since the 2007 season when the team had 111 against Boise State (10-25-07).  The team recorded 100 or more digs in one other match during that time - 106 against Sacramento State on October 13, 2009.

The 107 digs is the fourth-highest total in Mountain West history.  Only four other times has a team recorded more than 107 digs in a match.

115             Fresno State vs. Sacramento State 9/7/12

113             UNLV at Washington State 9/1/06

108            San Diego State vs. UC Irvine 9/11/10

108             Utah at Wyoming 10/14/06

107             San José State vs. Campbell 8/31/13

107             San Diego State vs. UNLV 9/21/07

UP NEXT:  The Spartans return home for two matches next week. San José State is scheduled to play Air Force on Thursday, October 17, at 7 p.m., and New Mexico on Saturday, October 19, at 1 p.m.  Both matches will be played at The Event Center.