Volleyball Heads To LA Tech & New Mexico State

This Week:
Thurs., Oct. 13    Louisiana Tech    Ruston, La.    7:00 p.m. CDT
Sat. Oct. 15    New Mexico State    Las Cruces, N.M.    2:00 p.m. MDT

SPARTANS TRAVEL FOR TWO WAC MATCHES:  San Jose State continues on the road this week with two Western Athletic Conference matches.  After traveling west last weekend to Hawaii, the Spartans travel east to Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State. 

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

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 LOUISIANA TECH:  The Lady Techsters enter Thursday night’s match wit ha 9-12 overall record and an 0-5 WAC mark.  The team lost at Nevada (3-0) on Saturday and at Fresno State (3-0) last Thursday.  Head coach Matt Sonnichsen is in his fourth season at the school and his 13th as a head coach.  Sophomore Clara Vido leads the team with 185 kills, 2.98 per set.  Junior Stephany Salas leads the WAC in digs with 262, 4.76 ps.
    San Jose State leads the series with a 14-2 record.  The two teams have split the four matches the past two seasons, each winning on their homecourt.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO STATE:  The Aggies begin the week with a 16-4 overall record and a 5-0 WAC mark.  The team hosts #9 Hawaii Wednesday night on ESPNU before playing the Spartans on Saturday.  Head coach Mike Jordan is in his 14th year at the school.  Meredith Hays leads the WAC in kills with 295, 4.34 ps, and points with 327.5, 4.82 ps. 
    New Mexico State leads the overall series 20-9 and has won the past 18 meetings.  San Jose State last won a match in the series in 1994, a 3-0 win in Las Cruces.

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 42-94 coaching record in five seasons.

SATURDAY RECAP:  Savanah Leaf led San Jose State  Saturday night with 10 kills in a 25-21, 25-8, 25-19 loss at #9 Hawaii this past Saturday night.
    Playing in front of family and friends, three native Hawaiians in a Spartan uniform made contributions in the match.  Setter Caitlin Andrade had 24 assists and a team-best eight digs, and Alex Akana had six kills and four blocks.  Senior Brianna Amian made her final appearance in a San Jose State uniform on the island, starting the match and recording two kills.
    In all, 13 players saw action in the match for San Jose State.  Hanah Blume and Taylor Japhet each came off the bench for three kills each.  Kiely Piper added seven digs and two service aces.

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.

ANDRADE UP TO SEVENTH AMONG CAREER ASSISTS LEADERS:  With her 12 assists against Sacramento State last week, Caitlin Andrade moved into seventh place on the San Jose State career assists list and now has 2,360 assists.  She moved from 10th to eighth during the Pacific match when she had 51 assists in the match.  Andrade now needs 101 assists to move into sixth place, 188 for fifth place and 3,122 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    2360    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.
    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

LEAF MAKING IMPRESSION:  In her first season in a Spartan uniform, freshman Savanah Leaf is making an immediate impact for San Jose State.  She leads the team in kills with 173, 2.79 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.

BLOCKING NUMBERS UP:  This year’s Spartan block is the best for San Jose State since 2008.  The team enters this week’s matches with 139.5 blocks with at least 10 matches remaining in the season.  The total number of blocks is the most since 2008 when the team recorded 189.  Alex Akana leads the team with 62 blocks, her most in a season for her three seasons.  Kylie Miraldi has 58 blocks, the most in a season for her four-year career.  The last time the team had at least two players with 50+ blocks was 2008 with Nia Freeman (81), Colleen Burke (67) and Brianna Amian (57).

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.

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 return home for two WAC matches.  The team hosts Utah State on Wednesday, October 19, and Idaho on Friday, October 21.  Both matches begin at 7 p.m., inside Spartan Gym, on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.