Volleyball Faces WAC Leader At Utah State

This Week: Sat. Oct. 13 Utah State Logan, Utah 7:00 p.m. MDT Mon. Oct. 15 Texas State Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PDT
SPARTANS FACE WAC LEADER AGAIN:  For the second consecutive week, San Jose State will face a team who starts the week at the top of the Western Athletic Conference standings.  This Saturday, the Spartans play at conference leader Utah State.  The Aggies took over the top spot after defeating New Mexico State in Logan last week.   San Jose State then returns home next week for Monday Night Volleyball against Texas State.  The Bobcats are currently fifth in the WAC standings, one spot ahead of the Spartans.
LIVE STATS:  Both matches this week have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.” 
LIVE VIDEO:  The Utah State match will be streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the match.
BROADCAST INFORMATION:  KSJS, 90.5 FM, the San Jose State student radio station will be broadcasting the Texas State match on Monday.  Fans who want to listen can get a live stream at ksjs.org.
FACEBOOK/TWITTER:  Follow the Spartan volleyball team and all San Jose State athletics teams on the web.  Join the official SJSU Spartans page 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 UTAH STATE:  The Aggies enter Saturday night’s match with a 12-6 overall record and atop the WAC standings with a 7-1 record.  The team upset New Mexico State at home last week to take ascend to the top of the conference leader board.  The Aggies lost a hard-fought match, 3-2, Tuesday night to Utah Valley.  Head coach Grayson DuBose is in his seventh year at the school.  Shay Shorensen leads the team with 206 kills, 2.99 ps, while Ellie Brainard is hitting .314 and is the team leader with 103 blocks, 1.49 ps. San Jose State leads the overall series 18-12-1.  The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on their respective home floor.
ABOUT TEXAS STATE:  The Bobcats begin a three-match road trip with a 9-9 overall record and a 4-3 WAC mark, good for fifth in the standings.  The team plays at Denver (Thurs.) and at New Mexico State (Sat.) before traveling to San Jose.  Head coach Karen Chisum is in her 33rd season at the school.  Alexandra Simms leads the team with 191 kills, 3.13 ps, while Molly Ahrens has a team-best 57 blocks, 0.93 ps. Texas State won the only meeting between the two teams, 3-1, in San Marcos on September 13.  Mary Alice O'Reilly and Alex Akana combine to hit .435 with 34 kills in the match. O'Reilly led all Spartan hitters with a career-best 18 kills.  She hit .469 in the match with 32 attempts and just three hitting errors and led the team with four blocks (1-3).  Akana hit .400 for the night with 16 kills on 30 attempts and four hitting errors.  She added four digs and a block on the night.  
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his sixth 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 56-109 coaching record in four seasons.
NATIONAL STATISTICS:  Through matches on Oct. 7, San Jose State ranks 52nd in the nation in digs at 16.65 per set and 88th in assists at 12.47 ps.  Individually, Michaela Leonard is 24th in assists in 11.31 per set, while Mary Alice O’Reilly is 94th in hitting percentage at .336.
DONE WITH THE CENTRAL TIME ZONE:  The Spartans spent three of the five weekends in September in the Central Time Zone.  The team opened September at the Texas Tech for a tournament (8/31-9/1), played WAC matches at Texas State (9/13) and at UTSA (9/15) and finished with matches at UT Arlington (9/27) and Louisiana Tech (9/30).   San Jose State is done with the Central Time Zone for the season.  The team just three WAC trips remaining this season - at Utah State (10/13); at Seattle (10/18) and at Idaho (10/20); and at New Mexico State (11/1) and at Denver (11/3).
O’REILLY NEARS HITTING RECORD IN WIN:  Mary Alice O’Reilly had her best hitting night of the season against Denver when she hit .800 for the three-set match.  She led all hitters with 12 kills on 15 attempts and no hitting errors.  After two sets, O'Reilly was on-track to break the school record for hitting percentage in a match. She was hitting .917 (11-0-12), just six points away from the record of .923 set by Cristin Rossman in 1994.
AKANA REACHES TOP-10 IN BLOCK ASSISTS:  With three block assists against New Mexico State last week, Alex Akana now ranks in the top-10 all-time in block assists at San Jose State.  She begins the week with 229 block assists, two short of tying Tanya Hart (1991-94) for ninth.  Akana would need 50 assists to move into seventh place. On the career block list, Akana would need 18 blocks to move into the top-10.  She currently has 252 blocks in her Spartan career and would need the 18 blocks to tie Maria Healy (1983-86) at 270.
SAN JOSE ST. BLOCK ASSISTS TOTAL YEARS   1.  Joslynn Gallop 391 1997-00   2.  Melissa Myers 370 1995-98   3.  Barbara Higgins 340 1984-87   4.  Liz Hudson 337 2000-02   5.  Cristin Rossman 291 1991-94   6.  Stephanie Pascucci 287 1999-02   7.  Colleen Burke 281 2005-08   8.  Kim Hicks 279 1985-88   9.  Tanya Hart 231 1991-94 10.  Alex Akana 229 2009-C
ANOTHER GREAT BLOCKING NIGHT:  For the fourth time this season, San Jose State recorded double-digit blocks in a match.  The Spartans had 14.5 blocks against New Mexico State, the second-highest total of the season, after the 17 against Oral Roberts to start the year. Mary Alice O’Reilly led the team with nine blocks, two solo and seven assists, while Alex Akana (2-3) and Michaela Leonard (0-5) each had five blocks.
BEST BLOCKING NIGHT SINCE 2007:  The Spartans recorded 17 blocks in the first match of the season for the best blocking night in five years.  The team had 1 solo block and 32 block assists against Oral Roberts, the most since 2007 when the Spartans had 19.5 blocks against San Francisco.  Last season, the Spartans had 16 blocks in a win over UC Riverside.
MAKING IMPACT:  After spending most of her freshman season as a key reserve for the Spartans, Mary Alice O’Reilly is making her mark on the team in her sophomore year.  She leads the team with 211 kills, 3.10 ps, and blocks with 68, 1.00 ps.  O’Reilly is hitting .336 on the season with 443 attempts and just 62 errors.  She started the year with nine blocks against Oral Roberts and was named to two all-tournament teams.  
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Four Spartans have recorded 24 double-doubles this season. Setter Michaela Leonard recorded double-doubles in nine matches including five consecutive in September. Hanah Blume has 10 double-doubles, while Krista Miller has three on the year.  Samantha O’Connell recorded her first this season against Canisius and added another at Louisiana Tech.
NEW SETTER NO MORE:  Freshman Michaela Leonard stepped into the starting setting role for the Spartans this season and leads the WAC with a 11.32 assist per set average.  Leonard recorded a season-best 52 at Texas State and followed that with 50 at UTSA.  She also recorded her first collegiate double-double with 47 assists and 12 digs against Canisius and had a streak of five consecutive double-doubles in September.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans go back on the road for two WAC matches.  The team plays at Seattle U., on Thursday, October 18, and at Idaho on Saturday, October 20.