Volleyball Hosts Boise State, Air Force This Week

Oct. 11, 2016

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ALUMNI WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS TWO-WEEK HOMESTAND:  The San José State volleyball team returns to Spartan Gym for four matches over the next two weeks. The Spartans host Boise State this Thursday evening and Air Force on Saturday afternoon.  The Broncos are currently sixth in the Mountain West standings, while the Falcons are 11th. San José State begins the week tied for eighth place.

This weekend is also designated as Spartan Volleyball Alumni Weekend.  All volleyball alums are encourage to join the Spartan pregame meal on Saturday and attend the match.  All alums will be honored between sets two and three of the match, with a special recognition for the 2001 NCAA Tournament Team who upset Santa Clara in the first round of the tournament.  There will also be a tailgate at the San José State-Nevada football game later in the day.  For more information, please contact Heather Cooper at heather.n.cooper@sjsu.edu.  Per usual, admission to San José State volleyball matches is free.

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

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

ABOUT BOISE STATE: The Broncos enter Thursday night's match with a 13-6 overall record and a 4-2 MW mark.  The team is currently sixht in the MW standings after sweeping Air Force and Utah State last week. Sierra Nobley leads the conference in kills with 302 and in kills per set at 4.38.  Maddy O'Donnell is the Broncos' best blocker with 87, 1.26 ps.

Series Record -  San José State leads 16-14.

First Meeting -L, 3-1, September 20, 1997, Moraga, Calif.

Last Meeting - L, 3-0, November 7, 2015, Spartan Gym

Last SJSU Win - 3-0, October 9, 2008, Bronco Gym, Boise, Idaho

Current Streak - L11

Last 10 meetings - 0-10

ABOUT AIR FORCE:  The Falcons begin the week with a 9-10 overall record and 0-6 mark in the Mountain West.  The team plays at Fresno State Thursday night before visiting San Jose.  The team is led by Elizabeth Pennington with 280 kills, 3.78 ps, and followed closely by Abigail Miksch with 270 kills, 3.75 ps.

Series Record - San José State leads 5-4.

First Meeting - W, 3-0, October 12, 1996, The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.

Last Meeting - L, 3-1, November 21, 2015, Falcon Court, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Last SJSU Win - 3-0, October 1, 2015, Spartan Gym

Current Streak - L1

HEAD COACH Jolene Shepardson: San José State head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her third season at the helm of the program.  She has a 25-53 record in three seasons at SJSU, and a 68-100 coaching record in six seasons.

ROBINSON PASSES 1,000 CAREER ASSISTS:  Setter Breann Robinson surpassed the 1,000 career assists mark last week when she posted 111 in the matches against New Mexico and UNLV.  She had 56 assists against the Lobos to enter the 1,000-assist realm.  Robinson begins the week with 1,156 assists in her Spartan career.

FIVE HITTERS, 10+ KILLS IN ONE MATCH:  Five San José State hitters recorded 10 or more kills in the same match on September 30.  In a 3-2 win over New Mexico, Hana Tresnáková led the team with 16 kills. Nandyala Gama had 15 kills, followed by Latahevai Lousi and Giulia Gávio with 14 kills each and Thaliana Grajeda with 11.

TOP SINGLE-MATCH MARKS AMONG NATION'S BEST: Four San Jose State players ranks among the top-20 nationally in single-match performances this season. 

Nandyala Gama - 13 blocks - T5th in 5-set match

Luiza Andrade - 37 digs - T8th in 5-set match

Giulia Gávio - 32 kills - T8th in 5-set match

Breann Robinson - 63 assists - T17th in 5-set matchnd Breann Robinson were named to the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup All-Tournament team.

UP NEXT: The Spartans continue at home with MW leader Colorado State on October 20 at 6 p.m., and Wyoming on October 22 at 1 p.m.