Volleyball Home For Three Matches This Week

This Week:
Tues., Oct. 13 Sacramento State Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PDT
Thurs., Oct. 15 New Mexico State Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., Oct. 17 Louisiana Tech Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS HOME FOR THREE: San Jose State is home this week for the only three home matches for the month of October. The team hosts Sacramento State in a non-conference match on Tuesday. The Spartans then return to Western Athletic Conference play with matches against New Mexico State on Thursday and Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

TICKET INFORMATION: 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).

LIVE STATS: Live stats will be available for all Spartan home matches on www.sjsuspartans.com and go to “Live Stats”. Links for all home matches will appear on the page between 5-25 minutes before the match starts.

LIVE AUDIO: Matches against New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech will be broadcast on the Gold Zone on the Spartan web site (www.sjsuspartans.com) this week with Shawn Murphy calling the action. The match is available for free. KSJS, 90.5 FM, the San Jose State student station, will boradcast the New Mexico State match. Their telecast can be heard at www.ksjs.org.

ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets enter Tuesday night’s match with an 11-9 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The team won at Idaho State (3-0) and at Weber State (3-1) last weekend. Head coach Ruben Volta is in his second season at the helm of the program. Senior outside hitter Desiree Hoyum, the Co-Big Sky Player of the Week, leads the team with 293 kills, 3.66 ps.

San Jose State holds a slight 6-5 lead in the all-time series. The Spartans won last year’s meeting, 3-1, in the Hornet’s Nest.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies enter the week with a 10-5 overall record and a 5-1 WAC mark, good for second in the conference standings. The team hosts New Mexico Tuesday night before traveling to face the Spartans Thursday night. Head coach Mike Jordan is in his 13th year at the school and has a 257-111 record. Junior Kayleigh Giddens is second in the WAC in kills with 172, 3.82 ps, while Krista Altermatt has 158 kills, 2.98 ps.

New Mexico State holds a 16-9 advantage in the series and has won the last 14 meetings, dating back to the 1994 season.

ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH: The Lady Techsters enter the week with a 12-10 overall record and a 2-4 WAC mark, tying for sixth in the standings. The team plays at Hawaii Wednesday night before traveling to San Jose for Saturday’s match. Head coach Matt Sonnichsen is in his season year at the school. Nataliya Panova leads the team with 178 kills, 2.28 ps.

San Jose State has won all 12 meetings in the series.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: Oscar Crespo is in his third season as head coach at his alma mater with a 27-47 coaching record. A 1990 graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program’s sixth head coach.

HOME DEBUT=BEST BLOCKING NIGHT: For the third consecutive year, a Spartan player has recorded one of their best blocking nights of their career in their home debut. This year, Krista Miller made her home debut on Thursday, September 24, against Idaho. She had a season-best seven block assists. Kylie Miraldi also had seven block assists in the match, a career-high for her. Last year, Miraldi recorded eight blocks, two solo and six assists, in her Spartan Gym debut. Two years ago, Brianna Amian made her Spartan Gym debut a record-setter. She tied the San Jose State single match block assists and total blocks records with 14 block assists against San Francisco.

Freshman Taylor Japhet leads the Spartans in kills with 129, 2.63 per set. She had double-figure kills in five matches - 17 against Seattle, 16 against Boise State, 14 at Utah State, 11 versus Eastern Washington and 10 against UC Irvine.

TOUGH NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: The 2009 season found the Spartans playing one of its most challenging non-conference schedules in recent memory. San Jose State faced at least one team ranked in the top-25 of the AVCA Division I Coaches poll in each of the first four weekends. The Spartans started the season playing then fourth-ranked Washington and faced #11 Stanford the second weekend. San Jose State then played at #13 California before facing #18 UC Irvine and #23 San Diego in San Diego. San Jose State has two non-conference matches remaining - home with Sacramento State this Tuesday, and at Cal State Bakersfield on November 20.

SPARTAN CAREER RANKINGS: Kristal Tsukano continues to move up the San Jose State career digs list this season. She started the year in sixth place and is now in third place in digs with 1,200 in her four-year career. Tsukano needs 212 more digs to tie Dawnis Wilson for second place all-time. Jessie Shull holds the San Jose State career record at 2,260 digs.

1. Jessie Shull 2260 2003-06
2. Dawnis Wilson 1412 1988-91
3. Kristal Tsukano 1200 2006-C
4. Joslynn Gallop 1052 1997-00
Christina Lukens 1052 1999-02
6. Barbara Higgins 1039 1984-87
7. Jeanine Haldi 982 1999-02
8. Darcy Walker 981 1996-99
9. Danielle Spier 978 1984-87
10. Savannah Smith 947 1998-01

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Kristal Tsukano was the only Spartan named to an all-tournament team this year. She was named the Molten/Hilton Garden Inn All-Tournament Team.

The Spartans played 12 of their first 14 matches of the 2009 season on the road, including the first 10 matches. The team opened its home schedule with two WAC matches before playing single road matches each of the past two weeks. San Jose State is home this week for three matches before going back on the road for the final two weeks of October. San Jose State plays four of its final seven matches in November at Spartan Gym.

ANDRADE’S DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Caitlin Andrade begins the week with a three-match streak of recording a double-double. She started the streak two weeks ago with 49 assists and 11 digs against Boise State at home. Andrade then went on the road the past two weeks and had 31 assists and 10 digs at Utah State and 12 assists and 10 digs at #4 Hawaii last Friday night. Andrade also has a triple-double to her credit in just 14 matches played.

HOME SWEET HOME: This is the latest in the season the Spartans played a home-opener in 10 years (Sept. 24). The 1999 team opened the year on September 24, with a 3-0 win over Saint Mary’s. The latest for a home openers was October 1 in 1992 (L, 3-0, Long Beach State) and 1977 with the SJSU Invitational.

In just her sixth match in a Spartan uniform, freshman setter Caitlin Andrade joined an elite club in San Jose State volleyball history with a triple-double at Saint Mary's.

Andrade is just the second setter in school history to record a triple-double and the eighth player overall to accomplish this feat for only the 12th time. Andrade recorded 32 assists, 12 digs and 10 kills in the three-set match.

Ironically, the last triple-double in school history was recorded last year against Saint Mary's. Former setter Emily Burke had 40 assists, 15 digs and 10 kills.

K & T VOLLEYBLOG COMES TO THE WEB!: Seniors Kristal Tsukano and Thao Pham are giving their thoughts on the 2009 season and what is happening with the Spartan volleyball team. Stay tuned to the volleyball home page on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com to see what the two Spartan seniors are talking about this week.

TSUKANO RECORDS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE, NOW HAS TWO: It took her fourth season, but senior Kristal Tsukano recorded her first double-double of her Spartan career. She had a career-best 11 kills and 18 digs against Eastern Washington. She recorded her second double-double against Boise State with 14 kills and 13 digs.

For the second consecutive season, San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo signed a former Nevada Union High School graduate. Taylor Japhet joins the team this season after former high school teammates Sarah McAtee and Kylie Miraldi joined the Spartans last year.

KAMEHAMEHA PLAYERS: The Spartans have also had success recruiting players from Kamehameha High School on the island on Oahu. Alex Akana and Caitlin Andrade join fellow Kamehameha graduate Kristal Tsukano at San Jose State.

FOUR PLAYERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-WAC: Four returning Spartan players received Academic All-WAC honors last year. Kylie Miraldi, Thao Pham, Kristal Tsukano and Courtney Zellmer all had a 3.00 or better grade point average.

TSUKANO RECEIVES ACADEMIC HONOR: Kristal Tsukano was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Third Team, as selected by the district's College Sports Information Directors, last year

Tsukano is a biological science major and a three-time Academic All-WAC selection.

AUDIO BROADCASTS: Five remaining home Spartan matches will be broadcast on the Gold Zone at www.sjsuspartans.com - Oct. 15, Oct. 17, Nov. 5, Nov. 7 and Nov. 19.

KSJS, 90.5 FM, the San Jose State student radio station, is planning to broadcast two more home matches - Oct. 15 and Nov. 2.

2009 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2009 WAC Volleyball Tournament will move to a neutral site this year and include the top-six teams in the conference standings. The tournament will be played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nov. 23-25.

All-session tickets are $45 and can be purchased through the Spartan Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).

The WAC Volleyball Tournament is a single-elimination event with the top two seeds receiving first-round byes and the champion earning the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Monday, Nov. 23 (Quarterfinals)

No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed 5 p.m.
No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov 24 (Semifinals)
Winner Match 1 vs. No. 2 seed 5 p.m.
Winner Match 2 vs. No. 1 Seed 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 25 (Championship)
Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
*times local and subject to change

Fans traveling to Las Vegas for the WAC Volleyball Tournament are encouraged to stay at the Orleans Hotel and Casino. Rates are $90.00 per night Friday and Saturday, November 20-21, and $35.00 per night Sunday through Wednesday, November 22-25, single or double occupancy, plus room tax and Resort Fee. For reservations, please call (800) 657-3267 and request WAC Volleyball Championship Fan Block or Group Code 9WACC11.

UP NEXT: The Spartans go back on the road for two WAC matches. The team plays at Louisiana Tech next Thursday at 7 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. PDT, and at New Mexico State next Saturday at 1 p.m. MDT/12 p.m. PDT.