Volleyball Begins Homestand With Top Teams In MW

Oct. 13, 2015

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This Week:

Thurs., Oct. 15 Wyoming (15-3, 5-1)  Spartan Gym San Jose, Calif. 6:00 p.m. PDT

The Last Meeting
Wyoming3
San Jose State0
November 22, 2014
San Jose, Calif.
Volleyball Falls 3-0 To Wyoming In Final Home Match
The Spartans fell to Wyoming 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-21) Saturday night at Spartan Gym. Tyanna Roy led the team with 10 kills.

The Last Meeting
San Jose State0
Colorado State3
November 19, 2014
Fort Collins, Colo.
Volleyball Falls 3-0 at #9 Colorado State
The Spartans played with #9 Colorado State in the first set before falling 26-24, 25-14, 25-14, Thursday night in Fort Collins

Sat., Oct. 17 #21 Colorado State (13-3, 6-0)  Spartan Gym San Jose, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PDT

BACK HOME AGAIN:  The San José State volleyball team spends the next two weeks in Spartan Gym as the team plays four Mountain West matches.  This week, the Spartans face the top-two teams in the conference with second-place Wyoming on Thursday and leader #21 Colorado State on Saturday.

The Spartans begin the week with a 10-9 overall record and a 2-4 MW mark.  The team dropped a pair of 3-0 matches last week at Boise State and at Utah State.  San José State is tied for seventh in the MW standings with San Diego State and Nevada.

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.

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

ABOUT WYOMING: The Cowgirls  begin the week with a 15-3 overall record and a 5-1 MW mark.  The team plays at #21 Colorado State on Tuesday before heading to San Jose.  Head coach Chad Callihan is in his third year at the school with a 59-24 record. Freshman Reed Copeland leads the MW in blocks with 101, 1.58 per set, while Kayla Slofkiss is the team leader in kills with 182, 2.72 ps.

Wyoming leads the all-time series 5-3 and won the only meeting between the two teams last season, 3-0, in Spartan Gym.  The Spartans last won (3-2) during the 1996 season.

ABOUT #21 COLORADO STATE: The Rams begin the week with a 13-3 overall record and are atop the MW standings.  The team hosts Wyoming Tuesday night before heading to San Jose later in the week.  Head coach Tom Hilbert is in his 19th year at the school with a 475-113 record.  Alex Reid leads the team in kills with 162, 3.31 ps, while Acacia Andrews leads the MW in hitting percentage at .435.

Colorado State holds a 9-4 lead in the all-time series and have won the past three meetings.  The teams played only once last year, in Fort Collins, with the Rams winning 3-0.  The Spartans last win in the series came in the quarterfinal match of the 1998 Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden. The Spartans came back from 0-2 to win the match 3-2.

HEAD COACH Jolene Shepardson: Spartan head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her second season at the helm of the program.  She has a 14-26 record in two seasons at SJSU, and a 57-83 coaching record in five seasons.

MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY UNDERWAY: All 11 conference teams have played at least five MW matches.  Colorado State is the only undefeated team at 6-0, followed by Wyoming at 5-1 and UNLV at 4-1.

MOST NON-CONFERENCE WINS SINCE 2006:  San José State finished the non-conference portion of the schedule with an 8-5 record, the most wins in the non-conference season since 2006 when the team won 10 non-conference matches. The Spartans are also 6-0 in neutral-site matches played this season.

FOUR-MATCH WINNING STREAK LONGEST SINCE 2007: San José State won four consecutive matches for the first time since the 2007 season.  The team defeated UMass Lowell, Quinnipiac, Holy Cross and Omaha from September 11-18.  The Spartans have not won five consecutive matches since the 2004 season.

MOST WINS SINCE 2012:  With 10 wins this season, the Spartans are in double-digit wins for the first time since 2012.  That team finished the season with a 14-16 record.

CONFERENCE SWEEP:  With a 3-0 win over Air Force on October 1, San José State swept a conference opponent for the first time since the 2013 season when the team won 3-0 at Nevada on November 2, 2013.  The home sweep of a conference opponent is the first since the 2012 season when SJSU was in the Western Athletic Conference.  That team swept Utah State in Spartan Gym on November 12, 2012.

GAMA BLOCKS 10:  Nandyala Gama recorded a career-best 10 block assists against Holy Cross on September 12.  She is the first Spartan to record 10 or more block assists in a match since Mary Alice O'Reilly had 10 block assists in a home match against San Diego State on November 7, 2013. 

HIBBS TOP HITTER FOR SPARTANS:  Sara Hibbs is hitting .286 for the season with 166 kills, 2.55 ps.  She had her best hitting match of career against Evansville at .591 (14-1-22) and hit .565 versus Holy Cross (15-2-23).

DIGGIN' THE BALL:  Yavianliz Rosado leads the team with 221 digs, 3.11 ps.  She has recorded a season-best 23 digs at UNLV on September 26.

TOURNAMENT TITLE: For the first time since the 2011 season, the San José State won its first tournament title at the UMass Lowell Invitational.  The team defeated UMass Lowell (3-), Quinnipiac (3-1) and Holy Cross (3-1).  The Spartans last won a tournament title at the Hilton Stockton Invitational where the team was 3-1 on September 9 & 10, 2011.

ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS: Seven Spartan players were named to four all-tournament teams during the first four weeks of action.  Sara Hibbs  was named the Most Valuable Player of the UMass Lowell Invitational and was named to the San José State Invitational team.  Nandyala Gama  was named to the last two tournament teams - UMass Lowell Invitational and Chippewa Challenge.  A complete listing can be found on page 3.

SEPTEMBER ON THE ROAD: The Spartans went 8-3 in the month of September after spending entire month on the road.  The team started the month in Texas at the UTRGV Tournament before traveling to Massachusetts for the UMass Lowell Tournament and to Michigan for the Chippewa Challenge.  The Spartans then started MW play with matches at Fresno State and UNLV.

HOME SWEET OCTOBER: After spending September on the road, the Spartans play six of its 10 matches in October in Spartan Gym.  The team started the month with home matches against Air Force (1st) and New Mexico (3rd), then has for four consecutive home matches in the middle of the month- Wyoming (15th), Colorado State (17th), UNLV (22nd) and Fresno State  (24th).

FIVE HITTERS, 10+ KILLS IN ONE MATCH:  Five San José State hitters recorded 10 or more in the same match.  In a 3-1 win over Omaha, Hana Tresnáková and Tyanna Roy led the team with 12 kills a piece.  Sara Hibbs, Giulia Gávio and Nandyala Gama each added 10 kills.

BEST HITTING MATCHES OF SEASON: San José State recorded the top-three hitting matches of the season in the middle of September.  The team hit .298 (55-18-124) in a 3-1 win over Omaha on September 18, .284  (43-18-88) in a 3-0 win at UMass Lowell on September 11, and .281 (40-13-96) at Central Michigan on September 19.

UP NEXT:  San José State continues at home next week with matches against UNLV on Thursday the 22nd at 6 p.m. and Fresno State on Saturday the 24th at 12 p.m.