Volleyball Hosts Roadrunners Saturday

This Week:
Sat., Oct. 18
CS Bakersfield
Spartan Gym
7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS HOST ROADRUNNERS IN ONLY MATCH OF WEEK: San Jose State takes a break from Western Athletic Conference play this week with a non-conference match against Cal State Bakersfield Saturday evening. The contest is the first of two non-conference matches the Spartans will play in the next week before returning to WAC competition. San Jose State hosts Santa Clara next Tuesday, October 21.

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).

ABOUT CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD: The Roadrunners enter Saturday night’s match with an 11-9 overall record. The team swept Bucknell, 25-18, 25-18, 25-14, Monday night. Head coach John Price is in his 12 season at the school. Sarah Norman leads the team in kills with 235, 3.09 ps. Rosemary Stribling leads the team in hitting percentage at .345 and is second in kills with 232, 3.14 ps.

This is the first meeting in the series between the two teams.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: Oscar Crespo begins his second 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 22-26 coaching record in two seasons.

RECAP OF LAST WEEK’S MATCHES: The Spartans split a pair of WAC road matches. The team swept Boise State on Thursday, October 9, 25-11, 25-19, 25-17.

Brianna Amian led the Spartans with 16 kills and added 11 digs for her first double-double of the season and the second of her career. She also had a team-best three service aces. Kelly Crow added 12 kills and tied her career high with 19 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.

The Spartans turned in its second consecutive strong hitting night. The team hit .349 for the match with 49 kills on 109 attempts and only 11 errors. San Jose State did not commit a hitting error in the first set (19-0-37) and had just three errors in the second set.

Colleen Burke led the Spartan hitters at .545 with six kills on 11 attempts and no errors. Nia Freeman hit .538 for the match with eight kills on 13 attempts and only one error. Kylie Miraldi added four kills on nine attempts with one error as she hit .333.

At Idaho last Saturday, the Spartans could not keep the winning streak alive and lost in four sets, 25-16, 25-21, 21-25, 25-15. Amian again led the Spartans with 13 kills and added eight digs. Crow had her sixth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 15 digs. Colleen Burke added eight kills, five digs and two blocks, while Miraldi and Freeman each had six kills.

CAREER RANKINGS: Four current Spartans rank among San Jose State career leaders. Niki Clement is ninth in kills with 1,154. She needs 83 kills to move into eighth place with Barbara Higgins at 1,237. Clement is sixth in kill attempts at 3,090. Clement is 10th in block assists with 227, and is four total blocks shy of the top-10. She begins the week with 263 total blocks.

Colleen Burke is 11th in career kills with 1,083 kills and second in hitting percentage at .315. She is eighth in block assists at 253 and ninth in total blocks at 272.

Two Spartans are in the top-10 in career assists. Emily Burke is ninth with 1,817 assists, while Brittany Collet is 10th with 1,544 assists.

1,000 CAREER KILL CLUB: For only the second time in school history, two Spartan volleyball players joined the 1,000 career kill club in the same season. They became the 1th and 12 Spartan players to accomplish this milestone.

Niki Clement recorded her 1,000th career kill against Arizona on August 29. Colleen Burke hit the 1,000 career kill mark against Sacramento State on September 6.

The only other time in school history that this happened was during the 1986 season when All-American Lisa Ice and Christa Cook recorded their 1,000th career kills.

SERVING NINE CONSECUTIVE: During the third set of the Idaho match on October 11, Courtney Zellmer served nine consecutive points for the Spartans. San Jose State was down 20-14, before making a run to take the lead. Zellmer served nine consecutive points, including a service ace to give San Jose State a 24-20 lead en route to a 25-21 win. During the run, Colleen Burke had three kills and Emily Burke added a kill.

STRONG SERVING NIGHT: In the victory over Louisiana Tech, San Jose State recorded a season-best 11 service aces. Colleen Burke led the team with five aces, including three in a row in the second set. Thao Pham added two service aces, while Kelly Crow, Courtney Zellmer, Emily Burke and Kristal Tsukano each added one ace.

ALL HITTERS ON BOARD: San Jose State had one of its best hitting nights of the season against Louisiana Tech. The team hit .336 with 49 kills on 110 attempts and only 12 errors. Three Spartans hit .500 or better in the match - Kylie Miraldi at .667 (8-0-12), Kelly Crow at .630 (17-0-27) and Colleen Burke at .533 (8-0-15).

CROW TEAM LEADER FOR SPARTANS: Kelly Crow continues to have a strong season for San Jose State. She leads the team in kills with 251, 3.54 per set. She also has 172 digs, 2.42 ps, and is hitting .259 for the season. Crow also leads the team in WAC play in kills with 127, 3.97 ps, and is hitting .252 from the floor.

COLLET STRONG IN TWO WAC ROAD WINS: Brittany Collet had two strong performances for the Spartans in the team’s wins at Nevada and at Fresno State. She came off the bench in the first set against Nevada and recorded her first double-double of the year and the ninth of her career with 49 assists and 15 digs. Collet started at setter at Fresno State and ended the match with 28 assists and eight digs. For the two matches, she averaged 9.62 assists, 2.88 digs and 0.25 aces per set.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT: Emily Burke recorded a triple-double against Saint Mary’s on September 5. She became the only setter in Spartan history to accomplish this feat. Burke had 40 assists, 15 digs and 10 kills in the match. The triple-double feat has only been accomplished in 11 matches in school history.

MIRALDI HOME DEBUT FULL OF BLOCKS: Freshman Kylie Miraldi made her collegiate home debut a memorable match on September 1. Against St. John’s, she had a team-best two solo blocks and six block assists for eight total blocks. Miraldi added three kills and an assist in three sets played that day.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Kelly Crow and Colleen Burke were named to the Four Points Sheraton LAX/LMU Volleyball Classic All-Tournament team. Emily Burke was named to the Sacramento State Invitational All-Tournament team. Niki Clement and Kelly Crow were named to the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team.

EMILY BURKE HONORED BY WAC: Emily Burke was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 1-7. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor for Burke.

She tallied 146 assists, 33 digs and 21 kills over four matches that week. Burke averaged 10.43 assists and 2.36 digs per set. She was named to the Sacramento State Invitational All-Tournament Team after becoming the first setter in school history to record a triple-double in a match. Burke accomplished the feat against Saint Mary’s7 with 40 assists, 15 digs and a career-high 10 kills. She also hit .571 on the match. She added a double-double vs. Sacramento State, finishing with 48 assists and 11 digs.

BURKE, CLEMENT NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-WAC TEAM: Colleen Burke and Niki Clement were named to the 12-person Preseason All-Western Athletic Conference volleyball team as selected by the conference’s nine head coaches.

Burke was a first team All-WAC selection last season and led the team in hitting with a .343 percentage, the fourth-best in school history. She is second all-time in hitting with a .314 percentage and recorded her 1,000th career kill this season to join an elite club at San Jose State. Burke averaged 2.61 kills and 0.70 blocks per game last year.

Clement was a second team All-WAC pick last year. She averaged 3.37 kills and 3.40 digs per game last season. She joined the group of former Spartans with 1,000 or more career kills this season.

SPARTANS PICKED THIRD IN WAC PRESEASON POLL: The 2008 San Jose State volleyball team is picked to finish tied for third with Idaho in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The 2008 San Jose State volleyball team has been picked third with Idaho by the league’s coaches in the Western Athletic Conference Preseason Volleyball Poll.

The 2008 WAC Volleyball Tournament moves to the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus. The tournament will be held on November 20, 21, and 23.

LIVE STATS: All home San Jose State volleyball matches will have live statistics available on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

UP NEXT: The Spartans stay at home for a non-conference match against Santa Clara on Tuesday, October 21. The team then returns to WAC play at Hawaii on Friday, October 24. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. local time.