Volleyball At #4 Hawaii Friday Night

This Week:
Fri., Oct. 15    #4 Hawaii    Honolulu, Hawaii    7:00 p.m. HDT

FINAL ROAD MATCH IN OCTOBER:  San Jose State plays at #4 Hawaii this Friday night for the final road match of the month.  The Spartans will play eight matches in the month of October, seven Western Athletic Conference matches and a non-conference match again Pacific.  After this weekend, the Spartans return home for four home matches over the next two weeks, starting with Pacific next Tuesday.

LIVE STATS: This Friday’s match will have live stats with a link available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.  The “Live Stats” button is located on the top right of the newly redesigned San Jose State Athletics site.

LIVE VIDEO FEED:  The San Jose State-Hawaii match will have a live video feed available for $6.28.  Ordering is available one hour before the match starts.  Click on http://uhstreaming.oceanic.com for more information.

AUDIO WEBCAST: An audio feed of Friday’s night is available at http://espn1420am.com.

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ABOUT #4 HAWAII:  The Rainbow Wahine enter the week with a 14-1 overall record and a 4-0 WAC mark.  The team last played on Friday, October 1, when the team won 3-0 at Louisiana Tech.  Head coach Dave Shoji is in his 36th year at the school and has amassed over 1,000 career victories.  Brittany Hewitt leads the WAC in hitting with a .386 percentage and in blocks with 92.0, 1.77 ps.  Kanani Danielson is the team leader in kills with 240, 4.53 ps.

    Hawaii has a commanding 62-4 lead in the overall series.  The Spartans last won a match against Hawaii during the 1993 season with a 3-2 win at The Event Center.  The Spartans only win in Hawaii came during the 1986 season.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo begins his fourth 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 36-72 coaching record in four seasons.

WIN IN LOGAN:  For the first time since 1995, San Jose State won a match at Utah State.  The Spartans’ 3-1 win on October 2 is the first win against Utah State not at home or on a neutral court since 1995.  That year, both teams were members of the Big West Conference.  San Jose State won two matches in Logan that year.  Since those two wins, the Spartans have only defeated the Aggies inside Spartan Gym (2006) or on a neutral court (1999, 2007, 2008).

WE LIKE FIVE-SET MATCHES:  Three of the Spartans seven victory matches have gone the distance this year.  San Jose State is 3-1 in five-set matches, including a win over Idaho on September 25.  In all four five-set matches, the Spartans have started the evening by winning the first set, followed by a loss in the second set.  Then, the Spartans have split sets three and four, winning twice and losing twice.  In the fifth set, San Jose State has won three sets, 46-35. 

WAC WIN!:  The Spartans needed five sets against Idaho, but San Jose State defeated the Vandals, 25-17, 21-25, 18-25, 25-15, 15-8 on September 25 to break an 18-match conference losing streak, dating back to th 2008 season.  Taylor Japhet led the team with a career high 19 kills, while Sarah Griest and Brianna Amian added 11 kills apiece.  The Spartans hit .252 for the match and outdug Idaho, 64-47.

ROAD WAC WOES ENDED!:  On October 2, the Spartans stopped a streak they did not like.  For the first time since November 13, 2008, the Spartans won a road WAC match.  With the win at Utah State, San Jose State stopped a 10-match WAC road losing streak, dating back to a 3-2 win at Louisiana Tech on November 13, 2008.  The Spartans did defeat Utah State, 3-2, on  November 20, 2008, but that match was at the WAC Tournament in Honolulu.  San Jose State lost all nine WAC road matches last year and the final road match of 2008.

ONE FOR THE AGES:  Through the first seven matches of the year, San Jose State had not played a five-set match.  Then came the Portland State match.  The Spartans won the odd sets, the Vikings the even sets.  The fifth set was going Portland State’s way as they had grown their lead to 14-8 before a kill by Spartan Alex Akana gave the serve back to San Jose State.  Asia Casino reentered the match to serve for the Spartans and proceeded to serve seven consecutive points to give San Jose State a 16-14 win and a 3-2 match win.  Over those seven points, Akana had two kills, Hanah Blume had two kills, Casino recorded an ace, and the team won on a Vikings hitting error.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS:  Four Spartans have received all-tournament recognition this year.  Courtney Zellmer was named to the North Dakota Classic All-Tournament team, while Hanah Blume received all-tournament honors at the SJSU/SMC Tournament.  Alex Akana, Caitlin Andrade and Blume received all-tournament honors at the SJSU Tournament.  Blume was named the all-tournament team at the UNLV Classic.

BLUME-ING ON THE OUTSIDE:  Freshman outside hitter Hanah Blume is making her presence known on the 2010 Spartan team.  She leads the team with 188 kills, 2.85 per set, and has 156 digs, 2.36 per set.  After coming off the bench the first two matches of the season, Blume has started every match since then.  She has recorded four double-doubles this season.  Blume recorded a season-best 20 kills in a win over Portland State and double-figure kills in nine matches.

DIGGIN’ THE BALL:  Courtney Zellmer became one of only six players to record 35 or more digs in school history in the match against Gonzaga.  Against the Zags, Zellmer recorded 35 digs in the four-set match.  Her 35 digs are also the most by a Spartan player since the 2007 season when former Spartan Kristal Tsukano recorded 42 against Idaho. 

  Starting libero Katie Turner is the team’s leader in digs with 222, 3.22 ps.  She has recorded 10 or more digs in the past 12 of the past 13 matches.  Turner started the streak with a career-best 24 digs against Portland State.  She has a total of three matches with 20 or more digs - 23 against Boise State and 21 at Idaho.

ANDRADE SETTING HER WAY:  Spartan setter Caitlin Andrade is averaging 9.62 assists per set and collected a season-best 50 against Portland State, UNLV, Boise State and Idaho.  She also has two double-doubles on the season - 31 assists and 12 digs against Gonzaga and 47 assists and 17 digs versus Seattle. 

AKANA LEADS THE BLOCK:  Sophomore Alex Akana leads the Spartans in blocks with 41, 0.57 per set.  She recorded a career-best eight block assists against Gonzaga and added six blocks at Utah State, one solo and five assists.

UP NEXT:  San Jose State returns home for the next four matches.  Next week, the Spartans host Pacific in a non-conference match on Tuesday, October 19, at 7 p.m.  The team then returns to conference play for a Saturday afternoon match against Fresno State at 1 p.m.  Both matches will be played at Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.