Volleyball Hosts Air Force, New Mexico This Week

Oct. 15, 2013

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This Week:

Thurs. Oct. 17            Air Force            The Event Center            7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat. Oct. 19            New Mexico            The Event Center            1:00 p.m. PDT


SPARTANS RETURN HOME FOR MOUNTAIN WEST MATCHES:  San José State returns home this week for two Mountain West matches.  The Spartans host Air Force Thursday night at 7 p.m., and New Mexico Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.  Both matches will be played at The Event Center.  The team is looking to stop a two-match losing streak after losing at Fresno State and CSU Bakersfield over the weekend.

MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK:  A free live stream of this week's matches will be available on the Mountain West Network at www.TheMW.com and on www.SJSUSpartans.com.

LIVE AUDIO:  Both matches this week will be broadcast live by KSJS, 90.5 FM, the San José State student station.  Fans can also listen at ksjs.org.

LIVE STATS:  All matches this week will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.

ABOUT AIR FORCE:  The Falcons enter Thursday night's match with a 4-13 overall record and 1-4 Mountain West mark.  The team lost matches last week to UNLV, 3-1, and San Diego State, 3-1.  Head coach Matt McShane is in his fourth year at the school with a 20-86 record.  Akokwe Clement, younger sister of former Spartan Niki Clement, leads the team in kills with 175, 2.75 per set, while Raquel Rosas is the team's top blocker with 51, 0.77 ps.

San José State holds a 3-0 lead the all-time series with two 3-0 wins in 1996 and a 3-1 win at the Academy in 2005. 

ABOUT NEW MEXICO:  The Lobos begin the week with a 14-3 overall record and 5-2 Mountain West mark.  The team defeated San Diego State, 3-2, last Thursday, but fell at home to UNLV, 3-1, on Saturday, and plays at Fresno State this Thursday before traveling to San Jose.  Head coach Jeff Nelson is in his seventh year at the school with a 126-71 record.  He his familiar to Bay Area volleyball fans as he was the head coach at San Francisco from 2006-09.  Chantale Riddle leads the conference in kills with 257, 4.02 per set, while Miquella Lovato is second in the Mountain West in digs with 309, 4.83 ps.

New Mexico holds a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series.  The two teams last played in 2011 when the Lobos won 3-1 at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament. San José State last defeated the Lobos in 1998 with a 3-1 win at New Mexico. 

SAN JOSÉ STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his seventh season as head coach with a 66-128 coaching record.  A 1990 San José State graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program's sixth head coach.

MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY UNDERWAY:  San José State started a new era in school history with the school's first Mountain West contest, volleyball versus Boise State on September 26, since joining the conference on July 1. The match against the Broncos was a hard-fought contest as the Spartans rallied from 0-2 to tie the match and send it to a fifth set.  The Spartans led 11-8, but a late Boise State rally gave the Broncos a 15-12 win in the fifth set.  Mary Alice O'Reilly led the team with 18 kills and six blocks.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN':  The Spartans continue the streak of playing 15 of 16 matches in the state of California.  Since September 1, San José State has played just one match outside of the state, Oct. 3 at UNLV. 

The Spartans played the entire month of September in the state of California, traveling by vans.  The team played in tournaments hosted by Sacramento State and the University of the Pacific.  San José State played Eastern Washington in the team's home opener and hosted Boise State and Utah State.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW ERA BEGINS:  The 2013-14 school year begins a new era in San José State Athletics history as the school begins play in the Mountain West after spending the past 17 years in the Western Athletic Conference.   The Spartans are part of the 11-team league that features Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Wyoming and the Spartans.  The volleyball team was the first San José State team to play in a Mountain West contest when they hosted Boise State on September 26. 

NEW HOME COURT:  This year marks the first time since 2004 that volleyball team has called The Event Center home.  All 11 matches will be played in the 5,000-seat venue, located on the corner of 7th and San Carlos Streets.  Parking for all spectators is available in the Seventh Street Garage.  The move was necessitated by the construction surrounding Spartan Gym and Yosh Uchida Hall.  San José State has an 81-52 record in 15 seasons of playing matches there.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  Three Spartans rank among national leaders this week.  Michaela Leonard is 24th in assists per set at 11.28 ps  Hanah Blume is 69th in kills at 3.74 ps, and 100th in points at 4.08 ps.  Mary Alice O'Reilly is 163rd in blocks at 1.08 ps.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Two Spartans were named all-tournament selections at the three tournaments the team played at this year.  Hanah Blume was named to the Tribe Invitational, Sacramento State Invitational and Bankers Classic All-Tournament teams.

Mary Alice O'Reilly was selected to the Sacramento State Invitational and Bankers Classic All-Tournament teams.

TWO SPARTANS, 20 KILLS SAME MATCH:  For the first time since the 2008 season, two San José State volleyball players recorded 20 or more kills in the same match.  Against Nevada on October 10, Hanah Blume had a career-best 25 kills, while Lauren Jacobsen also had a career-high 20 kills.  The last Spartan pair to record 20+ kills in a match were Kelly Crow with 24 and Niki Clement with 20 in a home match versus Utah State on September 29, 2008.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000:  Hanah Blume is nearing 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her San José State career.  She currently has 897 kills, 103 short of becoming the 13th Spartan to reach the 1,000 kill club. The last Spartan players to reach 1,000 kills was Colleen Burke and Niki Clement during the 2008 season.

Blume is also nearing 1,000 digs at San José State.  She currently has 927, needing 73 to become the sixth player in school history to record 1,000 digs. 

20/20 DOUBLE:  Hanah Blume recorded 21 kills and 20 digs against Winthrop to become the 21st San José State player to record a 20/20 double-double.  The last 20/20 double-double came during the 2011 season when Caitlin Andrade had 51 assists and 21 digs at Pacific. 

SPARTANS BREAK 2 EVENT CENTER SERVING RECORDS:  During the Boise State match on September 26, San José State set two Event Center records for serving.  Kiely Pieper broke the record set by a Spartan player as she recorded a career-best seven aces, breaking the old record of five.  The Spartans also broke the San José State team Event Center record with 13 aces in the match.

TREMENDOUS HITTING NIGHT:  San José State hit a season-high .374 in a win over Sacramento State.  The team had 50 kills on 107 attempts and only 10 errors. 

Two Spartans did not commit a hitting error in the match.  Hanah Blume hit .517 with a season-best 15 kills on 29 attempts, while Tyanna Roy hit a team-high .588 with 10 kills on 10 attempts.

FRESHMAN MAKES IMPACT:  Lauren Jacobsen made an immediate impact on the Spartan team at the Tribe Invitational.  She led the team in kills in her first match in a Spartan uniform with 19 kills at William & Mary and hit .311 for the match (19-5-45).  Jacobsen also led team in kills against Campbell as she recorded her first collegiate double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs. 

DIGGIN' THE BALL:  Hanah Blume recorded 35 digs in a five-set loss to Campbell.  Blume's 35 digs is just the fourth time in school history that a player has dug that many balls in a match and is the sixth-highest number of digs in a match in school history.  The last Spartan player to record 30 or more digs in a match was Courtney Zellmer who had 35 against Gonzaga on August 28, 2010.

DIGGIN' THE BALL, PART 2:  Against Campbell, San José State recorded 107 digs as a team.  It was the most digs by a Spartan team since the 2007 season when the team had 111 against Boise State (10-25-07).  The team recorded 100 or more digs in one other match during that time - 106 against Sacramento State on October 13, 2009.

The 107 digs is the fourth-highest total in Mountain West history.  Only four other times has a team recorded more than 107 digs in a match

115             Fresno State vs. Sacramento State 9/7/12

113             UNLV at Washington State 9/1/06

108            San Diego State vs. UC Irvine 9/11/10

108             Utah at Wyoming 10/14/06

107             San José State vs. Campbell 8/31/13

107             San Diego State vs. UNLV 9/21/07

UP NEXT:  The Spartans go out of the Pacific Time Zone for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.  The team plays at Wyoming on Thursday, October 24, and at Colorado State on Saturday, October 26.