Volleyball Headed To Seattle U, Idaho

This Week: Thurs. Oct. 18 Seattle U Seattle, Wash. 7:00 p.m. PDT Sat. Oct. 20 Idaho Moscow, Idaho 7:00 p.m. PDT
SPARTANS HEAD TO THE NORTHWEST FOR TWO MATCHES:  For the first time this season, the San Jose State volleyball team takes a road trip in the Pacific Time Zone.  The Spartans play Western Athletic Conference matches at Seattle U on Thursday and at Idaho on Sunday. San Jose State enters the weekend with a 9-11 overall record and a 5-5 WAC mark after sweeping Texas State, 3-0, Monday night at Spartan Gym.  The Spartans are tied with Texas State for fifth place in the WAC standings.
LIVE STATS:  Both matches this week have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.” 
LIVE VIDEO:  The Seattle U match will have live video available on their website at www.goseattleu.com.  The Idaho match will be available on www.GoVandals.com for a nominal fee.
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TICKETS:  Tickets for home Spartan volleyball matches are available at the door the day of the match or payable through Ticketmaster.com.  Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for youth 12 and under and $1 for club players in their jersey.
ABOUT SEATTLE U:  The Redhawks enter Thursday night’s match with a 7-12 overall record and a 2-7 WAC mark and are ninth in the conference standings.  The team split road matches last week, winning at Louisiana Tech, 3-2, but falling 0-3 at UT Arlington.  Teron Uy is acting head coach as head coach Shannon Ellis is on maternity leave.  Kaytlyn Dill leads the team with 280 kills, 3.73 per set, and is second in digs at 194, 2.59 ps.   San Jose State leads the overall series 2-1, after winning the earlier meeting this season, 3-2, at Spartan Gym on September 22.  Mary Alice O’Reilly hit .577 with a team-best 17 kills to lead the team.
ABOUT IDAHO:  The Vandals enter the week with a 9-10 overall record and a 7-2 WAC mark. The team is currently tied for second place in the WAC with New Mexico State and hosts WAC-leader Utah State Thursday night before the Spartans come to town.  Head coach Debbie Buchanan is in her 13th year at the school.  Allison Walker Baker leads the WAC in kills with 348, 4.46 ps, and points with 385, 4.94 ps.  Alyssa Shultz is second in the conference in hitting with a .365 percentage. Idaho leads the overall series, 9-7, but San Jose State swept the Vandals, 3-0, on September 20, at Spartan Gym.  The team hit .337 for the match, led by Hanah Blume with 12 kills and Alex Akana with 11 kills and a .667 hitting percentage.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his sixth 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 57-110 coaching record in four seasons.
NATIONAL STATISTICS:  Through matches on Oct. 14, San Jose State ranks 55th in the nation in digs at 16.51 per set and 94th in assists at 12.39 ps.  Individually, Michaela Leonard is 29th in assists in 11.25 per set, while Mary Alice O’Reilly is 103rd in hitting percentage at .333.
DONE WITH THE CENTRAL TIME ZONE:  The Spartans spent three of the five weekends in September in the Central Time Zone.  The team opened September at the Texas Tech for a tournament (8/31-9/1), played WAC matches at Texas State (9/13) and at UTSA (9/15) and finished with matches at UT Arlington (9/27) and Louisiana Tech (9/30).   San Jose State is done with the Central Time Zone for the season.  The team just two WAC trips remaining this season - at Seattle (10/18) and at Idaho (10/20) and at New Mexico State (11/1) and at Denver (11/3).
O’REILLY NEARS HITTING RECORD IN WIN:  Mary Alice O’Reilly had her best hitting night of the season against Denver when she hit .800 for the three-set match.  She led all hitters with 12 kills on 15 attempts and no hitting errors.  After two sets, O'Reilly was on-track to break the school record for hitting percentage in a match. She was hitting .917 (11-0-12), just six points away from the record of .923 set by Cristin Rossman in 1994.
AKANA MOVES UP TOP-10 IN BLOCK ASSISTS:  With two block assists against Texas State, Alex Akana now is tied for ninth the top-10 all-time in block assists at San Jose State.  She begins the trip with 231 block assists, tying Tanya Hart (1991-94) for ninth.  Akana would need 48 assists to move into seventh place. On the career block list, Akana would need 16 blocks to move into the top-10.  She currently has 254 blocks in her Spartan career and would need the 18 blocks to tie Maria Healy (1983-86) at 270.
SAN JOSE ST. BLOCK ASSISTS TOTAL YEARS   1.  Joslynn Gallop 391 1997-00   2.  Melissa Myers 370 1995-98   3.  Barbara Higgins 340 1984-87   4.  Liz Hudson 337 2000-02   5.  Cristin Rossman 291 1991-94   6.  Stephanie Pascucci 287 1999-02   7.  Colleen Burke 281 2005-08   8.  Kim Hicks 279 1985-88   9.  Tanya Hart 231 1991-94   9.  Alex Akana 231 2009-C
ANOTHER GREAT BLOCKING NIGHT:  For the fourth time this season, San Jose State recorded double-digit blocks in a match.  The Spartans had 14.5 blocks against New Mexico State, the second-highest total of the season, after the 17 against Oral Roberts to start the year. Mary Alice O’Reilly led the team with nine blocks, two solo and seven assists, while Alex Akana (2-3) and Michaela Leonard (0-5) each had five blocks.
BEST BLOCKING NIGHT SINCE 2007:  The Spartans recorded 17 blocks in the first match of the season for the best blocking night in five years.  The team had 1 solo block and 32 block assists against Oral Roberts, the most since 2007 when the Spartans had 19.5 blocks against San Francisco.  Last season, the Spartans had 16 blocks in a win over UC Riverside.
MAKING IMPACT:  After spending most of her freshman season as a key reserve for the Spartans, Mary Alice O’Reilly is making her mark on the team in her sophomore year.  She leads the team with 230 kills, 3.11 ps, and blocks with 73, 0.99 ps.  O’Reilly is hitting .335 on the season with 487 attempts and just 67 errors.  She started the year with nine blocks against Oral Roberts and was named to two all-tournament teams.  
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Four Spartans have recorded 24 double-doubles this season. Setter Michaela Leonard recorded double-doubles in nine matches including five consecutive in September. Hanah Blume has 10 double-doubles, while Krista Miller has three on the year.  Samantha O’Connell recorded her first this season against Canisius and added another at Louisiana Tech.
NEW SETTER NO MORE:  Freshman Michaela Leonard stepped into the starting setting role for the Spartans this season and leads the WAC with a 11.27 assist per set average.  Leonard recorded a season-best 52 at Texas State and followed that with 50 at UTSA.  She also recorded her first collegiate double-double with 47 assists and 12 digs against Canisius and had a streak of five consecutive double-doubles in September.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS:  Three Spartans were named to all-tournament teams this season.  Hanah Blume was named to the UB Invitational and Lonestar Showdown teams, while Mary Alice O’Reilly received honors at the Lonestar Showdown and the Boise State Invitational.  Michaela Leonard picked up her first all-tournament team recognition at the Boise State Invitational.
2012 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 19-21 at the Convocation Center on the UTSA Campus.  The top-eight seeds advance to the three-day tournament.
UP NEXT:  The Spartans return home for matches against Louisiana Tech on Thursday, October 25, and UT Arlington on Saturday, October 27.  Both matches begin at 7 p.m., inside Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos.