Volleyball Hosting Two WAC Matches

This Week:
Wed., Oct. 19    Utah State    Spartan Gym    7:00 p.m. PDT
Fri. Oct. 21    Idaho    Spartan Gym    7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS RETURN HOME FOR THREE MATCHES:  San Jose State plays three home Western Athletic Conference matches in a matter of seven days against three of the top-four teams in the WAC.  The Spartans start the homestand this week with matches against Utah State (fourth place) on Wednesday and Idaho (third place) on Friday.  Both matches will take place in Spartan Gym.  The team concludes the homestand next Tuesday, October 25, against WAC leader, #8 Hawaii.

LIVE STATS: This weeks matches will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”

LIVE AUDIO:  The San Jose State-Utah State match will be broadcast on KSJS-FM, 90.5 FM, the student radio station. 

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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 UTAH STATE:  The Aggies enter the match with a 9-11 overall record and 4-3 WAC mark, currently in fourth place.  The team notched a pair of home WAC wins last week against Fresno State (3-1) and Nevada (3-0).  Head coach Grayson DuBose is in his sixth season at the helm of the program.  Senior Liz McArthur leads the team with 283 kills, 3.82 per set, while Josselyn White has 147 kills, 2.94 ps.  Kaitlyn VanHoff leads the team with 74 blocks, 1.17 ps.
    San Jose State leads the overall series, 17-12-1.  Utah State won the earlier meeting, 25-18, 25-20, 25-12, on September 22, in Logan. 

ABOUT IDAHO:  The Vandals enter Friday’s math with an 11-9 overall record and a 5-2 WAC mark, good for third in the standings.  The team won a pair of home matches last week, defeating Nevada (3-1) and Fresno State (3-2).  Head coach Debbie Buchanan is in her 12th year at the school.  Sophomore Allison Walker leads the team with 282 kills, 4.03 ps, while Alicia Milo has 233 kills, 3.53 ps.  Alyssa Schultz had 80 blocks, 1.33 ps, and is hitting .320 on the season.
    Idaho leads the overall series, 8-7.  The Vandals won the earlier meeting, 25-7, 25-19, 25-18, on September 24, in Moscow. 

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his fifth season as head coach at his alma mater.  A 1990 graduate, Crespo has a 43-95 coaching record in five seasons.

LAST WEEK RECAP:  The Spartans split a pair of WAC road matches, winning at Louisiana Tech, 25-19, 25-11, 25-14, before falling at New Mexico State, 25-14, 25-15, 25-19.  At Louisiana Tech, San Jose State had its second-best hitting night of the season at .354, with 51 kills on 113 attempts and just 11 hitting errors. 
    Alex Akana led all Spartan hitters with a .750 hitting percentage (10-0-12), and Kylie Miraldi hit .474 (11-3-19).  Savanah Leaf led the team with 14 kills and hit .314 for the match with 35 attempts and three hitting errors.
    Against New Mexico State, Leaf again led the team with 10 kills on 25 attempts and added five digs and two assists.
    Two Spartan hitters did hit .400 or better for the match.  Krista Miller hit .571 with eight kills on 14 attempts and no hitting errors.  Kylie Miraldi hit .400 with seven kills on 15 attempts and just one error

BLOCKING NUMBERS UP:  This year’s Spartan block is the best for San Jose State since 2008.  The team enters this week’s matches with 143.5 blocks with at least eight matches remaining in the season.  The total number of blocks is the most since 2008 when the team recorded 189.  Alex Akana leads the team with 62 blocks, her most in a season for her three seasons.  Kylie Miraldi has 61 blocks, the most in a season for her four-year career.  The last time the team had at least two players with 50+ blocks was 2008 with Nia Freeman (81), Colleen Burke (67) and Brianna Amian (57).

For the first time since the 2007 season, the team started WAC play on the road.  For the past three years, San Jose State opened conference at home.  The Spartans opened 2007 play at Utah State where the team lost 3-1.  Since joining the conference, San Jose State is 5-10 in WAC openers and last won a WAC opener in 2005 with a 3-2 home win over Idaho.

WINNERS - HILTON STOCKTON INVITATIONAL:  With a 3-1 record last week, San Jose State won the Hilton Stockton Invitational title with wins over host Pacific, CSU Bakersfield and UC Riverside.  The Spartans had not won a tournament title since the 2007 season when the team won the ASU/Bancorp South Classic and the UVU/La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational.  San Jose State opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over host Pacific, defeated CSU Bakersfield, 3-0, dropped a four-set match to Loyola Marymount before winning against UC Riverside, 3-1. 

HILTON STOCKTON INVITATIONAL HONORS: Two Spartans were honored for their performances at the Hilton Stockton Invitational.  Kylie Miraldi was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after hitting .378 and recorded 24 blocks including 14 block assists against UC Riverside and three solo blocks versus Pacific.  Caitlin Andrade was named to the all-tournament team after recording double-doubles in three of the four Spartan matches.  She averaged 9.47 assists, 3.73 digs and 0.66 blocks for the weekend.

ANDRADE CLOSES IN ON SIXTH & FIFTH AMONG CAREER ASSISTS LEADERS:  After starting the season in 10th place, Caitlin Andrade has the chance to move into sixth place on the San Jose State career assists list.  She begins the week with 2,427 assists, just 34 assists away from Danielle Spier in sixth place at 2,461.  Andrade is also just 121 assists from fifth place and 128 from fourth place.  Starting the year in 10th place, Andrade moved from 10th to eighth place during the Pacific match with 51 assists.  She moved into seventh with 12 against Sacramento State.

ASSISTS (since 1984)    TOTAL    YEARS
  1.  Michelle Sarkees    5482    1996-99
  2.  Melizza Benitez    3257    1992-95
  3.  Savannah Smith    3040    1998-01
  4.  Teri DeBusk    2555    1984-85
  5.  Kristina Conrad    2548    2003-06
  6.  Danielle Spier    2461    1984-87
  7.  Caitlin Andrade    2427    2009-C
  8.  Susie Laymon    2330    1986-89
  9.  Jennifer Liston    2102    1991-92
10.  Emily Burke    2092    2007-08

MIRALDI TIES TWO SJSU MATCH RECORDS:  Senior Kylie Miraldi tied two San Jose State match records with her 14 block assists against UC Riverside.  She tied current teammate Briana Amian and Liz Hudson for the block assists record, and Amian, Hudson and Mandy McMahon for the total blocks record.  Below are the two records and when they were set.

Match:    14 - Kylie Miraldi, vs. UC Riverside, 9/17/2011
    14 – Brianna Amian, vs. San Francisco, 9/12/2007
    14 - Liz Hudson vs. Idaho, 11/24/2001

14 (0 solo, 14 assists) - Kylie Miraldi, vs. UC Riverside, 9/17/2011
14 (0 solo, 14 assists) - Brianna Amian, vs. San Francisco, 9/12/2007
14 (0 solo, 14 assists) - Liz Hudson, vs. Idaho, 11/24/2001
14 (5 solo, 9 assists) - Mandy McMahon at Fresno State, 10/7/1983

In her first season in a Spartan uniform, freshman Savanah Leaf is making an immediate impact for San Jose State.  She leads the team in kills with 197, 2.90 per set, and digs at 173, 2.54 ps.  Leaf recorded double-doubles against Denver, Arizona State, Pacific and Sacramento State.

FIRST WIN AT PACIFIC IN 21 YEARS:  With the 3-1 over Pacific at the Hilton Stockton Invitational, it marked the first time San Jose State has won at the Spanos Center since September 18, 1990.  Since 1990, the Spartans have played in Stockton eight times.

GREAT BLOCKING NIGHT:  With 16.0 team blocks against UC Riverside (1 solo, 30 assists), the Spartans collected the most blocks in a match in over four years.  In the match against the Highlanders, Kylie Miraldi tied the school match record with 14 block assists.  Savanah Leaf had seven block assists, while Caitlin Andrade added a career-best five block assists.  The last time San Jose State had at least 16 blocks was a 2-3 loss to San Francisco on September 12, 2007.  That night, the Spartans had 19.5 blocks in the match with three solos and 33 assists.  Current Spartan Brianna Amian tied the school record in her Spartan home debut with 14 block assists.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Five Spartan players have recorded 13 double-doubles this season.  Savanah Leaf recorded her first two collegiate double-doubles with 11 kills and 14 digs against Denver and 21 kills and 14 digs against Arizona State.  Taylor Japhet had her first double-double of the season with 19 kills and 10 digs against Denver.  Caitlin Andrade has four double-doubles on the season, highlighted by 51 assists and 21 digs in win at Pacific.  Krista Miller had her first career double-double with 10 kills and 17 digs against UC Santa Barbara.  Kylie Miraldi recorded her first double-double with 11 kills and a school-record tying 14 blocks against UC Riverside.

MILLER NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT:  Krista Miller was named to the Fiesta Bowl All-Tournament team.  She led the team in kills against Northern Arizona with nine and added nine kills and nine digs against New Mexico.  She added seven digs and five blocks against the Lumberjacks and recorded seven kills in a win over Hampton.
UP NEXT:  The Spartans play three matches next week.  The team hosts #8 Hawaii on Tuesday, October 25th at 7 p.m.  San Jose State then goes back on the road for the final two road WAC matches of the year, playing at Nevada on Thursday, October 27, and at Fresno State on Saturday, October 29.