Volleyball Plays Two Nationally-Ranked Teams This Week

This Week:
Tues., Oct. 21

#23 Santa Clara
Spartan Gym
7:00 p.m. PDT

Fri., Oct. 24
#9 Hawai`i
Honolulu, Hawaii
7:00 p.m. HDT

SPARTANS PLAY TWO NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS: After a week off from conference play, the San Jose State continues play this week with two nationally-ranked teams. The Spartans host #23 Santa Clara Tuesday evening in a non-conference match before traveling to Hawaii for a Western Athletic Conference match Friday evening. Both matches will have live stats with a link available on www.sjsuspartans.com.

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 #23 SANTA CLARA: The Broncos enter Tuesday night’s match with 12-5 overall record. The team lost two four-set matches last week to San Diego (25-23, 17-25, 22-25, 22-25) and San Francisco (25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 21-25). Head coach Jon Wallace is in his 10th season with a 207-85 record. Anna Cmaylo leads the team in hitting with a .374 percentage and blocking with 67, 1.08 per set. Brittany Lowe leads the team in kills with 208, 3.47 per set, and service aces with 24.

San Jose State has a 28-13 advantage in the all-time series. However, Santa Clara has won the past six meetings. The Spartans last defeated the Broncos at the 2001 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. San Jose State won, 3-2, in a first-round match at Stanford.

ABOUT #9 HAWAI`I: The Rainbow Wahine enter Friday night’s match with a 15-3 overall record and tied for first in the WAC with a 10-3 record. The team swept Utah State and Nevada this past weekend. Head coach Dave Shoji is in his 34th year at the school and has a 968-172-1 coaching record. Jamie Houston is second in the WAC in kills with 222, 4.40 ps. San Jose native Amber Kaufman leads the conference in service aces with 29, 0.49 ps.

Hawaii leads the overall series, 59-4. The Spartans last won a match in the series with a 3-2 win in 1993. The Rainbow Wahine won the meeting in Spartan Gym, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20, on Monday, September 29.

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.

The Spartans won a tough non-conference match against Cal State Bakersfield, 25-23, 24-26, 25-15, 25-22, last Saturday at Spartan Gym.

Brianna Amian recorded her second double-double of the season with a team-best 14 kills and 10 digs. Her career-high six service aces are the highest number recorded in a match by a Spartan player this season.

Kelly Crow added 13 kills and nine digs. She recorded career-bests of two solo blocks, three block assists and five total blocks.

Colleen Burke led the team in blocking as she tied her season-high with six blocks. She added seven kills and tied her career-best with nine digs. Kylie Miraldi added six kills on 11 attempts and no hitting errors with a .545 hitting percentage. Nia Freeman also had six kills, four blocks and two digs.

Emily Burke had her third double-double of the year with 41 assists and 10 digs. Kristal Tsukano added 14 digs, two assists, one kill and a service ace.

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 1,090 kills and second in hitting percentage at .315. She is eighth in block assists at 258 and ninth in total blocks at 278.

Two Spartans are in the top-10 in career assists. Emily Burke is ninth with 1,858 assists, while Brittany Collet is 10th with 1,544 assists.

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.

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.

A perfect set is hard to do in volleyball. San Jose State had one against Boise State on October 9. The Spartans had a perfect hitting set with 19 kills on 37 attempts and no errors for a .514 percentage. San Jose State was also a perfect 11-of-11 on sideouts, meaning Boise State did not score any points off of their serves.

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.

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).

Kelly Crow continues to have a strong season for San Jose State. She leads the team in kills with 264, 3.52 per set. She also has 181 digs, 2.41 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.

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.

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.

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.

WAC TOURNAMENT IN HAWAII: 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 host two WAC matches at Spartan Gym. The team faces Fresno State on Thursday and Idaho on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.