Thurs., Oct. 22 UNLV (11-8, 4-3) Spartan Gym San Jose, Calif. 6:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., Oct. 24 Fresno State (11-10, 3-4) Spartan Gym San Jose, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PDT
HOMESTAND CONTINUES THIS WEEK: The San José State volleyball team is in the middle of two consecutive weeks of home matches. This week, the team faces UNLV on Thursday and Fresno State on Saturday. The two Spartan opponents will face each other on Tuesday in Fresno before coming to San Jose.
The Spartans begin the week with an 11-10 overall record and a 3-5 MW mark. The team split two home matches last week, defeating Wyoming, 3-2 last Thursday, and taking a set off then #21 Colorado State before falling 3-1. San José State is tied for seventh in the MW standings with San Diego State and Nevada.
MOUNTAIN WEST DIGITAL NETWORK: This week’s matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Digital Network at www.SJSUSpartans.com/videos and http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live.
LIVE STATS: Live stat links for the matches are available on the San José State website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.
ABOUT UNLV: The Rebels begin the week with an 11-8 overall record and a 4-3 MW mark. The team plays at Fresno State Tuesday night before coming to San Jose. Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her fifth year at the school with an 87-54 record, and a 514-406 coaching record in 29 years. Bree Hammel leads the team with 205 kills, 2.89 per set, while Carly Riehl is fourth in the MW in digs at 305, 4.30 ps.
San José State leads the overall series, 6-4, but UNLV has won the last three meetings including a 3-1 win in Las Vegas on September 26. Allison Meehan recorded a consecutive double-double with 44 assists and 11 digs. Giulia Gávio led the hitters with 14 kills.
ABOUT FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs begin the week with an 11-10 overall record and 3-4 MW mark. The team hosts UNLV before playing the Spartans on Saturday. Head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell is in her eighth year at the school with a 102-125 record. Zana Bowens leads the team with 231 kills, 2.96 ps. Maggie Eppright leads the MW in digs with 387, 4.96 ps.
San José State holds a 47-29 lead in the all-time series and have won the past two meetings, a 3-2 win in Fresno on September 24 and a 3-1 win at Spartan Gym on October 30, 2014.
HEAD COACH Jolene Shepardson: San José State head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her second season at the helm of the program. She has a 15-37 record in two seasons at SJSU, and a 58-84 coaching record in five seasons.
FIVE-SET WIN OVER WYOMING: Five Spartan volleyball players recorded double-digit kills, one recorded a double-double and another had 30 digs, the San José State volleyball team used a total-team effort to upset Wyoming, 3-2 (18-25, 25-22, 26-28, 25-14, 16-14) last Thursday night in a Mountain West match at Spartan Gym.
Giulia Gávio led all hitters with 16 kills and hit .389 for the match (16-2-36). Tyanna Roy had 14 kills including the match winner. Hana Tresnáková recorded a season-best 13 kills, while Sara Hibbs and Nandayala Gama each had 11 kills.
Allison Meehan recorded her fourth double-double of the season and ninth of her career with a season-high 49 assists and a career-high 18 digs.
Yavianliz Rosado recorded a career-best 30 digs in the match and was just three assists shy of a rare double-double for a libero with her seven assists.
SPARTANS STOP RAMS 17-SET STREAK: With a 25-23 set-one win over #21 Colorado State on October 17, San José State broke the Rams streak of 17 consecutive sets won. CSU had not lost a set since a 3-2 win over Boise State on September 26. The two teams battled back-and-forth in the set with five lead changes and 14 tied scores. The Spartans took the final lead at 23-22 on a Sara Hibbs kill and won on a Ram service error.
ROSADO JOINS 30+ DIG CLUB: With 30 digs in the Spartans 3-2 win over Wyoming, Yavianliz Rosado is just the third Spartan to record 30 digs in a match (Kristal Tsukano and Jessie Shull) and is the 11th player in school history to record 30 or more digs in a match. Others with 30 or more digs are:
|Hanah Blume||Crista Koch|
|Shane Donnellon||Jessie Shull|
|Kim Hicks||Kristal Tsukano|
|Barbara Higgins||Dawnis Wilson|
|Lisa Ice||Courtney Zellmer|
MOST NON-CONFERENCE WINS SINCE 2006: San José State finished the non-conference portion of the schedule with an 8-5 record, the most wins in the non-conference season since 2006 when the team won 10 non-conference matches. The Spartans are also 6-0 in neutral-site matches played this season.
FOUR-MATCH WINNING STREAK LONGEST SINCE 2007: San José State won four consecutive matches for the first time since the 2007 season. The team defeated UMass Lowell, Quinnipiac, Holy Cross and Omaha from September 11-18. The Spartans have not won five consecutive matches since the 2004 season.
MOST WINS SINCE 2012: With 11 wins this season, the Spartans are in double-digit wins for the first time since 2012. That team finished the season with a 14-16 record.
CONFERENCE SWEEP: With a 3-0 win over Air Force on October 1, San José State swept a conference opponent for the first time since the 2013 season when the team won 3-0 at Nevada on November 2, 2013. The home sweep of a conference opponent is the first since the 2012 season when SJSU was in the Western Athletic Conference. That team swept Utah State in Spartan Gym on November 12, 2012.
GAMA BLOCKS 10: Nandyala Gama recorded a career-best 10 block assists against Holy Cross on September 12. She is the first Spartan to record 10 or more block assists in a match since Mary Alice O’Reilly had 10 block assists in a home match against San Diego State on November 7, 2013.
HIBBS TOP HITTER FOR SPARTANS: Sara Hibbs is hitting .2871for the season with 183 kills, 2.47 ps. She had her best hitting match of career against Evansville at .591 (14-1-22) and hit .565 versus Holy Cross (15-2-23).
DIGGIN’ THE BALL: Yavianliz Rosado leads the team with 261 digs, 3.26 ps. She has recorded a career high 30 digs in a 3-2 win over Wyoming and has double-digit digs in 15 matches.
TOURNAMENT TITLE: For the first time since the 2011 season, the San José State won its first tournament title at the UMass Lowell Invitational. The team defeated UMass Lowell (3-), Quinnipiac (3-1) and Holy Cross (3-1). The Spartans last won a tournament title at the Hilton Stockton Invitational where the team was 3-1 on September 9 & 10, 2011.
ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS: Seven Spartan players were named to four all-tournament teams during the first four weeks of action. Sara Hibbs was named the Most Valuable Player of the UMass Lowell Invitational and was named to the San José State Invitational team. Nandyala Gama was named to the last two tournament teams - UMass Lowell Invitational and Chippewa Challenge.
SEPTEMBER ON THE ROAD: The Spartans went 8-3 in the month of September after spending entire month on the road. The team started the month in Texas at the UTRGV Tournament before traveling to Massachusetts for the UMass Lowell Tournament and to Michigan for the Chippewa Challenge. The Spartans then started MW play with matches at Fresno State and UNLV.
HOME SWEET OCTOBER: After spending September on the road, the Spartans play six of its 10 matches in October in Spartan Gym. The team started the month with home matches against Air Force (1st) and New Mexico (3rd), then has for four consecutive home matches in the middle of the month- Wyoming (15th), Colorado State (17th), UNLV (22nd) and Fresno State (24th).
FIVE HITTERS, 10+ KILLS IN ONE MATCH, TIMES TWO: Five San José State hitters have recorded 10 or more kills in the same match twice this season. In a 3-1 win over Omaha, Hana Tresnáková and Tyanna Roy led the team with 12 kills a piece. Sara Hibbs, Giulia Gávio and Nandyala Gama each had 10 kills.
In a 3-2 win over Wyoming, Gávio led all hitters with 16 kills and hit .389 for the match (16-2-36). Roy had 14 kills including the match winner. Tresnáková recorded a season-best 13 kills, while Hibbs and Nandayala Gama each had 11 kills.
BEST HITTING MATCHES OF SEASON: San José State recorded the top-three hitting matches of the season in the middle of September. The team hit .298 (55-18-124) in a 3-1 win over Omaha on September 18, .284 (43-18-88) in a 3-0 win at UMass Lowell on September 11, and .281 (40-13-96) at Central Michigan on September 19.
UP NEXT: San José State goes back on the road next week for matches at New Mexico on Thursday, October 29, and at Air Force on Saturday, October 31.