Thurs., Oct. 23 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. 6 p.m. MDT
Sat., Oct. 25 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. 2 p.m. MDT
SPARTANS PLAY FINAL ROAD MATCHES OF OCTOBER: The San José State volleyball team plays its final road matches in the month of October this week and faces two teams it has already played this season. The team plays at Air Force on Thursday night and at New Mexico Saturday afternoon. The Spartans are still looking for the first Mountain West win of the season.
MOUNTAIN WEST DIGITAL NETWORK: This week's matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Digital Network at
www.SJSUSpartans.com/videos and www.TheMW.com.
LIVE STATS: Live stats for both matches are available on the San José State website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.
ABOUT AIR FORCE: The Falcons enter Thursday night's match with a 9-13 overall record and a 3-5 Mountain West record. The team fell to Wyoming (1-3) and #6 Colorado State (0-3) last week. Head coach Matt McShane is in his fifth season at the helm of the program. Akokwe Clement (sister of former Spartan Niki Clement) leads the team with 286 kills, 3.36 ps, while Maggie Sherrill is second with 250 kills, 2.94 ps. Taylor Parker has a team-best 51 blocks, 0.66 ps.
San José State holds a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series. Air Force won the earlier meeting between the two teams, 3-1 (25-18, 34-32, 30-32, 25-16), at Spartan Gym on September 27. Two Spartans recorded 20+ kills in the match - Tyanna Roy with 23 and Nandyala Gama with 20.
ABOUT NEW MEXICO: The Lobos enter play this week with a 12-9 overall record and a 4-4 Mountain West mark. The team defeated New Mexico State 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-20) Monday night after losing twice last week to Wyoming (3-1) and #6 Colorado State (3-0-). Head coach Jeff Nelson is in his eighth season at the school. Chantale Riddle leads the team with 265 kills, 3.68 per set, and in blocks with 99, 1.38 ps.
New Mexico leads the overall series, 9-3, and won the earlier meeting 3-0 (25-15, 25-29, 25-12). Nandyala Gama had a team-best eight kills, while Kalie Matthews recorded a team-best six blocks (1-5). The Spartans have not won a match in the series since a 3-1 win in Albuquerque in 1998.
HEAD COACH Jolene Shepardson: Spartan head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her first season at the helm of the program. She came to San José State from Bakersfield where she turned a 0-31 team in 2010 to a 21-12 team in 2013.
MOUNTAIN WEST SEASON UNDERWAY: Mountain West play begins its third week. #6 Colorado State is the only undefeated team left with an 8-0 record. UNLV is second at 5-2, while three teams are tied for third at 5-3.
FOUR-SET MATCHES IN MW PLAY: In the seven Mountain West matches the Spartans have played, the team has played three four-set matches. San José State played four sets with Air Force (1-3), at Utah State (1-3) and at Boise State (1-3). In all three matches, the team won the third set - 32-30 vs. Air Force, 25-23 at Utah State and 26-24 at Boise State.
ROLLING OVER THE SCHEDULE, SORT OF: The Spartans play two Mountain West teams this week for the second time this season. The team hosted New Mexico on September 25, and Air Force on September 27.
Ironically, San Jose State has not played three conference opponents in 2014. The team faces Nevada for the first time on October 28. With the new schedule this season, the Spartans only play #6 Colorado State and Wyoming once, both during the same week of the season. The Spartans face the Rams on Wednesday, November 19, and host Wyoming on Saturday, November 22.
30-YEAR REUNION - HONORING THE 1984 TEAM: With the 30th anniversary of reaching volleyball's "Final Four," the 1984 team will be honored during the November 6 match against Boise State. Former head coach Dick Montgomery and the 1984 team will be honored between the second and third sets that night. For more information, please call the volleyball office at (408) 924-1242.
SPARTANS GO 3-1 IN CHICAGO: San José State picked up its first wins of the season at the Chicago State Tournament. The team defeated South Dakota State in five sets, Chicago State in four sets and swept UMass Lowell.
ROY'S BEST HITTING MATCH: Tyanna Roy had her best hitting match of her Spartan career against Air Force on September 27. She lead all hitters with a career-best 23 kills, her first 20+ kill match. Roy hit a career-best .408 (23-3-49).
HIBBS MAKES IMPACT IN WINDY CITY: Freshman Sara Hibbs helped lead the Spartans to a 3-1 record at the Chicago State Tournament on Sept. 19-20. She led the team in kills in three of the four matches played and was named to the all-tournament team.
For the weekend, Hibbs averaged 3.60 kills and 0.53 blocks per set. She had a season-best 21 kills in the five-set win over South Dakota State. She hit .324 for the weekend including .393 against Chicago State (15-4-28).
ROY LEADS THE HITTERS: Tyanna Roy leads the team with 233 kills, 3.28 per set. She has recorded double-digit kills in 11 matches including 23 in a home match against Air Force and 20 at Boise State.
DIGGIN' THE BALL: Yavianliz Rosado leads the Spartans in digs with 277, 3.90 per set. She recorded 26 digs in the win over South Dakota State and has had double-digit digs in 14 matches including 20 or more digs in four matches. She is also tied for second on the team with 13 service aces.
PIEPER CLOSING IN ON TOP-10 IN DIGS: Kiely Pieper begins the week with 951 career digs. She is just 27 digs short of entering the top-10 all-time at San José State. Jessie Shull is the all-time leader with 2,260 digs during her four years (2003-06).
TWO HITTERS, 20+ KILLS IN SAME MATCH: Twice this season, two San José State hitters have recorded 20 or more digs in a match. Against South Dakota State on September 19, Sara Hibbs had 21 kills, while Nandyala Gama recorded 20 kills in the win.
On September 27, Tyanna Roy had a career-best 23 kills against Air Force, and Gama added 20 kills.
UP NEXT: The Spartans return home for four home matches over the next two weeks. The team starts the home stand with a Tuesday night match against Nevada on October 28, followed by a match against Fresno State on Thursday, October 30. Both matches begin at 6 p.m., inside Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.