Volleyball To Play Final Home WAC Matches

This Week:
Thurs., Oct. 25 Boise State
Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat., Oct. 27 Idaho
Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PDT

San Jose State continues playing at home with its final two Western Athletic Conference matches at Spartan Gym for the 2007 season. The Spartans enter play with a 10-12 overall record and 4-7 WAC mark after defeating Fresno State, 3-0, Monday evening in Spartan Gym. A link to live stats for both matches will be available through the San Jose State web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

The Broncos enter the match with a 4-17 overall record and a 1-10 WAC record. The team lost at Utah State, 0-3, last Saturday. Head coach Robin Davis is in his second year at the school with a 17-34 record and a 241-114 coaching record in 12 years. Arlee Tamiette leads the team in kills with 175, 3.65 pg.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 13-1, and won the only meeting this season, 30-23, 30-16, 30-23, on October 13. Colleen Burke led the Spartan hitting attack with a .588 percentage as she recorded 11 kills on 17 attempts and had just one hitting error. She added three service aces and a solo block. Jennifer Senftleben added 10 kills and six digs, while Niki Clement recorded nine kills in the victory. Keri Anglin led the Spartan block with seven, one solo and six assists, and added seven kills, two digs and a service ace.

ABOUT IDAHO: The Vandals enter the week with a 9-11 overall record and 5-4 WAC mark. The team plays at Nevada Thursday night before traveling to San Jose. Idaho lost its only match last week, 0-3, at Utah State last Thursday. Head coach Debbie Buchanan is in her eighth year with a 111-116 coaching record. Junior Haley Larsen leads the WAC and is fifth in the nation at kills with 394, 5.40 pg. Sophomore Anna McKinney is averaging 1.29 blocks per game.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 4-3, but Idaho won the earlier meeting this season, 30-27, 30-27, 23-30, 34-36, 15-9, on October 11. Spartan libero Kristal Tsukano became only the second player in school history to record 40 or more digs in a match with 42 digs. Three players recorded double-figure kills for San Jose State, led by Jennifer Senftleben with 19. She had a season-high 75 attempts and added four blocks and three service aces. Keri Anglin had 15 kills and a team-best six blocks. Colleen Burke recorded 13 kills and hit .310 for the match with four errors on 29 attempts. She added four blocks and two service aces.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: Oscar Crespo is in his first season at the helm of the Spartan volleyball program and is the sixth head coach in the program’s history. He recorded his first collegiate win with a 3-0 sweep of Grambling State on August 24. A San Jose State graduate, Crespo is married to Lisa Ice-Crespo, a three-time All-American volleyball player at San Jose State.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Jason Dupler is in his first season as the top assistant after spending the 2006 season at Stanford. Katie Goldhahn joins the Spartans after a standout career at Stanford. She was a setter for the Cardinal from 2002-05. Former Spartan Jeanine Haldi is in her second year on staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

WAC STANDINGS: #11 Hawaii is alone in first place with a 10-0 WAC record. The Rainbow Wahine host #13 New Mexico State this Friday evening with the conference title on the line. NMSU won both of its matches last week, including a five-game marathon against Nevada and fought-off match point six times.

WAC STATISTICS: Five Spartans rank among Western Athletic Conference leaders this week. Colleen Burke leads the WAC in hitting percentage at .359. Keri Anglin is fifth in blocking at 1.27 pg, and eighth in hitting at .256. Emily Burke is fifth in assists at 11.05 pg. Jennifer Senftleben is seventh in kills at 3.79 pg, and ninth in points at 4.31 pg. Kristal Tsukano is sixth in digs at 4.06 pg.

As a team, the Spartans are third in hitting (.199), kills (14.95 pg), assists (13.73 pg), digs (16.95 pg) and aces (1.44 pg) and seventh in blocks (2.23 pg).

In WAC matches only, Colleen Burke is fourth in hitting at .306, and tied for seventh in service aces at 0.33 pg. Emily Burke is fifth in assists at 11.09 pg. Tsukano is seventh in digs at 394 pg, while Niki Clement is 10th in digs at 3.71 pg.

As a team, the Spartans are second in digs (17.72 pg), third in kills (15.03 pg) and assists (13.89 pg), fifth in service aces (1.42 pg), sixth in hitting (.172) and ninth in blocks (1.90 pg).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Among national leaders through October 22, Colleen Burke is 51st in hitting percentage at .359.

CAREER RANKINGS: Three Spartans rank among San Jose State career leaders. Jennifer Senftleben is fourth all-time in kills with 1,551 and third in kill attempts at 4,530. Colleen Burke is second in hitting with a .314 percentage. Brittany Collet is ninth in assists with 1,397.

The Spartans went 2-1 over the last three matches, winning at Louisiana Tech, losing at #18 New Mexico State and defeating Fresno State at home over the last week.

At Louisiana Tech last Thursday, Niki Clement recorded her nine double-double of the year with 15 kills and 15 digs in the 30-24, 31-29, 30-22.
Colleen Burke hit .400 for the match with six kills on 15 attempts and no errors. She also had two blocks and two digs. Kelly Crow recorded career-bests of eight kills on 35 attempts and added seven digs, two assists and one block. Keri Anglin also recorded eight kills and had two blocks, one solo and one assist.

Against #18 New Mexico State, Clement again led the team with 12 kills, but the Aggies won, 30-20, 30-28, 30-17, last Saturday afternoon.
Returning home to face Fresno State this past Monday night, Jennifer Senftleben led all hitters with 20 kills in the 30-27, 30-19, 30-26, Spartan victory. Senftleben hit a season-best .514 with only two hitting errors in 35 attempts. Her 20 kills marked the 22nd time in her career that she recorded 20 or more kills in a match. Senftleben four digs in the win.

For the ninth time this season, Clement recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs. She added a block assist in the win. Five players recorded 10 or more digs in the match. Crow tied her career-best with a team-high 15 digs. Clement had 12 digs, followed by Emily Burke with 11 and Courtney Zellmer and Kristal Tsukano each with 10.

SECOND PERSON WITH 40+ DIGS: Sophomore libero Kristal Tsukano is only the second player in school history to record 40 or more digs in a match. Tsukano finished the five-game match against Idaho on October 11, with 42 digs for San Jose State. She is only the second person in school history to record 40 or more digs in a match. Former Spartan Jessie Shull did it twice with a school-record 47 against UC Santa Barbara last season and 42 against Fresno State in 2004. Tsukano’s 42 digs is also the highest dig total by a WAC player this season.

Keri Anglin has recorded at least one solo block in seven of the past nine matches. Anglin had a career-best four solos against Utah State on September 27, to start the streak. Her 19 solo blocks this season are the most for a Spartan player since the 1998 season when Melissa Myers finished the season with 22.

ZELLMER IMPRESSES AGAINST #13 HAWAII: Freshman setter Courtney Zellmer came off the bench against #13 Hawaii and recorded a season-best 26 assists for the Spartans. She also tied her season-bests with one kill, one service ace and one block assist. Zellmer also recorded six digs.

Brianna Amian tied two school records against San Francisco on Wednesday, September 14. She had 14 block assists in the five-game match to tie the school record set by Liz Hudson against Idaho on November 24, 2001. Amian also tied the total block record set by Hudson and Mandy McMahon, who had 14 blocks at Fresno State on October 7, 1983. Amian also contributed eight kills, five digs and two assists. The Spartans had a season-best 19.5 blocks in the match and outblocked the Dons 19.5-9.

TWO PLAYERS, 10+ BLOCKS EACH, THREE TIMES: For only the third time in school history, two Spartan players recorded double-digit blocks in a match. Against San Francisco, Brianna Amian had 14 blocks, while Keri Anglin added 12. Ironically, the last time this feat happened was against San Francisco on September 6, 2005, as Dyana Thompson recorded 12 blocks, and Niki Clement added 10 blocks. The first time was September 19, 1987, when Kari Roberson had 12 blocks and Kim Hicks had 11 blocks in a 3-1 win over San Diego State.

SENFTLEBEN MOVIN’ ON UP: Since the start of the 2007 season, Jennifer Senftleben has moved up three places on the San Jose State career kill list. She started the season with 1,274 kills and moved past Stephanie Pascucci into sixth place after the first weekend. Against Murray State, Senftleben passed Lisa Ice-Crespo into fifth place. On September 12, Senftleben recorded 16 kills against San Francisco to move past Dawnis Wilson and into fourth place. Senftleben now needs 58 kills this season to move into third place, which is held by Brianna Blair with 1,608 kills from 1998-2001.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES ABOUND FOR SETTER: This season, freshman Emily Burke has recorded a team-best 11 double-doubles and had a five- match double-double streak from Sept. 1-12. She had a season-best 65 assists against Arizona State and 18 digs at Utah Valley.

TSUKANO THIRD LIBERO FOR SPARTANS: After spending last year as a defensive specialist, Kristal Tsukano is the third libero in school history since the position was instituted for the 2002 season. She enters play this week with 313 digs, 4.06 pg. Tsukano recorded a career-best 42 digs at Idaho and double-figure digs in 15 of the 22 matches played this season. She took over the libero position from four-year All-WAC selection Jessie Shull, who set the San Jose State career dig record with 2,260 from 2003-06. The first libero at San Jose State was current assistant coach Jeanine Haldi (2002).

Three Spartans were named to the all-tournament team at the UVU/La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational. Keri Anglin was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Colleen Burke and Jennifer Senftleben were all-tournament honorees.

Three Spartans received all-tournament honors at the ASU/ Bancorp South Classic. Colleen Burke was named the Most Valuable Player of th e tournament, while Anglin and Senftleben were named to the all-tournament team.

Jennifer Senftleben and Brianna Amian were named to the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic All-Tournament team.

SENFTLEBEN, CLEMENT NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-WAC TEAM: Jennifer Senftleben and Niki Clement were named to the 2007 Preseason All-Western Athletic Conference Team, as selected by the conference’s nine head coaches.

WAC TOURNAMENT MOVES TO LAS CRUCES: The 2007 WAC Volleyball Tournament moves to the Pan American Center on the New Mexico State campus in Las Cruces, N.M. The tournament will be held on November 15, 16, and 17, with the championship match shown live on CSTV on November 17, at 6:00 p.m. MST.

Tickets for the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament are on sale to the public. All-session tickets for the tournament may be purchased by calling 1-866-672-8524 or calling the Pan American Center Ticket Office at 505-646-1420. All-session tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for children. All seats are general admission. Single session tickets are available at $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $4 for children.

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 finish the home portion of the schedule with a non-conference match against Pacific on Tuesday, October 30, at Spartan Gym. This year’s two seniors, Keri Anglin and Jennifer Senftleben, will be honored prior to the match.

San Jose State then takes a road trip to Fresno State on Thursday, November 1, and to Nevada on Saturday, November 3. All three matches begin at 7 p.m. PDT.