Volleyball Hosts LA Tech, UT Arlington This Week

This Week: Thurs. Oct. 25 Louisiana Tech Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PDT Sat. Oct. 27 UT Arlington Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PDT
SPARTANS HOST LA TECH, UTA THIS WEEK:  San Jose State returns home for two Western Athletic Conference matches against Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington inside Spartan Gym.  San Jose State enters the weekend with a 10-12 overall record and a 6-6 WAC mark after splitting a pair of matches last week at Seattle U (W, 3-0) and at Idaho (L, 1-3).  The Spartans are seventh in the WAC standings, just one match out of fourth place.
FREE ADMISSION WITH FB TICKET:  For Saturday’s UT Arlington match, any fan who presents a ticket from the San Jose State-Texas State football game earlier in the day to the Box Office will receive free admission to the match.  One free ticket per person.
LIVE STATS:  Both matches this week have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.” 
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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 LOUISIANA TECH:  The Lady Techsters enter Thursday night’s match with a 3-20 overall record and an 0-11 WAC mark.  The team lost a pair of 1-3 matches last week to Denver and New Mexico State.  Head coach Adriano de Souza is in his first year at the helm of the program.  Clara Vido leads the team with 179 kills, 2.39 ps. San Jose State has a 17-2 lead in the all-time series and won the earlier meeting this season, 3-0, on September 29.  Samantha O’Connell led the team with 12 kills, while Hanah Blume hit .417 with 10 kills.
ABOUT UT ARLINGTON:  The Mavericks begin the week with an 8-15 overall record and a 4-7 WAC mark, good for eighth-place in the WAC standings.  The team split a pair of matches last week, defeating New Mexico State 3-1, but falling to Denver 1-3.  Head coach Diane Seymour is in her ninth season at the school.  Shelby Dickson leads the team with 222 kills, 2.67 ps, while Ashley Bennett is the team’s top blocker with 84, 1.01 ps. The all-time series is tied at 2-2 after the Mavericks won the earlier meeting this season, 3-1, on Sept. 27.  Mary Alice O’Reilly had a team-best 15 kills, while Kiely Pieper recorded a career-high 25 digs for the Spartans.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his sixth 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 58-111 coaching record in four seasons.
NATIONAL STATISTICS:  Through matches on Oct. 21, San Jose State ranks 58th in the nation in digs at 16.6 per set and 97th in assists at 12.37 ps.  Individually, Michaela Leonard is 24th in assists in 11.26 per set, while Mary Alice O’Reilly is 96th in hitting percentage at .333.
O’REILLY NEARS HITTING RECORD IN WIN:  Mary Alice O’Reilly had her best hitting night of the season against Denver when she hit .800 for the three-set match.  She led all hitters with 12 kills on 15 attempts and no hitting errors.  After two sets, O'Reilly was on-track to break the school record for hitting percentage in a match. She was hitting .917 (11-0-12), just six points away from the record of .923 set by Cristin Rossman in 1994.
AKANA MOVES UP TOP-10 IN BLOCK ASSISTS:  Alex Akana is now in ninth place by herself among the San Jose State career block assists leaders.  The begins the week with 235 block assists after recording four last week to move out of a tie with Tanya Hart at 235.  Akana would need 44 assists to move into seventh place. On the career block list, Akana would need 12 blocks to move into the top-10.  She currently has 258 blocks in her Spartan career and would need the 12 blocks to tie Maria Healy (1983-86) at 270.
SAN JOSE ST. BLOCK ASSISTS TOTAL YEARS   1.  Joslynn Gallop 391 1997-00   2.  Melissa Myers 370 1995-98   3.  Barbara Higgins 340 1984-87   4.  Liz Hudson 337 2000-02   5.  Cristin Rossman 291 1991-94   6.  Stephanie Pascucci 287 1999-02   7.  Colleen Burke 281 2005-08   8.  Kim Hicks 279 1985-88   9.  Alex Akana 235 2009-C 10.  Tanya Hart 231 1991-94
ANOTHER GREAT BLOCKING NIGHT:  For the fourth time this season, San Jose State recorded double-digit blocks in a match.  The Spartans had 14.5 blocks against New Mexico State, the second-highest total of the season, after the 17 against Oral Roberts to start the year. Mary Alice O’Reilly led the team with nine blocks, two solo and seven assists, while Alex Akana (2-3) and Michaela Leonard (0-5) each had five blocks.
DONE TRAVELING TO THE CENTRAL TIME ZONE:  The Spartans spent three of the five weekends in September in the Central Time Zone.  The team opened September at the Texas Tech for a tournament (8/31-9/1), played WAC matches at Texas State (9/13) and at UTSA (9/15) and finished with matches at UT Arlington (9/27) and Louisiana Tech (9/30).   San Jose State is done with the Central Time Zone for the season.  The team just two WAC trips remaining this season - at Seattle (10/18) and at Idaho (10/20) and at New Mexico State (11/1) and at Denver (11/3).
BEST BLOCKING NIGHT SINCE 2007:  The Spartans recorded 17 blocks in the first match of the season for the best blocking night in five years.  The team had 1 solo block and 32 block assists against Oral Roberts, the most since 2007 when the Spartans had 19.5 blocks against San Francisco.  Last season, the Spartans had 16 blocks in a win over UC Riverside.
MAKING IMPACT:  After spending most of her freshman season as a key reserve for the Spartans, Mary Alice O’Reilly is making her mark on the team in her sophomore year.  She leads the team with 254 kills, 3.14 ps, and blocks with 76, 0.94 ps.  O’Reilly is hitting .333 on the season with 538 attempts and just 75 errors.  She started the year with nine blocks against Oral Roberts and was named to two all-tournament teams.  
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Four Spartans have recorded 25 double-doubles this season. Setter Michaela Leonard recorded double-doubles in nine matches including five consecutive in September. Hanah Blume has 11 double-doubles, while Krista Miller has three on the year.  Samantha O’Connell recorded her first this season against Canisius and added another at Louisiana Tech.
NEW SETTER NO MORE:  Freshman Michaela Leonard stepped into the starting setting role for the Spartans this season and leads the WAC with a 11.27 assist per set average.  Leonard recorded a season-best 52 at Texas State and followed that with 50 at UTSA.  She also recorded her first collegiate double-double with 47 assists and 12 digs against Canisius and had a streak of five consecutive double-doubles in September.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS:  Three Spartans were named to all-tournament teams this season.  Hanah Blume was named to the UB Invitational and Lonestar Showdown teams, while Mary Alice O’Reilly received honors at the Lonestar Showdown and the Boise State Invitational.  Michaela Leonard picked up her first all-tournament team recognition at the Boise State Invitational.
2012 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 19-21 at the Convocation Center on the UTSA Campus.  The top-eight seeds advance to the three-day tournament.
UP NEXT:  The Spartans makes its final road trip of the season with WAC matches at New Mexico State on Thursday, November 1, and at Denver on Saturday, November 3.