Volleyball Hosts Nevada, Fresno State This Week

Oct. 27, 2014

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This Week:

Tues., Oct. 28 Nevada Spartan Gym 6:00 p.m. PDT

Thurs., Oct. 30 Fresno State Spartan Gym 6:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS BEGIN TWO-WEEK HOMESTAND:  The San José State volleyball team plays its next four matches over the next 14 days at Spartan Gym.  This week, the team plays Nevada on Tuesday and Fresno State on Thursday.  The Spartans are looking for the team's first Mountain West win for the season.

The Last Meeting
San Jose State3
November 2, 2013
Reno, Nev.
Volleyball Sweeps Nevada
Hanah Blume led the team with 14 kills as the Spartans won in Nevada, 25-18, 25-20, 28-26.

The Last Meeting
San Jose State0
Fresno State3
October 4, 2014
Fresno, Calif.
Hibbs & Gama Lead Spartan Hitting At Fresno State
Sara Hibbs and Nandyala Gama each recorded 14 kills in volleyball's 3-0 loss at Fresno State Saturday. The Spartans battled the Bulldogs in all three sets.

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 NEVADA:  The Wolf Pack enter Tuesday night's match with a 5-14 overall record and a 2-7 Mountain West mark, good for ninth in the conference standings.  The team fell at Air Force (3-1) and at New Mexico (3-1) last week. Head coach Ruth Lawanson is in her fourth year at the school with an 18-87 record.  Tessa Lea'ea leads the team with 199 kills, 2.97 per set, and blocks with 76, 1.13 ps.

San José State has a 27-16 advantage in the all-time series.  The Spartans have won the past four meetings dating back to the 2011 season.  The two teams needed five sets last year in San Jose before the Spartans won, while San José State swept the Wolf Pack in Reno.

ABOUT FRESNO STATE:  The Bulldogs enter Thursday night's match with a 6-18 overall record and a 1-9 Mountain West mark.  The team fell at UNLV, 3-1, last Saturday and 3-1 at San Diego State last Thursday, and has not won a match since a 3-0 win over the Spartans on October 4.  Head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell is in her seventh year at the school with an 89-109 record.  Zana Bowens leads the team with 270 kills, 3.10 ps,  while Maggie Eppright has a team-best 307 digs, 3.53 ps.

San José State holds a 45-29 lead in the all-time series, but the Bulldogs have the past nine meetings including a 3-0 win on October 4.  In that match, Spartans Sara Hibbs and Nandyala Gama each recorded 14 kills, and the team had eight blocks.  The Spartans last won a match during the 2008 season when San José State won 3-0 at Spartan Gym.

 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 enters the sixth week of play with #7 Colorado State as the only undefeated team left with a 10-0 record.   UNLV is second at 7-2, while Wyoming is third at 5-3.

FOUR-SET MATCHES IN MW PLAY:  In the nine Mountain West matches the Spartans have played, the team has played five four-set matches.  San José State played four sets with Air Force, at Utah State, at Boise State, at Air Force and at New Mexico.  In three matches, the team won the third set - 32-30 vs. Air Force, 25-23 at Utah State and 26-24 at Boise State, while the team won the first set at Air Force (25-23) and at New Mexico (25-23).

ROLLING OVER THE SCHEDULE, SORT OF:  The Spartans play two Mountain West teams this week, one for the first time (Nevada) and one for the second time (Fresno State).  

The Spartans have already played two teams for the second time this season, Air Force and New Mexico.  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 252 kills, 3.19 per set.  She has recorded double-digit kills in 12 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 316, 4.00 per set.  She recorded 26 digs in the win over South Dakota State and has had double-digit digs in 16 matches including 20 or more digs in five matches.  She is also tied for second on the team with 15 service aces.

PIEPER CLOSING IN ON TOP-10 IN DIGS:  Kiely Pieper begins the week with 951 career digs.  She is just 18 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 continue at home next week with two matches.  The team hosts Boise State on Thursday, November 6, and Utah State on Saturday, November 8.  Both matches begin at 6 p.m., inside Spartan Gym.