Volleyball Finishes October With Utah State & Nevada

This Week:
Thurs., Oct. 28    Utah State    Spartan Gym        7:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., Oct. 30    Nevada        Spartan Gym        7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS FINISH OCTOBER HOMESTAND:  San Jose State finishes month of October at home with two Western Athletic Conference matches.  The team hosts Utah State on Thursday and Nevada on Saturday.   

LIVE STATS: This week's matches will have live stats with a link available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.  The "Live Stats" button is located on the top right of the newly redesigned San Jose State Athletics site.

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TICKETS:  Tickets for this week's matches are available at the door the day of the match or payable through Ticketmaster.com.  Prices are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 12 and under.

RADIO INFORMATION: This Saturday night's match against Nevada will be broadcast on 90.5 FM, KSJS, the San Jose State student radio station.

ABOUT UTAH STATE:  The Aggies enter Thursday night's match with a 15-7 overall record and a 3-6 WAC mark, good for seventh in the standings.  The teams lost to #5 Hawaii Monday night, 0-3.  Head coach Grayson DuBose is in his fifth year at the school.  Liz McArthur leads the team with 353 kills, 4.20 per set, while Shantell Durrant is the Aggies team leader in blocks with 113, 1.35 ps.

    San Jose State leads the all-time series with a 17-10-1 record and won at Utah State, 3-1, on October 2.

ABOUT NEVADA:  The Wolf Pack begins the week with an 11-11 overall record and a 5-4 WAC mark, good for third in the standings.  The team plays at Fresno State on Thursday  before traveling to San Jose.  Head coach Devin Scruggs is in her 14th year at the school.  Kylie Harrington leads the team in kills with 269, 3.32 ps, and is second in digs with 168, 2.07 ps.  Lindsay Baldwin is the team leader in blocks with 74, 0.91 ps.

    San Jose State holds a 23-15 lead in the overall series, but Nevada has won the last three meetings including a 3-0 sweep on September 30.  In that match, Brianna Amian led the Spartans with eight kills.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo begins his fourth 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 36-75 coaching record in four seasons.

WIN IN LOGAN:  For the first time since 1995, San Jose State won a match at Utah State.  The Spartans' 3-1 win on October 2 is the first win against Utah State not at home or on a neutral court since 1995.  That year, both teams were members of the Big West Conference.  San Jose State won two matches in Logan that year.  Since those two wins, the Spartans have only defeated the Aggies inside Spartan Gym (2006) or on a neutral court (1999, 2007, 2008).

WE LIKE FIVE-SET MATCHES:  Three of the Spartans eight victory matches have gone the distance this year.  San Jose State is 3-1 in five-set matches, including a win over Idaho on September 25.  In all four five-set matches, the Spartans have started the evening by winning the first set, followed by a loss in the second set.  Then, the Spartans have split sets three and four, winning twice and losing twice.  In the fifth set, San Jose State has won three sets, 46-35. 

UP NEXT:  San Jose State goes back on the road to start the month of November.  The teams plays at Louisiana Tech on Thursday, November 4, at 7 p.m. CDT, and at New Mexico State on Saturday, November 6, at 7 p.m. MDT.