Volleyball Host Fresno State Friday, At Nevada Saturday

Oct. 30, 2013

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This Week:

Fri. Nov. 1            Fresno State            The Event Center            7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat. Nov. 2            Nevada            Reno, Nev.            7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS PLAY TWO MATCHES IN TWO DAYS:  San José State will play back-to-back matches this week, hosting Fresno State Friday night and traveling to Reno on Saturday for a match against Nevada.  The Spartans are looking to break a three-match losing streak after falling at Wyoming (1-3) and at #12 Colorado State (0-3) last week.

MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK:  A free live stream of this week's matches will be available on the Mountain West Network at www.TheMW.com and on www.SJSUSpartans.com. 

LIVE STATS:  All matches this week will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.

ABOUT FRESNO STATE:  The Bulldogs enter the week with a 13-9 overall record and a 7-3 Mountain West mark.  The team is in a four-way tie for second place in the conference standings and plays at Nevada Thursday night.  Head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell is in her sixth year at the school with a 79-87 record.  Korrin Wild is second in the conference in kills with 277, 3.85 per set, while Holly Franks leads the team with 26 service aces.

San José State holds a 45-28 advantage in the all-time series over Fresno State.  However, Fresno State has won the last seven meetings dating back to the 2009 season including 3-0 on October 11.  Prior to that, the Spartans had won six straight (twice in 2006, 2007 and 2008).

ABOUT NEVADA:  The Wolf Pack begin the week with a 2-20 overall record and an 0-10 Mountain West mark. The team hosts Fresno State Thursday night before the Spartans visit Reno.  Head coach Ruth Lawanson is in her third year at the school with an 11-66 coaching record.  Tessa Lea'ea leads the team with 208 kills, 2.74 per set, and 85 blocks, 1.12 per set.

San José State has a 26-16 lead in the all-time series with Nevada.  The Spartans won the earlier meeting this season, 3-2, at The Event center on October 10.  Hanah Blume led all hitters with 25 kills and hit .309 for the match.  Lauren Jacobsen added 20 kills and 17 digs.

SAN JOSÉ STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his seventh season as head coach with a 67-131 coaching record.  A 1990 San José State graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program's sixth head coach.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000:  Hanah Blume is nearing 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her San José State career.  She currently has 951 kills, 49 short of becoming the 13th Spartan to reach the 1,000 kill club. The last Spartan players to reach 1,000 kills was Colleen Burke and Niki Clement during the 2008 season.

Blume is also nearing 1,000 digs at San José State.  She currently has 973, needing 27 to become the sixth player in school history to record 1,000 digs.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  Two Spartans rank among national leaders this week.  Michaela Leonard is 25th in assists per set at 11.18 ps  Hanah Blume is 70th in kills at 3.75 ps, and 100th in points at 4.06 ps.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Two Spartans were named all-tournament selections at the three tournaments the team played at this year.  Hanah Blume was named to the Tribe Invitational, Sacramento State Invitational and Bankers Classic All-Tournament teams.

            Mary Alice O'Reilly was selected to the Sacramento State Invitational and Bankers Classic All-Tournament teams.

TWO SPARTANS, 20 KILLS SAME MATCH:  For the first time since the 2008 season, two San José State volleyball players recorded 20 or more kills in the same match.  Against Nevada on October 10, Hanah Blume had a career-best 25 kills, while Lauren Jacobsen also had a career-high 20 kills.  The last Spartan pair to record 20+ kills in a match were Kelly Crow with 24 and Niki Clement with 20 in a home match versus Utah State on September 29, 2008.

20/20 DOUBLE:  Hanah Blume recorded 21 kills and 20 digs against Winthrop to become the 21st San José State player to record a 20/20 double-double.  The last 20/20 double-double came during the 2011 season when Caitlin Andrade had 51 assists and 21 digs at Pacific.

SPARTANS BREAK 2 EVENT CENTER SERVING RECORDS:  During the Boise State match on September 26, San José State set two Event Center records for serving.  Kiely Pieper broke the record set by a Spartan player as she recorded a career-best seven aces, breaking the old record of five.  The Spartans also broke the San José State team Event Center record with 13 aces in the match. 

TREMENDOUS HITTING NIGHT:  San José State hit a season-high .374 in a win over Sacramento State.  The team had 50 kills on 107 attempts and only 10 errors. 

Two Spartans did not commit a hitting error in the match.  Hanah Blume hit .517 with a season-best 15 kills on 29 attempts, while Tyanna Roy hit a team-high .588 with 10 kills on 10 attempts.

DIGGIN' THE BALL:  Hanah Blume recorded 35 digs in a five-set loss to Campbell.  Blume's 35 digs is just the fourth time in school history that a player has dug that many balls in a match and is the sixth-highest number of digs in a match in school history.  The last Spartan player to record 30 or more digs in a match was Courtney Zellmer who had 35 against Gonzaga on August 28, 2010.

DIGGIN' THE BALL, PART 2:  Against Campbell, San José State recorded 107 digs as a team.  It was the most digs by a Spartan team since the 2007 season when the team had 111 against Boise State (10-25-07).  The team recorded 100 or more digs in one other match during that time - 106 against Sacramento State on October 13, 2009.

The 107 digs is the fourth-highest total in Mountain West history.  Only four other times has a team recorded more than 107 digs in a match

115             Fresno State vs. Sacramento State 9/7/12

113             UNLV at Washington State 9/1/06

108            San Diego State vs. UC Irvine 9/11/10

108             Utah at Wyoming 10/14/06

107             San José State vs. Campbell 8/31/13

107             San Diego State vs. UNLV 9/21/07


UP NEXT:  The Spartans are home for two Mountain West matches - Thursday, November 7 against San Diego State at 7 p.m., and Saturday, November 9 versus UNLV at 2 p.m.