Volleyball Takes Winning Streak On The Road

This Week: Thurs. Nov. 1 New Mexico State Las Cruces, N.M. 7:00 p.m. MDT Sat. Nov. 3 Denver Denver, Colo. 5:00 p.m. MDT
SPARTANS TAKE WINNING STREAK ON THE ROAD:  San Jose State looks to continue its winning streak this week with the final regular season road trip.  The Spartans play Western Athletic Conference matches at New Mexico State Thursday night and at Denver on Saturday. San Jose State enters Thursday night’s match with a 12-12 overall record and an 8-6 WAC mark.  The team is in fifth place in the standings and have clinched a berth to the WAC Tournament in November.
LIVE BROADCAST:  The New Mexico State match will be broadcast live on AggieVision.  The match will also air on ESPN3.com, free of charge.  Fans can go to www.AggieVision.tv for channel listings.  For those with the sports package on DirecTV, the match is currently scheduled to air on channel 695.
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 NEW MEXICO STATE:  The Aggies enter Thursday night’s match with a 17-7 overall record and a 10-3 WAC.  The team is currently second in the standings after defeating Seattle U, 3-1, Monday night.  Head coach Mike Jordan is in his 15th year at the school.  Meredith Hays leads the team with 376 kills, 4.04 per set, and is second in digs with 196, 2.11 ps.  Desiree Scott is team’s best blocker with 121, 1.30 ps. New Mexico State leads the overall series 24-9, and has won 22 consecutive including three matches last season. San Jose State has not won a match in the series since the 1994 season.   The Aggies won the earlier meeting this season, 3-1, at Spartan Gym on Oct. 6.  Hanah Blume led all hitters with 15 kills and added 10 digs.  Mary Alice O’Reilly led the team in blocking with nine, two solo and seven assists, and the Spartans outblocked the Aggies, 14.5-9.0, the second-highest total of the season.
ABOUT DENVER:  The Pioneers enter play Thursday with a 14-10 overall record and 7-6 WAC mark.  The team plays WAC-leader Utah State Thursday night before San Jose State comes to town.  Head coach Jesse Mahoney is in his first season at the helm of the program.  Faimie Kingsley is second in the WAC in hitting percentage at .379 and first in blocks with 126, 1.69 per set.  Colleen King leads the team with 276 kills, 3.17 ps. The all-time series is tied at 1-1 after the Spartans won 3-0 in Spartan Gym to start October.  In that match, Mary Alice O’Reilly hit .800 with 12 kills on 15 attempts and no errors.  
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.
CRESPO TO MISS NMSU MATCH:  Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo will miss the New Mexico State match on Thursday to attend the funeral of his mother-in-law Marilyn Ice on Friday.  Crespo will rejoin the team in Denver for Saturday’s match.  Assistant coach Jeanine Haldi will be the acting head coach at New Mexico State.
NATIONAL STATISTICS:  Through matches on Oct. 28, San Jose State ranks 71st in the nation in digs at 16.33 per set and 78th in service aces at 1.36 ps.  Individually, Michaela Leonard is 27th in assists in 11.2 per set, while Mary Alice O’Reilly is 62nd in hitting percentage at .353.
O’REILLY HAS STONG HITTING WEEK:  In leading the Spartans to two wins last week, Mary Alice O’Reilly hit .556 for the week and averaged 4.25 kills and 1.12 blocks per set.  She tied her career-high with 18 kills against UT Arlington.  San Jose State is 7-0 when O’Reilly hits .500 or better this season.
AKANA NEAR BLOCKING TOP-10 LIST:  Alex Akana needs five blocks to move into the top-10 on the career block list.  She currently has 265 blocks in her Spartan career and would need the five blocks to tie Maria Healy (1983-86) at 270. She is in ninth place by herself among the San Jose State career block assists leaders.  She begins the week with 240 block assists and needs 44 assists to move into seventh place.
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 240 2009-C 10.  Tanya Hart 231 1991-94
MOST WAC WINS SINCE 2006:  With eight WAC wins this year, the Spartans have the most conference wins since the 2006 season when the team was 9-7.  The Spartans have not won double-figure conference matches since the team was 13-3 in 2000.
WIN TOTAL MATCHES LAST SEASON: With five regular-season matches remaining and at least one WAC Tournament match, the Spartans have matched their win total from last season with 12 wins.  San Jose State won 13 matches in 2008, 14 matches in 2007 and 19 matches in 2006.
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.
DOUBLE-DIGIT BLOCKING NIGHTS:  Five times this season, San Jose State has recorded double-digit blocking nights, the latest was 11 in a 3-1 win over UT Arlington on October 27. 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.  The Spartans had 12 at Buffalo and at Boise State.
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 one WAC trips remaining this season - this week 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 as she leads the team with 288 kills, 3.24 ps, and blocks with 85, 0.96 ps.  O’Reilly is hitting .353 on the season with 592 attempts and just 79 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 26 double-doubles this season. Setter Michaela Leonard recorded double-doubles in nine matches including five consecutive in September. Hanah Blume has 12 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 11.21 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 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 return home for the final three matches of the year.  The team plays just one match next week on Saturday, November 9, against Utah State at 7 p.m.  The next week, the Spartans host CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday, November 13, at 6 p.m., and UTSA on Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m.  All home matches are played at Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.