Volleyball Senior Day This Saturday Afternoon

This Week:
Thurs., Nov. 6
Utah State
Logan, Utah
7:00 p.m. MST

Sat., Nov. 8
Nevada
Spartan Gym
2:00 p.m. PST

SPARTANS SPLIT TIME THIS WEEK ON ROAD AND AT HOME: San Jose State plays two Western Athletic Conference matches this week, splitting time on the road and in Spartan Gym. The team plays at Utah State Thursday night and returns home to play Nevada Saturday afternoon.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for all San Jose State home volleyball matches are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 12 and under. Kids wearing their volleyball jersey can buy $1 tickets at the door. Also, groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets of $3 per person. The ticket office opens one hour prior to first serve at Spartan Gym. For more ticket information, please call 408-924-SJTX (7589).

SENIOR DAY: This year’s senior class will be honored this Saturday, November 8, prior to the afternoon match against Nevada. The pregame ceremony will recognize Amber Biddle, Colleen Burke, Niki Clement, Brittany Collet, Kelly Crow and Nia Freeman.

AMIAN HONORED BY WAC: For her performances in two matches last week, Brianna Amian has been named WAC Volleyball Player of the Week. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor for Amian.

Amian recorded double-doubles in both matches, doubling her season tally. She finished with 12 kills on .423 hitting, a career-best 19 digs, three service aces and two blocks in a sweep of Fresno State. In a four-set loss to Idaho, Amian had team highs of 15 kills and three blocks to go along with 18 digs and three aces. For the week, she hit .290 and averaged 3.86 kills, 5.29 digs, 0.86 service aces, 0.71 blocks and 5.14 points per set.

ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies enter the match with a 9-15 overall record and a 7-6 WAC record. The team is currently fourth in the WAC standings and lost at Hawaii, 3-0, last Saturday. Head coach Grayson DuBose is in his third year at the school with a 39-47 coaching record. Melissa Osterloh leads the team in kills with 340, 3.70 per set. She also has 32 service aces and averages 4.31 points per set.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 15-7-1, but Utah State won the earlier meeting this season at Spartan Gym.

ABOUT NEVADA: The Wolf Pack enter the week with an 11-11 overall record and a 6-6 WAC mark. The team hosts New Mexico State on Thursday in its final home match before coming to San Jose. Head coach Devin Scruggs is in her 12th year at the school and has a 200-144 coaching record. Kylie Harrington leads the team with 246 kills, 2.89 per set, while Lindsay Baldwin has 236 sets, 2.78 ps.

San Jose State has a 22-12 lead in the overall series and the earlier meeting, 3-2, in Reno on September 25.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:
Oscar Crespo begins his second 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 22-28 coaching record in two seasons.

RECAP OF LAST WEEK’S MATCHES: The Spartans split a pair of home WAC matches last week, defeating Fresno State 3-0, but losing to Idaho, 1-3. Against Fresno State, three Spartans recorded double-doubles in the match - Kelly Crow with a team-high 15 kills and 15 digs, Brianna Amian with 12 kills and a career-best 19 digs and Brittany Collet with 37 assists and 11 digs.

Against Idaho, four Spartans recorded double-digit kills, and three had double-doubles. Amian led the team with 15 kills and recorded a double-double for the second consecutive match with 18 kills. Crow also recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs. Nia Freeman had 11 kills and led the team in hitting at .409. Colleen Burke rounded out the Spartan hitters with 10 kills. Emily Burke recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 45 assists and 10 digs.

CAREER RANKINGS: Five current Spartans rank among San Jose State career leaders. Niki Clement is ninth in kills with 1,154, sixth in kill attempts at 3,090 and 10th in block assists with 227.

Colleen Burke is in 10th place in career kills with 1,122 kills, second in hitting percentage at .312 and eighth in block assists at 267 and in total blocks at 286.

Two Spartans are in the top-10 in career assists. Emily Burke is ninth with 1,952 assists, while Brittany Collet is 10th with 1,583 assists.

Kristal Tsukano entered the career dig list last week. She is ninth with 958 digs and needs 20 to move into eighth place and is only 42 away from becoming the sixth player in school history with 1,000 or more career digs.

1,000 CAREER KILL CLUB: For only the second time in school history, two Spartan volleyball players joined the 1,000 career kill club in the same season. They became the 1th and 12 Spartan players to accomplish this milestone.

Niki Clement recorded her 1,000th career kill against Arizona on August 29. Colleen Burke hit the 1,000 career kill mark against Sacramento State on September 6.

The only other time in school history that this happened was during the 1986 season when All-American Lisa Ice and Christa Cook recorded their 1,000th career kills.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES EVERYWHERE: In the Spartans two home matches last week against Fresno State and Idaho, three Spartans recorded double-doubles in each match. Kelly Crow and Brianna Amian each had double-doubles in both matches. Both starting setters also accomplished the feat in the match they started, Brittany Collet versus Fresno State and Emily Burke against Idaho.

SERVING NINE CONSECUTIVE: During the third set of the Idaho match on October 11, Courtney Zellmer served nine consecutive points for the Spartans. San Jose State was down 20-14, before making a run to take the lead. Zellmer served nine consecutive points, including a service ace to give San Jose State a 24-20 lead en route to a 25-21 win. During the run, Colleen Burke had three kills and Emily Burke added a kill.

PERFECT SET: A perfect set is hard to do in volleyball. San Jose State had one against Boise State on October 9. The Spartans had a perfect hitting set with 19 kills on 37 attempts and no errors for a .514 percentage. San Jose State was also a perfect 11-of-11 on sideouts, meaning Boise State did not score any points off of their serves.

STRONG SERVING NIGHT: In the victory over Louisiana Tech, San Jose State recorded a season-best 11 service aces. Colleen Burke led the team with five aces, including three in a row in the second set. Thao Pham added two service aces, while Kelly Crow, Courtney Zellmer, Emily Burke and Kristal Tsukano each added one ace.

ALL HITTERS ON BOARD: San Jose State had one of its best hitting nights of the season against Louisiana Tech. The team hit .336 with 49 kills on 110 attempts and only 12 errors. Three Spartans hit .500 or better in the match - Kylie Miraldi at .667 (8-0-12), Kelly Crow at .630 (17-0-27) and Colleen Burke at .533 (8-0-15).

CROW TEAM LEADER FOR SPARTANS: Kelly Crow continues to have a strong season for San Jose State. She leads the team in kills with 310, 3.48 per set. She also has 219 digs, 2.46 ps, and is hitting .250 for the season. Crow also leads the team in WAC play in kills with 158, 3.76 ps.

COLLET STRONG IN TWO WAC ROAD WINS: Brittany Collet had two strong performances for the Spartans in the team’s wins at Nevada and at Fresno State. She came off the bench in the first set against Nevada and recorded her first double-double of the year and the ninth of her career with 49 assists and 15 digs. Collet started at setter at Fresno State and ended the match with 28 assists and eight digs. For the two matches, she averaged 9.62 assists, 2.88 digs and 0.25 aces per set.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT:
Emily Burke recorded a triple-double against Saint Mary’s on September 5. She became the only setter in Spartan history to accomplish this feat. Burke had 40 assists, 15 digs and 10 kills in the match. The triple-double feat has only been accomplished in 11 matches in school history.

MIRALDI HOME DEBUT FULL OF BLOCKS:
Freshman Kylie Miraldi made her collegiate home debut a memorable match on September 1. Against St. John’s, she had a team-best two solo blocks and six block assists for eight total blocks. Miraldi added three kills and an assist in three sets played that day.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Kelly Crow and Colleen Burke were named to the Four Points Sheraton LAX/LMU Volleyball Classic All-Tournament team. Emily Burke was named to the Sacramento State Invitational All-Tournament team. Niki Clement and Kelly Crow were named to the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team.

EMILY BURKE HONORED BY WAC: Emily Burke was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 1-7. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor for Burke.

She tallied 146 assists, 33 digs and 21 kills over four matches that week. Burke averaged 10.43 assists and 2.36 digs per set. She was named to the Sacramento State Invitational All-Tournament Team after becoming the first setter in school history to record a triple-double in a match. Burke accomplished the feat against Saint Mary’s7 with 40 assists, 15 digs and a career-high 10 kills. She also hit .571 on the match. She added a double-double vs. Sacramento State, finishing with 48 assists and 11 digs.

WAC TOURNAMENT IN HAWAII: The 2008 WAC Volleyball Tournament moves to the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus. The tournament will be held on November 20, 21, and 23.

LIVE STATS: All home San Jose State volleyball matches will have live statistics available on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

UP NEXT: The Spartans finish WAC play with two road matches. The team plays at Louisiana Tech on Thursday, November 13, and at New Mexico State on Saturday, November 15.