Volleyball Ends WAC Schedule at #10 Hawai?i

This Week:
Thurs., Nov. 8
#10 Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii 7:00 p.m. HST

SPARTANS TO PLAY FINAL WAC MATCH: San Jose State plays its final Western Athletic Conference match of the season as the team travels to #10 Hawaii for a match Thursday night. The Spartans have won six of the past eight matches. A link to live stats for the Hawaii match can be found on the San Jose State web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

ABOUT #10 HAWAII: The Rainbow Wahine enter Thursday’s match with a 20-4 overall record and 14-0 WAC mark. The team swept Nevada and Fresno State last week to clinch its 12th-consecutive WAC regular season title. Head coach Dave Shoji is in his 33rd year at the school with a 946-167-1 coaching record. Junior Jamie Houston leads the WAC in kills with 444, 5.41 per game, while Stephanie Brandt leads the conference in assists with 1,079, 12.85 pg.

Hawaii leads the overall series, 55-4, and won the earlier meeting this season, 30-17, 30-25, 30-21, on September 24, in Spartan Gym. Freshman setter Courtney Zellmer came off the bench and recorded a career-best 26 assists. She added six digs, one kill, one service ace and a block assist. Niki Clement and Jennifer Senftleben recorded double-doubles as Clement led the team with 13 kills and 14 digs. Senftleben had 11 kills and 10 digs.

Oscar Crespo is in his first season at the helm of the Spartan volleyball program and is the sixth head coach in the program’s history. He recorded his first collegiate win with a 3-0 sweep of Grambling State on August 24. A San Jose State graduate, Crespo is married to Lisa Ice-Crespo, a three-time All-American volleyball player at San Jose State.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Jason Dupler is in his first season as the top assistant after spending the 2006 season at Stanford. Katie Goldhahn joins the Spartans after a standout career at Stanford where she set for the Cardinal from 2002-05. Former Spartan Jeanine Haldi is in her second year on staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

WAC STANDINGS: #10 Hawaii clinched its 12th-consecutive WAC title with a win at Fresno State this past Friday and have won 22-consecutive conference matches. The Rainbow Wahine will be the top seed at the 2007 WAC Tournament, November 15-17. New Mexico State is currently second with a 12-2 mark.

WAC STATISTICS: Six Spartans rank among Western Athletic Conference leaders this week. Colleen Burke leads the WAC in hitting percentage at .351, and is seventh in aces at 0.31 pg. Keri Anglin is sixth in hitting at .263, and seventh in blocking at 1.19 pg. Emily Burke is fifth in assists at 11.44 pg. Jennifer Senftleben is eighth in kills at 3.74 pg, and 10th in points at 4.20 pg. Kristal Tsukano is sixth in digs at 4.11 pg. Niki Clement is 10th in digs at 3.47 pg.

As a team, the Spartans are first in digs (17.53 pg), third in hitting (.199), kills (15.04 pg) and assists (13.87 pg), fourth in aces (1.43 pg) and eighth in blocks (2.16 pg).

In WAC matches only, Colleen Burke is second in hitting at .311, and fourth in service aces at 0.38 pg. Emily Burke is fourth in assists at 11.81 pg. Clement is ninth in kills at 3.72 pg and eighth in digs at 3.92 pg. Tsukano is sixth in digs at 4.06 pg.

As a team, the Spartans are first in digs (18.49 pg), third in kills (15.16 pg), assists (14.09 pg) and aces (1.42 pg), fifth in hitting (.182) and ninth in blocks (1.88 pg)

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Among national leaders through November 4, Colleen Burke is 62nd in hitting percentage at .351. As a team, the Spartans rank 75th in digs at 17.53 per game.

CAREER RANKINGS: Three Spartans rank among San Jose State career leaders. Jennifer Senftleben is fourth all-time in kills with 1,596 and second in kill attempts at 4,660. Colleen Burke is second in hitting with a .314 percentage and just entered the top-10 in block assists with 210, which ties for 10th. Brittany Collet is ninth in assists with 1,397.

RECAP OF LAST TWO MATCHES: The Spartans were 1-1 last week, winning at Fresno State, 3-1, but losing at Nevada, 2-3. Against Fresno State, the Spartans served eight aces for the match en route to the 30-20, 25-30, 30-22, 30-18 win. Kelly Crow served a career-best six aces.

Keri Anglin led all Spartan hitters with 14 kills. Colleen Burke and Niki Clement each recorded 12 kills, while Jennifer Senftleben added 10 kills. Anglin led the Spartans in blocking with three. Senftleben led the team in hitting with a .409 percentage (10-1-22).

Five Spartans recorded 10 or more digs in the match including two with 20 or more digs. Clement led the team with 21 digs, followed by Emily Burke with a career-best 20 digs. Crow tied her career-high with 19 digs. Kristal Tsukano contributed 13 digs, while Courtney Zellmer had 10 digs in the win.

At Nevada, the Spartans rallied to win games three and four and losing the first two, but lost to host Nevada, 30-24, 30-23, 25-30, 22-30, 15-12.

The Spartans had five players in double-figure kills for the match. Senftleben led the team with 14 kills, followed by Crow and Anglin with 12 kills each. Brianna Amian contributed 11 kills, and Colleen Burke rounded out the hitters with 10 kills.

Four Spartans also recorded 10 or more digs in the match - Tsukano with 20, Emily Burke with 14, Crow at 13, and Zellmer with 10.

THE EARTH, IT WAS A SHAKIN’: Just as Niki Clement put away her team-high 11th kill, the ground started to shake in Spartan Gym on Tuesday, October 30. After the magnitude 5.6 earthquake rattled the two teams, spectators and officials, a decision was made to postpone the San Jose State-Pacific volleyball match with the Spartans leading 26-25 in game two. San Jose State won game one 30-26. The two head coaches will determine a future date for the match to be resumed from the point of interruption.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a 5.6 earthquake based in the Alum Rock area of San Jose hit at approximately 8:04 p.m. The quake was centered in the foothills east of San Jose. Bay residents as far away as Sacramento and Sonoma reported feeling the tremor.

The floor shook and the lights swayed in Spartan Gym, from the earthquake and not from Clement’s kill. The earthquake lasted between 15 to 20 seconds as both teams left the floor and spectators ran to the nearest doorway.

STRONG SERVING FOR CROW AT FRESNO STATE: Kelly Crow served tough for San Jose State to help lead the Spartans to victory at Fresno State last Thursday. She recorded six of the team’s eight aces for the match. Her six aces are the most for a Spartan player since the 2004 season when Brooke Herald served six against Providence on September 11.

TSUKANO ENTERS TOP-10 DIG SEASON LIST: Entering the week with 386 digs, Kristal Tsukano is ninth on the San Jose Sate single season dig list. She is also fifth on the single season digs per game list at 4.11 digs per game.

1. Jessie Shull 676 2006 1. Jessie Shull 6.04 2006
2. Jessie Shull 561 2004 2. Jessie Shull 5.34 2004
3. Jessie Shull 550 2005 3. Jessie Shull 4.87 2005
4. Jessie Shull 473 2003 4. Jessie Shull 4.30 2003
5. Kim Hicks 435 1988 5. Kristal Tsukano 4.11 2007
6. Lisa Ice 429 1986 7. Dawnis Wilson 4.01 1989
7. Carrie Nash 420 2004 8. Carrie Nash 4.00 2004
8. Jeanine Haldi 389 2001 9. Dawnis Wilson 3.81 1990
9 Kristal Tsukano 386 2007 9. Lisa Ice 3.76 1986
10. Barbara Higgins 384 1987 10. Barbara Higgins 3.59 1987

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000 KILLS: Two Spartans are closing in on 1,000 career kills at San Jose State. Niki Clement begins the week with 950 kills, while Colleen Burke has 923 kills. San Jose State currently has 10 players who have recorded 1,000 or more career kills including current Spartan Jennifer Senftleben who is fourth with 1,596 kills.

SENFTLEBEN MOVIN’ ON UP: Since the start of the 2007 season, Jennifer Senftleben has moved up three places on the San Jose State career kill list. She started the season with 1,274 kills and moved past Stephanie Pascucci into sixth place after the first weekend. Against Murray State, Senftleben passed Lisa Ice-Crespo into fifth place. On September 12, Senftleben recorded 16 kills against San Francisco to move past Dawnis Wilson and into fourth place. Senftleben, who has 1,596 kills, needs just 13 kills this season to move into third place, which is held by Brianna Blair with 1,608 kills from 1998-2001.

RETURNING HOME: Kristal Tsukano and Brianna Amian return to Oahu this week for a match in their home state. Tsukano will be making her second appearance in a Spartan uniform after playing her high school years at Kamehameha High School. Amian makes her first appearance in a San Jose State uniform after playing at Moanalua High School.

SETTER ACCOMPLISHES FEAT FOR FIRST TIME IN 7 YEARS: Emily Burke recorded her 13th double-double of the season with a season-best 71 assists and 13 digs against Idaho. No Spartan setter has recorded 70 or more assists in a match since 2000 when Savannah Smith recorded 70 against UTEP on November 11, 2000.

CROW HAS IMPRESSIVE THREE MATCHES: Kelly Crow came up big for the Spartans in three victories the week of October 22. Against Fresno State, she started the week with 15 digs at defensive specialist. Against the Boise State, Crow came off the bench in the first three games as one of the team’s defensive specialists. In games four and five, she moved into the libero role and ended the match with 15 digs, two assists and a service ace. Against Idaho, Crow started and played the entire match at outside hitter. She recorded her first collegiate double-double with a career-best 20 kills and 19 digs and hit .294 (20-5-51). For the week, she averaged 1.54 kills and 3.77 digs per game.

FIVE-GAME VICTORIES: The Spartans won a five-game match for the first time this season against Boise State on October 25. San Jose State entered the match with an 0-4 record in five-game matches with losses at New Mexico, at Utah Valley, versus San Francisco and at Idaho. The Spartans then followed up that five-game win with another five-game win against Idaho last Saturday night. Against the Broncos, San Jose State won games two, four and five, while against Idaho, the team won games one, three and five.

Kristal Tsukano is only the second player in school history to record 40 or more digs in a match. Tsukano finished the five-game match against Idaho on October 11, with 42 digs for San Jose State. She is only the second person in school history to record 40 or more digs in a match. Former Spartan Jessie Shull did it twice with a school-record 47 against UC Santa Barbara last season and 42 against Fresno State in 2004. Tsukano’s 42 digs is also the highest dig total by a WAC player this season.

SOLO BLOCKS FOR ANGLIN: Keri Anglin has recorded at least one solo block in nine of the past 12 matches. Anglin had a career-best four solos against Utah State on September 27, to start the streak. Her 22 solo blocks this season are the most for a Spartan player since the 1998 season when Melissa Myers finished the season with 22. Myers also had 31 solos during the 1996 season.

ZELLMER IMPRESSES AGAINST #13 HAWAII: Freshman setter Courtney Zellmer came off the bench against #13 Hawaii and recorded a season-best 26 assists for the Spartans. She added one kill, one service ace, one block assist and six digs.

Brianna Amian tied two school records against San Francisco on Wednesday, September 14. She had 14 block assists in the five-game match to tie the school record set by Liz Hudson against Idaho on November 24, 2001. Amian also tied the total block record set by Hudson and Mandy McMahon, who had 14 blocks at Fresno State on October 7, 1983. Amian also contributed eight kills, five digs and two assists. The Spartans had a season-best 19.5 blocks in the match and outblocked the Dons 19.5-9.

For only the third time in school history, two Spartan players recorded double-digit blocks in a match. Against San Francisco, Brianna Amian had 14 blocks, while Keri Anglin added 12. Ironically, the last time this feat happened was against San Francisco on September 6, 2005, as Dyana Thompson recorded 12 blocks, and Niki Clement added 10 blocks. The first time was September 19, 1987, when Kari Roberson had 12 blocks and Kim Hicks had 11 blocks in a 3-1 win over San Diego State.

This season, freshman Emily Burke has recorded a team-best 15 double-doubles, currently has a five-match double-double streak and had a six-match streak from Sept. 1-12.

TSUKANO THIRD LIBERO FOR SPARTANS: Kristal Tsukano is the third libero in school history since the position was instituted for the 2002 season. She enters this week with 386 digs, 4.11 pg. Tsukano recorded a career-best 42 digs at Idaho and double-figure digs in 19 of the 26 matches played this season. She took over the position from four-year All-WAC selection Jessie Shull, the San Jose State career dig leader with 2,260 (2003-06). The first libero at San Jose State was current assistant Jeanine Haldi (2002).

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Three Spartans were named to the all-tournament team at the UVU/La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational. Keri Anglin was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Colleen Burke and Jennifer Senftleben were all-tournament honorees.

Three Spartans received all-tournament honors at the ASU/ Bancorp South Classic. Colleen Burke was named the Most Valuable Player of th e tournament, while Anglin and Senftleben were named to the all-tournament team.

Jennifer Senftleben and Brianna Amian were named to the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic All-Tournament team.

WAC TOURNAMENT MOVES TO LAS CRUCES: The 2007 WAC Volleyball Tournament moves to the Pan American Center on the New Mexico State campus. The tournament will be held on November 15, 16, and 17, with the championship match shown live on CSTV on at 6:00 p.m. MST.
All-session tickets for the tournament may be purchased by calling 1-866-672-8524 or calling the Pan American Center Ticket Office at 505-646-1420. All-session tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for children. All seats are general admission. Single session tickets are available at $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $4 for children.

UP NEXT: The Spartans travel to the 2007 WAC Tournament next week in Las Cruces, N.M. The team then plays at the 2007 WAC Tournament, beginning on Thursday, November 15, in Las Cruces, N.M.