Volleyball Hosts WAC Leader Utah State Saturday

This Week: Sat. Nov. 10 Utah State Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m. PST
SPARTANS HOME FOR FINAL THREE MATCHES:  San Jose State finishes the regular season with three home matches over six days.  The team hosts Utah State, the top team in the conference this Saturday night.  The Spartans then host CSU Bakersfield next Tuesday in a non-conference match before finishing the WAC schedule against UTSA next Thursday. San Jose State enters Saturday night’s match with a 12-14 overall record and an 8-8 WAC mark.  The team is in seventh place in the standings and have clinched a berth to the WAC Tournament in November.
LIVE STATS:  All home matches 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 UTAH STATE:  The Aggies enter Saturday night’s match with a 19-7 overall record and a 14-2 WAC mark.  The team has clinched a share of the WAC title and has won six consecutive matches.  Head coach Grayson DuBose is in his seventh year with a 111-96 record.  Shay Sorensen leads the team with 309 kills, 3.15 per set, while Elle Brainard is team leader in blocks with 140, 1.43 ps. San Jose State leads the overall series, 18-13-1.  The Aggies won the earlier meeting this season, 3-0, in Logan on October 13.  Mary Alice O’Reilly led the team with 10 kills.
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 58-113 coaching record in four seasons.
NATIONAL STATISTICS:  Through matches on Nov. 4, San Jose State ranks 82nd in the nation in digs at 16.11 per set and 85th in service aces at 1.34 ps.  Individually, Michaela Leonard is 31st in assists in 11.12 per set, while Mary Alice O’Reilly is 62nd in hitting percentage at .350.
O’REILLY HAD STONG HITTING WEEK:  In leading the Spartans to two wins over Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington in late October, 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 NOW 10th ON BLOCKING TOP-10 LIST:  With five blocks last week, Alex Akana is now one of the top blockers in San Jose State history.  She currently is tied with Maria Healy (1983-86) at 270, and would need 12 more blocks to tie Tanya Hart at 282. She is in ninth place by herself among the San Jose State career block assists leaders.  She begins the week with 245 block assists and needs 34 assists to move into seventh place.
SAN JOSE ST. BLOCKS TOTAL YEARS   1.  Joslynn Gallop 456 1997-00   2.  Barbara Higgins 447 1984-87   3.  Melissa Myers 445 1995-98   4.  Liz Hudson 365 2000-02   5.  Cristin Rossman 357 1991-94   6.  Kim Hicks 324 1985-88   7.  Stephanie Pascucci 314 1999-02   8.  Colleen Burke 301 2005-08   9.  Tanya Hart 282 1991-94 10.  Alex Akana 270 2009-C       Maria Healy 270 1983-86
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 245 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 three 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 regular season.  The team will play at the 2012 WAC Tournament which will be held in San Antonio.
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 305 kills, 3.21 ps, and blocks with 90, 0.95 ps.  O’Reilly is hitting .350 on the season with 631 attempts and just 84 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:  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.