Thurs., Nov. 13 San Diego State San Diego, Calif. 6:00 p.m. PST
Sat., Nov. 15 UNLV Las Vegas, Nev. 6:00 p.m. PST
SPARTANS BEGIN 4 OF 5 ON THE ROAD TO END SEASON: The San José State volleyball team plays four of its final five matches on the road. The Spartans play two road matches this week - at San Diego State on Thursday and at UNLV on Saturday. Next week, the team plays at #9 Colorado State on Wednesday, November 19, followed by the team's final home match on Saturday, November 22, against Wyoming. The team plays its final match of 2014 at Nevada on Tuesday, November 25.
MOUNTAIN WEST DIGITAL NETWORK: This week's matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Digital Network at
www.SJSUSpartans.com/videos and www.TheMW.com.
LIVE STATS: Live stats for both matches are available on the San José State website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs head into Thursday's match with an 11-13 overall record and a 6-7 Mountain West mark. The team is currently seventh in the conference standings. Head coach Deitre Collins-Parker is in her sixth year at the helm of the program. Halle Aiken leads the team in kills with 223, 2.79 ps, while Kaja Sandberg has a team-best 75 blocks, 1.01 ps.
San Diego State holds a 17-8 advantage in the all-time series and won the earlier meeting, 3-0, on October 18, at Spartan Gym. Nandyala Gama led the Spartans with 10 kills and had two blocks as the Spartans hit just .064 for the match. The two teams split the meetings last year as San Diego State won 3-0 at home, but the Spartans needed five sets to win 3-2 at The Event Center.
ABOUT UNLV: The Rebels begin the week with a 22-6 overall record and a 10-3 Mountain West mark. The team is currently second in the Mountain West standings and hosts Nevada Thursday night before the Spartans visit. Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her fourth season at the school. Daryn Glenn has a team-high 262 kills, 2.65 ps, while Alyssa King has 259 kills, 2.67 ps. Bree Hammel leads the Mountain West in total blocks with 145, 1.48 ps.. Allison Davies leads the MW in digs with 402, 4.47 per set.
San José State leads the overall series, 6-2. UNLV won the earlier meeting, 3-0, in Spartan Gym on October 16. Nandyala Gama led all hitters with 14 kills, while Tyanna Roy hit .310 for the match (12-3-29). Last season, the two teams won on their home courts, the Rebels winning 3-1 at Cox Pavilion and the Spartans winning 3-2 at The Event Center.
HEAD COACH Jolene Shepardson: Spartan head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her first season at the helm of the program. She came to San José State from Bakersfield where she turned a 0-31 team in 2010 to a 21-12 team in 2013.
FIRST MOUNTAIN WEST WIN: Nandyala Gama and Tyanna Roy led the Spartan offense to a 3-1 win over Fresno State (25-19, 17-25, 25-20, 25-19) on October 30, for the team's first Mountain West win of the season.
Gama led all hitters with 19 kills and hit .289 for the match with 45 attempts and just six errors. She also had two blocks and an assist. Roy recorded 18 kills on 42 attempts and added three digs, two solo blocks and a block assist.
Allison Meehan recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 38 assists and 12 digs. She also had three kills and a block in the win. Yavianliz Rosado recorded 23 digs, her sixth match with 20 or more digs. She had seven assists and a service ace.
FOUR-SET MATCHES IN MW PLAY: In the 13 Mountain West matches the Spartans have played, the team has played six four-set matches. San José State played four sets with Air Force, at Utah State, at Boise State, at Air Force, at New Mexico and Fresno State. In three matches, the team won the third set - 32-30 vs. Air Force, 25-23 at Utah State and 26-24 at Boise State, while the team won the first set at Air Force (25-23) and at New Mexico (25-23). In the win over Fresno State, the Spartans won the first, third and fourth sets.
ROY'S BEST HITTING MATCH: Tyanna Roy had her best hitting match of her Spartan career against Air Force on September 27. She lead all hitters with a career-best 23 kills, her first 20+ kill match. Roy hit a career-best .408 (23-3-49).
GAMA HITS SEASON-BEST AGAINST NEVADA: Nandyala Gama hit a season-best .414 in a 3-0 loss to Nevada on October 28. She led all Spartan hitters with her .414 average. She recorded a team-high 15 kills on 29 attempts and just three errors.
Gama is second on the team in kills with 245, 3.10 per set. She also has 32 blocks on the year.
ROSADO CLOSING IN ON TOP-10 SINGLE-SEASON DIG LIST: With five matches to go, Yavianliz Rosado needs just 14 digs to enter the San José State single-season top-10 list. Rosado has 375 digs and with 14 more will tie former Spartan Jeanine Haldi at 389. Jessie Shull holds the San José State season record as she recorded 676 digs in 2006.
ROY LEADS THE HITTERS: Tyanna Roy leads the team with 288 kills, 3.13 per set. She has recorded double-digit kills in 13 matches including 23 in a home match against Air Force and 20 at Boise State.
DIGGIN' THE BALL: Yavianliz Rosado leads the Spartans in digs with 375, 4.08 per set. She recorded 26 digs in the win over South Dakota State and 23 in a win over Fresno State. Rosado has had double-digit digs in 17 matches including 20 or more digs in six matches.
PIEPER CLOSING IN ON TOP-10 IN DIGS: Kiely Pieper begins the week with 967 career digs. She is just 11 digs short of entering the top-10 all-time at San José State. Jessie Shull is the all-time leader with 2,260 digs during her four years (2003-06).
HIBBS MAKES IMPACT IN WINDY CITY: Freshman Sara Hibbs helped lead the Spartans to a 3-1 record at the Chicago State Tournament on Sept. 19-20. She led the team in kills in three of the four matches played and was named to the all-tournament team.
For the weekend, Hibbs averaged 3.60 kills and 0.53 blocks per set. She had a season-best 21 kills in the five-set win over South Dakota State. She hit .324 for the weekend including .393 against Chicago State (15-4-28).
TWO HITTERS, 20+ KILLS IN SAME MATCH: Twice this season, two San José State hitters have recorded 20 or more digs in a match. Against South Dakota State on September 19, Sara Hibbs had 21 kills, while Nandyala Gama recorded 20 kills in the win.
On September 27, Tyanna Roy had a career-best 23 kills against Air Force, and Gama added 20 kills.
UP NEXT: The Spartans go to #9 Colorado State next Wednesday, November 19. The team plays the final home match of 2014 on Saturday, November 22, against Wyoming at 6 p.m. PST.