Senior Day This Saturday At Volleyball

This Week:
Sat., Nov. 13    #3 Hawaii    Spartan Gym    1:00 p.m. PST
Mon., Nov. 15    Boise State    Boise, Idaho    7:00 p.m. MST

FINAL HOME MATCH OF SEASON:  San Jose State plays its final home match of the 2010 season this Saturday when the team hosts #3 Hawaii in a Western Athletic Conference match inside Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.  Hawaii leads the WAC with a 12-0 record and have won 37 consecutive conference matches.  The Spartans are looking to stop a six-match losing streak.

    After Saturday’s match, the Spartans go back on the road for the final two regular season matches.  The team plays at Boise State Monday night.  The Broncos host two matches this week before San Jose State visits. 

SENIOR DAY:  Seniors Courtney Zellmer and Leilani Marple will play their final match at Spartan Gym Saturday afternoon.  They will be honored prior to the start of match against #3 Hawaii.

TICKETS:  Tickets for Saturday’s match are available at the door the day of the match or payable through Ticketmaster.com.  Prices are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 12 and under.

LIVE STATS: This week’s matches will have live stats with a link available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.  The “Live Stats” button is located on the top right of the redesigned San Jose State Athletics site.

FACEBOOK/TWITTER:  Follow the Spartan volleyball team and all San Jose State athletics teams on the web.  Become friends with Sammy Spartan on Facebook and get the latest tweets on Twitter @SJSUAthletics.

ABOUT #3 HAWAII:  The Rainbow Wahine enter the week with a 23-1 overall record and a 12-0 WAC mark.  The team plays at Fresno State Thursday night before traveling to San Jose.  Head coach Dave Shoji is in his 36th year at the school and has amassed over 1,000 career victories. Kanani Danielson leads the team and is second in the WAC in kills with 346, 4.44 per set.  Brittany Hewitt leads the WAC in hitting with a .369 percentage and blocks with 134, 1.74 ps.

    Hawaii has a commanding 63-4 lead in the overall series.  The Spartans last won a match against Hawaii during the 1993 season with a 3-2 win at The Event Center.  The Spartans only win in Hawaii came during the 1986 season.

ABOUT BOISE STATE:  The Broncos begin the week with an 18-11 overall record and 5-8 WAC mark, tied for sixth in the standings with Fresno State.  Boise State hosts Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State before the Spartans visit next Monday.  Head coach Shawn Garus is in his second season at the school.  Alisha Young leads the team with 356 kills, 3.24 ps, and in blocks with 125, 1.14 ps.
 

   San Jose State holds a 16-6 advantage in the all-time series, but Boise State has won four of the past five meetings including a 3-2 win at Spartan Gym on September 23.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo begins his fourth 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 36-79 coaching record in four seasons.

ANDRADE MOVES INTO CAREER ASSIST LIST:  With her 41 assists last week at New Mexico State, Caitlin Andrade is now 10th all-time in assists at San Jose State with 1,686.  She has 914 assists this season for a 9.62 per set average.  Andrade needs 406 assists to move into ninth place.

ASSISTS (since 1984)    TOTAL    YEARS
  1.  Michelle Sarkees    5482    1996-99
  2.  Melizza Benitez    3257    1992-95
  3.  Savannah Smith    3040    1998-01
  4.  Teri DeBusk    2555    1984-85
  5.  Kristina Conrad    2548    2003-06
  6.  Danielle Spier    2461    1984-87
  7.  Susie Laymon    2330    1986-89
  8.  Jennifer Liston    2102    1991-92
  9.  Emily Burke    2092    2007-08
10.  Caitlin Andrade    1686    2009-C

OH, SO CLOSE COMEBACK:  Despite being down 0-2 to Nevada on October 30, the Spartans did not give up on the match and tied the match at 2-2 before eventually losing the fifth set 15-11.  It was the first five-set match the Spartans have played since a 3-2 win over Idaho on September 25.  In Saturday night’s match, the Spartans hitting came alive in the third and fourth sets, hitting .344 in each set to win those sets, 25-23 and 25-19.  San Jose State even hit .308 in the fifth set, but they could not overcome an early Nevada lead and lost 15-11.

WIN IN LOGAN:  For the first time since 1995, San Jose State won a match at Utah State.  The Spartans’ 3-1 win on October 2 is the first win against Utah State not at home or on a neutral court since 1995.  That year, both teams were members of the Big West Conference.  San Jose State won two matches in Logan that year.  Since those two wins, the Spartans have only defeated the Aggies inside Spartan Gym (2006) or on a neutral court (1999, 2007, 2008).

WE LIKE FIVE-SET MATCHES:
  Three of the Spartans eight victory matches have gone the distance this year.  San Jose State is 3-2 in five-set matches, including a win over Idaho on September 25.  In four of the five, five-set matches, the Spartans have started the evening by winning the first set, followed by a loss in the second set.  Then, the Spartans have split sets three and four, winning twice and losing twice.  In the fifth set, San Jose State has won three sets, 46-35. 

WAC WIN!:  The Spartans needed five sets against Idaho, but San Jose State defeated the Vandals, 25-17, 21-25, 18-25, 25-15, 15-8 on September 25 to break an 18-match conference losing streak, dating back to th 2008 season.  Taylor Japhet led the team with a career high 19 kills, while Sarah Griest and Brianna Amian each added 11 kills.  The Spartans hit .252 for the match and outdug Idaho, 64-47.

ROAD WAC WOES ENDED!:  On October 2, the Spartans stopped a streak they did not like.  For the first time since November 13, 2008, the Spartans won a road WAC match.  With the win at Utah State, San Jose State stopped a 10-match WAC road losing streak, dating back to a 3-2 win at Louisiana Tech on November 13, 2008.  The Spartans did defeat Utah State, 3-2, on  November 20, 2008, but that match was at the WAC Tournament in Honolulu.  San Jose State lost all nine WAC road matches last year and the final road match of 2008.

ONE FOR THE AGES:  Through the first seven matches of the year, San Jose State had not played a five-set match.  Then came the Portland State match.  The Spartans won the odd sets, the Vikings the even sets.  The fifth set was going Portland State’s way as they had grown their lead to 14-8 before a kill by Spartan Alex Akana gave the serve back to San Jose State.  Asia Casino reentered the match to serve for the Spartans and proceeded to serve seven consecutive points to give San Jose State a 16-14 win and a 3-2 match win.  Over those seven points, Akana had two kills, Hanah Blume had two kills, Casino recorded an ace, and the team won on a Vikings hitting error.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS:  Four Spartans received all-tournament recognition this year.  Courtney Zellmer was named to the North Dakota Classic All-Tournament team, while Hanah Blume received all-tournament honors at the SJSU/SMC Tournament.  Alex Akana, Caitlin Andrade and Blume received all-tournament honors at the SJSU Tournament.  Blume was named the all-tournament team at the UNLV Classic.

BLUME-ING ON THE OUTSIDE:  Freshman outside hitter Hanah Blume is the Spartans’ top hitter on the floor.  She leads the team with 270 kills, 2.93 per set, and has 200 digs, 2.17 per set.  After coming off the bench the first two matches of the season, Blume has started every match since then.  She has recorded five double-doubles this season.  Blume recorded a season-best 20 kills in a win over Portland State and double-figure kills in 15 matches.

DIGGIN’ THE BALL:  Courtney Zellmer became one of only six players to record 35 or more digs in school history in the match against Gonzaga.  Against the Zags, Zellmer recorded 35 digs in the four-set match.  Her 35 digs are also the most by a Spartan player since the 2007 season when former Spartan Kristal Tsukano recorded 42 against Idaho. 

TURNER DIGGING HER MARK:  Starting libero Katie Turner is the team’s leader in digs with 304, 3.20 ps.  She has recorded 10 or more digs in the past 17 of the past 20 matches.  Turner started with a career-best 24 digs against Portland State.  She has a total of three matches with 20 or more digs - 23 against Boise State and 21 at Idaho.

ANDRADE SETTING HER WAY:  Spartan setter Caitlin Andrade is averaging 9.62 assists per set and collected a season-best 50 against Portland State, UNLV, Boise State and Idaho.  She has four double-doubles on the season - 31 assists and 12 digs against Gonzaga, 47 assists and 17 digs versus Seattle, 35 assists and 15 digs against Pacific and 39 assists and 11 digs at Louisiana Tech.  With 41 assists at Louisiana Tech, Andrade moved into 10th place on the San Jose State career assist leader list.  She starts the week with 1,686 assists.

AKANA LEADS THE BLOCK:  Sophomore Alex Akana leads the Spartans in blocks with 53, 0.55 per set.  She recorded a career-best eight block assists against Gonzaga and added six blocks at Utah State, one solo and five assists.

UP NEXT:  San Jose State finishes the regular season next Thursday, November 18, with a WAC match at Fresno State.  First serve is set for 7 p.m.