Volleyball Takes Winning Streak To Utah State, Boise State

Nov. 12, 2013

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This Week:

Thurs. Nov. 14         Utah State             Logan, Utah             7:00 p.m. MDT

Sat. Nov. 16            Boise State            Boise, Idaho            6:00 p.m. MDT

SPARTANS PLAY TWO MATCHES IN TWO DAYS:  San José State takes a three-match winning streak into two road Mountain West matches this week.  The team plays at Utah State Thursday night and at Boise State Saturday night.  The Spartans have won the past three matches against Nevada (3-0), San Diego State (3-2) and UNLV (3-2). 

O'REILLY HONORED BY MOUNTAIN WEST:  Mary Alice O'Reilly has been named the Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week for her performances against San Diego State and UNLV last week.

O'Reilly led San José State to a pair of 3-2 victories over San Diego State and UNLV.  Against the Aztecs, she led the team with career bests of 19 kills and 12 blocks.  She became the 23rd player in school history to record 10 or more blocks and the ninth to record 12 blocks in a match.

In the win over UNLV, O'Reilly was one of two Spartans to record a team-high 18 kills.  She also had three blocks and two digs in the match.

For the week, O'Reilly hit .325 and averaged 3.70 kills and 1.50 blocks per set.

MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK:  A free live stream of this week's matches will be available on the Mountain West Network at www.TheMW.com and on www.SJSUSpartans.com

LIVE STATS:  All matches this week will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.

ABOUT UTAH STATE:  The Aggies enter Thursday night's match with a 16-9 overall record and a 9-5 Mountain West mark.  Head coach Grayson DuBose is in his eighth year at the school.  Rachel Orr leads the team with 312 kills, 3.28 per set, while Kaitlyn VanHoff is the team's blocking leader with 126, 1.33 ps.

San José State holds a 19-14-1 advantage in the series, but Utah State has won the past three meetings including 3-0 on September 28 at The Event Center.

ABOUT BOISE STATE:  The Broncos begin the week with an 11-14 overall record and 5-10 Mountain West mark.  The team hosts Fresno State Thursday night before the Spartans visit Boise.  Head coach Shawn Garus is in his fifth season at the school.Sarah Horton leads the team with 240 kills, 2.58 ps, while Brittany Reardon is the team leader in blocks with 67, 0.80 ps.

San José State leads the series 16-9, but the Broncos won the earlier meeting this season 3-2. 

SAN JOSÉ STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his seventh season as head coach with a 70-132 coaching record.  A 1990 San José State graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program's sixth head coach. 

BLUME REACHES 2 CAREER MILESTONES:  Hanah Blume recorded her 1,000th career kill and dig in a five-set win over UNLV on November 9.  She recorded her 1,000th kill in the fifth set on point 13 to become the 13th player in school history with 1,000 kills.  She begins the week 1,001 career kills.

Blume recorded her 1,000th digs in the first set against UNLV and became the seventh Spartan to record 1,000 digs in her career.  Blume starts the week with 1,018 career digs, good for seventh on the all-time list.

BLUME JOINED ELITE COMPANY:  With her 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs, Hanah Blume joined just three other San José State players to accomplish this feat.  Listed below are the

Spartan Player            1,000 Career Kills            1,000 Career Digs

Joslynn Gallop (1997-2000)            1,966            1,052

Dawnis Wilson (1988-91)            1,426            1,412

Barbara Higgins (1984-87)            1,237            1,039

Hanah Blume (2010-C)            1,001            1,018

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  Three Spartans rank among national leaders this week.  Michaela Leonard is 30th in assists per set at 11.16 ps  Hanah Blume is 74th in kills at 3.68 ps, and 111th in points at 3.97 ps.  Mary Alice O'Reilly is 115th in blocks per set at 1.08 ps.

BLOCKING DOES O'REILLY GOOD:  Mary Alice O'Reilly joined a special Spartan group with her 12 blocks in a five-set win over San Diego State on November 7.  She is just the ninth Spartan player to record 12 blocks in a match and the 23rd in school history to record 10 or more blocks.  The last Spartan player with 10 or more blocks was Kylie Miraldi with 14 against UC Riverside on September 17, 2011.

WINNING STREAK TO FOUR?:  With two wins last week, San José State has won three consecutive matches for the first time since the 2010 season.  That year, the team won three against Portland State, Seattle and CSU Bakersfield to win the SJSU Tournament.  The Spartans have not won four consecutive matches since the 2007 season when the team beat Fresno State (twice), Boise State and Idaho in late October.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Two Spartans were named all-tournament selections at the three tournaments the team played at this year.  Hanah Blume was named to the Tribe Invitational, Sacramento State Invitational and Bankers Classic All-Tournament teams.

Mary Alice O'Reilly was selected to the Sacramento State Invitational and Bankers Classic All-Tournament teams.

TWO SPARTANS, 20 KILLS SAME MATCH:  For the first time since the 2008 season, two San José State volleyball players recorded 20 or more kills in the same match.  Against Nevada on October 10, Hanah Blume had a career-best 25 kills, while Lauren Jacobsen also had a career-high 20 kills.  The last Spartan pair to record 20+ kills in a match were Kelly Crow with 24 and Niki Clement with 20 in a home match versus Utah State on September 29, 2008.

20/20 DOUBLE:  Hanah Blume recorded 21 kills and 20 digs against Winthrop to become the 21st San José State player to record a 20/20 double-double.  The last 20/20 double-double came during the 2011 season when Caitlin Andrade had 51 assists and 21 digs at Pacific.

SPARTANS BREAK 2 EVENT CENTER SERVING RECORDS:  During the Boise State match on September 26, San José State set two Event Center records for serving.  Kiely Pieper broke the record set by a Spartan player as she recorded a career-best seven aces, breaking the old record of five.  The Spartans also broke the San José State team Event Center record with 13 aces in the match.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans return home for the final two matches this season at The Event Center.  The team hosts #10 Colorado State on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m., and Wyoming on Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m.  The Wyoming match will also be Senior Night as we honor Hanah Blume, Brittney Diffinè and Sarah Griest.