Volleyball Faces Utah State at WAC Tournament

This Week:
Nov. 15-Nov. 17

2007 WAC Volleyball Tournament Las Cruces, N.M.

Thurs. Nov. 15
vs. #3 Utah State 5:00 p.m. MST

Fri. Nov. 16
Semifinal Matches 5:00 & 7:30 p.m. MST

Sat. Nov. 17
Championship Match 7:00 p.m. MST

2007 WAC VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: San Jose State enters the 2007 Western Athletic Volleyball Tournament as the sixth-seed with a 13-14 overall record and a 7-9 WAC mark. The Spartans play third-seed Utah State Thursday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. MST. If the team advances to the semifinals, San Jose State would play the winner of the New Mexico State-Fresno State match Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. The championship match of the tournament is Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

LIVE STATS & VIDEO:
All matches at the 2007 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be streamed on www.WAC.tv for a nominal fee. Single matches can be viewed on WAC.tv for $9.95 or fans can subscribe to the full volleyball tournament package (all eight matches) for $19.95. More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv. A live stats link is also available on San Jose State website at www.sjsuspartans.com.

ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies enter the WAC Tournament with a 17-12 overall record and 11-5 WAC mark. The team upset #11 Hawaii Sunday night with a three-game sweep, 30-28, 31-29, 30-27 , in Honolulu. The Aggie win is its first over a ranked opponent since it defeated then 24th-ranked UC Santa Barbara in five games on Sept. 15, 2005. The last time Utah State defeated a team ranked in the top 10 was on Sept. 12, 2000 when it beat then 10th-ranked BYU in three games in Logan.

Head coach Grayson DuBose is in his second year at the helm of the program and has a 30-31 coaching record. Senior Amanda Nielson leads the team in kills with 505, 5.15 pg, and is second in blocks with 95, 0.97 pg. Sophomore Danielle Taylor is hitting .258 and leads the Aggies in blocks with 111, 1.12 pg.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 14-6-1, but Utah State won both meetings this season. The Aggies won 30-27, 30-25, 17-30, 30-27, at home on September 15. Colleen Burke led all hitters with 17 kills. Nia Freeman added a season-best 11 kills. Utah State also won in Spartan Gym, 30-25, 30-28, 30-28, on September 27. Keri Anglin recorded a career-high four solo blocks and had a team-best five blocks for the San Jose State. Jennifer Senftleben and Niki Clement each recorded double-doubles for San Jose State. Senftleben led the team with 12 kills and 16 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Clement added 10 kills and 11 digs for her eighth double-double of the year.

POSSIBLE OPPONENT #13 NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies enter the tournament as the second-seed with a 24-4 overall record and 14-2 WAC mark. The team defeated Louisiana Tech, 3-1, and Fresno State 3-0, last week. Head coach Mike Jordan is in his 10th year at the school with a 219-95 coaching record. Amber Simpson leads the team in hitting with a .341 percentage, while Kim Oguh is the Aggie leader in blocking with 123, 1.27 pg. Krystal Torres leads the WAC in digs with 513, 5.40 pg.

New Mexico State leads the overall series, 12-9, and won both meetings this season, 30-22, 30-28, 30-28, in Spartan Gym on October 6, and 30-20, 30-28, 30-17, in Las Cruces on October 20.

POSSIBLE OPPONENT FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs enter the tournament with a 5-23 overall record and have lost eight-consecutive matches. Head coach Ruben Nieves is in his third year with an 18-68 record. Alisha McKee leads the team in kills with 289, 3.14 pg.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 43-19, and won both meetings this season, 30-27, 30-19, 30-26, at Spartan Gym on October 22, and 30-20, 25-30, 30-22, 30-18, on November 1 in Fresno.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: 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.

SAN JOSE STATE AT THE WAC TOURNAMENT:
San Jose State enters this year’s WAC Volleyball Tournament with an 9-9 WAC tournament record in nine appearances. The Spartans have twice advanced to the championship match (2001 & 2003). Three other times (1998, 2002, 2006), San Jose State advanced to the semifinal match where the team lost to Hawaii, 3-0, all three years.

WAC STANDINGS: #11 Hawaii clinched its 12th-consecutive WAC title with a win at Fresno State, but had its 97-match WAC home winning streak snapped by Utah State this past Sunday. The Rainbow Wahine will be the top seed at the 2007 WAC Tournament, November 15-17. New Mexico State is second with a 14-2 mark.

WAC STATISTICS: Six Spartans rank among Western Athletic Conference leaders this week. Colleen Burke leads the WAC in hitting percentage at .348, and is 10th in aces at 0.30 pg. Keri Anglin is eighth in hitting at .261, and seventh in blocking at 1.19 pg. Emily Burke is fifth in assists at 11.42 pg. Jennifer Senftleben is eighth in kills at 3.74 pg. Kristal Tsukano is sixth in digs at 4.10 pg.

As a team, the Spartans are first in digs (17.44 pg), third in hitting (.199), kills (14.96 pg) and aces (1.40 pg), fourth in assists (13.81 pg) and ninth in blocks (2.15 pg).

In WAC matches only, Colleen Burke is third in hitting at .308, and sixth in service aces at 0.36 pg. Emily Burke is fifth in assists at 11.73 pg. Niki Clement is ninth in kills at 3.66 pg and in digs at 3.85 pg. Tsukano is seventh in digs at 4.05 pg.

As a team, the Spartans are first in digs (18.29 pg), fourth in kills (15.02 pg), assists (13.98 pg), fifth in hitting (.183) and aces (1.36 pg) and ninth in blocks (1.89 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 HAWAII MATCH: Keri Anglin led San Jose State with nine kills in a 30-25, 30-27, 30-14 loss at Hawaii last Thursday night.

Niki Clement added eight kills and eight digs, while Colleen Burke and Nia Freeman each had six kills. Burke and Anglin had three blocks apiece. Emily Burke added 31 assists, six digs and three blocks. Kelly Crow added three kills, one dig and one block. Courtney Zellmer recorded nine digs, while Thao Pham had one dig.

Returning home to play in front of the hometown crowd were Kristal Tsukano and Brianna Amian. Tsukano led the team with 12 digs, while Amian had two kills and two digs for San Jose State.

TSUKANO ENTERS TOP-10 DIG SEASON LIST:
Entering the week with 398 digs, Kristal Tsukano is eighth on the San Jose Sate single season dig list. She is also fifth on the single season digs per game list at 4.10 digs per game.

DIGS TOTAL YEAR Digs Per Game* D/G YEAR
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 4.10 2007
6. Lisa Ice 429 1986 6. Dawnis Wilson 4.01 1989
7. Carrie Nash 420 2004 7. Carrie Nash 4.00 2004
8. Kristal Tsukano 398 2007 8. Dawnis Wilson 3.81 1990
9. Jeanine Haldi 389 2001 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 958 kills, while Colleen Burke has 929 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.

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 on November 1. 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.

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.

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.

SECOND PERSON WITH 40+ DIGS:
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 23 solo blocks this season are the most for a Spartan player since the 1996 season when Melissa Myers finished the season with 31.

ZELLMER IMPRESSES AGAINST #13 HAWAII: Freshman setter Courtney Zellmer came off the bench against #13 Hawaii on September 24 and recorded a season-best 26 assists for the Spartans. She added one kill, one service ace, one block assist and six digs.

AMIAN TIES SCHOOL BLOCKING RECORDS AGAINST USF: 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.

TWO PLAYERS, 10+ BLOCKS EACH, THREE TIMES: 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.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES ABOUND FOR SETTER: 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 398 digs, 4.10 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.