Volleyball Makes Final Road Trip Of 2016

Nov. 16, 2016

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VOLLEYBALL TO PLAY FINAL ROAD MATCH OF 2016: The San José State volleyball team plays just one match this week as the team travels to Utah State for the final road Mountain West match of the season. This is also the final road trip for the Spartans for 2016. Utah State is currently seventh in the MW standings, two matches better than the eighth-place Spartans. San Jose State is 12-16 overall and 5-1 1 in the MW. The Spartans split matches last week, winning at Air Force, 3-2, on the 10th, but falling 3-0 at Boise State on the 12th.

LIVE STATS: Live stat links for the matches are available on the San José State website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.

MOUNTAIN WEST DIGITAL NETWORK:  This week's match will be streamed live on the Mountain West Digital Network at www.SJSUSpartans.com/videos and http://campusinsiders.com/live.

ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies begin the weed with a 12-15 overall record and 7-9 Mountain West mark and play at Fresno State Wednesday night. The team is seventh in the conference standings, two games in front of the Spartans. Lauren Anderson leads the team with 333 kills, 3.43 ps, while Kaylie Kamalu-Smith is second with 325 kills, 3.49 ps. 

Series Record -  San José State leads 20-18-1

First Meeting -T, 1-1, November 3, 1979, Los Angeles, Calif.

Last Meeting - W, 3-0, November 5, 2015, Spartan Gym

Last SJSU Win - 3-0, November 5, 2015, Spartan Gym

Current Streak - W1

Last 10 meetings - 3-7

HEAD COACH Jolene Shepardson: San José State head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her third season at the helm of the program.  She has a 29-59 record in three seasons at SJSU, and a 72-106 coaching record in six seasons.

FINAL POINT AT AIR FORCE VERY UNIQUE: Up 14-13 at Air Force on November 10, match point for San José State came from a unique play. With the Falcons serving, Luiza Andrade received the serve, but the pass went back over the net and fell between three Air Force players for the San José State victory. Andrade has only seven kills in her two seasons as a Spartan.

GAMA JOINS ELITE SPARTAN BLOCKING COMPANY: With 121 block assists on the season, Nandyala Gama moved up to third place on the San José State single season block assists list. Gama is the first player to enter the top-10 in block assists since the 2002 season when Stephanie Pasccuci and Liz Hudson each entered the list. The school record is 134, set by Hudson during the 2001 season.

Gama also entered the single-season San José State total blocks list.  She begins the week with 130 blocks, tying Spartan career blocking leader Joslynn Gallop for ninth place. Gama needs just three blocks to move into eighth, four for seventh place and seven blocks for sixth place.  Kim Hicks set the school record with 151 blocks in 1988.

BLOCK ASSISTS TOTAL YEAR

  1.  Liz Hudson 134 2001

  2.  Kim Hicks 128 1988

3.  Nandyala Gama 121 2016

  4.  Liz Hudson 119 2002

  5.  Cristin Rossman 117 1994

  6.  Cristin Rossman 115 1992

  7.  Joslynn Gallop 112 2000

  8.  Melissa Myers 111 1998

  9.  Tanya Kamau 110 1998

10.  Barbara Higgins 108 1986

TOTAL BLOCKS TOTAL YEAR

  1.  Kim Hicks 151 1988

  2.  Felicia Schulter 148 1984

  3.  Liz Hudson 147 2001

  4.  Cristin Rossman 145 1994

  5.  Cristin Rossman 139 1992

  6.  Barbara Higgins 137 1986

  7.  Barbara Higgins 134 1987

  8.  Melissa Myers 133 1998

  9. Nandyala Gama 130 2016

  9.  Joslynn Gallop 130 2000

TOP-10 BLOCK ASSISTS IN SCHOOL HISTORY: This year's Spartan team is one of the top-10 teams in SJSU history in block assists.  The Spartans are ninth in block assists with 426, one shy of eighth place and nine out of seventh-place.  The 1988 team set the school record with 523 block assists.

BLOCK ASSISTS
YEAR
  1. 523
1988
  2. 485
2002
  3. 474
1998
  4. 452
1994
  5. 445
1987
  6. 443
2001
  7. 435
1995
  8. 427
1993
  9. 426
2016
10. 421
2000


GAMA NOW AMONG CAREER SJSU BLOCK ASSISTS LEADERS:
  In her third season at San Jose State, Nandyala Gama entered the San José State career block assists list.  She begins the week in 10th place with 234 block assists.  Joslynn Gallop set the school record with 391 block assists from 1997-2000.

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 261 2009-12

10.  Nandyala Gama 234 2014-C

UP NEXT: San José State's final match of the 2016 season will be next Tuesday, November 22, against Fresno State at 6 p.m., inside Spartan Gym.