Volleyball Finishes Season At Fresno State

This Week:
Thurs., Nov. 18    Fresno State    Fresno, Calif.    7:00 p.m. PST

FINAL MATCH OF SEASON:  San Jose State plays its final match of the 2010 season Thursday night when the team travels to Fresno State for a Western Athletic Conference match.

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ABOUT FRESNO STATE:  The Bulldogs enter Thursday night’s match with a 12-15 record and a 6-9 WAC mark.  The team is in seventh-place in the WAC standings, one win behind Nevada.  Fresno State won 3-1 at Idaho Monday night.  Head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell is in her third year at the school.  Marissa Brand leads the team with 340 kills, 3.33 per set, while Brianna Clarke leads the team in hitting at .355 with 262 kills.  She is also the team leader in kills with 131, 1.28 ps.

   San Jose State holds a 45-24 lead in the overall series, but Fresno State has won the past three meetings including a 3-1 win in Spartan Gym on October 23.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in 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 36-81 coaching record in four seasons.

ANDRADE 10th ON CAREER ASSIST LIST:  Caitlin Andrade is 10th all-time in assists at San Jose State with 1,756.  She has 984 assists this season for a 9.65 per set average.  Andrade needs 336 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    1756    2009-C

BLUME-ING ON THE OUTSIDE:  Freshman Hanah Blume is the Spartans’ top hitter on the floor.  She leads the team with 291 kills, 2.94 per set, and has 212 digs, 2.14 per set.  After coming off the bench the first two matches of the season, Blume has started every match.  She has recorded five double-doubles and a season-best 20 kills in a win over Portland State and double-figure kills in 16 matches.

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 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.

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 321, 3.18 ps.  She has recorded 10 or more digs in 18 matches.  Turner had a career-best 24 digs against Portland State and 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 9.65 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 1,756 assists.

Sophomore Alex Akana leads the Spartans in blocks with 59, 0.57 per set.  She recorded a career-best eight block assists against Gonzaga and added six blocks at Utah State, one solo and five assists.