Wed., Nov. 19 #9 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. 7:00 p.m. MST
Sat., Nov. 22 Wyoming Spartan Gym 6:00 p.m. PST
SPARTANS TO FACE TWO OF CONFERENCE'S TOP-TEAMS: The San José State volleyball team plays two of the Mountain West's top-three teams this week. The Spartans play at conference leader #9 Colorado State on Wednesday. The team then returns home for the final home match of the season on Saturday against Wyoming. First serve is set for 6 p.m. San José State plays its final match of 2014 at Nevada on Tuesday, November 25.
SENIOR NIGHT SATURDAY: Senior libero Kiley Pieper and senior team manager Sabrina Webb will be honored prior to Saturday night's match with Wyoming. Pieper will be a four-year letterwinner for the Spartans and has amassed over 900 digs in her four seasons.
Webb joined the team this year as the team manager and was a member of the inaugural sand volleyball team this past spring.
MOUNTAIN WEST DIGITAL NETWORK: This week's matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Digital Network at
www.SJSUSpartans.com/videos and www.TheMW.com.
LIVE STATS: Live stats for both matches are available on the San José State website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.
ABOUT #9 COLORADO STATE: The conference-leading Rams head into Wednesday night's match with a 26-2 overall record and a 12-1 Mountain West mark. The team's only two losses of the year came against Wisconsin (0-3) and at UNLV (1-3). Head coach Tom Hilbert is in his 18th season at the helm of the Colorado State program. Marlee Reynolds leads the team with 289 kills, 3.11 per set, while Jasmine Hanna is right behind at 279 kills, 3.13 ps.
Colorado State holds an 8-4 lead in the all-time series and won both matches last season. The Spartans won the last meeting between the two teams, 3-2, in the quarterfinal match of the 1998 Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden. The Spartans came back from 0-2 to win the match.
ABOUT WYOMING: The Cowgirls begin the week with a 21-7 overall record and a 10-5 Mountain West mark, good for third in the standings. The team hosts Nevada Wednesday night before traveling to San Jose. Head coach Chad Callihan is in his second year at the school with a 43-20 record. Erin Kirby leads the Mountain West in hitting percentage at .420 with 264 kills on 500 attempts and only 54 errors. Laura Beach is hitting .407 on the season, while Bridget Shannahan leads the team with 360 kills, 3.40 ps.
Wyoming leads the all-time series 4-3 after winning both matches during the 2013 season. The Spartans last won (3-2) during the 1996 season.
HEAD COACH Jolene Shepardson: Spartan head coach Jolene Shepardson is in her first season at the helm of the program. She came to San José State from Bakersfield where she turned a 0-31 team in 2010 to a 21-12 team in 2013.
FIRST MOUNTAIN WEST WIN: Nandyala Gama and Tyanna Roy led the Spartan offense to a 3-1 win over Fresno State (25-19, 17-25, 25-20, 25-19) on October 30, for the team's first Mountain West win of the season.
Gama led all hitters with 19 kills and hit .289 for the match with 45 attempts and just six errors. She also had two blocks and an assist. Roy recorded 18 kills on 42 attempts and added three digs, two solo blocks and a block assist.
Allison Meehan recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 38 assists and 12 digs. She also had three kills and a block in the win. Yavianliz Rosado recorded 23 digs, her sixth match with 20 or more digs. She had seven assists and a service ace.
FOUR-SET MATCHES IN MW PLAY: In the 15 Mountain West matches the Spartans have played, the team has played seven four-set matches. San José State played four sets with Air Force, at Utah State, at Boise State, at Air Force, at New Mexico, Fresno State. and at San Diego State. In three matches, the team won the third set - 32-30 vs. Air Force, 25-23 at Utah State and 26-24 at Boise State, while the team won the first set at Air Force (25-23), at New Mexico (25-23) and at San Diego State (25-18). In the win over Fresno State, the Spartans won the first, third and fourth sets.
ROY'S BEST HITTING MATCH: Tyanna Roy had her best hitting match of her Spartan career against Air Force on September 27. She lead all hitters with a career-best 23 kills, her first 20+ kill match. Roy hit a career-best .408 (23-3-49).
GAMA HITS SEASON-BEST AGAINST NEVADA: Nandyala Gama hit a season-best .414 in a 3-0 loss to Nevada on October 28. She led all Spartan hitters with her .414 average. She recorded a team-high 15 kills on 29 attempts and just three errors.
Gama is second on the team in kills with 263, 3.06 per set. She also has 32 blocks on the year.
ROSADO RANKS 10th ON SINGLE-SEASON DIG LIST: With three matches to go, Yavianliz Rosado needs just 12 digs to move into ninth on the San José State single-season top-10 list. Rosado has 396 digs, moving ahead of former Spartan Jeanine Haldi at 389. Jessie Shull holds the San José State season record as she recorded 676 digs in 2006.
ROY LEADS THE HITTERS: Tyanna Roy leads the team with 302 kills, 3.05 per set. She has recorded double-digit kills in 13 matches including 23 in a home match against Air Force and 20 at Boise State.
DIGGIN' THE BALL: Yavianliz Rosado leads the Spartans in digs with 396, 4.00 per set. She recorded 26 digs in the win over South Dakota State and 23 in a win over Fresno State. Rosado recorded 10+ digs in 20 matches including 20 or more digs six times.
PIEPER CLOSING IN ON TOP-10 IN DIGS: Kiely Pieper begins the week with 967 career digs, just 11 digs short of entering the top-10 all-time at San José State. Jessie Shull is the all-time leader with 2,260 digs during her four years (2003-06).
HIBBS MAKES IMPACT IN WINDY CITY: Freshman Sara Hibbs helped lead the Spartans to a 3-1 record at the Chicago State Tournament on Sept. 19-20. She led the team in kills in three of the four matches played and was named to the all-tournament team.
For the weekend, Hibbs averaged 3.60 kills and 0.53 blocks per set. She had a season-best 21 kills in the five-set win over South Dakota State and hit .324 for the weekend.
TWO HITTERS, 20+ KILLS IN SAME MATCH: Twice this season, two San José State hitters have recorded 20 or more digs in a match. Against South Dakota State on September 19, Sara Hibbs had 21 kills, while Nandyala Gama recorded 20 kills in the win.
On September 27, Tyanna Roy had a career-best 23 kills against Air Force, and Gama added 20 kills.
UP NEXT: The Spartans finish the 2014 season with a road match at Nevada next Tuesday, November 25. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. PST, at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno.