Volleyball Headed To WAC Tournament To Play UTSA

2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament November 19-21, 2012 UTSA Convocation Center San Antonio, Texas Monday, Nov. 19 #6 San Jose State vs. #3 UTSA - 12:00 p.m. CST #7 Texas State vs. #2 Idaho - 2:30 p.m. CST #5 Denver vs. #4 New Mexico State - 5:00 p.m. CST #8 UT Arlington vs. #1 Utah State - 7:30 p.m. CST
Tuesday, Nov. 20 6/3 Winner vs. 7/2 Winner - 4:00 p.m. CST 5/4 Winner vs. 8/1 Winner - 6:30 p.m. CST
Wednesday, Nov. 21 Championship Match - 4:00 p.m. CST - ESPNU
SPARTANS SIXTH-SEED AT WAC TOURNAMENT:  San Jose State begins play at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament on Monday against three-seed UTSA.  The two teams just played this Thursday night at Spartan Gym with the Roadrunners winning 3-0.  If San Jose State wins Monday, the Spartans will play the winner of the Idaho-Texas State match on Tuesday. San Jose State enters the match with a 14-15 overall record and finished the WAC season with a 9-9 mark.  The team tied with Texas State for sixth place, but by virtue of the win over Utah State, the Spartans were awarded the sixth seed.
LIVE STATS:  Live stats will be available for all WAC Tournament matches with links available on sjsuspartans.com and on wacsports.com.
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LIVE VIDEO:  Six matches of the 2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament will streamed live at www.WAC.tv.  The final match will not be streamed as it will be televised on ESNPU on Wednesday and streamed live on ESPN3.com.  An all-tournament pass that includes the six matches can be purchased for $17.95.  Individual matches may be purchased for $8.95 each.  More information and how to subscribe to these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.
ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS:  The 2012 WAC Volleyball All-Conference teams will be announced at the tournament banquet Sunday night.  Be sure to check www.sjsuspartans.com after 8 p.m., to see if any Spartans receive awards.
ABOUT UTSA:  The Roadrunners enter the match with a 20-8 overall record and a 13-5 WAC mark.  The team tied with Idaho for second place in the WAC standings but are seeded third by a draw.  Head coach Laura Groff is in her 11th season at the helm of the program.  Junior outside hitter McKenzie Adams leads the team with 446 kills, 4.37 per set, and is second in digs with 385, 3.77 ps. The all-time series is tied at 2-2 after UTSA won the two meetings this season, 3-1, in San Antonio on September 15, and 3-0 in San Jose this past Thursday.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his sixth 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 60-114 coaching record in four seasons.
SPARTANS AT THE WAC TOURNAMENT:  San Jose State is making its 13th appearance at the WAC Tournament.  The team has made it to the semifinal match seven times and the finals twice - 2001 against Hawaii at The Event Center, and 2003 also against Hawaii at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno, Nev.  A complete list of tournament appearances is on page 12.
O’REILLY HONORED BY WAC:  Mary Alice O'Reilly was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 5-11.  She averaged 4.67 kills on .393 hitting to go along with 1.33 blocks and a WAC-best 5.67 points per set to lead the Spartans to a sweep of league-leader Utah State. O’Reilly posted a match-high 14 kills to along with four blocks, including a match-high two solo blocks. 
NATIONAL STATISTICS:  Through matches on Nov. 1, San Jose State ranks 83rd in service aces at 1.34 ps and 86th in the nation in digs at 16.12 per set.  Individually, Michaela Leonard is 30th in assists in 11.18 per set, while Mary Alice O’Reilly is 63rd in hitting percentage at .352.
AKANA NOW 10th ON BLOCKING TOP-10 LIST:  Alex Akana is now one of the top blockers in San Jose State history and has moved into ninth place with 283 blocks.   She is in ninth place by herself among the San Jose State career block assists leaders.  She begins the week with 258 block assists and needs 21 assists to move into seventh place.
SAN JOSE STATE BLOCKS TOTAL YEARS   1.  Joslynn Gallop 456 1997-00   2.  Barbara Higgins 447 1984-87   3.  Melissa Myers 445 1995-98   4.  Liz Hudson 365 2000-02   5.  Cristin Rossman 357 1991-94   6.  Kim Hicks 324 1985-88   7.  Stephanie Pascucci 314 1999-02   8.  Colleen Burke 301 2005-08   9.  Alex Akana 283 2009-12 10.  Tanya Hart 282 1991-94
SAN JOSE ST. 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 258 2009-C 10.  Tanya Hart 231 1991-94
MOST WAC WINS SINCE 2006:  With nine WAC wins this year, the Spartans match the 2006 season when the team was 9-7.  The Spartans have not won double-figure conference matches since the team was 13-3 in 2000.
WIN TOTAL MATCHES LAST SEASON: With 14 wins this season, the Spartans have won their most matches since the 2007 season when the team was 14-15.  The 2006 team won 19 matches and advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament.
O’REILLY NEARS HITTING RECORD IN WIN:  Mary Alice O’Reilly had her best hitting night of the season against Denver when she hit .800 for the three-set match.  She led all hitters with 12 kills on 15 attempts and no hitting errors.  After two sets, O'Reilly was on-track to break the school record for hitting percentage in a match. She was hitting .917 (11-0-12), just six points away from the record of .923 set by Cristin Rossman in 1994.
DOUBLE-DIGIT BLOCKING NIGHTS:  Five times this season, San Jose State has recorded double-digit blocking nights, the latest was 11 in a 3-1 win over UT Arlington on October 27. The Spartans had 14.5 blocks against New Mexico State, the second-highest total of the season, after the 17 against Oral Roberts to start the year. Mary Alice O’Reilly led the team with nine blocks, two solo and seven assists, while Alex Akana (2-3) and Michaela Leonard (0-5) each had five blocks.  The Spartans had 12 at Buffalo and at Boise State.
BACK TO THE CENTRAL TIME ZONE:  The Spartans may end their season in the same time zone where they spent much of September - the Central Time Zone as they spent three of the five weekends in September in the Central Time Zone.  The team opened September at the Texas Tech for a tournament (8/31-9/1), played WAC matches at Texas State (9/13) and at UTSA (9/15) and finished with matches at UT Arlington (9/27) and Louisiana Tech (9/30).  
BEST BLOCKING NIGHT SINCE 2007:  The Spartans recorded 17 blocks in the first match of the season for the best blocking night in five years.  The team had 1 solo block and 32 block assists against Oral Roberts, the most since 2007 when the Spartans had 19.5 blocks against San Francisco.  Last season, the Spartans had 16 blocks in a win over UC Riverside.
MAKING IMPACT:  After spending most of her freshman season as a key reserve for the Spartans, Mary Alice O’Reilly  made her mark on the team as she leads the team with 339 kills, 3.26 ps, and blocks with 97, 0.93 ps.  O’Reilly is hitting .353 on the season with 697 attempts and just 93 errors.  She started the year with nine blocks against Oral Roberts and was named to two all-tournament teams.  
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Four Spartans have recorded 26 double-doubles this season. Setter Michaela Leonard recorded double-doubles in nine matches including five consecutive in September. Hanah Blume has 12 double-doubles, while Krista Miller has three on the year.  Samantha O’Connell recorded her first this season against Canisius and added another at Louisiana Tech.
NEW SETTER NO MORE:  Freshman Michaela Leonard stepped into the starting setting role for the Spartans this season and leads the WAC with a 11.17 assist per set average.  Leonard recorded a season-best 52 at Texas State and followed that with 50 at UTSA.  She also recorded her first collegiate double-double with 47 assists and 12 digs against Canisius and had a streak of five consecutive double-doubles in September.