Volleyball Hosts Final Home Matches Of 2013

Nov. 20, 2013

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This Week:

Thurs. Nov. 21            #10 Colorado State            The Event Center            7:00 p.m. PST

Sat. Nov. 23            Wyoming            The Event Center            7:30 p.m. PST

SPARTANS PLAY FINAL HOME MATCHES OF SEASON:  San José State returns to The Event Center this week for the final two home matches of the 2013 season.  The Spartans host #10 Colorado State on Thursday and Wyoming on Saturday.  San José State is looking to break a two-match losing streak after falling at Utah State (0-3) and Boise State (0-3) last week.

SENIOR NIGHT, SPECIAL PRESENTATION:  On Saturday, three Spartan seniors will be playing in their final home match when the team faces Wyoming.  Prior to the match, Hanah Blume, Brittney Diffinè and Sarah Griest will be honored.

Blume will also be honored before the match for her 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs accomplishment.  She is only the fourth player in school history to achieve this milestone.

MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK:  A free live stream of this week's matches will be available on the Mountain West Network at www.TheMW.com and on www.SJSUSpartans.com.  

LIVE STATS:  All matches this week will have live stats with links available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.

ABOUT #10 COLORADO STATE:  The undefeated Rams have a 25-0 overall record.  The team has already clinched the 2013 Mountain West Championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 16-0 conference mark.  Head coach Tom Hilbert is in his 17th year at the school and has a 428-104 school record.  Overall, he has a 602-176 coaching record in 30 years.  Marlee Reynolds leads the team with 275 kills, 3.06 per set, while setter Deedra Foss leads the Mountain West in assists with 1,070, 11.89 ps.

Colorado State leads the all-time series 7-4.  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 17-13 overall record and a 7-9 Mountain West mark.  The team plays at Fresno State on Thursday before traveling to San José.  Head coach Chad Callihan is in his first season at the school.  Nicole Walker leads the Mountain West in service aces with 22, 0.36 per set, while Erin Kirby is conference leader in blocks with 193, 1.74 ps.  Becky Stewart leads the MW in digs with 540, 5.19 ps.

The all-time series is tied 3-3.  The Spartans won 3-2 in 1996, the last meeting in San José. 

SAN JOSÉ STATE HEAD COACH:  Oscar Crespo is in his seventh season as head coach with a 70-134 coaching record.  A 1990 San José State graduate, Crespo was named head coach in March of 2007 as the program's sixth head coach.

BLUME REACHES 2 CAREER MILESTONES:  Hanah Blume recorded her 1,000th career kill and dig in a five-set win over UNLV on November 9.  She recorded her 1,000th kill in the fifth set on point 13 to become the 13th player in school history with 1,000 kills.  She begins the week 1,016 career kills.

Blume recorded her 1,000th digs in the first set against UNLV and became the seventh Spartan to record 1,000 digs in her career.  Blume starts the week with 1,031 career digs, good for seventh on the all-time list.

O'REILLY HONORED BY MOUNTAIN WEST:  Mary Alice O'Reilly was the Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week for her performances against San Diego State and UNLV Nov. 4-10.

O'Reilly led San José State to a pair of 3-2 victories over San Diego State and UNLV.  Against the Aztecs, she led the team with career bests of 19 kills and 12 blocks.  She became the 23rd player in school history to record 10 or more blocks and the ninth to record 12 blocks in a match.

In the win over UNLV, O'Reilly was one of two Spartans to record a team-high 18 kills.  She also had three blocks and two digs in the match.

For the week, O'Reilly hit .325 and averaged 3.70 kills and 1.50 blocks per set.

BLUME JOINED ELITE COMPANY:  With her 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs, Hanah Blume joined just three other San José State players to accomplish this feat.  Listed below are the

Spartan Player            1,000 Career Kills            1,000 Career Digs

Joslynn Gallop (1997-2000)            1,966            1,052

Dawnis Wilson (1988-91)            1,426            1,412

Barbara Higgins (1984-87)            1,237            1,039

Hanah Blume (2010-C)            1,016            1,031

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  Two Spartans rank among national leaders this week.  Michaela Leonard is 30th in assists per set at 11.10 ps  Hanah Blume is 86th in kills at 3.61 ps, and 131st in points at 3.90 ps. 

BLOCKING DOES O'REILLY GOOD:  Mary Alice O'Reilly joined a special Spartan group with her 12 blocks in a five-set win over San Diego State on November 7.  She is just the ninth Spartan player to record 12 blocks in a match and the 23rd in school history to record 10 or more blocks.  The last Spartan player with 10 or more blocks was Kylie Miraldi with 14 against UC Riverside on September 17, 2011.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans play the final two matches of the season next week.  The team plays at New Mexico on Wednesday, November 27, at 7 p.m. MST, and at Air Force on Friday, November 29, at 6 p.m. MST.