Volleyball Finishes 2016 Season Tuesday Night Hosting Fresno State

Nov. 21, 2016

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FINAL MATCH OF 2016: The San José State volleyball team plays the final match of the 2016 season Tuesday night as the Spartans host rival Fresno State at Spartan Gym. This will be the only meeting of the season between the two teams due to Mountain West scheduling. The teams are tied for ninth place, with the winner finishing no worse than ninth in the standings but could tie for eighth with New Mexico if the Lobos lose at UNLV on Tuesday.

SENIOR  NIGHT: Spartan senior Julie Sam will be honored Tuesday night after the final match of the season. Sam is a two-year member of the indoor team and the beach team. She is a Mountain West Scholar Athlete, Academic All-Mountain West honoree, an Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar, first team for volleyball and a San José State President's Scholar. She is a hospitality, tourism and event management major.

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 FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs enter Tuesday night's match with a 14-14 overall record and 5-12 MW mark. The team defeated Utah State, 3-1, at home last Wednesday. Aleisha Coates leads the team with 374 kills, 3.60 per set, while Jacqueline Hutcheson leads the conference in service aces with 52, 0.50 ps.

Series Record -  San José State leads 48-30.

First Meeting - W, 2-0, 1977

Last Meeting - W, 3-1, October 24, 2015, Spartan Gym

Last SJSU Win - 3-1, October 24, 2015, Spartan Gym

Current Streak - W3 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 29-60 record in three seasons at SJSU, and a 72-107 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 124 block assists on the season, Nandyala Gama is still in  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 133 blocks, tying former Spartan Melissa Myers. Gama needs one block to move into seventh, four for sixth place and six blocks for fifth 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 124 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. Nandyala Gama 133 2016

  8.  Melissa Myers 133 1998

  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 seventh in block assists with 442, one shy of sixth place and three out of fifth 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.  442 2016

  8.  435 1995

  9.  427 1993

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 237 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 237 2014-C

DIGGING BALL INTO THE TOP-10 IN SJSU HISTORY:  With her 10 digs against Utah State, Luiza Andrade entered the top-10 of the San José State single season digs list. She enters Tuesday night's match with 420 digs this season, tied for the eighth-highest total in school history.  Andrade needs just five more to move into seventh place and nine for sixth place.

DIGS TOTAL YEAR

  1.  Jessie Shull 676 2006

  2.  Jessie Shull 561 2004

  3.  Jessie Shull 550 2005

  4.  Jessie Shull 473 2003

  5.  Kim Hicks 435 1988

  6.  Lisa Ice 429 1986

  7.  Yavianliz Rosado 425 2014

  8.  Luiza Andrade 420 2016

  8.  Carrie Nash 420 2004

10. Yavianliz Rosado 416 2015