Volleyball At San Francisco In Final Match of 2008

This Week:
Tues. Nov. 25

#24 San Francisco
San Francisco, Calif.
3:00 p.m. HST

SPARTANS FINISHES SEASON AT USF:
San Jose State finishes the 2008 season with a non-conference match at #24 San Francisco Tuesday evening. The Spartans advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Tournament where the team lost to #25 New Mexico State, 0-3.

ABOUT #24 SAN FRANCISCO: The Dons enter the match with a 21-7 overall record and an 11-3 West Coast Conference record. The team has a three-match winning streak, defeating Saint Mary’s (3-1) and Loyola Marymount (3-2) last weekend. Head coach Gilad Doron is in his second season at the school with a 38-20 record. Sarah Mandala leads the team in kills with 379, 3.58 per set, while Carly Babin is the team leader in blocks with 110, 1.06 ps.

San Jose State leads the overall series, 31-6, b ut has lost the past three meetings the past three years. All three contests have been 3-2 decisions.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: Oscar Crespo begins his second 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 27-32 coaching record in two seasons.

RECAP OF WAC TOURNAMENT MATCHES: The Spartans advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Volleyball Tournament for the third consecutive season. San Jose State lost to New Mexico State, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18 in the semifinals.

Kelly Crow led the San Jose State volleyball team with 10 kills on 36 attempts and added six digs. Colleen Burke hit a team-best .389 with eight kills on 18 attempts and just one hitting error. Kylie Miraldi led the team with three blocks, on solo and two assists. Nia Freeman and Brianna Amian each recorded five kills in the match.

Defensively, Kristal Tsukano led the Spartans with 13 digs. Courtney Zellmer came off the bench and added 11 digs.

In the semifinals, the Spartans needed five sets to upset fourth-seed Utah State for the second consecutive season, 16-25, 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 15-8.

Colleen Burke led the Spartans with a season-best 19 kills on 28 attempts. She hit a season-high .643 with her 19 kills on 28 attempts and just one hitting error. Crow recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 17 kills and 11 digs. Emily Burke added her fifth double-double of the year with 42 assists and 11 digs and also had eight kills, one block and one ace.

ALL-WAC HONOREES: Three San Jose State volleyball players, Kelly Crow, Brianna Amian and Colleen Burke, were named to various All-WAC teams, as selected by the conference’s head coaches.

Crow was named to the first team All-WAC and currently leads the Spartans in kills with 380, 3.52 per set. She recorded double-figure kills in 24 of her 29 matches played and 20 or more kills in three matches. Crow also has 11 double-doubles on the season.

Amian and Burke were each second team All-WAC selections. Amian is second on the team in kills with 267, 2.45 per set, and has 174 digs and 56 blocks. Burke leads the team in hitting percentage at .319, and has 235 kills and a team-best 29 service aces.

CAREER RANKINGS: Five current Spartans rank among San Jose State career leaders. Niki Clement is 10th in kills with 1,154, sixth in kill attempts at 3,090 and 10th in block assists with 227.

Colleen Burke is ninth in career kills with 1,186 kills, second in hitting percentage at .314 and eighth in block assists at 277 and in total blocks at 297.

Two Spartans are in the top-10 in career assists. Emily Burke is now the ninth player to record 2,000 or more career assists with 2,067 assists. Brittany Collet is 10th with 1,674 assists.

Kristal Tsukano is sixth in digs with 1,030 digs and is the sixth Spartan to record 1,000 digs in her career.

TSUKANO PASSES 1,000 DIGS: With 18 digs against Utah State last week, Kristal Tsukano became just the six player in school history to record 1,000 career digs. She enters Tuesday night’s match with 1,030 digs and needs just nine digs to move into fifth place with Barbara Higgins.

1,000 CAREER KILL CLUB: For only the second time in school history, two Spartan volleyball players joined the 1,000 career kill club in the same season. They became the 1th and 12 Spartan players to accomplish this milestone.

Niki Clement recorded her 1,000th career kill against Arizona on August 29. Colleen Burke hit the 1,000 career kill mark against Sacramento State on September 6.

The only other time in school history that this happened was during the 1986 season when All-American Lisa Ice and Christa Cook recorded their 1,000th career kills.

TSUKANO RECEIVES ACADEMIC HONOR: Kristal Tsukano has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Third Team, as selected by the district's College Sports Information Directors.

Tsukano carries a 3.69 overall grade point average and is a biological science major. She is a two-time Academic All-WAC selection. Tsukano is the Spartans starting libero and averages 3.37 digs per set this season.

TWO 20-DIG PERFORMANCES IN ONE MATCH: San Jose State got 20-dig performances from two players at Louisiana Tech. Thao Pham started the match at defensive specialist and moved to libero in the second set. Pham recorded a career-best 21 digs. Courtney Zellmer also played in all five sets and had a career-high 20 digs.

AMIAN HONORED BY WAC:
Brianna Amian was named WAC Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 27-Nov. 2 for her performances against Fresno State and Idaho

Amian recorded double-doubles in both matches, doubling her season tally. She finished with 12 kills on .423 hitting, a career-best 19 digs, three service aces and two blocks in a sweep of Fresno State. In a four-set loss to Idaho, Amian had 15 kills and three blocks to go with 18 digs and three aces. For the week, she hit .290 and averaged 3.86 kills, 5.29 digs, 0.86 service aces, 0.71 blocks and 5.14 points per set.

SERVING NINE CONSECUTIVE: During the third set of the Idaho match on October 11, Courtney Zellmer served nine consecutive points for the Spartans. San Jose State was down 20-14, before making a run to take the lead. Zellmer served nine consecutive points, including a service ace to give San Jose State a 24-20 lead en route to a 25-21 win. During the run, Colleen Burke had three kills and Emily Burke added a kill.

PERFECT SET: A perfect set is hard to do in volleyball. San Jose State had one against Boise State on October 9. The Spartans had a perfect hitting set with 19 kills on 37 attempts and no errors for a .514 percentage. San Jose State was also a perfect 11-of-11 on sideouts, meaning Boise State did not score any points off of their serves.

STRONG SERVING NIGHT: In the victory over Louisiana Tech, San Jose State recorded a season-best 11 service aces. Colleen Burke led the team with five aces, including three in a row in the second set. Thao Pham added two service aces, while Kelly Crow, Courtney Zellmer, Emily Burke and Kristal Tsukano each added one ace.

ALL HITTERS ON BOARD: San Jose State had one of its best hitting nights of the season against Louisiana Tech. The team hit .336 with 49 kills on 110 attempts and only 12 errors. Three Spartans hit .500 or better in the match - Kylie Miraldi at .667 (8-0-12), Kelly Crow at .630 (17-0-27) and Colleen Burke at .533 (8-0-15).

CROW TEAM LEADER FOR SPARTANS: Kelly Crow continues to have a strong season for San Jose State. She leads the team in kills with 380, 3.52 per set. She also has 270 digs, 2.50 ps, and is hitting .239 for the season. Crow also led the team in WAC play in kills with 201, 3.79 ps.

COLLET STRONG IN TWO WAC ROAD WINS: Brittany Collet had two strong performances for the Spartans in the team’s wins at Nevada and at Fresno State. She came off the bench in the first set against Nevada and recorded her first double-double of the year and the ninth of her career with 49 assists and 15 digs. Collet started at setter at Fresno State and ended the match with 28 assists and eight digs. For the two matches, she averaged 9.62 assists, 2.88 digs and 0.25 aces per set.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT: Emily Burke recorded a triple-double against Saint Mary’s on September 5. She became the only setter in Spartan history to accomplish this feat. Burke had 40 assists, 15 digs and 10 kills in the match. The triple-double feat has only been accomplished in 11 matches in school history.

MIRALDI HOME DEBUT FULL OF BLOCKS: Freshman Kylie Miraldi made her collegiate home debut a memorable match on September 1. Against St. John’s, she had a team-best two solo blocks and six block assists for eight total blocks. Miraldi added three kills and an assist in three sets played that day.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS: Kelly Crow and Colleen Burke were named to the Four Points Sheraton LAX/LMU Volleyball Classic All-Tournament team. Emily Burke was named to the Sacramento State Invitational All-Tournament team. Niki Clement and Kelly Crow were named to the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team. Colleen Burke was named the WAC All-Tournament team.

EMILY BURKE HONORED BY WAC: Emily Burke was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 1-7. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor for Burke.

She tallied 146 assists, 33 digs and 21 kills over four matches that week. Burke averaged 10.43 assists and 2.36 digs per set. She was named to the Sacramento State Invitational All-Tournament Team after becoming the first setter in school history to record a triple-double in a match. Burke accomplished the feat against Saint Mary’s7 with 40 assists, 15 digs and a career-high 10 kills. She also hit .571 on the match. She added a double-double vs. Sacramento State, finishing with 48 assists and 11 digs.