Volleyball Finishes 2014 At Nevada Tuesday Night

Nov. 24, 2014

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Tues., Nov. 25 Nevada Reno, Nev. 6:30 p.m. PST

SPARTANS TO PLAY FINAL MATCH OF 2014:  The San José State volleyball team play at Nevada Tuesday night in the team's final match of the 2014 season.  

MOUNTAIN WEST DIGITAL NETWORK:  This week's match will be streamed live on the Mountain West Digital Network at 

The Last Meeting
San Jose State0
October 28, 2014
San Jose, Calif.
Gama Hits .414 In Spartan Loss
Nandyala Gama hit a season-best .414 and had 15 kills for the Spartans in a 3-0 loss to Nevada Tuesday night.

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LIVE STATS: Live stats for the match are available on the San José State website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.

ABOUT NEVADA:  The Wolf Pack enter Tuesday night's match with a 7-20 overall record and a 4-13 mark in the Mountain West.  The team fell to Colorado State last Saturday (3-0) and at Wyoming last Wednesday (3-0).  Head coach Ruth Lawanson is in her fourth year at the school with an 20-93 record.  Tessa Lea'ea leads the team with 267 kills, 2.81 per set, and blocks with 105, 1.11 ps.

San José State has a 27-17 advantage in the all-time series.  Nevada won the earlier meeting, 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-23), on October 28.  Nandyala Gama hit a season-best .414  with a team-high 15 kills on 29 attempts and just three errors.  Gama was the only Spartan to have double-digit kills in the match.  Prior to the October meeting, the Spartans had won the past four contests dating back to the 2011 season.  The two teams needed five sets last year in San Jose before the Spartans won, while San José State swept the Wolf Pack in Reno.

 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.

FOUR-SET MATCHES IN MW PLAY:  In the 17 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 MOVING UP SINGLE-SEASON  DIG LIST:  Yavianliz Rosado moved up two spots last week on the San José State single-season top-10 list.  Rosado enters Tuesday night's match with 416 digs, good for eighth place.  She needs four digs to move into seventh and 13 for sixth place. Jessie Shull holds the San José State season record as she recorded 676 digs in 2006.


  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.  Carrie Nash 420 2004

  8. Yavianliz Rosado 416 2014

  9.  Kristal Tsukano 415 2007

10.  Kiely Pieper 408 2012

ROY LEADS THE HITTERS:  Tyanna Roy leads the team with 320 kills, 3.05 per set.  She has recorded double-digit kills in 14 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 416, 3.96 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 21 matches including 20 or more digs six times.  

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.

The Spartan servers came strong in the match with nine service aces.  McKenzie Palassou had three aces, while Sara Hibbs and Kiely Pieper each had two.

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 kills 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.