Aztecs To Visit Wyoming, Colorado State This Week
Sept. 25, 2012
SDSU TO CONTINUE ROAD PLAY AT WYOMING AND COLROADO STATE
San Diego State will continue conference play on the road this week with a pair of matches. The trip begins with a contest in Laramie against the Wyoming Cowgirls on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:00p.m. (T) in the UniWyo Sports Complex. Two days later the Aztecs will be in For Collins, Colo., to take on Colorado State in a match set to get underway at 1:00 p.m. (MT) in Moby Arena.
The Aztecs' all-time record against Colorado State stands at 14-32 since the teams met in the second round of pool play at the 1980 AIAW Championships Regionals in Santa Barbara. The Rams have won the last 21 matches in a row against the Aztecs and 30 of the last 31 contests between the teams. SDSU's last victory in the series came in 2002 in San Diego. The Aztecs are 8-14 vs. the Rams at home, 5-16 away and 1-2 at neutral sites.
San Diego State holds a 31-11 lead in its series with Wyoming since the teams first met in 1984. More recently, the Aztecs are 9-9 vs. the Cowgirls since the 2003 season including a splitting a pair of matches last season. The Aztecs are 19-1 vs. the Cowgirls in San Diego, 10-10 in Laramie and 2-0 on neutral courts. SDSU's has won two of its last four matches on the Cowgirls' home floor.
HEAD COACH Deitre Collins-Parker
San Diego State head coach Deitre Collins-Parker enters her fourth season with the Aztecs after being named the fourth head coach in program history prior to the 2009 campaign. Her record at SDSU is 56-46 (.549). She previously served as head coach at UNLV for eight seasons (1996-2003) and at Cornell for five years (2004-2008). Her career record stands at 218-237 (.479). A three-time All-American as a player at the University of Hawai'i, she led the Rainbow Wahine to consecutive national titles (1983-84) and was named the national player of the year twice. She was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team and competed at the Goodwill Games and Pan Am Games prior to playing professionally in Europe for four years She is one of six players named to the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team in October 2005 and was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in the fall of 2008.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Wyoming comes into the week with a record of 11-4 (0-1 MW) after dropping its conference opener at New Mexico last Saturday. The Cowgirls are led by Jody Purdy (3.13 ills, 2.42 digs per set) and Camille Coffman (2.04 kills, 0.77 blocks per set). They have a pair of players averaging over a block per set as well in Erin Kirby (1.30) and Reese Plante (1.19). UW leads the league with a .128 opponent hitting percentage.
Colorado State's record stands at 7-5 (0-1 MW) with their most recent result a setback at New Mexico on Sept. 20 to open league play. Top players for the rams include Dana Cranston (3.13 kills, 2.04 digs per set) and Megan Plourde (2.74 kills, 1.68 blocks per set). The team average if 2.89 blocks per set leads the conference.
AMONG THE MW LEADERS
After the first four weekends of the season, several Aztecs ranks among the top 10 in various categories in the Mountain West statistics.
** Andrea Hannasch is ninth in hitting percentage (.316) and seventh in blocks (1.10/set).>br> ** Emily Harris is second in hitting percentage (.361) and fifth in blocks (1.22/set).
** Johnna Fouch is seventh is assists (5.98/set).
** Kristi Jackels is eighth in digs (3.43/set).
** In addition, as a team San Diego State ranks first in the Mountain West in hitting percentage (.251) and third in both kills (13.59/set) and third in assists (12.43/set).
MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Three current Aztecs moved into the top 10 on the SDSU career lists in various categories last season and should move up as the 2012 season progresses.
** Andrea Hannasch's three-year total of 407 block assists moves her into the number-four spot on the SDSU all-time list. The number-three position on the all-time Aztec list. The second spot is held by Martina Vitkova-Engels (1994-97) with 420 block assists.
** Kristi Jackels has compiled 1,540 digs during her time as an Aztec to rank third in that category. Jackie Mendez (1985-88) ranks second with 1,678 career digs.
** Setter Johnna Fouch's two-year mark if 2,734 assists place her sixth. The fifth spot is held by Liane Sato (1985-86) with 2,773 assists.
Andrea Hannasch's 11 digs at Nevada were a season best for the senior middle blocker ... Setter Chloe Mathis recoded her second double-double of the year with 11 assists and 13 digs at Nevada on Sept. 22 ... Freshman Kaja Sandberg made her Aztec debut in the match vs. Brown on Sept. 15, averaging 1.00 kill and 1.00 block per set in the three-set contest ... Michelle Waber turned in a career-best seven blocks in the win over Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 14 ... Andrea Hannasch had a season-high three service aces vs. Oregon State on Sept. 15 ... Defensive specialist Kyla Oropeza turned in a career-high 11 digs in the win over Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 14. She averaged 1.63 digs per set during the Fullerton Classic ... Christie Ring's nine digs in the won over Brown on Sept. 15was her best as an Aztec ... Freshman setter Tanna Aljoe saw her most significant action of the season during the final three matches at the Fullerton Classic (Sept. 14-15). Over 10 sets she averaged 5.4 assists and 1.50 digs per set.
San Diego State returns home next week for a pair of Mountain West contests. On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Aztecs will host conference newcomer Fresno State at 7:00 p.m. on Aztec Court in Peterson Gym. SDSU will then face UNLV on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1:00 p.m. in a match that will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.