Aztecs Set To Face Boise State & Air Force On The Road
Oct. 9, 2012
After completing a successful two-match home stand with victories over Fresno State and UNLV, San Diego State returns to the road for a pair of Mountain West matches this week. The trip begins with a contest against Boise State on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m. (MT) in Bronco Gym in Boise, Idaho. Two days later (Saturday, Oct. 13) the Aztecs will square off against Air Force at 7:00 p.m. (MT) on Falcon Court in East Gym in Colorado Springs.
San Diego State holds a 29-2 mark in its previous 31 meetings with Air Force including a pair of 3-0 wins last season. The teams first met in 1996 while both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Air Force's wins over SDSU came in Colorado Springs in 1999 and 2010. The Aztecs are 16-0 vs. the Falcons in San Diego, 12-2 in Colorado Springs and 1-0 at neutral sites.
The Aztecs and Boise State have met just three times previously with SDSU winning on all three occasions. That includes a pair of three-set wins during the 2011 season, Boise's first in the Mountain West. The first meeting between the teams occurred at the Red Raider Classic in Lubbock, Texas, during the 2005 season with SDSU taking a three-set win.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Middle blocker Andrea Hannasch has earned Mountain West Women's Volleyball Player of the Week honors after leading the Aztecs to a 2-0 record in conference play last week with 3-2 wins over Fresno State and UNLV. In the win over Fresno State, Hannasch recorded 14 kills, nine digs and five blocks while amassing a .370 hitting percentage. Her 19 kills in the victory over UNLV were a season-best and one shy of her career-high. For the week, Hannasch averaged 3.30 kills, 1.70 digs and 1.00 blocks per set, while hitting .379. She averaged 4.00 points per set over 10 total sets.
Raegan Shelton led the Aztecs in kills in last week's matches vs. Fresno State and UNLV with 17 and 20 respectively as she averaged 3.70 kills/set over the two matches. Her 20 kills against UNLV was her season high and one shy of her SDSU career best. She also had a season-high 23.5 points vs. the Rebels, a total that tied her career high. Shelton has recorded at least one service ace in each of the last eight matches. Her five blocks in the contest marked vs. Wyoming (9/27) was her career best in that category.
FOUCH'S BEST EFFORTS
Johnna Fouch recorded personal season highs with 55 assists and 16 digs in the win over UNV on Oct. 7. It marked her third double-double effort of the 2012 campaign. She also had a career-high five service aces in that match vs. the Rebels. Her 6.5 points vs. UNLV was also her season high total. In the previous match vs. Fresno State she notched season bests with two kills and three block assists. v SMASH BY NASH
Junior outside hitter Summer Nash averaged 3.5 kills per set in the victories over Fresno State and UNLV last week. Her 20 kills against Fresno State was one shy of both her season and career highs. She matched her season and career bests with 22.0 points in that contest. She also tallied four block assists in each of last week's matches to equal her season best in that category. Nash has reached double figures in kills each of SDSU's last five outings and nine of the last 10. She leads the team in kills on the season with a mark of 3.07 per set.
HANASCH LEADS OFFENSE
Over SDSU's last four matches, Andrea Hannasch has averaged 3.22 kills, 1.06 blocks and 1.33 digs per set. Her average of 3.50 points per set leads the Aztecs. She had a season-high eight blocks assists at Wyoming on Sept. 29. Hannasch is one of two Aztecs (along with Emily Harris) to have recorded at least one block in every match this season. She had a season-high three service aces vs. Oregon State on Sept. 15.
HARRIS ON THE BLOCK
Emily Harris has emerged as the team's leading blocker averaging1.25 per set. She notched nine block assists in the victory over Fresno State on Oct. 4, a total that equaled her season best and was one shy of her career high. In last week's wins over Fresno State and UNLV she averaged 1.50 blocks per set. She also recorded seven kills in that match and hit .538.
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 426 block assists moves her into the number-two spot on the SDSU all-time list. The all-time leader is Jennifer Miller (1989-92) with 480 block assists.
***Kristi Jackels has compiled 1,613 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 mark of 2,883 career assists place her fifth. The fourth spot is held by Erin Tomblin (1988-89) with 3,144 assists.
Since dropping a contest to UCLA on Set. 8, the Aztecs had alternated winning and losing over 10 matches until last week's back-to-back victories ... Outside hitter Michelle Waber (kills-digs) and setter Johnna Fouch (assists-digs) have recorded three double-doubles (kills-digs) this season to lead the team. Chloe Mathis (assists-digs) has two while Raegan Shelton has one (kills-digs) ... Andrea Hannasch, Emily Harris and Summer Nash are the only three Aztecs to have started every match this season. Senior Kristi Jackels has also been the stating libero for every match in 2012 ... Courtney Vaccarello had a personal season-high seven digs in the win over UNLV on Oct. 7 ... Libero Kristi Jackels tied her personal season high with seven assists against UNLV on Oct. 7 ... 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.