Volleyball To Visit UNLV & Fresno State
Oct. 30, 2012
San Diego returns to road action this week as it travels for a pair of important Mountain West contests. On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Aztecs will be in Las Vegas to take on UNLV at 7:00 p.m. at Cox Pavilion. Two days later (Saturday, Nov. 3) the Aztecs will be in Fresno, Calif., to face Fresno State at the Save Mart Center at 1:00 p.m. San Diego State (7-3 MW) enters the week in second place, trailing UNLV (7-2 MW) by a half-game and half-game ahead of Fresno State (6-3 MW).
The Aztecs' all-time record against UNLV stands at 22-14 since the teams first met during the 1985 campaign when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. San Diego State has won the last six of the last eight encounters between the teams including a five-set contest earlier this season on Aztec court. The Aztecs are 14-3 vs. UNLV at home, 8-9 in Las Vegas and 0-2 on neutral courts.
San Diego State has compiled a record of 23-9 against Fresno State in a series that began during the 1980 season. SDSU and FSU were members of the Big West from 1986-89 and the Western Athletic Conference from 1992-98. The Bulldogs had won the last five meetings between the schools before the Aztecs registered a five-set win in San Diego on Oct. 4. The Aztecs are 12-3 vs. Fresno State at home, 5-6 away and 6-0 on neutral courts.
WABER ON THE OFFENSIVE
Michelle Waber averaged 4.13 kills and 4.81 points per set in the wins over Colorado State and Wyoming last week. Her 18 kills against Wyoming (Oct. 27) was her second-highest output of the season. She totaled 21.0 points and had three service aces in that match to equal her personal season bests in each category.
HANNASCH LEADS OFFENSE
Andrea Hannasch recorded a season-high nine total blocks (1 unassisted, 8 assists) in the win over Wyoming last Saturday (Oct. 27). The eight assists tied her personal season high as well. She also recorded 12 kills in that match. Over SDSU's last eight matches, Hannasch has averaged 3.11 kills, 1.00 blocks and 1.60 digs per set. Her season average of 3.59 points per set leads the Aztecs.
FOUCH'S BEST EFFORTS
Setter Johnna Fouch recorded a season-high 57 assists in the over Wyoming on Oct. 27. She completed her fifth double-double of the year with 12 digs in that match as well. She set career-highs with six kills and 8.5 points in the three-set victory at UC Irvine on Oct. 16.
HARRIS ON THE BLOCK
Emily Harris has emerged as the team's leading blocker averaging 1.31 per set. With 119 blocks assists she is only seven away from cracking the SDSU top 10 list for block assists in a season. Over SDSU's last six matches she has averaged 1.49 blocks per set. She also recorded 1.60 kills per set over those six contests.
Raegan Shelton averaged 3.75 kills per set in SDSU's matches against Colorado State (Oct. 27) and vs. Wyoming (Oct. 27) last week. She has been in double figure in kills in each of the last eight matches and averaged 3.71 kills per set over that period. In league matches she ranks eighth at 3.36 kills per set and ninth with a mark of 3.90 points per set. Her five blocks in the contest vs. Wyoming (Oct. 27) was her career best in that category.
SDSU has won its last five matches (and seven of its last eight) to equal its longest win streak of the season ... The Aztecs have lost back-to-back matches only once this season ... The win over Colorado State on Oct. 25 ended a string of 22 straight losses to the Rams dating back to the 2002 season ... Defensive specialist Courtney Vaccarello has averaged 2.31 digs per set over the last three matches ... Kristi Jackels set her season high with 28 digs in the four-set win over Colorado State on Oct. 25 ... Setter Johnna Fouch (assists-digs) has recorded five double-doubles this season to lead the team. Outside hitter Michelle Waber (kills-digs) has three and Chloe Mathis (assists-digs) has two while Raegan Shelton has one (kills-digs) ... Andrea Hannasch and Emily Harris are the only two Aztecs to have started every match this season. Senior Kristi Jackels has also been the stating libero for every match in 2012. They are the only three Aztecs to appear in all 94 sets in 2012.