Aztecs Look To Secure MW Ttle Vs. Nevada Tuesday
Nov. 19, 2012
After a pair of wins last week, one at home and one on the road, San Diego State will conclude its 2012 regular season at home this week. SDSU will host Mountain West foe Nevada on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7:00 p.m. on Aztec Court in Peterson Gym. A win against the Wolf Pack will give the Aztecs a share of the conference championship for the first time since entering the Mountain West in 1999.
MW TITLE, NCAA TOURNEY
SDSU enters the week tied with Colorado State atop the league standings with a record of 12-3 in the Mountain West. The Rams host New Mexico on Friday in their regular-season finale. Should the Aztecs and Rams tie, Colorado State would win the tiebreaker between the teams and receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tiebreaker, after head-to-head record, is each team's set record in conference play. The selection show for the 2012 NCAA women's volleyball tournament is on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1:00 p.m. (PT) on ESPNU.
San Diego State has won its last 11 straight matches and 13 of its last 14. SDSU's last loss came at Boise State on Oct. 11. The 11-match winning streak is the Aztecs' longest since the 1995 campaign when they won 12 in a row. That year SDSU finished with a record of 27-5 overall and 13-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. The last season in which San Diego State won as many as 20 matches was 2002 when it finished with a record of 22-12. They enter the week with a record of 22-7. The last time the Aztecs won as many as 23 matches in a season was in1995 when it recorded 27 victories.
San Diego State all-time record vs. Nevada is 1-1. Earlier this season the Wolf Pack defeated the Aztecs in five sets in Reno to record their lone Mountain West win of the year. The Aztecs' victory in the series came in three sets during the 2011 Aztec Invitational in San Diego.
HANNASCH LEADS OFFENSE
Andrea Hannasch has averaged 4.00 kills, 1.69 digs and 4.46 points per set while hitting .362 over the Aztecs' last four matches. She has reached double figures in kills in eight of SDSU's last nine contests and 14 of the last 16. Hannasch is one of two Aztecs (along with Emily Harris) to have recorded at least one block in every match this season.
FOUCH'S BEST EFFORTS
Setter Johnna Fouch recorded her ninth and 10th double-doubles of the season in last week's two Aztec victories. She recorded 44 assists and 10 digs against No. 18 San Diego followed by 39 assists and 10 digs at New Mexico. She has notched double-doubles in six of SDSU's last seven matches. Over the past seven matches Fouch is averaging 3.04 digs per set.
HARRIS ON THE BLOCK
Emily Harris has emerged as the team's leading blocker averaging 1.34 per set. Over SDSU's last four matches she is averaging 1.77 blocks per set. With 146 blocks in 2012 assists she ranks fourth on the SDSU top 10 list for block assists in a season.
SHELTON ON THE OFFENSIVE
Raegan Shelton tuned in a personal season-best .412 hitting percentage while leading the Aztecs with 17 kills in the win over No. 18 San Diego on Nov. 14. Over the Aztecs' last four matches she is averaging 3.46 kills per set while hitting .333. In league matches she ranks eighth in kills at 3.24 kills per set and is also ninth with a mark of 3.69 points per set.
AMONG THE MW LEADERS
Several Aztecs ranks among the top 10 in various categories in the Mountain West statistics:
*** Emily Harris is fifth in hitting percentage (.321) and third in blocks (1.34/set).
*** Andrea Hannasch is eighth in blocks (1.03/set), seventh in hitting percentage (.297) and eighth in points (3.69/set).
*** Johnna Fouch is fifth is assists (9.10/set).
*** Kristi Jackels is seventh in digs (4.02/set).
*** Raegan Shelton is ninth in kills (3.08/set).
*** Summer Nash is 10th in kills (3.01/set).
*** As a team, SDSU ranks first in the Mountain West in kills (14.09/set) and is second in hitting percentage (.233), assists (13.02/set) and digs (15.24/.set).
The Aztecs have lost back-to-back matches only once this season ... The team's .396 hitting percentage in the victory over Air Force on Nov. 8 was its second-highest of the 2012 campaign ... The Aztecs are hitting .303 as a team and holding opponents to a .169 hitting percentage over their last five matches ... Chaiymin Steel averaged 1.00 blocks per set in SDSU's wins over No. 18 San Diego and New Mexico last week ... Setter Johnna Fouch (assists-digs) has recorded 10 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 and Andrea Hannasch have 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 starting libero for every match in 2012. They are the only three Aztecs to appear in all 115 sets in 2012.