Summer Nash is among the conference leaders in kills, servce aces and points.
Sep 4, 2013
Complete Release and Season Statistics
AZTECS SET FOR NAU TOURNEY
San Diego State continues tournament play on the road this weekend as it visits Flagstaff, Ariz., for the NAU Fiesta Bowl Tournament. The Aztecs first match of the tourney will be against host Northern Arizona on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the J.C. Rolle Activity Center. The other tourney participants include Cal State Northridge and Idaho, both of which SDSU will face on Saturday. The complete tourney schedule is as follows (start times are Pacific time):
Friday, September 6
CSU Northridge vs. Idaho...............4:00 p.m.
San Diego State vs. Northern Arizona...7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 7
Idaho vs. Northern Arizona............10:00 a.m.
San Diego State vs. CSU Northridge.....1:30 p.m.
San Diego State vs. Idaho..............4:00 p.m.
CSU Northridge vs. Northern Arizona....7:00 p.m.
*** San Diego State's record against Northern Arizona stands at 3-0 although teams haven't met since the 1999 season. The first meeting in the series was a 3-0 SDSU win in Flagstaff in 1993. The other two contests included a 3-0 Aztec victory in San Diego in1995 and a five-set SDSU win at home in 1999.
*** The Aztecs' are 11-2 vs. Cal State Northridge since the team's first met during the 1985 campaign. SDSU has won eight of the last nine matches vs. the Matadors dating back to the 1993 season. The most recent contest between the schools came in San Diego in 2011 with the Aztec claiming a 3-0 win.
*** SDSU has an all-time record of 2-1 vs. Idaho. SDSU defeated the Vandals (3-1) in Moscow, Idaho in 1993 then fell to Idaho (3-2) at the 2000 Nike Conference Challenge in Portland, Ore. the Aztecs captured a 3-2 win over the Vandals last season at the Hawai'i Verizon Challenge in Honolulu.
HEAD COACH Deitre Collins-Parker
San Diego State head coach Deitre Collins-Parker is in her fifth season with the Aztecs after being named the fourth head coach in program history prior to the 2009 campaign. Her four-plus year record at SDSU is 73-50 (.593). She previously served as head coach at UNLV for eight seasons (1996-2003) and at Cornell for five years (2004-2008). Her 17-plus year career record stands at 235-241 (.494).
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Northern Arizona is 3-0 after winning the Tribe Invitational at William & Mary last weekend and sweeping all three of its matches there by 3-0 scores. The Lumberjacks are led by Jana Vander Ploeg (3.78 kps, 3.56 dps) and Addy Lofstedt (3.44 kps, 2.11 dps). NAU is hitting .316 as a team and averaging 2.11 blocks per set after its opening three matches.
Cal State Northridge is also off to a 3-0 star after capturing the title at the Bulldog Invitational in Fresno last weekend. Natalie Allen leads the Matadors with an average of 3.77 kps. Three players average more than a block per set including Casey Hinger (1.31), Sydney Gedryn (1.23) and Sam Kaul (1.15).
Idaho is 3-1 after a second-place finish at last weekend's UniWyo Invitational in Laramie. Alyssa Schultz is the team leader in kills and blocks at 3.38 and 1.50 per set respectively. Teammate Taylor Wilkinson averages 1.12 blocks per set for a team that records 2.81 per set.
Three Aztecs were named to the all-tournament team at last weekend's Tiger Classic at LSU. that trio included setter Johnna Fouch along with outside hitters Summer Nash and Raegan Shelton. Fouch averaged 11.21 assists and 2.64 digs per set over her team's three matches and also hit .409 with 11 kills. Nash ended the weekend with marks of 3.83 kills and 2.00 digs per set and led the Aztecs with five service aces while Shelton averaged 3.23 kills per set.
NASH STARTS STRONG
Senior Summer Nash got her season off to a strong start as she recorded 18 kills and a career high 25.0 points in the opener against UC Davis. She then tied her career best in kills (21) and set a new personal high in digs (16) in the contest against Texas-San Antonio.
FOUCH ON THE OFFENSIVE
Setter Johnna Fouch, the preseason Mountain West Player of the Year, went on the offensive in that match against Texas-San Antonio. The senior from Riverside, Calif., recorded a career high eight kills on 12 attempts with no errors for a .667 hitting percentage in the match. She also had three service aces and a pair of block assists vs. the Roadrunners to establish a career best with 12.0 points in the contest.
Michelle Waber opened the season with eight kills and a .375 attack percentage in three sets of action against UC Davis on Aug. 30. She was held out of the Texas-San Antonio contest on Aug. 31 before appearing in four of the five sets in the loss to LSU that same day. Against the Tigers she registered 14 kills with one block and a dig.
Freshman Baylee Little was the only one of SDSU's six newcomers to see action during the opening weekend of the season. Little appeared in two sets against UC Davis last Friday (Aug. 30) and finished with a pair of kills, a service and a solo block to account for 4.0 points.
Four of San Diego State's defensive specialists recorded career highs in digs during last weekend's tournament at LSU. Senior libero Courtney Vaccarello had 25 digs in the contest against LSU on Aug. 31. Defensive specialists Justine Ricigliano and Kyla Oropeza each notched personal bests in that same with 13 digs. It marked the second time that Oropeza had 13 digs in a match during her time as an Aztec. Ricigliano also marked a career best with four service aces vs. the Tigers. Christie Ring established her career high with 13 digs in the opener vs. UC Davis and also set a personal best of four assists against Texas-San Antonio.
FOUCH MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Setter Johnna Fouch's three-plus year mark of 3,671 assists places her third on the SDSU career list. The second spot is held by Melissa Wright (2000-02) with 3,865. Fouch ranks 16th on the Mountain West career assist list and needs just 286 assists to break into the top 10. Her 35 career double-doubles in the most among active players in the Mountain West and is 10th on the all-time conference list.
AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
Four Aztecs ranks among the top 10 in the Mountain West this week in various categories. Summer Nash ranks second in kill average (3.83 per set), seventh in service aces (0.42 per set) and third in points (4.58 per set). Emily Harris is eighth in hitting percentage at .349. Setter Johnna Fouch stands third in assist average at 11.21 per set. Libero Courtney Vaccarello ranks eighth in digs with an average of 4.14 per set.
Next weekend San Diego State will open the home portion if its schedule as its hosts the annual Holiday Inn Mission Valley Aztec Invitational on Aztec Court in Peterson Gym. Other participants include Harvard, Northeastern, San Francisco and Southern Methodist. The tourney is not a complete round robin event with the Aztecs not facing SMU during the weekend. SDSU will open play on Friday, Sept. 13, with a contest against Harvard at 5:00 p.m. The Aztecs will also be in action on Saturday (Sept. 14) with matches against Northeastern (at noon) and San Francisco (7:30 p.m.).