Libero Courtney Vaccarello was named to the all-tourney team at last weekend's NAU Fiesta Bowl Tournament.
Sept. 10, 2013
Complete Release and Season Statistics AZTECS OPENS HOME SLATE WITH AZTEC INVITATIONAL
San Diego State makes it 2013 home debut this weekend as it hosts the annual Holiday Inn Mission Valley Aztec Invitational. The Aztecs' first match of the tourney will be against Harvard on Friday, Sept. 13, at 5:00 p.m. on Aztec Court in Peterson Gym. SDSU will also face Northeastern and San Francisco on Saturday (Sept. 14) at noon and 7:30 p.m. respectively. SMU will also participate in the tournament, but will not face San Diego State. The complete tourney schedule is as follows (start times are Pacific time):
Friday, September 13
SMU vs. San Francisco..............3:00 p.m.
Harvard vs. San Diego State........5:00 p.m.
Northeastern vs. San Francisco.....7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 15
SMU vs. Harvard...................10:00 a.m.
Northeastern vs. San Diego State..12:00 p.m.
Harvard vs. San Francisco..........2:00 p.m.
Northeastern vs. SMU...............5:30 p.m.
San Francisco vs. San Diego State..7:30 p.m.
San Diego State's record against Harvard stands at 1-0 with the lone meeting between the teams coming during the 2003 season in San Diego. That match was won by the Aztecs in three sets.
The Aztecs' are 2-0 vs. Northeastern with both matches finishing in 3-0 wins for SDSU at neutral sites. Those contests came at the Hofstra Tournament in 1992 and the Cornell Tournament in 2000.
SDSU has an all-time record of 5-1 vs. San Francisco. The most recent meeting between the Aztecs and Dons came in 2009 with SDSU claiming a 3-1 win at USF. The Dons' lone win in the series came in 2004 at a tournament in Hawaii.
VACCARELLO ALL-TOURNEY AT NAU
Libero Courtney Vaccarello was named to the all-tournament team at last weekend's Fiesta Bowl Tournament at Northern Arizona. The senior from San Jose, Calif., averaged 4.36 digs per set and also contributed eight assists and a service ace over the Aztecs' three matches.
AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS
As a team, San Diego State ranks fourth in the nation in kills with an average of 15.04 kills per set. The Aztecs are also third in the country in team assists average at 14.32 assists per set. Individually, setter Johnna Fouch ranks 17th in the nation in assists with an average of 11.54 per set.
NASH STARTS STRONG
Senior Summer Nash continued her good start to the season as she finished in double figures in kills in each of SDSU's three matches last weekends. Over the three matches at the NAU tournament, she averaged 4.00 kills per set along with 2.27 digs per set. She tied her career best for the second time this season with three service aces in the win over Idaho.
FOUCH ON THE OFFENSIVE
During last weekend's tournament at Northern Arizona, Johnna Fouch averaged 12.00 assists and 3.40 digs per set. She turned in double-doubles against both Cal State Northridge (41 assist-14 digs) and Idaho (54 assists, 12 digs) to give her four in SDSU's first six matches. Her 54 assists vs. Idaho established a tournament record for assists in a three-set match. Fouch now has a career total of 37 double-doubles to rank ninth on the Mountain West career list.
WABER COMING ON
Michelle Waber averaged 3.18 kills per set during last weekend's tournament in Arizona, the second-best average for the weekend among the Aztecs. Included in that number was a season-high 16 kills in the three-set win over Idaho.
HARRIS ON THE ATTACK
Middle blocker Emily Harris tops the team in hitting percentage with a mark of .362 after six matches. She has finished with a percentage of .321 or better in four of the team's matches this season. Harris set a career high with a .524 attack percentage (11 kills-0 errors-21 attempts) against Cal State Northridge last Saturday (Sept. 7).
FOUCH MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Setter Johnna Fouch's three-plus year mark of 3,791 assists places her third on the SDSU career list. The second spot is held by Melissa Wright (2000-02) with 3,865. Fouch ranks 13th on the Mountain West career assist list and needs just 265 assists to break into the top 10. Her 37 career double-doubles in the most among active players in the Mountain West and is ninth 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 (3.91 per set), ninth in service aces (0.39 per set) and second in points (4.59 per set). Emily Harris is eighth in hitting percentage at .362. Setter Johnna Fouch stands second in assist average at 11.54 per set. Libero Courtney Vaccarello ranks fourth in digs with an average of 4.24 per set.
The Aztecs have won their last 17 straight home matches in Peterson Gym going back to the 2011 campaign. Their last loss came on Oct. 30, 2011, when they fell to Colorado State in three sets.