Chaiymin Steel and Bailey Little celebrate a point during last wekend's Aztec Invitational.
Sept. 17, 2013
Complete Release and Season Statistics AZTECS TO VISIT USD AND UNLV THIS WEEK
San Diego State begins the week with a short trip across town to face the University of San Diego on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Aztecs will then open Mountain West play as they visit Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 21, for a match against UNLV. That contest against the Rebels is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start at the UNLV's Cox Pavilion.
San Diego State's record against San Diego stands at 26-25 in the series that began during the 1977 season. The Toreros had won nine in a row against the Aztecs since 2004 until SDSU captured last season's match in four sets on Aztec Court. The Aztecs are 8-10 vs. San Diego at home, 8-12 at USD and 10-3 on neutral courts.
The Aztecs' all-time record against UNLV stands at 23-14 since the teams first met during the 1985 campaign when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. San Diego State has won eight of the last 10 encounters between the teams including a pair of victories during the 2012 campaign. The Aztecs are 15-3 vs. UNLV at home, 8-9 in Las Vegas and 0-2 on neutral courts.
AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS
As a team, San Diego State ranks 18th in the nation in both kills and assists with averages of 14.46 and 13.49 per set respectively. There are currently 328 schools competing in NCAA Division I volleyball. Individually, setter Johnna Fouch ranks 26th in the nation in assists with an average of 11.22 per set. Outside hitter Summer Nash ranks 45th in points (4.50) and 54th (3.89) in kills per set.
Summer Nash, Emily Harris and Michelle Waber earned all-tournament honors at last weekend's Aztec Invitational. Nash, who was also named the tourney MVP, averaged 3.83 kills and 1.67 digs per set over SDSU's three matches. Her kill average and mark of 4.33 points per set led all players. Harris, meanwhile, led all tourney players with an average of 1.42 blocks per set and also recorded 2.83 digs per set while hitting at a .429 clip. Waber had marks 3.42 kills and .50 blocks per set along with a .316 hitting percentage.
NASH STARTS STRONG
Senior Summer Nash continues to be the Aztecs' kill leader with a season average of 3.89 per set. She tied her career high in kills for the second time this season with 21 in the match vs. Northeastern last Saturday (Sept. 14). She also leads the squad in service aces with her average of 0.34 per set ranking sixth in the conference this week. She has recorded three double doubles this season (kills-digs).
FOUCH SETTING IT UP
During last weekend's Aztec Invitational tournament, Johnna Fouch averaged 10.58 assists and 2.42 digs per set. She turned in double-doubles against both Harvard (49 assist-12 digs) and Northeastern (43 assists, 10 digs) to give her six in SDSU's first nine matches.
WABER COMING ON
Michelle Waber averaged 3.42 kills per set during last weekend's Aztec Invitational, the second-best average among all participants. Included in that number was a season-high 18 kills in the four-set win over Harvard on Sept. 13. Her .467 hitting percentage (18 kills-4 errors-30 attempts) in that match was her season high.
HARRIS ON THE ATTACK
Middle blocker Emily Harris tops the team in hitting percentage with a mark of .382 after nine matches. She has finished with a percentage of .300 or better in seven of the team's nine matches this season. Harris set a season high with a .550 attack percentage (14 kills-3 errors-20 attempts) against Harvard last Friday (Sept. 13). She has been in double figures in kills in eight of SDSU's nine matches.
Senior outside hitter, a preseason all-conference selection, is expected to miss the next four-six weeks after suffering a broken finger during the NAU Fiesta Bowl Tournament over the weekend of Sept. 6-7. Shelton was averaging 3.14 kills, 0.81 digs and 0.19 blocks per set through SDSU's first five matches of the season.
LITTLE SEES MORE TIME
Freshman Baylee Little started all three of the Aztecs' matches during last weekend's Aztec Invitational in place of the injured Raegan Shelton. She is the only one of SDSU's six newcomers to have seen action during the opening three weekends of the season. She had her season high in digs with seven in the match vs. Harvard on Sept. 13. She also notched a personal best four block assists in the contests against both Northeastern and San Francisco.
FOUCH MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Setter Johnna Fouch's three-plus year mark of 3,918 assists places her third on the SDSU career list. The second spot is held by Melissa Wright (2000-02) with 3,865. Fouch ranks 12th on the Mountain West career assist list and needs just 138 assists to break into the top 10. Her 39 career double-doubles in the most among active players in the Mountain West and is fifth on the all-time conference list.