The Aztecs will host Fresno State and San Jose State in conference action this week.
Sept. 30, 2013
Complete Release and Season Statistics AZTECS CONTINUE HOME STAND WITH PAIR OF CONFERENCE MATCHES THIS WEEK
San Diego State will continue its current three-match home stand with a pair of Mountain West matches this week. On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Aztecs will host Fresno State for a contest at 7:00 p.m. on Aztec Court in Peterson Gym. Two days later (Saturday, Oct. 5), San Jose State will visit Aztec Court for a match slated to get underway at 7:00 p.m. Both of this week's contests will be broadcast live on the Mountain Digital Network and may be accessed for the Aztec or Mountain West web site.
San Diego State's all-time record vs. Fresno State is 25-9 since the team's first faced each other during the 1980 season. SDSU won both matches between the school's last season, winning in five sets in Fresno and playing a four-set match in San Diego. The Aztecs are 12-3 vs. FSU in San Diego, 6-6 in Fresno and 6-0 in matches on neutral courts.
The Aztecs have a mark of 15-7 against San Jose State in a series that dates back to 1977. The teams last met in 2009 at The Invitational in Seattle and prior to that had not squared off since the 1998 campaign. SDSU has a record of 8-2 vs. the Spartans in San Diego, 4-5 in San Jose and 3-0 on neutral courts.
WABER COMING ON
Michelle Waber has led the Aztecs in kills in each of the past three matches. She notched 12 kills in the three-set victory over Nevada last Saturday. She also had 11 over three sets vs. University of San Diego (Sept. 17) and had 15 in four sets at UNLV (Sept. 21). Over the last three contests she has averaged 3.80 kills per set.
NASH LEADS OFFENSE
Senior Summer Nash continues to be the Aztecs' kill leader with a season average of 3.64 per set. She recorded eight vs. Nevada last Saturday and also had her highest hitting percentage of the season (.308). She tied her career high in kills for the second time this season with 21 in the match vs. Northeastern on Sept. 14. She also leads the squad in service aces with her average of 0.27 per set.
FOUCH SETTING IT UP
Senior setter Johnna Fouch turned in a double-double at UNLV on Sept. 21 (45 assist-13 digs) to give her seven in SDSU's first 11 matches. During the NAU Fiesta Bowl Classic the weekend of Sept. 6-7, her 54 assists vs. Idaho established a tournament record for assists in a three-set match.
HARRIS ON THE ATTACK
Middle blocker Emily Harris tops the team in hitting percentage with a mark of .366 after 12 matches. She recorded a season-high .636 attack percentage in last Saturday's contests against Nevada. She has finished with a percentage of .300 or better in nine of the team's 12 contests this season.
LITTLE SEES MORE TIME
Freshman Baylee Little has started four of the Aztecs' past six matches in place of the injured Raegan Shelton. She appeared in the final set against Nevada last Saturday and recorded the match-winning kill. She is the only one of SDSU's six newcomers to have seen action during the opening three weekends of the season.
SHELTON STILL OUT
Senior outside hitter, a preseason all-conference selection, is expected to miss the next two-three 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.
FOUCH MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Setter Johnna Fouch's three-plus year mark of 4.016 assists places her third on the SDSU career list. The top spot is held Andrea Clark (1994-97) with 4,916. Fouch ranks 12th on the Mountain West career assist list and needs just 40 assists to break into the top 10. Her 40 career double-doubles in the most among active players in the Mountain West and is fifth on the all-time conference list.
AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
Five Aztecs ranks among the top 10 in the Mountain West this week in various categories. Summer Nash ranks third in both kills (3.46 per set) and points (4.21 per set). Emily Harris is sixth in hitting percentage at .366. Setter Johnna Fouch stands third in assist average at 10.91 per set. Libero Courtney Vaccarello ranks fourth in digs with an average of 3.87 per set. Michelle Waber is seventh in kill average at 3.28 per set.
The Aztecs have been involved in four five-set matches this season and have a mark of 1-3 in those contests. Last year they went 7-3 in five-set contests ... Setter Chloe Mathis played all three sets vs. Nevada last Saturday as she shared playing time with starter Johnna Fouch. Mathis ended the contest with 12 assists, a kill, three digs and a service ace ... Justin Ricigliano is averaging over two kills (2.05) per set in the past five contests ... Defensive specialist Christie Ring has averaged just under two digs (1.94) per set over SDSU's last five matches ... Halle Aiken had a season-high two blocks against Nevada last Saturday ... Kaja Sandberg had six total blocks at UNLV on Sept. 21. She notched her career best with seven at LSU on Aug. 31 and is now averaging just under one (0.96) per set on the season. She leads the team in solo blocks with three and is now averaging 1.00 per set this season ... Three players have started all 11 matches for the Aztecs this fall: Johnna Fouch, Emily Harris and Chaiymin Steel ... Courtney Vaccarello turned in her second-best dig total in match this season with 20 at UNLV on Sept. 21 ... Chaiymin Steel has recorded at least one block in each of the team's 12 matches this season ... SDSU has won 20 of its last 21 home matches dating back to the 2011 season.
San Diego State will resume road action with a pair of conference contests last week. On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Aztecs will be in New Mexico to face the Lobos at 7:00 p.m. (MT). Two days later (Saturday, Oct. 12), SDSU will visit Colorado Springs to play Air Force at 6:00 p.m. (MT).