Emily Harris leads the Mountain West in blocking at 1.64 per set in league matches.
Oct. 8, 2013
Complete Release and season Statistics AZTECS VISIT NEW MEXICO, AIR FORCE FOR CONFERENCE CONTESTS THIS WEEK
After concluding a successful three-match home stand, the San Diego State volleyball team will be back on the road for a pair of Mountain West matches this week. On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Aztecs will visit Albuquerque, N.M., for a contest against New Mexico at 7:00 p.m. (MT) in the Johnson Center. Two days later (Saturday, Oct. 12), SDSU will be in Colorado Springs for as match vs. Air Force scheduled to get underway 6:00 p.m. (MT) in the Cadets' East Gym.
San Diego State holds a 31-2 mark in its previous 33 meetings with Air Force including wins in each of the past five meetings. The teams first met in 1996 while both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Air Force's wins over SDSU came in Colorado Springs in 1999 and 2010. The Aztecs are 17-0 vs. the Falcons in San Diego, 13-2 in Colorado Springs and 1-0 at neutral sites.
The Aztecs' all-time record vs. New Mexico stands at 32-18 since the teams first met during the 1991 season. SDSU has won five of the last six contests against the Lobos dating back to the 2010 season. The series began in 1976 and the schools have met annually since 1990 when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. SDSU has a 11-10 mark against the Lobos in Albuquerque, 16-8 in San Diego and 5-0 on neutral courts.
NASH LEADS THE OFFENSE
Senior Summer Nash continues to be the Aztecs' kill leader with a season average of 3.65 per set. She averaged 3.71 kills in last week's contests against Fresno State and San Jose State. She led the team with 14 kills vs. the Bulldogs and added a dozen more against the Spartans.
Chaiymin Steel had arguable her best outing of the season in the win over San Jose State last Saturday. Over the three sets she recorded 13 kills with a season-high .478 hitting percentage. She also added three digs, a block and a service ace. For the weekend she averaged 3.00 kills per set. Steel has recorded at least one block in each of the team's 14 matches this season and is the lone Aztec to have done so.
WABER SOLID UP FRONT
Michelle Waber ended a string of eight straight matches in double figures in kills when she finished with nine in the three-set win over San Jose State last Saturday. Over the last five contests she has averaged 3.35 kills per set.
SANDBERG COMING ON
Sophomore Kaja Sandberg had a career-best six kills in the win over Fresno State on Oct. 3. She also set her Aztec high with a .667 hitting percentage in that match. Over the past four matches she has averaged 1.00 blocks per set and is second on the team in that category this season with a mark of 0.97 bps.
FOUCH SETTING IT UP
Senior setter Johnna Fouch has seen her assist average drop the past two weeks as the Aztecs have started using a two-setter rotation with Chloe Mathis sharing playing time at the position. Fouch is averaging 3.00 digs per set over the past three matches. She turned in a double-double at UNLV on Sept. 21 (45 assist-13 digs) to give her seven in SDSU's first 11 matches.
HARRIS ON THE ATTACK
Middle blocker Emily Harris tops the team in hitting percentage with a mark of .347 after 14 matches. She recorded a season-high .636 attack percentage in the contest against Nevada on Sept. 28. She has finished with a percentage of .300 or better in 10 of the team's 14 contests this season. Harris' eight block assists in the win over Fresno State was her season high as she average 1.71 blocks per set in last weekend's two matches. She leads the Mountain West in blocks in league matches with a mark of 1.64 per set.
FOUCH MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Setter Johnna Fouch's three-plus year mark of 4,066 assists places her third on the SDSU career list. The top spot is held Andrea Clark (1994-97) with 4,916. Fouch ranks 10th on the Mountain West career assist list and needs 108 assists to move into the No. 9 spot. Her 40 career double-doubles is 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 overall stats this week in various categories. Summer Nash ranks third in points (4.20 per set) and fourth in kills (3.65 per set). Emily Harris is 10th in hitting percentage at .347. Setter Johnna Fouch stands fourth in assist average at 10.42 per set. Libero Courtney Vaccarello ranks fourth in digs with an average of 3.83 per set. Michelle Waber is eighth in kill average at 3.19 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 has notched a season-high seven digs in each of SDSU's last two matches ... Justin Ricigliano is averaging over two digs (2.04) per set in the past seven contests ... Three players have started all 14 matches for the Aztecs this fall: Johnna Fouch, Emily Harris and Chaiymin Steel ... Courtney Vaccarello is averaging over four digs (4.14) per set over SDSU's last four matches ... SDSU has won 22 of its last 23 home matches dating back to the 2011 season ... The Aztecs lead the Mountain West in opponent hitting percentage in league contests with a .145 mark.
San Diego State will return home next week for a pair of Mountain West conference contests. On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Aztecs host Wyoming at 7:00 p.m. on Aztec Court. Two days later (Saturday, Oct. 19), SDSU will face league-leading No. 13 Colorado State at 7:00 p.m. on its home floor. Both of those contests will be broadcast live on the Mountain West digital network.