Libero Courtney Vaccarello and the SDSU volleyball team will host Air Force and New Mexico on Aztec Court this week.
Oct. 29, 2013
Complete Release & Season statistics AZTECS HOST AIR FORCE & NEW MEXICO IN CONFERENCE ACTION
San Diego State returns home this week for a pair of Mountain West Conference matches. On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Aztecs will host league foe Air Force at 7:00 p.m. (PT) on Aztec Court in Peterson Gym. Two days later (Saturday, Nov. 2), SDSU faces New Mexico at noon on Aztec Court. Both of this week's matches will have live streaming video at GoAztecs.com.
San Diego State holds a 32-2 mark in its previous 34 meetings with Air Force including wins in each of the past six meetings after winning a four-set match in Colorado Springs in mid-October. 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, 14-2 in Colorado Springs and 1-0 at neutral sites.
The Aztecs' all-time record vs. New Mexico stands at 32-19 since the teams first met during the 1991 season. SDSU has won five of the last seven contests against the Lobos dating back to the 2010 season although UNM was victorious in five sets when the teams met earlier this season in Albuquerque. 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 16-8 mark against the Lobos in San Diego, 11-11 in Albuquerque and 5-0 on neutral courts.
NASH LEADS THE OFFENSE
In last week's two matches, senior Summer Nash averaged 4.20 kills per set. She set a career-high with a .706 hitting percentage in the win at Boise State (Oct. 26) with 12 kills and no errors on 17 attempts. Nash is just coming back to full speed after missing both of the Aztecs' matches during the week of Oct. 7-12 (at New Mexico and at Air Force) due to injury. She notched 10 kills, three blocks and five digs in her return vs. Wyoming on Oct.17. She leads the team in kills at 3.51 per set and in points at 3.02 per set.
Senior outside hitter Raegan Shelton made her return from a prolonged spell on the sidelines due to injury when she appeared in the final set against Wyoming on Oct. 17, registering a kill and three digs. She made her full return as a starter in the ensuing contest vs. Colorado state (Oct. 19). In that match she led the Aztecs with 11 kills and also had a block and three digs. In her most recent action she recorded 10 kills and two blocks in the three-set win at Boise State on Oct. 26.
HARRIS ON THE ATTACK
Middle blocker Emily Harris tops the team in hitting percentage with a mark of .346. Her .331 career hitting percentage ranks fifth on the SDSU career list heading into this week's matches. She led the match at Utah State (Oct. 24) with 11 kills). Her .611 hitting percentage in that contest was her second-highest of the season. Harris recorded a season-high .636 attack percentage vs. Nevada on Sept. 28.
WABER SOLID UP FRONT
Michelle Waber had 10 kills over the three sets at Utah State (Oct. 24), reaching double figures in that category for the third time in four matches. In the absence of Summer Nash due to injury (Oct. 10-12), Waber led the Aztecs with 16 kills in each match that week (at New Mexico and at Air Force).
RICIGLIANO DIGS IT
Justin Ricigliano has averaged 3.33 digs during last week's matches at Utah State and Boise State. Making her first start at the libero position, she recorded a career-high 24 digs in the four-set win at Air Force on Oct. 12. Her previous personal best of 13 digs was set earlier this season in a five-set match at Louisiana State on Aug. 31. Ricigliano also turned in a career-high four assists in the win at Air Force.
FOUCH MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Setter Johnna Fouch's three-plus year mark of 4,229 assists places her third on the SDSU career list. The top spot is held Andrea Clark (1994-97) with 4,916. Fouch ranks eighth on the Mountain West career assist list and needs 31 assists to move into the No. 7 spot. Her 42 career double-doubles is the most among active players in the Mountain West and is fourth on the all-time conference list.
AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
Six Aztecs ranks among the top 10 in the Mountain West overall stats this week in various categories.
* Summer Nash ranks fifth in points (4.02 per set) and fifth in kills (3.51 per set).
* Emily Harris is seventh in hitting percentage at .346.
* Setter Johnna Fouch stands seventh in assist average at 9.41 per set.
* Libero Courtney Vaccarello ranks fifth in digs with an average of 3.84 per set.
* Michelle Waber is eighth in kill average at 3.08 per set.
* Kaja Sandberg ranks seventh in blocks with a mark of 1.14 per set.
San Diego State returns to road action next week for a pair of Mountain West Conference contests. On Thursday, Nov. 7, the Aztecs will visit San Jose State for a 7:00 p.m. match in Spartan Gym. Two days later (Saturday, Nov. 9), SDSU be at Fresno State for a match scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start at the Save Mart Center. Both of those contests will be shown live with streaming video on the Mountain Digital Network.