Volleyball Faces More Nationally-Ranked Competition
Sept. 4, 2000
After opening its season with four home matches, including a meeting with 8th-ranked Pepperdine on Tuesday of this week (Sept. 5), the Aztec women's volleyball team heads north to participate in the Nike Conference Challenge at Portland State. It will be the first of two consecutive road tournaments for the Aztecs, who will play in the Cornell Invitational September 15-16.
SDSU will play two matches each day in Portland:
Sept. 8 St. Mary's 3:00 p.m. Sept. 8 Portland State 8:00 p.m. Sept. 9 Oregon State 12:30 p.m. Sept. 9 Idaho 5:30 p.m.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Portland State - The Vikings (0-4) dropped the four matches they played last weekend at the Comcast Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. During that event, they faced Washington, Stanford, New Mexico and Drake. Stacy Ball leads the team with 28 kills while Nicole Gels has added 24. Ball was named to the all-tournament team after leading Portland State in kills, blocks and total attacks. The Vikings are a young team, with 10 of its 12 players either freshmen or sophomores.
Oregon State - The Beavers are a perfect 3-0 after winning the title at their own Showcase Tournament. They defeated Western Illinois (3-0), Stetson (3-0) and Boise State (3-1) to capture the tourney crown. Michele Solomon was named the tournament MVP after hitting .444 in the title game. Setter Brandi Bonnarens and middle blocker Gina Schmidt also garnered all-tournament honors.
Idaho - The Vandals (2-1) finished second at the Heritage Classic at Iowa State this past weekend. They defeated North Carolina-Greensboro and Iowa State by 3-0 margins, then narrowly lost to Creighton (3-2) in the tourney final. Sisters Heather (4.09 kpg) and Jenny Kniss (2.91 kpg) lead the Vandals, who are hitting .259 as a team.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW:
McPartland and senior Erin Grady share the team lead in blocks with six apiece.
Melissa Wright, a sophomore transfer from Washington State, has moved into the starting setter role for the Aztecs. She averaged 11.5 assists per contest in her eight games over the weekend.
Senior Monet Solberg made the most of her playing time this past weekend. In the four games in which she played, she averaged 3.5 kills per contest with a .227 hitting percentage.