Volleyball Heads to New York

Sept. 11, 2000

The San Diego State volleyball team will compete in its second consecutive weekend of road tournament action when it travels to the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend. In addition to the host team and SDSU, other team participants include Kent State and Northeastern. The Aztecs will pen with Northeastern on Friday at 4 p.m., then continue play on Saturday with Kent State at 10 a.m. and Cornell at 7 p.m. Following the Cornell game, the Aztecs will return home on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to take on UC Riverside at 7 p.m. in Peterson Gym.

San Diego State is 1-0 vs. Kent State, having defeated the Golden Flashes (3-2) in their only previous meeting in 1997 at Kent State's tournament. The Aztecs are also 1-0 against Northeastern with the win coming at the Hofstra Tournament during the 1992 season. The game vs. Cornell will be the first meeting between the schools. SDSU holds a 6-1 edge over UC Riverside, but the Aztecs and Highlanders have not faced each other since 1992.

Kent State - Begins the week with a record of 2-5, winning two of its last three matches at last weekend's Valpo Popcorn Classic at Valparaiso. In addition to the host school, the Golden Flashes also recorded a win over Dartmouth sandwiched around a loss to Western Kentucky. Leading the way for Kent State is freshman middle blocker Jennifer Dreyer with a .283 hitting percentage. Outside Hitter Sarah Kutschinski has recorded a team-high 105 kills (4.40 kpg average) and is hitting .232. Dreyer was named to the all-tournament team at the Valpo Popcorn Classic after averaging 3.53 kpg and a hitting percentage of .459.
Northeastern - The Huskies (0-6) have found the going tough early in the season. Most recently they competed in their own New England Challenge, losing to Purdue, Lamar and Southwest Missouri. The team's leading hitter is Lindsay Wagner (.159) followed by Kristin Deatherage (.152). Two projected senior starters, middle blocker Adrianna DiGregorio and outside hitter Carolyn Powell, have not played yet this fall due to injuries.
Cornell - The Big Red has gotten off to a fast start this season, winning each of its first four matches. Last weekend they won the Stetson Invitational by defeating host school Duquesne as well as Georgia Southern and Wofford. Freshman outside hitter Deborah Quibell is the team's top hitter with a .270 percentage followed closely by senior Jennifer Borncamp (2.64). Middle blocker Robin Moore leads Cornell in kills with 51 (3.40 kpg). Borncamp and blocker Ashley Stover were named to the all-tournament team at the Stetson Invitational.
UC Riverside - This is the Highlanders' first season competing in NCAA Division I. UCR is off to a 1-4 start, recording its first win of the season over CSU Fullerton last weekend at the Fresno State Invitational. Freshman middle blocker Rosanna Parizek leads the team in hitting with a .168 percentage. Another freshman, outside hitter Pam Hartman, is the team's kills leader with 41. The Aztecs and Highlanders have one common opponent this season in St. Mary's College. UCR fell to the Gaels 3-0 in their season opener while SDSU defeated St. Mary's 3-1 in Portland last weekend.

San Diego State returned from the Nike Conference Challenge in Portland with two wins and two defeats. On Friday the Aztecs got their first two victories of the season, defeating St. Mary's (15-4, 15-6, 11-15, 16-14) and Portland State (15-10, 15-5, 15-12). Saturday was a different story as they fell to Oregon State (16-14, 10-15, 9-15, 7-15) and Idaho (17-15, 15-13, 15-11). Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Akporiaye was named to the all-tournament team after hitting .383 in the four matches and leading the Aztecs with 40 kills.


* Freshman Zlatina Anguelova continues to impress in her first year of collegiate competition. She had 39 kills during the four matches at the Nike Conference Challenge, just one behind Nicole Akporiaye. She had double figures in kills in three of SDSU's four matches.

* Senior middle blocker Erin Grady had 31 block assists in the four matches (10 games in which she played) this past weekend. Her best match was a 15 block-assist performance in the final match vs. Idaho.

* The Aztecs used four different starting lineups over the weekend. Melissa Wright, Erin Grady and Zlatina Anguelova were the only three players to start each match.

* Erin Grady has accumulated 40 block assists through SDSU's first eight matches. Her career total entering this season was 18. She is on pace to record 160 this season, a number which would rank second on the single-season list.

* As a team, SDSU ranks in the upper half of the conference in several statistical categories, ranking fourth in assists (13.35/game), blocks (2.50/game), kills (15.12/game) and digs (13.08 per game).

* Individually, senior Erin Grady leads the conference in blocks with an average of 1.95 per game. In addition, setter Melissa Wright is fourth in the MWC with an average of 12.08 assists/game.

* Other individual leaders are Nicole Akporiaye who's top on the team with 2.88 kills per game...Senior Monet Solberg is at 2.73 kills per game although she has played in only 11 of SDSU's 26 games...Freshman Zlatina Anguelova is two kills off the team lead with 67 compared to Akporiaye's 69...Anguelova, an outside hitter, leads the team in digs with 2.20 per contest and is second on the team in total blocks (37)...Jessica is the only Aztec to have played in all 26 games this fall...She leads the squad in service aces.

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