Volleyball Opens Conference Home Schedule
Sept. 26, 2000
After a Tuesday game at home with 20th-ranked Loyola Marymount, San Diego State (6-8, 0-2 MWC) opens the home portion of its 2000 Mountain West Conference schedule with a match against New Mexico on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in Peterson Gym. The next evening (Oct. 1) the Aztecs will be back in action as they host league foe Air Force, again at 7 p.m. in Peterson Gym.
The Aztecs hold a 5-1 advantage in their series with Air Force. The teams split last season's conference game with each side winning on its home floor. The other four meetings in the series came during the 1994 and 1995 seasons when the Aztecs won both home-and-aways each of those years.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Air Force (6-6, 0-1 MWC) will play at UNLV Friday evening before facing the Aztecs Saturday night. Air Force saw its four-match winning streak ended last weekend when the Falcons dropped their conference opener at New Mexico. The Falcons' top hitter is middle blocker Shaylor Billings, a senior from Fallbrook, Calif., who attended Fallbrook High. She is hitting .341 on the season and is averaging 3.67 kills per game and almost one block per contest. Senior outside hitter Ana-Marie Ortega is averaging 3.54 kills a game and leads the Falcons with 125 digs.
SDSU STAT LEADERS Total Avg Kills Zlatina Anguelova 122 Monet Solberg 2.85 kpg Assists Melissa Wright 510 M. Wright 10.85 apg Digs Zlatina Anguelova 104 Amy Hallquist 2.42 dpg Blocks Erin Grady 69 Erin Grady 1.64 bpg Service Aces Jessica Allen 22 Jessica Allen 0.46 apg Hitting Pct. Nicole Akporiaye .245
Senior Erin Grady is third in the MWC this week in blocking with an average of 1.60 blocks per game.
San Diego State's top three kill leaders at this point of the season are two freshmen and a sophomore. First-year Aztec Zlatina Anguelova leads the squad with 122 followed by soph Nicole Akporiaye (106) and frosh Aspen McPartland (101).
Sophomore setter Melissa Wright has a hitting percentage at .301, but does not have the minimum number of total attacks (four per game) to qualify for ranking. She is averaging 10.85 assists per game and is second on the team in dig total with 102. The 5-9 transfer from Washington State has also been involved in 18 blocks.
Senior hitter Monet Solberg is averaging 2.85 kills per game although she has played in only 26 of SDSU's 48 games this season. She also averages two digs per contest.
Jessica Allen is the only player to have appeared in all 48 of SDSU's games. Setter Melissa Wright has appeared in 47 contests after starting the season on the bench in the first game of the year vs. San Diego.
Through the first 14 matches of the season, San Diego State has yet to be involved in a five-game affair. Seven of its matches have gone three games while the other seven have been four-game contests. The Aztecs are 2-5 in three-game matches and 5-2 in four-game matches.