Aztec Set To Host Fresno State and UNLV

Emily Harris ranks thiid in hitting percentage and fifth in blocking in the Mountain West entering this week's action.

Oct. 2, 2012

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After spending the last four weekends on the road, San Diego State will be at home for a pair of Mountain West matches this week. The home stand begins with a contest against conference newcomer Fresno State on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m. (PT) on Aztec Court in Peterson Gym. The match against the Bulldogs will be SDSU's first home conference match after three road contests to begin their Mountain West campaign. The Aztecs are the only team that has not had a home league match this season. Three days later (Sunday, Oct. 7) the Aztecs will square off against UNLV at 1:00 p.m. on their home floor. The contest vs. the Rebels will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network with James Bates and Danielle Scott calling the action.

San Diego State has compiled a record of 22-9 against Fresno State in a series that began during the 1980 season. SDSU and FSU were members of the Big West from 1986-89 and the Western Athletic Conference from 1992-98. The Bulldogs have won the last five meetings between the schools although they last faced off against each other in 2004. The Aztecs are 11-3 vs. Fresno State at home, 5-6 away and 6-0 on neutral courts.
The Aztecs' all-time record against UNLV stands at 21-14 since the teams first met during the 1985 campaign when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. San Diego State has won the last six of the last eight encounters between the teams, but the Rebels won two of three meetings last season including a first-round matchup at the conference tourney. The Aztecs are 13-3 vs. UNLV at home, 8-9 in Las Vegas and 0-2 on neutral courts.

Andrea Hannasch averaged 3.13 kills and 1.13 blocks per set in SDSU's two matches last week (at Wyoming and at Colorado State). The senior had 15 kills in the five-set win at Wyoming (9/27) and finished with 10 at Colorado State (9/29). She had a season-high eight blocks assists at Wyoming. Hannasch is one of two Aztecs (along with Emily Harris) to have recorded at least one block in every match this season. Her average of 3.42 points per set leads the Aztecs while her mark of 2578 kills per set ranks second..

Junior outside hitter Summer Nash reached double figures in kills in both of SDSU's matches last week (at Wyoming and Colorado State) and has done so in seven of the team's last eight contests. She led SDSU with 16 kills against Colorado State after turning in 10 vs. Wyoming. She leads the team in kills on the season with a mark of 3.00 per set. Nash had a career-high 21 kills in the match against ninth-ranked Hawai'i on Sept. 7.

Raegan Shelton's 16 kills at Wyoming (9/27) not only led the team, but marked a season high for the junior from Amarillo, Texas. Her five blocks in that contest marked her career best in that category while her 20.5 points was her season high. She has been in double figures in kills in four of SDSU's last six outings. Shelton has also reached double figures in points in six of the Aztecs' last seven matches.

Several Aztecs ranks among the top 10 in various categories in the Mountain West statistics.
** Emily Harris is third in hitting percentage (.339) and fifth in blocks (1.20/set).
** Andrea Hannasch is seventh in blocks (1.10/set).
** Johnna Fouch is seventh is assists (6.67/set).
** Kristi Jackels is eighth in digs (3.64/set).
** Summer Nash ranks 10th in the league in kills with an average of 3.00 per set.

Three current Aztecs moved into the top 10 on the SDSU career lists in various categories last season and should move up as the 2012 season progresses.
** Andrea Hannasch's three-year total of 416 block assists moves her into the number-three spot on the SDSU all-time list. The second spot is held by Martina Vitkova-Engels (1994-97) with 420 block assists.
** Kristi Jackels has compiled 1,579 digs during her time as an Aztec to rank third in that category. Jackie Mendez (1985-88) ranks second with 1,678 career digs.
** Setter Johnna Fouch's mark of 2,818 career assists place her fifth. The fourth spot is held by Erin Tomblin (1988-89) with 3,144 assists.

Since dropping a contest to UCLA on Set. 8, the Aztecs have alternated winning and losing over their last nine matches ... Outside hitter Michelle Waber has recorded three double-doubles (kills-digs) this season to lead the team. Setter Johnna Fouch has two (assists-digs) this fall while Raegan Shelton has one (kills-digs) ... Andrea Hannasch, Emily Harris and Johnna Fouch are the only three Aztecs to have started every match this season. Senior Kristi Jackels has also been the stating libero for every match in 2012 ... During last weekend's road trip to Wyoming and Colorado State, Courtney Vaccarello saw her first action since dislocating her elbow in the season opener on Aug. 24. In those two matches she recorded six digs over the five sets in which she played.

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