Volleyball Heads To The Rockies

After winning at UNLV last Saturday, the Aztecs remain on the road for games at Wyoming (7-13, 1-4 MWC) and Colorado State (18-1, 5-0 MWC) this weekend. SDSU will face Wyoming on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m (MDT) in Laramie, then play at Colorado State the following evening (Saturday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m. MDT). San Diego State returns home for a non-conference match against William & Mary (9-7) on Monday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. in Peterson Gym.

* The Aztecs hold a 16-2 edge in their series with the Wyoming Cowgirls. The teams split their two games last season, with UW winning the most recent encounter last November in Laramie. Prior to that, SDSU had won five in a row dating back to 1994 when the Cowgirls registered their only other win. * SDSU leads the series with Colorado State 13-5. However, the Rams won both meeting in 1999, the first time the teams had squared off since the 1996 campaign. Prior to losing those games last season, the Aztecs had won the previous 11 meetings with CSU. * San Diego State has won each of its seven matches against William & Mary. The teams first met in 1988, the faced off annually from 1990 through 1995. All seven games in the series have been contested on SDSU's home court.

* Wyoming begins the week with an overall record of 7-13, having snapped a six-match losing streak with its victory at Air Force last Saturday. The Cowgirls are led by middle blocker Melody Friehauf, who is hitting .295 and averaging 1.25 blocks per game. The team kill leader is senior Jamie Burke at 3.31 kpg. Michele Rauter is averaging 2.60 kills a game and leads Wyoming with 2.77 digs per contest. * Colorado State begins the week with an overall record of 18-1, and the Rams are ranked fourth in the nation. They will host UNLV on Friday (Oct. 13) before facing the Aztecs on Saturday. Colorado State has not lost since its fifth match of the season (at Nebraska) and is currently riding a 14-match winning streak. CSU has five regulars who are hitting better than .300, led by middle blocker Angela Knopf at .447. Outside hitter Courtney Cox leads the Rams with an average of 4.14 kills a game while setter Allison Peckham is contributing almost 13 assists per game. Knopf, Cox and Peckham have all earned Mountain West Conference player-of-the-week honors this fall. * William & Mary enters the week with a 9-7 mark as it embarks on a three-match west coast road swing that includes games at Cal (Oct. 13) and UC Irvine (Oct. 15) prior to the visit to San Diego State. The Tribe is paced by the hitting of junior Stacy Woodson (.269, 2.88 kpg) and Laurel Witt (.247, 2.69 kpg). Setter Sarah Gubler had made only 14 hitting errors in 114 chances for a hitting percentage of .342. William & Mary had a four-match win streak snapped in a five-game loss at James Madison last Friday, and it has won seven of its last nine outings.

* In its lone match last week, San Diego State defeated UNLV, 3-0, in Las Vegas on Oct. 7 to even its season record to 9-9 and improved to 3-2 in conference play. After squeaking out two narrow wins in the first two games (5-13, 16-14), the Aztecs dominated game three (15-2) to take the match. Amy Hallquist led SDSU with 17 kills, 14 digs, and a .484 hitting percentage. Others in double figures in kills for the Aztecs were Monet Solberg (13), Aspen McPartland (11) and Nicole Akporiaye (10).

* The following players rank among the leaders in the overall conference statistics:
Hitting Nicole Akporiaye .280 (10th)
Assists Melissa Wright 11.80 apg (3rd)
Blocks Erin Grady 1.76 bpg (3rd)
Kills Monet Solberg 3.29 kpg (11th)
Service Aces Jessica Allen 0.48 sa/g (3rd)
* In league games only, Aztecs among the leaders include:
Hitting Amy Hallquist .402 (3rd)
Assists Melissa Wright 12.56 apg (2nd)
Blocks Erin Grady 1.81 bpg (1st)
Blocks Aspen McPartland 1.31 (4th)
Kills Amy Hallquist 3.93 kpg (4th)
Kills Monet Solberg 3.85 kpg (6th)
Service Aces Jessica Allen 0.62 sa/g (4th)
Service Aces Aspen McPartland 0.56 sa/g (5th)
Digs Monet Solberg 2.77 dpg (8th)
Digs Jessica Allen 2.75 dpg (9th)
* In the conference games-only statistics, San Diego State ranks either second or third in every category. The Aztecs are second in hitting percentage (.232), sssists (14.31/g), blocks (3.33/g), Kills (15.81/g), and digs (14.50/g). SDSU ranks third in service aces (1.88/g).

* Two Aztecs recorded their second double doubles of the season last Saturday at UNLV. Senior Amy Hallquist had 17 kills and 14 digs while teammate Monet Solberg had 13 kills and 11 digs. Hallquist's first of the year came against St. Mary's when she had 14 kills and 11 digs. Solberg had 16 kills and 16 digs at Cornell. * Outside hitter Amy Hallquist has emerged as SDSU's offensive leader over the past two weeks. In San Diego State's last three matches, the senior from Phoenix, is hitting .559 with an average of 14 kills and seven digs a game. * Senior Monet Solberg is averaging 12.75 kills a match over SDSU's most recent four contests. She leads the squad in kill average at 3.29 kpg. * Senior Erin Grady is averaging 1.76 blocks per game this season, a figure that ranks third in the nation entering the week. Earlier this season, she set a new San Diego State record with 15 block assists in a match vs. Idaho on Sept. 9th. It broke the previous mark of 13 set by Renate Busch vs. UC Santa Barbara back in 1979. * In their last three matches, the Aztecs are hitting .344 as a team compared to .145 for the opposition. SDSU is also averaging 5.5 kills more and almost 2.4 blocks a game better than its opponents over those matches. * The Aztecs have now won three straight conference matches for the first time since 1997. SDSU's longest winning streak this season is four matches while the longest losing streak is also four. * With 696 assists in her first season at SDSU, sophomore Melissa Wright (transfer from Washington State) has moved into the No. 10 spot on the Aztec career assist list. Melissa Dickson is currently in the ninth position with 980 assists. * The Aztecs are currently tied for third place in the Mountain West Conference standings with Brigham Young and New Mexico at 3-2. With its next victory, SDSU will match its conference win total of last season. The Aztecs are also just two wins away from matching their win total (11) for the 1999 campaign. SDSU has at least 13 matches left on its 2000 schedule, pending results at the conference tournament. * San Diego State remains the only team in the MWC which has not been involved in a five-game match this season. The Aztecs are 4-2 in four-game matches and 5-7 in three-game matches.

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