San Diego State Women's Volleyball Approaches The Half Way Mark In Conference Action

Oct. 20, 1999

San Diego - Diggin? It: The San Diego State women's volleyball team approaches a critical time in Mountain West Conference action. The Aztecs, 8-10 overall and 2-3 in the Mountain West, play consecutive conference road matches beginning at Air Force (14-5 overall, 2-3 MWC) on Friday. Both squads, along with Wyoming are currently tied for fourth place in the Mountain West. SDSU then does battle with New Mexico (5-16 overall, 0-5 MWC) on Saturday. The Aztecs will open a four-match home stand starting next week in a non-conference contest against Northern Arizona and then host three key MWC battles beginning with UNLV on Friday, Oct. 29., followed by a weekend series versus eighth-ranked Brigham Young (Friday, Nov.5) and Utah (Saturday, Nov.6). This weekend marks the half-way point in Mountain West Conference play and SDSU is proving its critics wrong. Mountain West preseason coaches polls had the Aztecs finishing seventh, behind UNLV and Wyoming, teams that SDSU has posted wins against thus far

Last Week's Results: San Diego State ended its three match losing streak by defeating Wyoming 3-1, (15-12, 15-2, 13-15, 15-13) last week at Peterson Gym. Senior Lisa Bostian continues to adjust well to her new role as an outside hitter and setter. The Vista native registered 14 kills on 22 attacks with just four errors for a match-high .455 attack percentage. Bostian added 12 digs and seven assists in the win. Two other Aztecs finished with double-figures in kills, including outside hitter Jamie Evans, who tallied 17 kills and freshman middle blocker Nicole Akporiaye, who chipped-in with 12 kills. SDSU's conference home opener had the Aztecs take on 14th-ranked Colorado State on Friday. The Rams held SDSU to a .190 hitting percentage in the contest. Jamie Evans registered nine kills on 21 attacks and finished with a .381 attack percentage. Nicole Akporyiaye added eight kills and three total blocks.

Head Coach Mark Warner: Warner is in his fifth season as head coach of the SDSU women?s volleyball program. He has compiled a 82-60 overall record during his tenure at SDSU. Warner was appointed head coach in 1995 and proceeded to guide the Aztecs to a 27-5 record and their first-ever Western Athletic Conference championship. Warner also took SDSU to its first ?Sweet 16? appearance since 1983. For his efforts he was named WAC Coach-of-the-Year. Warner has been synonymous with Aztec volleyball, playing for the 1968 national championship team, before joining the Aztecs? coaching staff in 1983 as a men?s assistant coach.

Air Force (14-5, 2-3 MWC): Air Force is off to a great start, posting the most victories in the history of the women's volleyball program since going Division 1 in 1996. The Falcons earned just their fourth MWC win in their history after sweeping New Mexico last weekend. Air Force had its second player tabbed as Mountain West Player-of-the-Week with senior middle blocker Summer Koons earning this week's honor. Koons lead the Falcons to their second conference win with 18 kills, seven blocks and a .533 hitting percentage.

New Mexico (5-16, 0-5 MWC): New Mexico is searching for its first Mountain West Conference win. The Lobos host UNLV on Friday, before taking on SDSU. New Mexico dropped its seventh-consecutive match to Northern Arizona, 3-0, on Monday in a non-conference match. Leading the team is junior Micaela Conley, who ranks second in the Mountain West in digs per game, averaging 3.31 while totaling 148 digs on the season. Conley is fifth in kills averaging 3.56 per match and totaling 57 in conference play. As a team the Lobos are listed third in digs in the conference averaging 13.94 digs per match and have totaled 223 in Mountain West matches. New Mexico is coached by Laurel Brassey, who is in her 15th season and is UNM's winningest coach with a career record of 249-182 (.578). Aztec Volleyball Media Notes

#1 Amy Hallquist 17 Matches/16 Starts/51 Games ? Ranks second on the squad with 128 total kills, averaging 2.51 kills per game. ? Recorded a career-high 22 kills in a four-game win over Creighton. ? Notched four double-doubles in kills and digs this season.

#2 Lisa Bostian 18 Matches/18 Starts/63 Games ? A Rancho Buena Vista alum who ranks eighth all-time on SDSU?s career assist list with 1,490. ? Registered her first double-double of the season with a career-high 14 kills and 12 digs against Wyoming. ? Set a season high 34 assists against Syracuse.

#5 Katie Magnuson 16 Matches/2 Starts/39 Games ? Notched a season-high nine kills against SanDiego. ? Registered season-high 12 kills in match against Fresno State. ? Has seen action as back row specialist, middle blocker and outside hitter this season.

#7 Melissa Dickson 17 Matches/4 Starts/61 Games ? Set a career-high 40 assists at Utah. ? Tallied a career-high seven kills in win over UNLV. ? Has become the full-time setter with 309 total assists.

#12 Jessica Allen 18 Matches/13 Starts/64 Games ? Tied for the lead in service aces with 17. ? Recorded a career-high in digs against Fresno State with 11 in a thrilling five game match. ? Notched a career-high 10 kills versus Fresno State.

#14 Erin Grady 17 Matches/14 Starts/ 58 Games ? Tallied nine kills and five total blocks against Fresno State. ? Her eight block assists against Arizona are a career-high. ? Walked-on in 1996 and earned a starting spot as middle blocker this season.

#15 Jamie Evans 18 Matches/18 Starts/63 Games ? Non-scholarship athlete who sees action as an outside hitter and defensive specialist. ? Recorded her fifth double-double of the season against UNLV with 12 kills and 11 digs. ? Notched a career-high 18 kills against Fresno State and a career best 20 digs at Creighton.

#16 Nicole Akporiaye 17 Matches/2 Starts/58 Games ? Registered career-high 12 kills against both Utah and Wyoming. ? Recorded nine kills and four total blocks in win over UNLV. ? Third on the team in total kills with 111 and second on team with 57 total blocks.

# 13 Monet Solberg 13 Matches/1 Start/26 Games ? Notched season-high five kills against Pepperdine. ? Tallied 33 kills in limited action this season. ? Adds experience and leadership as an ouside hitter and middle blocker.

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