Volleyball Heads To The Rockies To Face Air Force, New Mexico
Oct. 24, 2000
AZTECS VISIT AIR FORCE, NEW MEXICO
The Aztecs currently sit in fourth palce in the league standings at 5-4, a half-game ahead of New Mexico.
The Aztecs hold a 6-1 advantage in their series with Air Force, a mark that includes SDSU's win over the Falcons in Peterson Gym last month. The teams split last season's conference games with each side winning on its home floor. The other four meetings in the series came in 1994 and 1995 when the Aztecs won both home and away each of those years.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
New Mexico (8-10, 4-4 MWC) will host UNLV on Friday night prior to facing SDSU. The victory over Air Force last weekend broke a three-match losing streak for the Lobos. UNM is coached by Laurel Brassey-Iverson, who played her collegiate volleyball at San Diego State and is a member of the SDSU Athletic Hall of Fame. The Lobos are led by Amy Amundson who is hitting .253. Micaela Conley (3.51 kpg) and Vanessa Shield (3.46 kpg) are the team kill leaders. Setter Kelly Griffin (10.82 assists per game) is a San Diego native who attended Poway High School.
Against BYU, the Aztecs fell by scores of 15-3, 18-16, 15-8. SDSU was led by Nicole Akporiaye who had 16 kills, two assists and five blocks. Others in double figures in kills included Amy Hallquist (11) and Aspen McPartland (10).
On Saturday, the Aztecs upset 18th-ranked Utah in five games (15-7, 16-18, 11-15, 16-14, 19-17), coming back from a 2-1 deficit to win the two-hour, 40-minute match. Amy Hallquist led SDSU with 25 kills and 19 digs while Erin Grady had a dozen kills, 13 blocks and a .333 hitting percentage. Senior Monet Solberg (20k, 14d) and freshman Aspen McPartland (16k, 22d)) also hit double figures in kills and digs.
HALLQUIST NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Against Utah, she had a career-high 25 kills along with 19 digs, and assisted with the blocks for the winning points in games four and five. She began the week with six kills and four digs. vs. William & Mary, then had 14 kills and nine digs against UC Riverside. In the loss to 16th-ranked Brigham Young last Friday, she hit .320 with 11 kills.
AZTECS STAT LEADERS
Overall Conference Kills.......205-McPartland...........70-Hallquist Kills/G.....3.1-Solberg..............3.19-Solberg Assists.....975-Wright...............276-Wright Assists/G...11.75-Wright.............11.50-Wright Digs........174-Wright, McPartland...52-Allen Digs/G......2.33-Hallquist...........2.38-Solberg Aces........32-Allen.................11-Allen Aces/G......40-Allen.................46-Allen Blocks......141-Grady................42-Grady Blocks/G....1.81-Grady...............1.75-Grady
Sophomore Nicole Akporiaye hit .762 in SDSU's loss to BYU on Friday. She had 16 kills with no errors in 23 attacks. She has now hit double figures in each of SDSU's last three matches. In SDSU's four matches last week, Akporiaye hit .364 with an average of three kills a game.
With 975 assists, soph Melissa Wright is just six away from moving into the No. 9 spot on the SDSU career list. However, she still needs 104 assists to break into the single-season top 10. Her 76 assists vs. Utah established a career best, including last season when she played at Washington State.
Senior Erin Grady had 13 blocks (3 solo, 10 assists) against Utah. It was her second-best match total of the season and improved her average to 1.81 blocks a game. She is ranked second in the nation in that category this week after averaging 2.06 bpg over the team's four matches last week.
Freshman Aspen McPartland has reached double figures in kills in each of SDSU's last three matches, averaging 3.31 kpg over that span.
Senior Monet Solberg has been in double figures in kills in eight of the Aztecs last 10 matches. During that time, she has also averaged 3.31 kills a game.
After not playing a five-game match in its first 18 contests, San Diego State has now gone five games in three of its last six outings. The Aztecs are 3-0 in those matches.
San Diego State has won seven of its last nine matches to improve to 13-11 on the season. SDSU won only 11 games overall last season and a total of 16 over the past two years. With six MWC matches left, San Diego State has surpassed its conference win total (4) of last season and needs another win to equal its league win total (6) of the past two seasons.