SDSU Women's Volleyball Faces Tenth-Ranked Brigham Young

Nov. 4, 1999

San Diego -

Diggin? It: The San Diego State women's volleyball team concludes a four-match homestand with matches against tenth-ranked Brigham Young on Friday at 7 p.m. The finale will be a 1 p.m. match versus Utah, which sits in third place in the Mountain West Conference. All matches will be played in Peterson Gym. SDSU opened its four-match homestand with dramatic wins. The Aztecs pulled out two come-from-behind five-game victories against Northern Arizona on Monday and UNLV on Friday. SDSU is facing BYU and Utah for the second time this season. The Aztecs gave Utah a scare in Salt Lake City, taking game one, before the Utes put together a solid hitting performance and held off SDSU in four games, 3-1. Freshman middle blocker Nicole Akporiaye registered a then career-high 12 kills, despite playing with a twisted left ankle throughout the course of the match. The following night, the Aztecs met BYU and had their share of troubles against the Cougars. Brigham Young swept SDSU, 3-0, in Provo. The lone bright spot for the Aztecs was from the play of freshman Christy Pfrenzinger, who tallied a career-high six kills and finished with a .417 hitting percentage. BYU leads the all-time series 19-14, while SDSU holds a 13-5 advantage against Utah.

Recap Of The Week: San Diego State enters this weekend having won consecutive matches and its last three matches at home. The Aztecs rallied for two wins last week in dramatic fashion. On Monday, SDSU fought back from a two-game deficit to defeat Northern Arizona, 3-2, at Peterson Gym. Freshman Melissa Cansdale, who saw significant action for first time, led the comeback by coming off the bench and recording a career-high 15 kills with a .371 hitting percentage. Jamie Evans notched her seventh double-double of the season with 19 kills and 13 digs. Erin Grady added a career-high 14 kills in the win, while freshman Nicole Akporiaye collected nine blocks and 12 kills. SDSU then swept the season series against UNLV with a 3-2 win on Friday. The Aztecs were led by Akporiaye's nine blocks and a career-high 18 kills. Junior outside hitter Amy Hallquist recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 13 digs. The victory marked the Aztecs? third straight win at Peterson Gym.

Freshman Earns Conference Player-of-the-Week: For her efforts in the wins over NAU and UNLV, freshman middle blocker Nicole Akporiaye was named the Mountain West Conference Player-of-the-Week. Akporiaye, who is the first rookie to receive the honor this season, played an instrumental role in the Aztecs' come-from-behind victories, collecting nine blocks in each outing and reaching double digits in kills, including a career-high 18 versus UNLV. For the week, Akporiaye hit .333 with 30 kills and only 10 errors. She also added 18 blocks and four digs.

Head Coach Mark Warner: Warner is in his fifth season as head coach of the SDSU women?s volleyball program. He has compiled an 82-62 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. That year, 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.

No. 10 Brigham Young (19-3, 8-1 MWC): BYU brings a five-match winning streak to Friday's contest. The lone MWC loss for BYU was against 11th-ranked Colorado State. As a team, BYU leads the Mountain West in blocks per game (3.47) and hitting percentage (.296). Sophomore middle blocker Nina Puikkonen, leads the conference and ranks fifth in the nation in blocks with an average of 1.65 per game and also leads the league in kills per game with a 4.21 average.

Utah (17-6, 7-2 MWC): Utah recorded two conference wins with 3-1 decisions over Air Force and New Mexico last week. Utah is led by sophomore middle blocker McKelle Stilson, who has reached double-figures in kills in 19 of the 23 matches played. As a team, Utah leads the league in digs per game with a 16.08 average.

Aztec Volleyball Media Notes

#1 Amy Hallquist ? Second on the squad with 163 total kills, averaging 2.51 kills per game. ? Recorded a career-high 22 kills in a four-game win over Creighton (9/12). ? Notched six double-doubles in kills and digs this season.

#2 Lisa Bostian ? A Rancho Buena Vista alum who ranks eighth all-time on SDSU?s career assist list with 1,522 and needs 67 more to move into a tie for seventh all-time. ? Registered a double-double in last week's win over UNLV with 11 kills and a season-high 17 digs. ? Set a season-high 34 assists against Syracuse (9/18).

#5 Katie Magnuson ? Posted a career-high 15 digs against New Mexico (10/23). ? Registered season-high 12 kills in a five-game match against Fresno State (9/24). ? Has seen action as back row specialist, middle blocker and outside hitter this season.

#7 Melissa Dickson ? Set a career-high 61 assists last week versus Northern Arizona. ? Has taken over as the team's assist lead with 503 (6.37 apg). ? Tied for third on the squad in service aces with 18.

#12 Jessica Allen ? Second on the team lead in service aces with 20. ? Her 12 digs against Air Force (10/22) is a career high. ? Notched a career-high 10 kills versus Fresno State (9/11).

#14 Erin Grady ? Tallied a career-high 14 kills in last week's win against Northern Arizona. ? Has collected 27 total blocks in the last four matches. ? Leads the Aztecs in total blocks with 88, including 11 solos and 77 blocks assisted.

#15 Jamie Evans ? Non-scholarship athlete who leads the team in three categories, including kills (224), digs (201) and service aces (21). ? She's registered seven double-doubles on the season, including a career-high 12 kills and 13 digs in the come-from-behind win against NAU. ? Missed making the 20-20 club against New Mexico, tallying 19 digs and 19 kills.

#16 Nicole Akporiaye ? Named Mountain West Conference Player-of-the-Week for her efforts against Northern Arizona and UNLV. ? Registered a career-high 18 kills and collected nine blocks in the win against UNLV. ? Ranks 10th in the conference in blocks per game, averaging 1.05 blocks a game, and is second on the team with 80 total blocks.

# 13 Monet Solberg ? Notched season-high six kills against Air Force, finishing with a .364 attack percentage. ? Overcame an early season knee injury, tallying 44 kills, 15 blocks 13 digs in 32 games played. ? A transfer from William & Mary, who brings veteran leadership to the team.

# 17 Brooke DiNardo ? Saw extensive action for the first time this season in last week's match at New Mexico. ? Posted a career-high 11 digs in three games versus New Mexico. ? Has recorded five kills and 19 digs in 12 games played this season.

# 6 Melissa Cansdale ? Led the rally in SDSU's five-game come-from-behind win against NAU last week. ? In her first significant action against NAU, she came off the bench to nail 15 kills and finish with a .371 hitting percentage. ? One of six freshmen on the squad.

#9 Christy Pfrenzinger ? Tallied a career-high six kills and finished with a .471 attack percentage in first meeting again BYU this season. ? Recorded 25 kills and 11 blocks in 16 games played this season.

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