Aztecs' Volleyball Makes Its Final Road Trip of 1999

Nov. 11, 1999

San Diego -

Diggin? It: The San Diego State women's volleyball team makes its final road trip of the season when it travels to Laramie, Wyo. and Fort Collins, Colo. for a pair of Mountain West Conference matches. The Aztecs face Wyoming on Friday, followed by a visit to 11th-ranked Colorado State on Saturday. This weekend matches weigh heavily on the seedings for the Mountain West Conference tournament. San Diego State is currently in fifth-place with Wyoming just one game behind the Aztecs in seventh place. SDSU and Wyoming met earlier this season at Peterson Gym with the Aztecs taking a four-game set from the Cowgirls. Senior outside hitter Lisa Bostian paced SDSU with 14 kills and a match-high .455 attack percentage. Teammate Jamie Evans added 17 kills while freshman middle blocker Nicole Akporiaye chipped-in with 12 kills. In the all-time series, SDSU holds a 16-1 margin. Eleventh-ranked Colorado State knocked off SDSU, 3-0, in the school's first meeting this season, spoiling the Aztecs' home conference opener. The Rams held SDSU to a .190 team hitting percentage. Nicole Akporiaye collected three blocks and eight kills in the contest. Jamie Evans registered nine kills and finished with a .381 hitting percentage. This is the 18th time CSU and SDSU will meet. The Aztecs lead the series, 13-4.

Recap Of The Week: The Aztecs had the challenge in hosting two of the conference's top three teams last week and came away with two losses. SDSU gave a gallant effort against 10th-ranked Brigham Young, but came up short in a three-game set. BYU's blocking overpowered the Aztecs, 3-0, (15-11, 15-12, 15-12).The Cougars finished with 18 team blocks, compared to SDSU?s 10. Jamie Evans had a team-high 12 kills in the contest. Outside hitter Amy Hallquist notched her seventh double-double of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs. The Aztecs hosted Utah in a matinee last Saturday. SDSU had the works of an upset in the mix. The Aztecs took game one from Utah, 15-8, before the Utes' regrouped for the come-from-behind victory, 3-1. Freshman middle blocker Nicole Akporiaye, who was coming off conference player-of-the-week honors, collected six blocks. Amy Hallquist added 13 kills and eight digs in the loss.

Head Coach Mark Warner: Warner is in his fifth season as head coach of the SDSU women?s volleyball program. He has compiled an 82-64 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.

Wyoming Cowgirls (8-17, 2-8 MWC): Wyoming suffered a pair of sweeps in conference action at New Mexico and Air Force last week. The Cowgirls have now lost six straight matches. Individually, junior middle blocker Melody Friehauf continues to lead the team as she hits .382 and averaged 4.5 kills last week. She now has 17 double-figure kills outings on the season. Friehauf is listed third in the conference with a .360 hitting percentage and a 1.32 blocks per game average.

No. 11 Colorado State (22-1, 9-1 MWC): Enter the week, winners of its last five matches and are undefeated at home, posting a 14-0 record at Moby Arena this season. The Rams survived a five-game set against Air Force on Friday, then swept New Mexico on Saturday. CSU is 18-0 in the minimum three-game matches. Senior outside hitter, Catie Vagneur, stands second in the league with 4.09 kills per game average while teammate Courtney Cox is fourth in the conference with 3.93 kills per game. As a team, CSU holds the league lead in kills per game (16.73), service aces (1.88) and assists (15.17).

Aztec Volleyball Media Notes

#1 Amy Hallquist ? Second on the squad with 186 total kills, averaging 2.58 kills per game. ? Recorded a career-high 22 kills in a four-game win over Creighton (9/12). ? Notched seven 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 48 more to move into a tie for seventh all-time. ? Registered a double-double in a win over UNLV (10/29) 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 versus Northern Arizona (10/25). ? Has taken over as the team's assist lead with 560 (6.51 apg). ? Fourth on the squad in service aces with 19. #12 Jessica Allen ? Leads the team in service aces with 24. ? 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. ? Collected nine kills and finished with a .421 attack percentage against Utah last week. ? Leads the Aztecs in total blocks with 98, including 13 solos and 85 blocks assisted.

#15 Jamie Evans ? Non-scholarship athlete who leads the team in three categories, including kills (245), kills per game (2.78) and digs (208). ? She's registered seven double-doubles on the season, including 12 kills and 13 digs in the come-from- behind win against NAU (10/25). ? Missed making the 20-20 club against New Mexico (10/23), 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. ? Second on the team in total blocks with 87, averaging 1.09 blocks per game.

# 13 Monet Solberg ? Notched season-high six kills against Air Force, finishing with a .364 attack percentage. ? Overcame an early season knee injury, tallying 46 kills, 15 blocks 13 digs in 39 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 (10/25). ? In her first significant action against NAU, she came off the bench to nail 15 kills and finished 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 against BYU (10/9). ? Recorded 25 kills and 11 blocks in 16 games played this season.

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