Volleyball To Compete At MWC Tournament
Nov. 16, 2000
The Aztecs enter the tournament with an overall record of 17-12. They finished with a Mountain West Conference mark of 9-5. Both records are bests for an SDSU volleyball squad since the 1997 season.
Other first-round tournament parings will have top-seeded Colorado State meeting #8 Air Force, #2 Brigham Young playing #7 Wyoming, and #3 Utah taking on #6 UNLV.
The winner of the SDSU-UNM match will move on to face the winner of the Air Force-Colorado State contest on Friday at 7:00 p.m. (MST).
AZTECS ON TV
In San Diego, Channel 4 will carry the tourney semifinals on a tape-delayed basis on Friday, Nov. 17. The first semifinal will be aired at 8:30 p.m. in San Diego with the other broadcast at 10:30 p.m. Should the Aztecs win their opening match on Thursday and advance to the semifinals, their match would be the second televised Friday night.
The tournament final will also be carried by Channel 4, tape delayed on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 9:00 p.m. in San Diego.
None of the tournament's first-round matches will be carried in San Diego.
AZTECS VS. LOBOS IN 2000
In the first meeting this fall, SDSU was victorious 3-0 (15-8, 15-5, 15-10) in a match played in Peterson Gym on Sept. 29. Three Aztecs hit double figures in kills, led by senior Monet Solberg with 16. Senior Amy Hallquist had 14 kills while freshman Aspen McPartland chipped in 11.
In the rematch in Albuquerque, the Aztecs prevailed by a score of 3-1 (15-8, 15-4, 15-17, 15-9) on Oct. 28. In that match, sophomore Nicole Akporiaye was one of four SDSU players in double figures in kills with 14 while Hallquist had a double double with 14 kills and 15 blocks.
In the two matches with the Lobos this season, San Diego State hit .321 as a team.
AZTECS VS. THE FIELD
Team Series Last 10 Last 5 2000 Air Force.........7-1......7-1.......4-1.....2-0 Brigham Young....13-23.....1-9.......0-5.....0-2 Colorado State...13-7......5-5.......1-4.....0-2 New Mexico.......15-8......7-3.......2-3.....2-0 UNLV..............8-1......8-1.......4-1.....2-0 Utah.............14-7......3-7.......1-4.....1-1 Wyoming..........18-2......8-2.......4-1.....2-0
HEAD COACH MARK WARNER
Warner picked up his 100th career coaching victory this past Saturday as his Aztecs defeated Wyoming, 3-1, in Peterson Gym.
In his previous five seasons at SDSU, Warner has led his charges to one conference title (Western Athletic Conference), two second-place finishes, and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament with his 1995 squad advancing to the Sweet 16.
STREAKING IN 2000
The four-game streak was the longest for the Aztecs this fall, and was accomplished on three separate occasions during the season.
The team's longest losing streak has been four games. That streak came at the beginning of the season when SDSU opened its 2000 campaign with losses to four ranked teams.
THE STARTING ROTATION
Beginning with the match against New Mexico on Sept. 29, the starting six has consisted of setter Melissa Wright, hitters Nicole Akporiaye, Amy Hallquist and Monet Solberg, along with middle blocks Erin Grady and Aspen McPartland.
Junior Jessica Allen and sophomore Katie Magnuson have come off the bench to play the back row for Grady and Akporiaye over the course of each match.
With this lineup and substitution pattern, the Aztecs have complied a record of 11-3.
Over that span, the Aztecs won its three five-game matches over UC Riverside, Wyoming and Utah. M SDSU's other lone five-game match this season came last Friday when it fell to Colorado State in five games at home.
The 17 wins are the most for the Aztecs since they had 18 during the 1997 campaign. Their win total this fall exceed their win total of the past two seasons combined.
In addition, SDSU's nine conference wins also exceed their total league victories of the past two seasons. The fourth-place finish is also the team's highest since 1997.
MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
The outside hitter from Phoenix helped the Aztecs to a 3-1 record during that span, highlighted by the five-game win over 18th-ranked Utah. SDSU also recorded wins over William & Mary and UC Riverside that 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 that week, she hit .320 with 11 kills.
Soph outside hitter Nicole Akporiaye earned all-tourney honors at the Nike Conference Challenge in Portland Ore. At that event, she hit .383 over four matches and led SDSU with 40 kills.
At the Cornell Invitational, freshman Aspen McPartland was named the tournament MVP after hitting .350 with 33 kills, 31 digs, seven blocks and four services aces over three matches.
Akporiaye and freshman Zlatina Anguelova also earned all-tournament accolades at the Cornell Invitational.
GRADY ON THE BLOCK
Her average of 1.77 blocks a game ranks first in the conference and second in the nation this week. She finished as the league leader in conference matches with an average of 1.78 bpg.
Grady's season total of 156 block assists is nine blocks shy of tying the San Diego State record of 165 set by Kris Morton during the 1985 season. She has at least two matches left in which to set a new school mark, pending the Aztecs' results at the conference tournament (SDSU has one match after the tournament: at University of San Diego on Nov. 20). She needs 20 more block assists to move up another notch to the No. 6 spot.
Earlier this season, Grady set an Aztec single-game block assist record when she had 15 in SDSU's match against Idaho at the Portland Nike Challenge. The previous SDSU block assist record was 13 in a match, and had stood since 1979.
SAVING HER BEST FOR LAST
Solberg began her career at William & Mary, but was injured in an auto accident and played just a little over one season there. She came to SDSU and played sparingly in her first season as a junior.
This fall, Solberg leads the squad in kill average at 3.03 kpg. Also an excellent defensive player, her average of 2.14 digs per game ranks second among the Aztecs.
ASSISTING THE TEAM
Her total of 1208 assists also ranks eighth on the San Diego State career assist list even though she is in only her first season at SDSU.
Wright has compiled a hitting percentage of .368 this fall with only 26 errors in 209 total attacks.
Entering the Mountain West Conference Tournament, she is second on the team in total kills with 258, one behind Nicole Akporiaye's total of 259. McPartland's average of 2.58 kpg is fourth-best among the Aztecs.
Her blocking average of 0.99 bpg ranks second only to senior Erin Grady, and her 33 service aces is also second-best on the squad.
She was named the MVP of the Cornell Invitational, a tournament in which the Aztecs participated early in the season (Sept. 15-16).
BACK ROW ACE
In those contests, she totaled seven service aces and 10 kills. Her 40 service aces leads the team and ranks fourth in the conference this week.
Although strictly a back row player, Allen has also accumulated 44 kills this season.
AMONG THE CONFERENCE STAT LEADERS
Senior Erin Grady ranks first in the Mountain West Conference stats in blocks with an average of 1.77 bpg in all games and 1.78 bpg in league games only.
Hitter Nicole Akporiaye is seventh in the MWC with an overall hitting percentage of .281 and finished ninth in the MWC stats with a mark of .265.
Setter Melissa Wright is fourth in assist average at 11.84 apg (third in MWC league stats at 12.20 apg in conference matches).
Jessica Allen ranks fourth in service aces in all games with a 0.40 assist/game average while Aspen McPartland is seventh at 0.33 sapg. In MWC contests, McPartland finished third at 0.33 sa/g.
The team average of 2.90 blocks a game is just outside the top 20 in this week's NCAA team statistics. Loyola Marymount ranks 20th this week with an average of 2.98 blocks per contest.
In its final 14 matches this season, SDSU compiled a record of 11-3 after standing 6-9 at the midpoint of its 2000 campaign.
In its first 15 matches, San Diego State hit .187 as a team. In its 14 contests, the team has hit .252.
SDSU's victory over 18th-ranked Utah on Oct. 21 was its first win over a ranked team since Oct. 7, 1995, when it defeated 16th-ranked Brigham Young, 3-1 (15-12, 9-15, 16-14, 15-10) in San Diego.
Outside Hitter, 6-2, Sophomore
Akporiaye's Season Highs Kills.....17 vs. Oregon State, 9/29 Assists....3, last time at New Mexico, 10/28 Aces.......None (did not serve) Digs.......5 at New Mexico, 10/28 Blocks.....7 at UNLV, 10/7
Allen's Season Highs Kills.......7 vs. Wyoming, 11/11 Assists.....3 vs. Utah, 10/21 Aces........7 vs. UC Riverside 9/19 Digs.......18 at UNLV, 10/7 Blocks......1 vs. Northeastern, 9/15
Anguelova's Season Highs Kills......15 vs. UC Riverside, 9/19 Assists.....5 vs. Kent State, 9/16 Aces........2, last time vs. Loyola Marymount, 9/26 Digs.......10, last time vs. UC Riverside, 9/19 Blocks......8 vs. Idaho, 9/9
Grady's Season Highs Kills......12, last time vs. Colorado State, 11/10 Assists.....2, last time at UC Riverside, 10/17 Aces........None (did not serve) Digs........3, last time vs. Utah, 10/21 Blocks.....15 vs. Idaho, 9/9
Gregg's Season Highs Kills.......1 at New Mexico, 10/28 Assists.....4 at Portland State, 9/8 Aces........1 at Portland State, 9/8 Digs........None Blocks......None
Hallquist's Season Highs Kills......25 vs. Utah, 10/21 Assists.....5, last time vs. Colorado State, 11/10 Aces........4 at UC Riverside, 10/17 Digs.......19 vs. Utah, 10/21 Blocks......5 vs. St. Mary's, 9/8
Magnuson's Season Highs Kills.......8 vs. Oregon State, 9/9 Assists.....3 vs. Wyoming, 11/11 Aces........2, last time at New Mexico, 10/28 Digs........3 vs. Wyoming, 11/11 Blocks......2 vs. Oregon State, 9/9
McPartland's Season Highs Kills......17 at UC Riverside, 10/17 Assists.....4 at UNLV, 10/7 Aces........5 vs. New Mexico, 9/29 Digs.......22 vs. Utah, 10/21 Blocks......9 vs. Colorado State, 11/10
Pfrenzinger's Season Highs Kills.......3 at Portland State 9/8 Assists.....None Aces........None Digs........1 at Portland State, 9/8 Blocks......1, last time at Portland State, 9/8
Privara's Season Highs Kills.......9 vs. Idaho, 9/9 Assists.....1, last time vs. Idaho, 9/9 Aces........3 at Portland State, 9/8 Digs........8 at Portland State, 9/8 Blocks......1, last time vs. William & Mary, 10/16
Schauermann's Season Highs Kills.......7 vs. Idaho, 9/9 Assists.....1, last time at Cornell, 9/16 Aces........1 vs. Arizona, 9/2 Digs........5 vs. Idaho, 9/9 Blocks......3 vs. Idaho, 9/9
Solberg's Season Highs Kills......20 vs. Utah, 10/21 Assists.....3 vs. New Mexico, 10/29 Aces........3, last time vs. Air Force, 9/30 Digs.......16 at Cornell, 9/16 Blocks......4 vs. Brigham Young, 10/20
Wright's Season Highs Kills.......7, last time vs. Colorado State, 11/11 Assists....76 vs. Utah, 10/21 Aces........2, last time vs. Utah, 10/21 Digs.......14 vs. Utah, 10/21 Blocks......6 at UNLV, 10/7