Aztecs Finish Regular Season With A Three-Match Homestand.

Nov. 17, 1999

San Diego -

Diggin? It: The San Diego State women's volleyball team faces crosstown rival and 21st-ranked San Diego in a non-conference match tonight, followed with critical matches against conference foes, New Mexico and Air Force this weekend. All matches are at Peterson Gym and begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday night, Aztec seniors Lisa Bostian, Nicole Curtis, Jamie Evans and Tamara Shook will be honored prior to the start of the match. SDSU is looking for some redemption against each opponent this week. In the first battle of the season, USD put on a hitting barrage and swept the Aztecs, 3-0, at Alcala Park. SDSU dropped 3-1 decisions at Air Force and UNM, during the first half of Mountain West Conference play. SDSU is looking to snap a four-match losing streak. This is the Aztecs longest losing streak of the season, since they started out the year 0-4, before winning six in a row. In the all-time series against USD, SDSU leads 23-9, and while holding a 13-7 advantage over New Mexico and 4-1 lead against Air Force.

Aztec Notes: The Aztecs dropped in the league standings after suffering a pair of 3-1 losses last week. Senior outside hitter Jamie Evans registered two double-doubles to bring her total for the season to nine. Evans recorded 13 kills and 15 digs at Wyoming, then tallied 10 kills and 14 digs at CSU. She leads the Aztecs in both kills (268) and digs (237) on the season. Lisa Bostian (Sr., S/OH) enters the week with 1,531 career assists and needs just 39 more assists to move into a tie for seventh on the Aztecs all-time chart. Seeing most of her time at outside hitter in recent action, Bostian contributed 10 kills at Wyoming, then led the Aztecs with 14 kills at CSU. Nicole Akporiaye (Fr., MB) led all hitters at Wyoming with 16 kills and added nine at CSU. Katie Magnuson (So., OH) registered a double-double with 10 kills and a career-high 20 digs at CSU.

Head Coach Mark Warner: Warner is in his fifth season as head coach of the SDSU women?s volleyball program. He has compiled an 82-66 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.

University of San Diego (20-5, 9-3 WCC): San Diego enters tonight's match ranked 21st in the nation. USD has won 10 of its last 12 matches, including a sweep at San Francisco last week. The Toreros are led by senior outside hitter Petia Yanchulova, who leads the team in kills with 425 for an average of 5.25 kills per game. She also ranks first on the squad in digs with 346 (4.27 dpg). In last week's win against San Francisco, she registered a double-double with 14 kills and 21 digs and finished with a .394 hitting percentage. USD's head coach is Jennifer Torns, who is in her first season.

New Mexico ((9-20, 4-8 MWC): The Lobos climbed a notch in the league standings for the second consecutive week, moving into fifth place with a 3-1 win over Air Force on Friday. Micaela Conley, a junior outside hitter, led all hitters with a career-high 24 kills vs. Air Force to register her first 20-plus kill outing as a Lobo. Conley hit .452 (24-5-42) in the match and just missed her tenth double-double with nine digs. Middle blocker Vanessa Shields committed just one error with 11 kills in 24 attempts to hit .417 vs. Air Force. Senior Amber Smith notched her fifth double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs vs. the Falcons. UNM is now just one game behind fourth-place Air Force.

Air Force Falcons (17-9, 5-7 MWC): Currently fourth in the league standings, the Falcons suffered a four-game loss at New Mexico. Senior Brooke Effland notched her fourth 20-plus kill outing and registered a double-double with 21 kills and 13 digs in the loss to UNM. Effland enters the final week of the regular-season with 1,045. Summer Koons drilled 19 kills and added four blocks vs. UNM. Historically, AFA entered the season with just two wins ever over Mountain West Conference opponents, yet they have totaled five already this season.

Aztec Volleyball Media Notes

#1 Amy Hallquist ? Second on the squad with 197 total kills, averaging 2.49 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 1,531 and needs 39 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.

#5 Katie Magnuson ? Posted a career-high 20 digs last week against Colorado State. ? Registered career-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 636 (6.77apg). ? Fourth on the squad in service aces with 20.

#12 Jessica Allen ? Second on 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 SDSU's come-from-behind win against Northern Arizona (10/25). ? Collected nine kills and finished with a .421 attack percentage against Utah (11/6). ? Leads the Aztecs in total blocks with 105, including 13 solos and 92 blocks assisted.

#15 Jamie Evans ? Non-scholarship athlete who leads the team in three categories, including kills (268), kills per game (2.79), digs (237) and service aces (27). ? She's registered nine double-doubles on the season, including 12 kills and 13 digs in a 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 (10/25) and UNLV (10/29). ? Registered a career-high 18 kills and collected nine blocks in the win against UNLV. ? Second on the team in total blocks with 89, averaging 1.01 blocks per game.

# 13 Monet Solberg ? Notched season-high six kills against Air Force (10/22), finishing with a .364 attack percentage. ? Has overcome an early season knee injury, tallying 46 kills, 15 blocks and 13 digs in 45 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 the teams first meeting at New Mexico. ? Posted a career-high 11 digs versus New Mexico (10/23). ? Has recorded five kills and 23 digs in 15 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 17 games played this season.

#8 Nicole Curtis ? Has missed a majority of the season because of arthralgia in the left knee. ? Could return to the lineup this weekend against UNM and Air Force. ? In 14 games played this season, she has tallied 23 kills along with five total blocks.

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