Split week for the Spartans starting with a home match against New Mexico Thursday night. It is also our annual Breast Cancer Awareness match. @toddkressvb talks about this week. #AllSpartans pic.twitter.com/so0ummHNUx— SJSU VOLLEYBALL (@SanJoseStateVB) October 18, 2023
This Week’s Schedule
Both matches can be viewed on the Mountain West Network or on the Mountain West app.
Breast Cancer Awareness Match
Thursday’s match with New Mexico is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The Spartans will be wearing pink t-shirts and other pink items to honor those who have been affected.
San Jose State
- In a rare split week in the schedule, San José State will host New Mexico Thursday night before traveling to the United States Air Force Academy for a Saturday afternoon contest.
- The Spartans enter the week with an 11-10 overall record and 2-6 in the MW.
- SJSU is looking to stop a four-match losing streak.
Jiana Lawson ranks 11h nationally in total blocks with 101. She is 30th in blocks per set at 1.33 ps.
The Spartans find themselves among the top-100 statistical leaders in eight categories.
Team (top-100 rankings)
- Team Kills 55th 994
- Team Assists 55th 919
- Team Blocks 65th 171.0
- Total Attacks 69th 2,682
- Kills per set 70th 13.08 ps
- Assists per set 74th 12.09 ps
- Attacks per set 89th 35.29 ps
- Blocks per set 97th 2.25 ps
Spartan Head Coach Todd Kress
- Head coach Todd Kress is in his first season at the helm of the program.
- Came to San José State after two coaching stints at Fairfield University where he led the program to five NCAA Tournament appearances
- In his 28th year as a head coach with a 528-324 coaching record in 28 years
- Currently 24th in the NCAA among active head volleyball coaches with his 528 wins
- The Lobos enter Thursday night’s match with a 14-6 overall record and 6-3 MW.
- The team swept Air Force at home Tuesday night and currently sit in third place in the conference standings.
- Head coach Jon Newman-Gonchar is in his fifth season at the school.
- New Mexico leads the overall series, 16-11, but the Spartans have won the last four meetings between the two schools.
- The Falcons enter Saturday’s match with a 12-8 overall record and 4-4 MW mark, seventh in the conference standings.
- Head coach Keith Barnett is in his fifth season at the helm of the program.
- San José State leads the overall series, 16-6, but the two teams split the season series last year, each winning on their homecourt.
San José State continues on the road with matches at Fresno State on the 26th at 6 p.m., and at Nevada on the 28th at 1 p.m. Both can be seen on the Mountain West Network and on the Mountain West App.
All home matches are played at Spartan Gym inside the YUH Complex. Admission is free for all home matches.