San Diego, California - San Diego State, winner of eight of its last 10, will play three matches over a five-day span starting Thursday. SDSU will get that run started with an away contest against Wyoming on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. (MT) at the UniWyo Sports Complex in Laramie.
On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Aztecs will be in Fort Collins, Colo., take on Colorado State in a match scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. (MT) at CSU’s Moby Arena. San Diego State will then return home to host Nevada on Monday, Oct. 17, at 5:00 p.m. on Aztec Court. Live video as well as live stats for all of SDSU’s matches this week will be available with links at GoAztecs.com .
*** San Diego State has a record of 34-16 all-time vs Wyoming since the teams first met during the 1984 season. The Cowgirls have won five of the last six meetings between the teams over the past three years with SDSU’s last win coming in San Diego during the 2014 campaign.
*** The Aztecs’ all-time record against Colorado State stands at 16-38 since the teams met in the second round of pool play at the 1980 AIAW Championships Regionals in Santa Barbara. The Rams have won 27 of the last 29 matches against the Aztecs. SDSU last won in Fort Collins during the 2013 season.
*** San Diego State’s all-time record vs. Nevada is 5-3 with the teams having met on only eight previous occasions since 2011. The Aztecs have won the last two meetings, both in San Diego, while the Wolf Pack captured the two matches prior to those, both in Reno.
UTCHEN TAKES OVER
Sophomore setter Lauren Utchen made her second start of the season in last Saturday’s (Oct. 8) win over San Jose State. In that match she set a career high with 44 assists in just three sets. Her previous high this season was 33 assists over five sets vs. UC Irvine. She also notched a personal best three kills with no errors for a .600 hitting percentage against SJSU.
PSOMA LEADS HITTERS
Sophomore Alexandra Psoma continues to lead the SDSU offense with an average of 3.26 kills per set, a mark that is just outside the top 10 in the Mountain West this week. After five Mountain West matches, she is averaging 3.94 kills per set in league play. In last weekend’s two matches (vs. Fresno State 10/6 and San Jose State 10/8), she averaged 4.14 kills per set. Included in that average was a 17-kill performance vs. San Jose State in which she hit .438. Psoma set her SDSU career high with six blocks in the win over Fresno State.
FUZIE ON FIRE
Senior middle blocker turned in back-to-back excellent performances last weekend against Fresno State and San Jose State. She recorded 11 kills vs. Fresno State with a .474 hitting percentage and added five blocks. In the match vs. San Jose State she had 10 kills, three blocks and a .692 attack mark. Over the two contests, Fuzie averaged 3.00 kills/set, 1.14 blocks per set and a .563 hitting percentage. She is the Aztecs’ leading blocker this season with a mark of 1.08 per set.
HARRIS REMAINS HOT
Deja Harris has hit .300 or higher in eight of SDSU’s last 10 matches and has a .415 hitting percentage over that span. Her .391 hitting percentage in all matches this season is among the top three in the conference this week. She has been in double figures in kills in six of the Aztecs’ last eight contests. She established a new SDSU record when she finished with a .909 hitting percentage in the win over Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 17.
Five of San Diego State’s 19 matches this season have gone to five sets and the Aztecs are 3-2 in those contests. After dropping its first two five-setters, SDSU has won its last three with victories over Rhode Island, Stony Brook and Utah State. Last year the Aztecs went 4-2 in five-set contests.
Freshman Hannah Turnlund came off the bench last Saturday (Oct. 8) vs. San Jose State to record 10 kills along with a .316 hitting percentage. She also contributed a block and two digs in the SDSU victory … Freshman Tamia Reeves has a .435 hitting percentage this season, but has played in only 32 sets and does not qualify for inclusion in the conference stats (must play in 66.7 percent of team’s sets) … SDSU has lost back-to-back matches only once this season (its second and third contests of the year) … Three players have started all 19 matches for the Aztecs this season: Alexandra Psoma, Deja Harris and Alexis Cage. Harris and Cage have played in every set in 2016 … Danielle Bolden is averaging 3.28 digs per set after five Mountain West matches to tie for the team lead with libero Devyn Pritchard.