When Iris Tolenada was in high school at Deer Valley in Antioch, California, she told her volleyball coach, Lou Panzella, there was only one school that she wanted to go to: San Francisco State University.
Panzella tried to convince her to keep her options open, but
The recruitment process to turn an athlete into a Gator athlete isn’t as strenuous as one may think.
At San Francisco State, each sport goes through its own unique recruitment process by means of determining who would be a good fit for the team and the
With bouquets in hand and tears streaming down their faces, three graduating seniors on SF State's volleyball team took to the Swamp Gymnasium for their final home game last week.
Jaclyn Clark, Arianna Cruz and Jessica Nicerio returned Friday for a game that saw the Gators steamroll
Just when it seemed that one team was going to run away with the game, relentless efforts from the other side played a major role in stopping it.
SF State went toe to toe with Cal Poly Pomona and gave themselves a chance to win in
After falling two sets to none, SF State mounted a furious comeback against top rank Sonoma State University to even the score, but came up short in the final set of the game.
The Gators looked over matched in their first two sets against the Seawolves,
With the score at 24-15 in the third and final set of SF State's victory over visiting Humboldt State University, the crowd rose to their feet, chanting and begging for the finishing blow. The women's volleyball team delivered.
The Gators rode their hot run of form once again
When asked what makes her a special player, outside hitter Jaclyn Clark's face turned red with embarrassment as she struggled to compliment herself. Her humility isn’t the attitude one would expect from one of SF State’s all-time greats.
Over the past four years on the Gators’ volleyball
The Gators volleyball team fired on all cylinders on Saturday, dominating the visiting California State University Dominguez Hills in three sets.
The team controlled the entire game, leading the three sets by as much as 10, 6 and 12 points respectively. Dominguez Hills led only one time
In the first of back-to-back home games, the SF state women's volleyball team was victorious against California State University Los Angeles, improving their conference record to 3-3 (5-8 overall).
The Gators started off slow, losing their first set of the night, but they soon found the rhythm that
Although SF State suffered a defeat against visiting Stanislaus State for the second time this season on Tuesday, it was hitter Jaclyn Clark who made the game memorable by becoming the sixth ever Gator to eclipse the 1,000 dig plateau.
Clark's ninth dig of the game
The SF State women's volleyball team suffered a tough defeat at the hands of Chico State at the Swamp Tuesday, in a five set thriller that displayed the tactical aspect of volleyball.
"We did a great job in making them change their game," Coach Jill Muhe said,
The SF State women’s volleyball team snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday, when they the defeated Cal State East Bay Pioneers at the Swamp Gymnasium.
The Gators took control early in the game, forcing the Pioneers to called quick timeouts and winning each of the first two sets
Teams shared their passion, expectations and hopes for the Fall 2015 season during the SF State athletics department's inaugural media day press conference Wednesday.
Coaches and players from men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country and women's volleyball were in attendance. The speakers provided
It's all about the team.
That's the philosophy for this year's women's volleyball team, according to the players.
"Our emphasis so far has been building team chemistry," said senior captain Jaclyn Clark, who will begin the season as one of SF State's all-time statistical leaders, ranking in
Senior night kicked things off for the Gators volleyball team with a packed gym chanted that “Go Gators” along side SF State’s cheerleading squad, while the team’s seniors Jacquie Brice, Melissa Horton and Jazmine Williams walked onto the court with their loved ones.
The emotional farewell to the
The SF State volleyball team kicked off its final homestand with a dramatic 3-2 win over CSU Monterey Bay Friday night.
The two teams had an even first set, exchanging points throughout the frame. The Gators were able to pull away with a 5-0 run and
Going into the season, the SF State volleyball team had 33 votes on the coach’s poll to finish in last place. Here at the midpoint, the team defied the bottom-feeder expectations with a 9-9 record, and have a chance to get over .500 as they
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="600"] Bria Morgan (20) of the SF State Gators spikes the ball back to the CSU San Dominguez Hills Toros during a match Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The Gators won the match 3-0. Martin Bustamante / Xpress.[/caption]
The SF State volleyball team ended
[caption id="attachment_60664" align="alignleft" width="600" class="size-medium"] The Gators rejoice after defeating Cal State L.A 3-1 in San Francisco Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Henry Perez/Xpress.[/caption]
The SF State volleyball team continued to dominate Friday-night games yesterday, after the team won its eighth game of the season over visiting
Though the reality of life for many SF State students has become the delicate balance between a job and school work, student athletes often substitute a paying job for the full-time work they put into their sport on a daily basis.
“School is really your main
The SF State women's volleyball team dropped the second game of a back to back saturday night to one of the divisions worst teams, Cal State Stanislaus, in straight sets.
The Gators came out sluggish to start the game, and dug themselves an early deficit. Despite
SF State’s volleyball team picked up a crucial home win over the visiting Chico State Wildcats in four sets last night at the swamp.
Behind a strong performance from Jaclyn Clark, who had eight kills in the first set, the Gators edged out a resilient Wildcat
After falling behind 2-1, the SF State Volleyball team picked up a thrilling five set match over the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos last Friday at the Swamp.
Both teams exchanged blows throughout the first set, with each team staying within striking distance of each other until
The SF State women’s volleyball team lost to the Humboldt State University Lumberjacks in four sets last Saturday.
The game started rough for the Gators, with the team playing more as six individuals than as a cohesive unit. They lost the first two sets 25-17 and
The SF State women's volleyball team upset No. 7 ranked c in five sets Friday night to claim its second conference win of the season, breaking a 28-game losing streak against the Coyotes from 1992. The Gators came out strong in the first set winning 25-20
After a long offseason, SF State’s volleyball team looks to its small group of veterans to lead a large group of girls.
Jazmine Williams, Jacquie Brice and Melissa Horton are the team’s only three seniors, and all have high expectations for the upcoming season.
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SF State ended their home stand with 3-1 set loss to No. 19th ranked UC San Diego, bringing the Gators record over the last four games to 2-2.
SF State showed signs of fatigue from the previous night, coming out sluggish in the first set. The
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Jill Muhe, new head coach for the SF State women's volleyball team, stands in her office in the Gymnasium of SF State. Muhe recently came to SF State from Briar Cliff University in Iowa. Photo by John Ornelas / Xpress[/caption]
Every October, collegiate athletes nationwide put their own school colors to the side, and don pink gear in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
SF State volleyball is no stranger to the growing movement: the Gators hosted their annual Dig for a Cure match Saturday night at
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1600"] SF State's Kaileen Mejia (17) spikes the ball in front of Alexandra Torline (17) during a match against 22nd ranked Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at SF State. The Gators lost 3-2. Photo By Philip Houston
Led by new head coach, Jill Muhe, SF State volleyball started its season on a high note this past weekend as champions of the Cal State Monterey Bay Otter Classic.
The Gators defeated the Academy of Art Knights in three hard-fought sets (31-29, 25-19, 25-16) for
Team chemistry is the first priority for new volleyball Head Coach Jill Muhe.
Muhe looks to lead the mix of newcomers and returners to another winning season. The team finished last year with a 21-9 record overall and a 16-6 record in conference. The Gators’ season
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Samantha Battles, a photojournalism major, will be moving to Fresno after graduating this Saturday to coach volleyball at the high school she once attended, Buchanan High. Battles has played volleyball since third grade and coached since high school. Photo by Dariel
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kaitlin Dick runs sprints in Cox Stadium at SF State on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Photo by Mike Hendrickson / Xpress[/caption]
With the semester coming to a close, it's time for those overstressed, overworked students to unwind and kickback in the summer
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="257" caption="Gators Iris Tolenada sets the ball during the women's volleyball game against UC San Diego. Tolenada was recognized as MVP in women's volleyball as well as in the CCAA. Tolenada credits her success to the support of her parents throughout her
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="250" caption="SF State's Megan Johnson (14) sets the ball during a game against Cal State LA on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. Cal State LA won 2-0. Photo by Andy Sweet / Xpress"][/caption]
The final home game of the season proved to be unlucky