Stanford, Calif.--The 2015 San Jose State sand volleyball team opened the season Friday afternoon at the NorCal Invitational against #8 Saint Mary's. The Spartans fell 5-0 but had two close matches.
Jamie Hirai and Allison Meehan played in the number two slot and took Saint Mary's Clare Power and Madi Wilkerson to a third set. After falling 21-14 in set one, the Spartans rallied to win the second set 21-15. The two teams battled in the third set before the Gales won 16-14.
San Jose State next plays California Saturday at 9 a.m., at the Stanford Sand Volleyball Stadium, on courts 3 & 4. The Spartans will also play either Sacramento State or San Francisco at noon.
#8 Saint Mary's 5 San Jose State 0
1. Dalas Dodd/Samantha Tinsley (SMC) def. Nandyala Gama/Bre Moreland (SJSU), 21-10, 21-12
2. Clare Powers/Madi Wilkerson (SMC) def. Jamie Hirai/Allison Meehan (SJSU), 21-14, 15-21, 16-14
3. Mary Hernandez/Alexis Salmons (SMC) def. Summer Avery/Yavianilz Rosado (SJSU), 21-16, 21-15
4. Maegan Conroy/Mileva Popovic (SMC) def. Julie Sam/Breann Robinson (SJSU), 15-21, 21-15, 15-12
5. Hannah Liserra/Jordan Patchell (SMC) won by forfeit Sara Hibbs/Jamie Hirai (SJSU)
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