Five Spartans have earned the academic honor each of their four years.
The Spartans snapped the Rams 15-match winning streak and handed them just their third loss of the season.
Fernanda Vido recorded her first double-double in the win.
The Spartans needed five sets and four match points in the fifth set for the win.
For the third year in a row, a record-number of student-athletes are being honored for superior academic performance.
Four seasons at San Jose State…two-time Mountain West Scholar Athlete and three-time Academic All-MW honoree.
2017: Played in all 29 matches of the season...back-row specialist who saw time in the front row due to injuries...averaged 2.37 digs per set and 0.26 service aces ps...10+ digs in 12 matches...20 digs in a win over Colorado State...17 digs in win at UNLV, 15 digs in win over Pepperdine, 14 versus New Mexico, 13 digs at Drake and versus Air Force, 12 against Omaha, at Nevada and UNLV and in final home match against Utah State 10 at Cal State Fullerton and versus Wyoming...career-best four service aces at San Francisco and at Air Force...had three aces against Pepperdine and at UNLV...five assists at home versus Air Force and three assists against Omaha, San Diego State (twice), Fresno State and at Wyoming...five kills against New Mexico...three block assists against UNLV and two against Fresno State at home.
2016: Played in 30 matches and 109 sets...defensive specialist...averaged 1.93 digs per set...five assists at Utah Valley...two aces against UMass Lowell and Louisiana Monroe...season-best 14 digs against Long Beach State and UNLV...12 digs at Wyoming and versus San Diego State, 11 digs against North Texas and 10 digs at Houston and versus UC Santa Barbara and Colorado State...nine digs at UNLV and at Boise State.
2015: Played in 31 matches and 115 sets…used primarily as a defensive specialist…averaged 1.99 digs per set…double-digit digs in nine matches…career-high 20 digs at UTRGV…15 digs against Sacramento State and 13 versus Southern and at Wyoming…21 service aces… three aces against UC Riverside and two in six other matches…three assists at UTRGV…named to the UTRGV Tournament All-Tournament team.
2014: Played in all 31 matches and 108 sets...averaged 1.75 digs and 0.22 service aces per set...mostly plays as a defensive specialist but also saw time at outside hitter...team leader with 24 service aces...three aces against Portland and two against Sacramento State, Cal Poly, UMass Lowell and Nevada...11 digs against Sacramento State and at San Diego State...six kills against Sacramento State and Bakersfield...three assists versus Maryland...block assists against Saint Mary’s, Sacramento State and Chicago State...solo block at Cal Poly and at #9 Colorado State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years at Mid-Pacific Institute and head coach Luis Ramirez…outside hitter in high school…senior year, received first team All-Interscholastic League of Hawaii honors…selected to play for the South team at the 2013 6th Annual O16 Senior Invitational…played club for Rainbow Volleyball Club.
PERSONAL: Majoring in business with a concentration in accounting…wants to get an accountancy masters after graduation and then take the CPA exam…three-time Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar – first team for volleyball…San José State Dean’s Scholar…four-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree and three-time Mountain West Scholar Athlete…cousin Rebekah-Taylor Kai plays volleyball at Chaminade…Jamie Mari Hirai was born on February 14, 1996, in Honolulu, Hawaii.