San Jose, Calif.--Opening the 2015 season by hosting the San José State Invitational, the San José State volleyball team fell to Cal Poly, 3-1, and UC Riverside, 3-2, on the first day of the tournament at Spartan Gym.
In the first match of the season, the Spartans won the first set against Cal Poly, 25-22, before the Mustangs rebounded to win the next three sets, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18. Three Spartans recorded double-digit kills, led by Nandyala Gama with 12, and followed by Sara Hibbs and Giulia Gávio with 10 each. Three players recorded a team-best 11 digs -- Hana Tresnáková, Breann Robinson and Luiza Andrade. Robinson had the first double-double of the season with 38 assists to go with her 11 digs.
In the night match, San José State jumped out to a 2-0 lead against UC Riverside, winning the first two sets 25-22 and 25-23. The Spartans fought hard in the third set with three lead changes and six tied scores before the Highlanders won 25-23. UCR then won the final two sets, 25-16 and 15-7.
Hibbs led the team with 14 kills and four blocks, while Gama added 12 kills. Yavianliz Rosado recorded a team-best 19 digs, while Andrade added 16 digs. Roy added seven kills and four blocks, two solo and two assists.
The Spartans had a strong serving presence in the match with 10 service aces. Jamie Hirai and Andrade each had three aces, while Tresnáková and Allison Meehan had two aces a piece.
The San José State Invitational continues on Saturday with three matches. The Spartans face Sacramento State at 11 a.m., followed by the Hornets and Cal Poly at 3 p.m., and SJSU and Weber State at 7 p.m. All three matches take place in Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets. Admission is free to all matches.
San José State Invitational
Cal Poly def. San José State -- 3-1 (20-25, 25-20-25-15, 25-18).
Kills -- CP -- Adlee Van Winden 14; SJ -- Nandyala Gama 12; Sara Hibbs 10; Giulia Gávio 10.
Records -- Cal Poly 1-0; San José State 0-1.
UC Riverside def. San José State -- 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-7).
Kills -- UCR -- Alex Gresham 16; Alexis Urbach 13; Fabiana Rosas 12; SJS -- Sara Hibbs 14; Nandyala Gama 12; Hana Tresnáková 10.
Records -- UC Riverside 2-0; San José State 0-2.
UC Riverside def. Weber State --3-1 (23-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-20).
Kills -- WS -- Tanisha Langston 10; UCR -- Alex Gresham 11; Fabiana Rosas 11.
Records -- UC Riverside 1-0; Weber State 0-1.
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