Volleyball Finishes 2-1 At Chippewa Challenge

Sept. 19, 2015

Final Stats - Central Michigan

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Final Stats - Evansville

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Mount Pleasant, Mich.--The San José State volleyball team finished 2-1 at the Chippewa Challenge after splitting matches on Saturday, falling 3-0 to host Central Michigan and winning 3-1 over Evansville.

The Spartans started the day with a four-match winning streak, but Central Michigan got in the way of five consecutive wins as the Chippewas won 26-24, 25-23, 25-20.  San José State had another good hitting match at .281 (40-13-96), but CMU countered by hitting .410 for the match. 

Giulia Gávio led San José State with nine kills and two service aces. Nandyala Gama hit .438 (8-1-16), and Sara Hibbs hit .357 (6-1-14).  Tyanna Roy and Summer Avery each recorded eight kills.  Allison Meehan had a team-best 33 assists, while Luiza Andrade recorded 12 digs.

In the team's final match of the tournament, the Spartans needed four sets to defeat Evansville, 23-25, 25-13, 25-11, 25-17.  Gama led the team with 17 kills and hit .467 for the match (17-3-30). Hibbs hit a team-best .591 with 14 kills on 22 attempts and only one error.  Roy added 13 kills and four digs.

Andrade recorded her third 20+ dig match this season with a career-best 24 digs.  Hana Tresnáková added 13 kills and nine digs, while Meehan had 51 assists and seven digs.  Yavianliz Rosado led the Spartans with a career-best four aces and 10 digs.

After losing the first set, the Spartans gave up the lead only one time during the final three sets.  In the three winning sets, the team hit .393 (46-11-89).

For their efforts on the weekend, Gama and Meehan were named to the all-tournament team.  Gama hit .452 over the three matches with 35 kills (3.18 ps) and six blocks (0.55 ps).  Meehan averaged 12.09 assists per set (133), and added 17 digs and three blocks in 11 sets played.

"Our theme going into this week was to increase our offensive efficiency and to clean up a lot of missed connections in our attack phase of the game," said Spartan head coach Jolene Shepardson.  "I commend our players for their solid efforts in practice and over the course of this tournament to improve in these areas.  They also had a gritty performance to finish the tournament with a win."

San José State finishes the non-conference portion of the season with an 8-5 record, the most wins in the non-conference season since 2006 when the team won 10 non-conference matches. The Spartans are also 6-0 in neutral-site matches played this season.

The Spartans open Mountain West play with two road matches next week.  The team plays at Fresno State on Thursday, September 24, at 7 p.m., and at UNLV on Saturday, September 26, at 1 p.m.

Chippewa Challenge

Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Central Michigan def. San José State - 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-20)

Kills - SJSU - Giulia Gávio 9; CM - Angelique White 14.

Records - San José State 7-5; Central Michigan 4-8.   


San José State def. Evansville - 3-1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-11, 25-17)

Kills - SJSU - Nandyala Gama 17, Sara Hibbs 14, Tyanna Roy 13; EV - Genesis Miranda 10.

Records - San José State 8-5; Evansville 6-8.

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